“Newborn babies do not have sleep problems, but their parents do. Newborns sleep when they are tired, and wake when they are ready. If their schedule conflicts with yours, it’s not a problem for them; they don’t even know it.”Elizabeth Pantley
Ah, sleep. That beautiful state that helps us to restore and renew our energy so that we can make the most of the day ahead. Getting good sleep – both for you and your baby – is often the biggest challenge that new parents face.
I bring years of experience as a doula to my classes on infant sleep education. It’s not about crying it out or controlled crying or time responses. You’ll never be asked to do anything that makes you uncomfortable as a parent. Instead, my sleep classes are a safe space where parents can address expectations, identify teamwork strategies, acknowledge biologically normal sleep behaviours and develop strategies for parenting. You are the expert in knowing your own child. I hope to support you to find ways to meet everyone’s sleep needs through addressing the whole family’s rhythms in relationship to expectations.
Group Infant Sleep Classes
You are not alone!
So many new parents struggle to get sleep for themselves and their children, but help – and empathy – are close by.
My group lessons on sleep education, offered through the Ottawa Childbirth Education Association, is all about helping parents follow their instincts when it comes to their new baby. I’ll be reassuring you by explaining the other side of the sleep story – that there are good reasons why babies wake up through the night, and that we can work with the schedule they need.
By identifying individual and family needs, creating support systems and providing a safe place for parents to share stories that support evidence-based sleep patterns, we can all learn together how best to support our babies and ourselves.
Bring your baby, have some tea and join me as we create a community together.
To register, find a class that fits your schedule on the OCEA website and follow the registration procedure there. The cost of the class is $75 per person.
Personal Online Assessments
Can’t get out of the house just yet? I can come to you.
We’ll meet online using FaceTime or another visual call system that works for you. I’ll be available just to you and your family to listen and understand your specific challenges.
A detailed assessment will be taken of your child’s sleep patterns and where your family is struggling.
I will offer a range of options addressing safe sleep both physically and emotionally, inclusive of your feeding choices and your baby’s cognitive and developmental growth. If you are looking to work with an educator who encourages night time parenting, promotes teamwork within your support system and fosters your parenting confidence, let’s chat!
Cost is $60 (+hst)
Sleep Education for Organizations
Are you a child educator or caregiver looking for professional training for your business?
I also offer professional training sessions on sleep for groups.