I'm Emily, and I'm passionate about sleep and supporting families! I firmly believe in a holistic, family and attachment centred approach to sleep coaching and newborn support, empowering parents to adapt to life with a newborn or work on their child's sleep problems in a gentle, loving way, with continued professional support and encouragement. The way I work never involves a non response or any form of timed crying.
You know your baby best, so I'll work closely with you using my high level training and evidence-based scientific research, plus years of my own experience working with babies and families to help you understand your child's sleep needs in a caring and respectful way.
I am always mindful of individual family wishes and parental concerns. We all parent differently based on our own values, experiences, upbringing and life style, so I work alongside parents as a team, always with the child's best interests at heart.
Why work with me?
I have over 20 years' experience working with children and babies all the way from newborn twins to teenagers - including as a Nanny, Night Nanny, Newborn Care Specialist/Maternity Practitioner, Special Needs Respite Carer and in a Primary school setting. I have cared for multiple children with complex medical needs, often overnight, and have extensive training in all aspects of child care and development.
I have two children of my own, a twelve-year-old son and a daughter, aged 16, Both have struggled with sleep problems. My son suffered with severe Gastroeosophageal Reflux and allergies as a baby and young child, so I have personal as well as professional experience of this very difficult condition. I know only too well what it is like to manage on minimal sleep and wonder how you will get through the day!
I love helping other parents get a good night's sleep or helping new parents settle in to life with a newborn – because nothing is worse than not knowing what to do or feeling constantly exhausted and not being able to enjoy your time with your baby or child. At such a special time in life, welcoming a new addition to your family, I want all parents to feel well-rested, refreshed, and able to enjoy time with their little ones!
I am a fully qualified Childcare Practitioner, and since gaining a BND in Childhood Studies in 1997, have completed many further relevant training courses:
Level 6 OCN Accreditation in Holistic Sleep Coaching
Level 3 OCN Accreditation in Sleep Training
Courses in Transition to Motherhood, Compassionate Maternity Care, Nutrition and Nurture of the Newborn and beyond, Newborn Sepsis
Millpond Sleep Clinic CPD training for Professionals
Level 3 training in Postnatal and Infant Care to work as a Maternity Practitioner (Newborn Care Specialist)
ABM Breastfeeding Foundation Support Module
Additional Infant Feeding CPD training in both Breastfeeding and Bottlefeeding
Training in Reflux and Allergies
I have previously trained in Child Protection and Safeguarding, as well as many other subjects including Autism and Anxiety, Promoting Positive Behaviour, and Social and Emotional Development in the Early Years.
I hold an enhanced DBS on the update service as well as full 12hr Paediatric First Aid, ICO registration to hold data securely plus public liability and professional indemnity insurance.
I am continually looking to further my professional development and complete regular additional training, particularly in the field of Sleep, Feeding and Newborn Care.
I was delighted to be asked to co-host the parenting show with Julie Greatwood on Marlow FM recently - listen here to the show (recorded on 22nd October 2021) for discussion about babies, birth and beyond - tune in each 3rd Friday of the month for more!