Mom, Pediatric/ Neonatal Registered Nurse, Parenting Instructor & Educator, Certified Pediatric Sleep Consultant, Holistic Practitioner, Lactation Consultant, Infant Mental Health Certification, Conscious Parenting Educator & Coach, Co-Creator of Baby-Led Sleep, Developmental Care Coordinator, Infant & Toddler Teacher.
My job is to take you on a parenting journey, beyond sleep!
Combining parenting philosophies with a gentle approach to help you find your own path, while solving the sleep puzzle along the way. With over twenty years of experience as a Neonatal & Pediatric RN, I have spent a lot of time with babies. I was encouraged to find an alternative approach to main stream sleep methodologies, beyond behavioral methods, to avoid disconnection in a world where connected parenting is the goal. Through sleep foundations, conscious parenting and emotional wellness, the focus of my work is to build safety and security for your child. Without using any form of controlled crying, we look beneath the surface to support emotions before we shift your child's comfort zone. Through a deeper awareness of "what's really going on"...looking at the co-regulation between mom and baby, building connected relationships and creating an awareness of energy levels, often we are able to achieve the goal of independent sleep without bedtime tears. I offer many options to my clients to learn more about integrated sleep solutions and parent coaching. Consider sleep work the doorway to your parenting journey. It is so important that the first skill you teach your child is in-line with your parenting path. Having worked with toddlers in the pediatric care setting for many years with complex emotional challenges, including early crisis intervention, I can tell you beyond a shadow of a doubt that emotion is the key to success! Behavior is always addressed with sleep, but behavior is only the message, the most important tool you have comes from the inside!
With an advisory team of pediatricains, therapists, child psychologists, lactation consultants, early childhood educators, fellow parent coaches and sleep consultants, a wealth of knowledge is always available. Utilizing the services of professional counsel among several of peers and colleagues, the most challenging cases can be assessed through a team approach. Dr. Jessica Escott PsyD is available to all my clients and offers counsel in person or by Skype/phone. She provides a complete assessment for complex cases needing further support and free 30min consultation for moms with PPD or PPA. I also refer clients to Dr. Patricia Barros, Pediatrician and Parent Coach specializing in conscious parenting for families beyond the age group I work with. When possible, I encourage parents to reach out to Dr. Shefali, however her wait list is extremely long.
Most importantly, remember that I am also a mom!! The greatest lessons in my life have been taught to me from my own children. They are in fact, the ones with the most wisdom! Chances are, as a parent, I've been in your shoes! Although the most rewarding job, parenting can also be the most challenging. It was my middle son who taught me the greatest lessons and gave me the passion for my career. With his spirited nature, gifted abilities, sensory processing, high needs temperament and later, the development of OCD, Tristan was my spiritual guide, the one who awakened me and helped me see life through another lens. Through my son I discovered my purpose. Many have told me, "You were meant to do this line of work." I believe that, when you're passionate, love what you do and know what your purpose is, you're good at it!!