Working to support families with babies and children who have sleeping difficulties is a job that I love and one that I am very privileged to do.
Parents have a great deal of confidence in the fact that I am a qualified and registered health visitor, nurse and mental health nurse, as well as being a mother myself.
I have worked in the field of child health for 25 years and during this time I have helped many hundreds of families to overcome their children's sleep problems.
My interest in babies and children's sleep originated from having my first baby, who was a truly terrible sleeper. At the time, there was very little advice available apart from just leaving them to cry and I just didn't have the heart to do that - especially as he suffered from eczema and allergies.
As my family grew, my confidence in handling my babies' sleeping grew too and this very much helped with my work as a health visitor. In 1996, realising that baby sleep was the main concern for most parents, I set about the task of understanding and researching as much as I could about baby and child sleep and started an NHS sleep service in Muswell Hill, North London. Here my experience, knowledge and expertise grew and in 1998 after the birth of my youngest child, I became one of the the UK's first independent sleep specialists.
Nowadays, my work is recognised by leading paediatricians, child psychologists and health journalists.
My approach to sleep problems is designed for parents who want their babies and children to sleep well but do not want them to be distressed or harmed by the process. Some sleep training methods can be very harsh, often involving leaving little ones to cry alone for long periods of time. This goes against the very nature of our instinct to love, cherish and nurture our children. I believe that sleep training doesn't have to be traumatic and that babies and children need to feel secure, safe and happy in order to sleep well. I offer a personal and tailor made approach, which address the specific reasons for each child’s sleeplessness.
Although my solutions are gentle, they are highly effective and safe even for those who have health problems or learning differences. As a trained health visitor and nurse, I am able to take a broad view of your baby’s sleep needs, looking at their development, feeding, health and temperament. As a mother of four, I know how awful it feels when your child is awake all night but also how wonderful it feels to greet them in the morning when everyone has had a good night’s sleep. The way in which I work draws on my many years of professional experience, the latest research and my respect for your unique ability as a parent.
I work with families from the UK and all over the world. If you can’t come and see me in my London clinic, we can just as easily and successfully work with one another via Skype or Face Time.