"In my work with new parents, I meet many families who are at their wits-end about sleep issues. In response to their need and their requests, I offer sleep consulting. My goal is to help the parents formulate a plan that will suit their values, their baby and their family. In this work, I rely on my training and experience as an adult educator and breastfeeding counselor." - Eva Bild, Founder of The Mothering Touch Centre
I meet with the parents - without the baby present - and ask them about their beliefs about babies, their values about parenting and their understanding of sleep issues. I listen to what they perceive the problems to be, what they need, what they want and how they would like to achieve it. I make sure each parent gets to have a say and that they listen to each other.
Then, together, we formulate a plan; it might involve letting the baby cry a little, it always involves having one parent sit with the baby or visit the baby frequently and it never involves abandoning the baby to cry for long periods of time alone and unsupported.
When parents formulate a plan they can agree to and decide when to implement it, and are CONSISTENT about it, they are almost always successful within a week or two.
During the COVID Pandemic - I am doing all my sleep consults on-line, via Zoom. I know that it is very difficult for parents to find someone to care for their child while they meet with me, so I am not insisting on that these days. I find that we can still have a good conversation, and I can help parents decide on a plan to teach their baby to sleep.
How is my service different from the services of other Sleep Consultants?
I don't do the sleep training for you. I don't come to your house to check on how you have set the room up, or whether it is dark enough. I won't call you or email you in the days after our consultation to check if you have been following the rules. I don't write up your sleep plan - I let you take notes - you are the grown-up. I don't believe there is only one way babies should sleep. Different families have different schedules. Different babies need different amounts of sleep.
My fee: $100 for a one-hour consultation. I will give you my cell-phone number and you can call me in the days following our meeting to ask questions, or if you need support. If you need more than a few minutes of my times, we can set up another appointment.
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One-Hour Sleep Consultation - with one follow-up phone call: $90
Before booking an appointment please find a time when all adults who make decisions about the baby's sleep (this could mean one, or two, or several parents, a live-in nanny, a care-providing grandparent) can come to the appointment without the child. Please find care for your child for that hour so you can focus on the issues and get all your questions answered without interruption.
Consultation Cancellation Policy: Our on-line booking system requires 48-hours notice for cancellation. If you need to cancel or re-schedule with less than 48-hours notice, please phone us. We will be happy to help. The full fee will be due for any appointment cancelled with less than 48-hours notice.
We are very aware that pregnancy and new parenthood make life unpredictable. We will make every effort to "forgive" a late cancellation if you or your baby are ill or you are in labour!