I help parents who feel confused, overwhelmed, alone, and exhausted navigate their baby or toddler’s sleep with compassion and confidence.
Like most parents, you have probably consulted google, instagram and facebook for guidance about your baby or child’s sleep. Some of the advice may have landed well, but other ideas just don’t seem like a fit. Your friends, family, co-workers and maybe even your doctor likely expressed some version of advice that involved letting your little one cry for you during the night. And although this advice is common, it just does not seem right for you.
The topic of infant sleep has taken center stage in many new parents life. The amount of conflicting and confusing advice is staggering. When it comes right down to it, advice is only useful if it fits YOUR unique family, values and parenting style. I don’t believe in a one-size-fits-all approach to infant sleep. What works for one family and baby may be off the mark for your child. Heck, what worked for your oldest may not work for your other children.
I have over 20 years of experience working with families during pregnancy and early parenthood. I am a Registered Social Worker with a Masters of Social Work from the University of British Columbia. I love helping new parents find their way as they navigate the challenging early years.
Over the last two decades I have worked with hundreds of families in various capacities. I have had the privilege of serving as a doula, postpartum doula, pregnancy outreach worker, and hospital-based maternity Social Worker. Since 2018 I have operated a private counselling practice specializing in the perinatal period.
When working as a doula in the mid 2000’s, I encountered the emerging field of sleep consulting. A fellow doula had branched out into this area and urged me to consider it. While I knew that the parents I worked with struggled with their baby’s sleep, I just could not get behind the generic, separation based techniques that are so pervasive. I shelved the idea and moved on to other pursuits, but the seed of becoming a sleep consultant was planted somewhere deep within.
I knew that there must be a path somewhere in between “cry it out” and “wait it out” that could provide parents with information, support and gentle, practical solutions. When I heard about Isla-Grace and the Baby-Led* approach I jumped on it! By combining this knowledge with my qualifications as a social worker I am able to work from a holistic and strengths-based view that takes the entire family into consideration.
I aim to help parents sleep peacefully knowing that the advice you receive is based on a foundation of solid, evidence-based techniques you can feel good about.
About My Approach
There are many different philosophies when it comes to infant sleep, and finding the right fit for your family is crucial. The Baby-Led approach that I draw from is a good match if you:
- Are looking for solutions that honour and respect your baby’s unique needs, temperament and personality.
- Prefer science-backed advice that promotes bonding and attachment.
- Understand that when it comes to infant sleep, gradual changes are the most gentle and effective.
- Are not interested in leaving your baby or child to cry alone and unsupported.
- Want to ensure you have accurate information to support your baby to sleep in a way that is developmentally appropriate.
- Are curious about the ways that the environment, routine and family dynamics can affect your child’s sleep.
- Are seeking personalized techniques and advice that fit your perfectly-imperfect, one-of-a-kind family.
I am committed to guiding parents as they support their baby to sleep and feeling good about the process. I have designed a variety of packages so families can choose the amount of support that feels right for them. I offer a complimentary 20 minute consultation to answer questions and further discover if my approach is a good fit for your family.
“It has been an absolute pleasure working with Jill! I was obsessing over my 8
month old baby’s sleep routine, and certain that every other parent had figured out the secret
to getting their baby to sleep independently through the night. Jill helped to normalize my
experience and to reassure me that I was not messing everything up. Her gentle advice gave me
practical techniques, while her daily emails provided me with the support and encouragement
to tune into my baby’s unique rhythms. Now bedtime is a breeze and my little one has started
sleeping for longer stretches. Even better, I have the confidence to handle the bumps in the
road that are part of any sleep journey.”