Nurturing Touch Approach

What defines us in the sleep industry isn’t what we’re called, but it is by our ethos.

It's what we stand for in the care of families & sleep and how we meet the values & needs of the family we are working with. 

Not all sleep coaches/consultants are the same. A person can call themselves whatever they like in the sleep industry, some with very little education in the area of infant sleep science. Sleep coaches, consultants, supporters, practitioners, educators, experts, specialists. We’re all called something like this.

I can proudly call myself a "Holistic Sleep Coach" and I'm the only one in New Zealand. So the families I work with can be assured that I come into their homes with a great deal of study & research behind me. That knowledge is academically certified and I have current & relevant experience, to safely practice in the area infant/child sleep. 

"Holistic Sleep Coaching is a Family Lead Approach, that is Grounded in Infant Sleep Science & Child Development"

Infant sleep science tells us that babies do not need to be trained to sleep. Sleep is a homeostatic biological function that is determined by development, not according to a schedule. Modern approaches can put unrealistic expectations and stress on babies with how much sleep society believes they should be having. Every human person, young or old, has different sleep needs to the next person, so why does modern day approaches to a baby's sleep, expect babies to all have the same sleep needs? This can make parents feel defeated, anxious, consumed by getting their baby to sleep or they might even feel responsible for not getting their baby sleep so many hours a day like they have been told they should. And while this fixation with sleep is happening, parents could be missing out on the wonders of their baby and making strong connections and bonds.

  • In practice as a Holistic Sleep Coach I stand alongside families, offer suggestions and different approaches to try, helping them to be (even more) confident and empowered as their baby's expert.

  • I share information as appropriate.

  • I refer to the most suitable professionals when babies need specialist input.

  • I look for underlying causes.

  • I play to strengths.

  • I remain always non-judgemental.

  • I help parents tap into support networks.

  • I restore confidence.

  • I validate.

  • I encourage.

  • I take a wide holistic view of the family because issues with sleep are multifaceted, hardly ever quick fixes and are always interlinked with other factors within the daily life of the baby.

  • I help parents to author their own family goals according to their values.

  • I promote responsiveness, gentleness, attachment, awareness and connection.

  • And I never, ever leave babies to cry, initiate schedules or strict feeding/sleep times, or a one-size-fits-all approach.

  • My approach always aims for the long term not just for now.

  • I do this through education for my families, completing my own professional development, I have currency in reputable research and I practice from knowledge not opinions. 

 

I'm proud of what I stand for as a practitioner and every family I support I know that I have always had the mental & emotional health of both the parents and baby in the forefront of all that I do. That is never comprised!