Frequently Asked Questions
We don’t subscribe to one philosophy related to sleep. At our core, we aim to meet each family and their little sleeper where they are at, and employ the gentlest interventions possible to help clients reach their goals. What most parents are asking when they pose this is; Do you use cry it out? While we don’t think that this approach is necessary for most babies and children, in some cases the extinction method is one that has been useful. At the end of the day, we give clients our realistic opinions of what their level of success will be using various sleep learning methods based on what we know about their specific sleep issues and child, we then work with clients to decide which route feels right for their family.
That will largely depend on each baby, their gestational age, and the specific sleep issues that they are dealing with. However, most of our clients feel they have made major progress during the two weeks that they are working with our team.
A trained sleep consultant can help you assess your sleep issues, create understanding about the root of those issues, and help curate a step-by-step plan tailored to your family to meet your sleep learning goals. They also give high fives and hugs when its hard (if you want them of course).
We believe that nurturing and support of parents is great at any time, but most of our clients connect with caregivers during their pregnancy and in the three months after they bring home a new baby.
We are proud to say that we don’t serve a “typical family”. We have clients of varying socio-economic status, national origin, sexual orientation, and differing types of kinship and family dynamics. Though most of our clients use our services when their little one are 0-6 months of age.
A postpartum doula first and foremost is there to be an extra pair of hands. They also provide expert non-medical advice, essential baby care education, info related to safety precautions most important to new families, breastfeeding support, help with creating a routine for the family, and some even help to integrate siblings into the care of the new baby.
While many clients call on us to help with breastfeeding issues, we also aid in assessing tongue/lip ties, and other feeding-related issues. We often care for former nursing parents who may have weaned and need advice on breast care. We also consult with non-nursing families who may want information on alternative feeding sources and the best approach to bottle feeding.
During a lactation consult both baby and nursing parents are assessed. The consultant will do an intake to learn more about both patients and current issues or concerns. The baby is weighed and after a feeding assessment, the client is given advice and written instructions to address concerns, as well as any necessary follow up with us or other professionals that may be needed.
This acronym stands for an “International Board Certified Lactation Consultant” and is the gold standard for education and certification in the area of lactation. An IBCLC is a health care professional who specializes in the clinical management of breastfeeding.
This acronym stands for “Certified Lactation Counselor” and is also a healthcare provider recognized as an expert in the field of human lactation, and breastfeeding counseling. While most breastfeeding concerns can be handled by either professional complex clinical issues presenting in the nursing parent or baby would be best served by an IBCLC who has the clinical training and expertise to deal with those cases.