I’m Emma, your sleep consultant. I live in Bournemouth, with my husband and 2 children. I love being a mum, reading and being outdoors.
I enjoy working one-to-one with people in a supportive role and this is something that my previous jobs and my business as a sleep consultant all have in common.
My first job was working for a housing association. I was managing high level rental arrears, helping customers with budget support, listening and problem solving. When we had our son, I wanted to go part-time, but that wasn’t an option, so instead, I took a job working for South West Ambulance on the phone, where again, I was helping others.
I knew all along that I wanted to work with people and to feel like I was making a difference, but it was becoming a parent and having my own issues with sleep-deprivation that led to becoming a sleep consultant.
My own experiences as a new parent
We struggled to conceive our first child, so when our son was born, I didn’t want to put him down. He didn’t want to be put down either, so he ended up sleeping on my chest. As time went on, neither of us were getting any sleep! I felt sleep-deprived, overwhelmed and we were struggling. Yes, there is a lot of information on the internet, but scrolling through it left me feeling more exhausted and overwhelmed and I just found a barrage of conflicting advice. Eventually, we realised that we needed help and we found a sleep consultant. We felt listened to and understood. She taught us techniques that were tailored to meet our needs and the transformation with our son was incredibly quick.
I felt so grateful for the support she had given us and I wanted to empower other parents in the same way. So, I decided to have a complete career change and I trained as a sleep consultant myself.
When our daughter was born, we were able to use the skills and techniques we’d already learnt. This was very beneficial, as at that point, I was struggling with anxiety and depression. After giving birth, the doctors found a blood clot on my lung and shortly afterwards I lost my Dad, so it was a very difficult time. I was glad to be able to use the strategies to settle my daughter and get enough sleep to help me through, as I know the positive difference a good night’s sleep can make to our mental and physical well-being.
I’m really passionate about what I do and I love being able to make a difference for families like my own, who need someone to listen, understand and guide them in those early days of parenting. I adore receiving positive feedback from my clients – knowing I am making families happier, well-rested and impressed with their little sleeping superstars, fills my heart with pride.
Both of my children continue to benefit from having had good sleep training and a great routine early on in their lives. I am a firm believer that it has made them happier, healthier, more independent and secure.
I’ve also recently trained as a starting solids facilitator, providing support for parents ready to start the weaning process. My long-term goal is to become a child well-being consultant, offering a safe place for parents to get any post-natal support that they need for themselves and their family.