Being a mother of two, I fully understand how difficult and tiring being a parent can be. I understand how precious our children are to us and my aim is to help parents give their children (and themselves) one of the best gifts they can – the ability to sleep.
My interest in children’s sleep originated from having my first baby, who was a truly terrible sleeper. At the time I hadn’t realised there was any help available and so I just accepted that having a baby meant having no sleep! I suffered with post-natal depression.
I then went on to have a second baby – another terrible sleeper and when she turned 6 months old I sought help as I could no longer function on such little sleep. It was affecting my relationship with my son and my husband and teaching her to sleep well truly changed my life. I soon realised this depression was purely due to lack of sleep. At this point I had become obsessed with sleep (or lack thereof) and this obsession led me towards a new career.
Teaching your child great sleep skills does not have to be traumatic, babies and children need to feel secure, safe and happy in order to sleep well and the methods I teach are gentle and caring, whilst still giving your child room to learn.
As a mother of two, I know how awful it feels when your child is awake all night but also how wonderful it feels when they are finally sleeping through the night. As your Sleep Consultant I will assess your child’s current routine and really get to know their needs and your concerns. I will then be able to help you implement a comprehensive Personalised Sleep Plan, specifically tailored to your baby. You will learn how to help your child to become confident, independent sleepers and in turn you will feel confident, empowered, supported and well rested.
I am based in the West Midlands but work with families from the UK and all over the world. If I am not able to visit you in your home we can just as successfully work together via Skype. I also know how difficult it is to find time in the day due to lack of childcare or work commitments and therefore offer evening and weekend consultations.
I have been personally trained by Karen Bramall, the founder of Baby Sleep the Night who has a decade of experience and whose methods have been used worldwide by thousands of families to quickly and easily solve their children’s sleep problems.
I’d be delighted to offer you a FREE 15 minute consultation to discuss your child’s needs and how I can help.
Gemma got back to me very quickly to organise a free 15 minute phone call which we had later that evening. As soon as I began speaking to Gemma I knew we would be able to work with her as she was friendly, understanding and knowledgeable. The call ended up going over the 15 minutes but Gemma never tried to hurry it along or cut it short. I didn't need time to think about if I wanted to continue with Gemma, I knew I did so she sent us a very thorough questionnaire so she could fully understand our situation and compile a sleep plan for us.
We feel so thankful to Gemma. We have our evenings back and go to bed knowing with confidence that I won't be awake within the hour to feed/comfort him. I know that I can put him in his cot twice a day and he will have a nap (albeit a short one sometimes but we'll continue to work on naps). The whole family is happier and getting more sleep, and our boy is finally getting the restorative sleep he so badly needs!
If you're reading this wondering if it's worth contacting Gemma, then I would absolutely recommend her! We never thought it would work so well and so quickly! Thank you Gemma x
Gemma was always available and was encouraging but clear on the rules and I can see why...sticking to the plan worked wonders!! Do it - extra sleep is definitely worth it!!!
She woke 5 times plus a night and ‘demanded’ aka screamed until I gave her some bottle and over the night she sometimes would have 3 bottles. Lily had developed a habit of making herself sick by placing hand in mouth to get attention when she wanted to get out of cot or high chair and I was lost on how to manage it. I had done some reading when she was younger (because my son was horrific) and had attempted to train (patting back, watering down milk, trying to resettle), nothing really worked and definitely not for long. She napped at what was supposed to be ‘the right times’ according to well known baby sleep apps etc. She went to bed when she was supposed to and I was spending an hour plus getting her to actually sleep and she’d be crying within 2 hours again. While trying to fend back my older toddler and get him to bed and eat myself and then attempt some ‘me’ time.....clearly it didn’t happen. I couldn’t see what a sleep trainer could do more...but as I said before I was broken, tired, depressed and at my limit.
I called Gemma on the Thursday, we agreed to our review/implement call on the Sunday morning. That night I was prepared for 5/10 days of awful. Night one to get her to sleep it took about 60-90 mins, not easy at points but we stuck to it. She briefly woke twice that night but we followed the advice and we didn’t have to get out of bed as she self settled....she slept to nearly 6am (it had been 5am for months)....I couldn’t believe it, Night 1! I was prepped for night 2, it had to be awful right...nope! She went to sleep within 20mins....and didn’t wake all night...that was circa 3 weeks ago and I’ve had to get out of bed once in that whole time.... so in short, the best money we’ve ever spent. It’s changed our whole family life and enabled me to start working out how I can become me again!
We are so grateful for Gemma’s support and cannot put into words the difference it has made to our family. I have already recommended Gemma to other Mams and will continue to do so. Thank you so much Gemma. You have given us the gift of sleep for Christmas!
For us it was the best investment we made enlisting Gemma's help. Not only is she an excellent mentor for us, a huge support during those first few days (which are hard) but she knows what she's taking about.
Thank you Gemma we now have a much happier household now we all get sleep
Jaxson was unable to get himself to sleep, and needed me (nobody else would do!) to lay with him on his bed until he fell to sleep.
I’d come out of his room after around 45 minutes each evening, then be back in by 10pm laying on the bed with him again until he was asleep for me to creep out. This continued every hour or 2 until 5:30am when we would be up and at the day.
I was exhausted, Jaxson was exhausted and myself and Jaxson’s Dad hasn’t slept in the same bed for 6 months because most nights I would be so tired that I’d let Jaxson sleep in our bed and Daddy swap to Jaxson’s bed.
We realised that we couldn’t keep going the way we were & to seek help. We found Gemma and it was the best thing we have ever done, she guided us step by step through our plan, and was always available to help us.
We now have a much happier Jaxson, within 1 week of completing 2 weeks of sleep therapy he potty trained himself which he was nowhere near doing when we first contacted Gemma. Broken sleep really had affected him, more than we realised. He has a much better appetite and loves his bedtime routine- amazing! We would recommend Gemma to anyone, our only regret.....that we didn’t find her sooner.
The help she has given is invaluable!! My now five month old baby boy happily self settles both day and night...in a matter of minutes. Without singing, cuddling, driving or rocking! I had absolutely no idea what i’d done wrong first time round, nobody gives you any guidance on sleep when you’re sent home from hospital so it was very much a guessing game.
But this time round i had Gemma who made things really clear and it’s as if something just clicked. Everything she told me made absolute sense! It’s made my experience with a newborn a really refreshing one and i feel relieved to understand his cues and respond to them in the right manner. He’s one very content little man and i put all of this down to a correct sleep plan.
I’d highly recommend Gemma to anyone! She’s turned what was an anxious experience into such a pleasant one. Thank you x