understanding

We know from first hand experience the overwhelming exhaustion of chronic sleep deprivation. It not only effects your baby or child adversely, but has profound effects across the whole family’s wellbeing.

Meet Emma O’Callaghan

Emma founded After the Stork to provide an empathetic and understanding service that was easily accessible to all. With over 20 years working within both a hospital and community setting, Emma has extensive experience in working with infants and children in their formative years. Her background as a Midwife and IVF Reproductive Nurse Specialist compliments her Certification as an Infant and Child Sleep Consultant. As a busy mother of three, she can bring both practical and professional knowledge to find you a unique solution.

Emma’s understanding of the health, science and biology of sleep for babies and infants has led her to believe in encouraging healthy sleep habits from birth and beyond.

Let us help you with the puzzle of sleep.

Sleep training doesn’t need to be a lonely and stressful experience for you and your family. We are here to help.

everyone is different

unique

We believe that every baby, child and family are unique and we have developed a holistic approach to sleep coaching. There are no sleep problems that we are unable to address as we work in partnership with you and your family. We get  to know your family, your child and your sleep problems and this is achieved by listening, caring and understanding. Our aim is to provide comforting and realistic solutions for you.

easy

Often, parents are surprised by how easy the process is overall. The most common phrase Emma hears is ‘I wish I’d done it sooner’

all styles

We support all styles of parenting when working with your family to develop a plan. We take into account your parenting style and philosophy, your baby’s temperament and development and your family’s schedule, all the while keeping a close eye on the emotional wellbeing of your baby and you.

Emma is a Certified Baby Sleep Conultant, as certified by  Baby Sleep Consultant Training Ltd Australia.

All Baby Sleep Consultants are taught to be experts on all behavioural methods of sleep training, we also have our own unique methods which we know from experience are very successful.

Baby Sleep Consultants do not believe in the one size fits all approach to sleep consulting or sleep training. We consider behaviour modification and sleep training to be one solution, but our unique holistic approach means that in some cases it is not even necessary once we have made changes to sleep hygiene, environment and timing.

Kate and Audrey, 8 months

We worked with Emma when our daughter was 8 months old. She was having 2 feeds through the night and up unsettled every couple of hours. Within 2 weeks we gently cut out the unnecessary night feeds and taught her to resettle herself. She was sleeping through the night in no time at all. Since then she has continued to sleep through, with only a few hiccups when teething or sick. Sleep deprivation is hell. I feel my baby is happier and has more energy in the day when she has slept well the night before. I also feel I am a better mother and partner, and am a whole new person with proper sleep. I really recommend Emma to help you help your bub sleep well.

Sara and Layla, 14 mths, and Azim, 2.4 yrs

Oh my Gosh Emma, there’s so much to say I don’t even know where to begin. My life has literally changed and I’m grateful for so many things. I loved that you always tried to use an approach that I’m most comfortable with and that you were always easy to reach. With your support and coaching, not only is my little one sleeping through the night and my older one taking his nap without making a fuss but they’re both eating so much better now. I didn’t even know that sleep and nutrition are so interrelated until I met you. I learned so much about sleep techniques for different ages, importance of sleep during certain hours, how to set up the atmosphere for good quality sleep and so much more that I was actually able to beat jet lag and get them right on track when I travelled abroad and again after coming back! Thank you from all my heart ❤️

Lauren and Amelia, 6 months

I cannot thank Emma enough for her support and guidance in getting my 6 month to self-settle. Previously I was having to spend 20minutes rocking my baby to sleep for every nap and sleep. This was proving to be physically and emotionally draining. Plus, my baby would only sleep a max of 40 minutes and could not connect her sleep cycles, waking up screaming and thus me having to repeat the whole cycle again.

After chatting to Emma, she designed a custom sleep program in such ways we were comfortable with. She offered ongoing support and was always available for me to call or message to gain tips.  My baby can now self-settle and has 3 solid naps during the day and sleeps 6.30pm-630am. She is a much happier baby and I finally feel myself again.

Emma thank you so much for all your help and support you have given me.

I would recommend Emma to anyone needing assistance with their bubs.  She is amazing x

Kara and William, 14 weeks

Kara and baby William 14 weeks old with After the Stork sleep consultant Emma OCallaghanWhen I first contacted Emma I was desperate. My 14 week old baby boy was waking to feed up to 6 times through the night and often needed to be resettled 2 to 3 times in between feeds. I was lucky to get up to an hour of sleep at a time. I resorted to co-sleeping most nights just to get some rest, but I was absolutely exhausted. I was trying to follow a routine, but I was having to resettle him numerous times during his day sleeps too. I had to pat him to get him off to sleep and to get him to resettle both day and night, and it was very rare that he’d go to sleep on his own and without crying. Being my second baby I thought I’d have no troubles, my first had slept through from 9 weeks, but I had started to really feel out of my depth.

The first time I spoke with Emma it was obvious that she knew what was she was talking about and that she genuinely cared about helping her clients (both the babies and the parents)! Emma was so supportive, gave very clear and achievable guidance, and was always happy to work through my questions and concerns. It was such a relief to have someone hold my hand and guide me out of the fog!

My little man has responded so well to Emma’s methods. The changes have been amazing! Within a few days he was self settling, with no tears, for every sleep; and he was having proper day sleeps, including a long lunch nap, without needing to be resettled! Our nights are hugely different now too. I only get up to feed him once or twice and if he goes back in his cot awake, he just settles himself back to sleep. He keeps hitting personal bests for how long he is going between feeds overnight! More importantly he’s having really good feeds now, instead of snacking like he was before. I am just so proud of him. Our routine is working reslly well and bedtimes are never an issue. I finally feel like I know what I’m doing again, and it’s all thanks to Emma!

Bianca and Emily, 6 weeks

Emma has worked wonders for our little Emily. I asked for her help when Em was just 6 weeks. I did this for two reasons; firstly I’m new to being a mum and secondly, Emily was having issues feeding and sleeping. These days you can get advice from everywhere so I read blogs, websites spoke to friends and family but found it all a little overwhelming and contradictory. I wanted to keep it simple so I sought advice from a professional.

Emma was amazing!!! She armed me with knowledge I needed to make educated decisions and help us set up a framework. The routine we now follow has helped Emily process her food with ease and best of all she sleeps well during the day and long periods at night. She’s more settled which isn’t an easy thing to achieve at such a young age.

We also know we’re encouraging the right behaviour moving forward.

As Emily gets older we will continue to lean on Emma for her expertise. Thanks so much!!!

Noha and Shams, 12 months

I cannot possibly say enough good things about Emma and her incredible services. She is a magic worker, and I am not exaggerating when I say she saved our lives!
For 12 long months, we were all sleep deprived, grumpy and stressed to a point of complete misery. We were stuck and had no idea how to get out of the horrible cycle of no sleep and rocking all night with our first born. I really believed he was unfixable! But Emma, somehow, managed to get him to sleep through the entire night well within ONE WEEK of her program and support! I just wish we had found her sooner!

Mum holding her 12 month old boy on his 1st birthday. She is holding a colourful birthday cake in her other hand.

Jo and Willow, 16 months

My strong-willed daughter had a strong feed to sleep association and at 16 months old was still waking up 6-8 times a night and only settling back to sleep with a feed. This was exhausting. After giving our routine to Emma she put together a plan which I was at first a bit sceptical of but followed it to the letter and was out right amazed at the results. Within a week we had eliminated all night time feeds and she had learnt to self-settle. Good night’s sleep all round! Thank you, Emma, for your guidance and support in making what I thought would be a massive challenge something so easy and stress free to implement.

Sophie, 17 months

“Emma was kind enough to visit our home and meet Sophie. With Emma’s insight and expert advice she guided us into implementing and maintaining sustainable routines and structure that would enable us (and most importantly) Sophie to sleep through the night.

Night 1 – Sophie woke only once.
Night 2 – Sophie slept right through the night. Since then, so far sooo good! We were and still are amazed at how well Sophie has adapted to her new sleep schedule after being held, bounced or rocked for 17 months straight.

Emma we can’t thank you enough for your help. None of our questions or concerns went unanswered. We felt nothing but reassured, supported and complete empathy from you. Your insight and explanations into certain processes and techniques all really made sense to us and were easy to apply to Sophie’s bedtime routine.
Our only regret is that we didn’t call Emma sooner.
Thank you so much for your compassion and support.”

Jennifer and Sebastian, 6 months

I honestly cannot thank Emma enough!!
In brief Sebastian was a premature baby and had issues with feeding (including a lip and tongue tie) but once we got through all of that he was a fabulous feeder and sleeper, even sleeping through the night at 16 weeks. Unfortunately though when he hit 4 &1/2 months things began to unravel. He began stirring 1 to 2 times a night, needing me to resettle him either through patting, holding, rocking, hushing, or placing the dummy in his mouth. Fast forward a few weeks later and I was resettling him 6 to 8 times a night. Clearly my settling techniques were not working and he wasn’t growing out of it as I had hoped. In addition to sleeping poorly at night Sebastian would also sleep terribly during the day. His day sleeps were unpredictable and like any baby with an older sibling he was dragged out of bed to do school drop offs, pick ups and after school activities.
In my desperation I had resorted to googling a gazillion different settling techniques and routines, reading baby books (in my spare time), and speaking with family and friends. I was certain that it was some type of sleep regression but I didn’t know how to fix it.
I was given Emma’s name by a fabulous friend who too had a baby with sleep challenges. When I finally made contact with Emma I was exhausted and at the end of my tether. From the outset Emma reassured me that Sebastian was experiencing a common sleep problem and it was fixable! I remember getting off the phone to Emma and feeling relieved and reassured that with her help and expertise Sebastian and I could get through this together.

The first few days were extremely hard but rewarding. With Emma guiding me step by step I was able to teach Sebastian how to self-settle, I ditched the dummy and put him into a routine that he so desperately needed. Importantly Emma’s techniques were gentle and ensured that Sebastian knew I was there for him as he learnt his new lifelong skill of sleeping and self-settling. Emma supported me through each day and night and within four nights Sebastian would wake and self-settle!! By the time I finished working with Emma I didn’t even have to go into Sebastian’s room if he roused during the night. Furthermore, his day sleeps improved immensely and I now have a baby that on most days will take three good day sleeps and sleep nearly 12 hours at night!
Overall Sebastian has come so far in just over a week. Sebastian (and I) could not have achieved this without Emma’s help. My only regret is that I wish I would have contacted her sooner. I would not hesitate in recommending Emma to anyone who is experiencing sleep problems with their baby.

Six month old baby lying on the floor, smiling.

Smiling Sebastian

Betsy and Luna, 9 weeks

I had a very anxious newborn that needed constant attention and would not sleep in her bassinet, EVER! I tried various strategies but nothing seemed to work. I had given up and thought I’d have to have my baby sleep on me forever (or at least for a long time). Emma was very kind and relatable from the moment I spoke to her on the phone. She came to my home and gave me the confidence to keep trying to put my baby in her bassinet and it worked! I thought it was never going to work and it did. I can’t explain how much this changed my life. Emma was kind and professional throughout the whole process and taught me a lot about baby sleep. I will always be thankful!

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