Valerie and Ophelie, 15 months

I came across Emma when our daughter Ophélie was about 4 months old and Emma helped us set up a routine that worked perfectly well for us and we were so thankful to have created good habits early on and have a good little sleeper on our hands.

Things changed when I had to go back to work and send my daughter to day care. Of course she got sick a couple of times, her usual routine was out the window and we started rocking her to sleep and always justified doing so until we realised that it was not sustainable in the long term physically and also because we needed to sleep to be able to function the next day.

So I decided to call Emma again when our daughter was 15 months old and Emma was so helpful in explaining the changes that we needed to make around nap times/sleep times and how things are different when dealing with a baby versus a toddler. The first few days of sticking to the new routine were hard but got through it and within less than a week, our daughter was back into her sleep routine and now puts herself to sleep alone and has also learnt how to put herself back to sleep if she wakes up during the night.

So thank you so much for all your help Emma, we now look forward to the bed time routine, it’s such a special bonding time and sticking to the routine has helped so much and has given us time back in the evenings and also allows us to have a proper night’s sleep.

Suzanne and Kate, 8 Months

I highly recommend Emma @ After the Stork.
I reached out to Emma after seeing a video regarding white noise (which I purchased off the website), marpac hushh for white noise is hands down the best ever!
My daughter is 7.5 months old, she has always been a great sleeper however I thought she should be sleeping through the night so I contacted Emma for a free consultation (I had nothing to lose!)
After speaking with Emma, even though my little one was a great sleeper, I learnt we were napping at the wrong times which as a result would end in disaster in the months to follow.
Emma advised that she could help my situation so we moved forward and agreed to give Emma’s advice a good hard crack.
In just 5 short days, with Emma’s expert advice & guidance, my daughter has gone from sleeping swaddled in the bassinet, to now sleeping in her cot, in her own room, arms fully out and going to bed at 6.15/6.30pm and sleeping until 7am with only I feed during the night (down from 2).
Emma is truly a baby whisperer with a gentle approach.
I have also came out with a better understanding of babies sleep cycles & when is the best time to sleep.
I can’t recommend Emma enough, She is totally amazing!

Danielle and Elka, 19 months

Finding Emma has seriously changed my life! After not sleeping for 18 months, coupled with the exhaustion of first trimester pregnancy, I desperately needed sleep! And Emma got me and my little one out of numerous bad habits that had grown out of trying to make things easier. Elka is now able to resettle herself, and no longer needs me, or a bottle to do so. We are now all sleeping (and eating) better and I am beyond thrilled! And I feel I have new skills to use when we face difficulty in the future. Thank you so much Emma!

Melina and Lily, 5 months.

Best investment l ever did.
My little girl Lily was 5 months and was waking every 1hour at night and having 15-20min cat naps during the day. The only way l could get her to sleep was by feeding or rocking. We had no sleep routine and her feeding times would be all over the place. Lily was very unsettled when it came to the evenings as she was overtired. It was starting to take a real toll on both myself and my husband as we have a toddler as well.
As soon as l spoke to Emma she assured me we could have Lily’s sleep pattern changed within a week and we certanly did. With Emma’s support and guidance Lily had a sleep routin within 5 days. She has 3 full naps during the day and now wakes every 4 hours during the night. She has set feeding times and Miss Lily is a very happy baby. What an incredible transformation and all thanks to Emma.
I highly recommend this service as Emma is with you every step of the way. I would speak to her every day and she would give me tips and ideas on what to do if things where not working.
Miss Lily is a great sleeper now. l just put her in her cot and walk out😊
Thank you so much Emma you have changed our lives.❤

Kylie and Max, 4 mths

What a godsend, I have my life back! Max was 4 months when we enlisted the help of Emma and at that point was using a dummy and waking every hour needing me to pop it back in and resettle him. I was exhausted and it was hard to determine if it was the dummy he was after, or a feed.
Emma helped us to teach Max self-settling techniques and within 2 nights Max was down to waking twice a night for a feed and that’s it. Emma is so knowledgeable on the subject of sleep and babies and her daily phone calls to prep me for what to expect that night were spot on! Max reacted almost to the letter to what Emma predicted and using her techniques we have a happy baby who feeds better (instead of snacking) and sleeps better without much fuss. Emma’s personalised coaching is worth every cent.

Jessica and Oscar, 3 years

Emma was brilliant in helping my husband and I retrain our 3yo’s bedtime and sleep routine. Before her visit we were fighting sleep for up to 4 hours every night and usually ended up sharing our bed with him. Emma was warm and friendly with our little man, and then held our hands as she guided us through the hard yards. She was knowledgeable – explaining all of the emotional reactions before they’d occurred. She gave us the confidence to follow through on the nights after her visit and 4 weeks later we have a calm and efficient bedtime each and every night. Our only regret was not getting her in sooner!

Jessica and Hutch, 8 months

We reached out to Emma when our son was 8 months old. I was due to return to work in 2 months and he was only feeding to sleep, waking every 20mins-2hrs and would break into hysteria if put into his cot to sleep. He used a dummy, but sometimes not even that would help sooth him.
Initally, I was hesitant when we engaged Emma because I was worried about what we would need to do to help our baby. Emma immediately understood where I was coming from and made me feel like I was heard. We trusted her straight away because of her kindness and professionalism. She was gentle with both us, and our baby and respectful of how we choose to parent. We learnt so much from working with Emma and I know that all the of us are better and happier for having worked with her.
Emma was always happy to answer our questions, provide lots of information and was always available.
The change in our son is amazing. He has started to develop at a much more rapid rate and is growing into his toddler years as a happy and healthy little boy.
Thank you, Emma. We can’t recommend you highly enough!! xx

Shelley, Owen and Eli 2.5 yrs

Emma is amazing! Thanks to her we now have twin 2.5yr old boys that go to bed themselves without a drama & sleep all night long! This is a big change – we used to battle with bed times & night waking, which was leaving everyone tired & miserable. Now everyone wakes up recharged after a great nights sleep! Straight away I felt very comfortable working remotely with Emma on the phone & she quickly got to understand our boys & what techniques were going to work. Her advice gave us the confidence to implement some key changes & after just the first two nights we were already seeing massive improvements. My only regret is not getting Emma sooner!

Samantha and Sophia, 10.5 months

I can’t thank Emma enough for the things she had taught me. Id read all the books and did so much research, I’d tried everything I thought possible to get Sophia to sleep better- Emma was my last resort, and to be honest, I didn’t have high expectations. From the day Sophia was born she was a terrible sleeper and I thought this was just going to be her.. But within 10 days, Sophia’s sleep habits drastically improved. She now sleeps 2 hours during the day and 12 hours at night, We’ve also stopped feeding during the night. It’s like I have a brand new baby!

Shannon and Freddy, 6 months

Emma was fantastic! So reassuring and comforting. We have always been told that when a baby comes along, sleep is a thing of the past. But with Emma’s help we have seen MASSIVE improvements and both my little man and I are so so much happier! Sleep is such an important piece to the health puzzle and I am so glad we got help when we did – even if it did take a month of procrastination from me. Thank you Emma!

Sarah and Alexander, 11 months

Our little boy Alexander slept well, until at 6 months things took a turn. Several wake ups a night eventually turned to two hour wakings all night. Occasionally he’d have a good night, which made me think there might be something ‘wrong’ with him: teething, too hot, too cold, too tired?
Advice came from all directions, all well meaning, but entirely confusing. When people suggested Alexander needed to go to ‘Sleep School’ I felt offended. There was nothing wrong with him; he’d sort himself out soon, I thought.
The thought of going to his 12 month check up with the MCH nurse, and having to lie about his sleeping so she wouldn’t recommend sleep school, AGAIN, made me decide to do something about it.
A friend told me how Emma had helped her son so I called Emma that afternoon. Several days later, after Emma took extensive interviews with us to find out about Alexander and our family, and parenting styles, we had our first meeting.
I came away from that meeting with a plan, contingency plans, and a set of actions that I felt I could achieve. The very first night of actioning the plan, Alexander slept longer than he had in months. By the third night he was sleeping through the night.
Thank you Emma. You did what I didn’t believe was possible: you helped Alexander get a decent night’s sleep. He’s so much happier now and so are his parents!

Tegan and Ryley, 4.5 months

We contacted Emma for our little 4 and a half month old girl who was cat napping anywhere from 20mins-40mins, right up until her bedtime at 10pm. I was unable to put her down any earlier, she was unsettled and very overtired by the end of the day. I was feeding to sleep and took several attempts at putting her down only to wake and cry 5 mins later. Our little girl is now able to settle herself to sleep, connect her sleep cycles, napping for longer and a new bed time of 630pm! Couldn’t be more thankful and appreciative of Emma’s help! I feel so much more confident in myself and my job as a mother!

Leesa and Hazel, 22 months

I approached Emma after having a toddler permanently moved into our bed. Living in a rural area her telephone support was amazing and the tools she taught us worked very quickly and is something we will continue to use on our newborn.
I highly recommend Emma, her approach to sleep issues was very gentle and gradual and our toddler adapted very well.

Kelly and George, 21 months

I can’t recommend Emma enough!!. From the minute Emma walked into our home I felt at ease. Emma has a wonderful caring, gentle nature which put us and our children at ease. Our 21 month old had progressively gotten into terrible sleep habits to the point we couldn’t walk into his room without him having a complete melt down. We were spending hours getting him to sleep – usually in our arms or in our bed, and he would continue to wake multiple times throughout the night. My husband and I were at our wits end and completely and utterly exhausted. Something had to change – that’s when we turned to Emma. Within days our little boy was having both day and night sleeps in his cot. Within a week he was sleeping through the night and we have just spent a weekend away – something we wouldn’t of contemplated prior to seeing Emma. Thank you so much Emma

Emma and Lacey, 4.5 months

WHAT A WONDERFUL WOMAN!!! Before I contacted Emma I was at my absolute wits end with what to do with my little bubba Lacey. Lacey had colic until 3 months which meant for me to keep sane I felt I had no choice but to sleep her on my chest for every single daytime nap. When the colic was subsiding (thanks to Wilbys Colic Mix) I realised I could begin putting her down in her cot. This was not an easy feet as she had such strong associations with sleeping on me. I personally was not a cry it out fan either so had no idea at all how I was going to get her to be happy and sleep in her cot.
I think I was near on breaking point. I was emotionally and physically drained from rocking, feeding to sleep, patting, using the gym ball to sooth her (I was trying to do anything for her to just sleep).
Then Emma, no joke fixed all these issues in about less than 4 days. Yes the first couple days were exhausting but good lord the difference this program has made to Lacey is amazing and some what a miracle in regards to how life has changed for us as a family.
The great thing about this program is you get unconditional support from Emma every single day for 10 days. You don’t just get given a program written on a piece of paper and told good luck.
She was able to hear on the phone the different types of crying that I was unable to tell the difference between. She could tell me when to go into lace/when not to.
Long story cut short please do yourself a favour and use After The Stork if your having sleep problems with your little one, as you will definitely not regret it. It really will change your life.

Andie and Archer, 8 months

I approached Emma when our son was eight months old and had been waking up every 1.5-2 hours for over four months. I had done all the ‘right’ things and read all the books, had a schedule, age appropriate awake and nap/ bed times etc… but the overnights were consistently a blur of sleep deprived madness with frequent wake ups. I am not a person who asks for help easily… but I am glad I followed my instinct on this one, and contacted Emma for help. Emma was so personable, gentle and kind and came into our home and took the time to get to know us and our situation. I felt that addressing the sleep issues in our own home environment was really important. The best part of working with Emma was that she followed up with and supported us for two straight weeks. We are now all having more peaceful nights and so, so many less wake ups. Our son is also napping like a dream baby and we can really make the most of his awake time now as he is so full of energy… and maybe even a bit more cheeky, if that’s possible! Thanks Emma 🙂

Kath and Sonny, 4 months

After a rocky start to life and a number of stays in the Children’s Hospital, Sonny became used to sleeping in our arms. We were fine with this as he had been unwell and we wanted him close to us, but once his medical issues were sorted, we knew we needed help. Sonny would only sleep one sleep cycle and was unable to self settle. This became very tiring and with two other children we contacted Emma for help. Emma was amazing. We talked through the birth and what had happened to date. Emma listened to our story and together we worked out a plan that suited our parenting style and our family. Wow. I was blown away with how things changed in our house in such a short amount of time. Within 3 days Sonny was stringing together sleep cycles and was able to self settle. Night feeds went from 3 to 1. The entire house felt the benefits of Emma’s input. Sonny was so much happier and obviously getting the proper amount of sleep that he needed to result in a very happy boy. I never thought Sonny was a “bad sleeper”, I knew he just needed help with sleeping and Emma’s knowledge and professionalism was amazing. If you’ve thought about getting some help, I couldn’t recommend Emma from After the Stork highly enough.
Kathxxx

Jess and Romeo, 5 months

Emma was our saviour!!! With such patience and love Emma helped our little boy to self settle only after 2-3nights. It has been the best technique and advice we have ever received. Highly highly recommend Emma, she is a goddess. Our little Romeo sleeps through the night now and sleeps for all his naps. Thank you! We love you! X

Nikki and Dallas, 16 months

We recently enlisted Emma’s help to get our 16 month old son back into a decent sleep routine. I had been in hospital, my parents (still relatively new to Dallas) had come to stay in order to help out, Dallas got hit with a throat infection and teething (molars) all at once. It was the perfect storm of things that disrupt sleep. My husband did what was necessary to get him back to sleep…. this involved picking him up, bouncing him, rocking him, you name it he did it. When I returned from hospital I wasn’t allowed to pick Dallas up. This made Dallas incredibly angry. As the days progressed he got worse. Dallas went from waking randomly here and there to several times a night. All in the space of a week.
So I called Emma. Because I couldn’t guarantee a specific time that Dallas was particularly bad at sleeping at Emma offered to treat me as an out of state client and our first chat was an hour long phone call. In which we discussed my cheeky clever little monster, who had also figured out that the quickest way to get us in the room was to hurl his comfort elephant over the side of the cot! Well Emma gave us some great suggestions and guided us through the steps. She left us to do the rest but said she would call the next day to check in.
We haven’t had a single problem since that first night. Emma’s tips and tricks worked (super fast!!). I whole heartedly say Thank you!! We are very grateful and would definitely recommend Emma and After the Stork to everyone.

Julie and Ziggy, 8 months.

Sleep deprivation was even more difficult than I had anticipated and I already knew I’d seriously miss my sleep!
Desperation, fear and guilt as well as a completely muddled mind were just some of the symptoms. It felt like everything was falling apart.

Emma came to the rescue when Ziggy was almost 8 months old, after a recommendation from a friend a couple of months earlier. Two weeks later I was kicking myself for not arranging to meet her earlier!

Like many new Mum’s out there, I wanted to believe I would just figure it all out on my own, it would come naturally somehow, as though I spoke Ziggy’s language.. I did not. Well, I learned, but only when my brain recovered from the sleep deprivation.
What worked for us as a Mother & Son team worked extremely well but I just couldn’t get on top of the napping, reading his sleepy signs correctly and and most importantly, “helping him” learn how to sleep.
On top of that, I found myself completely overwhelmed by the amount of conflicting advice and opinions coming my way. Whether or not they were requested.

Emma was so very compassionate and understanding of my situation, her advice and continued support not only had my old self back in action in under two weeks, but I saw a whole new side to Ziggy! He was so much happier.. clearly well rested.

Emma, I can’t thank you enough. You saved me from a scary place.
Ziggy will be forever grateful you helped his Mum teach him such an important skill.

I highly recommend Emma and After the Stork. 🙂

Gillian and Gully, 2yrs 4mths

Emma was fantastic and I’m only sorry we didn’t get in touch with her sooner. Our 28-month-old was going to bed well most nights but waking several times throughout the night and wanting bottles of milk. We knew he was too old for it (the milk particularly) but breaking the habit felt impossible. And we were wrung out! Enter Emma. She spent a lot of time understanding our situation, she devised a plan – and voila, it worked. Astoundingly, immediately. Several weeks on we have a happy toddler who sleeps through the night for a good 11-12 hours and eats well during the day. If you’re struggling with sleep stuff, get Emma. Kind, patient, and really after the best outcome for your baby and you. Thank you Emma, so much. 

Jenny and James, 5 months

I struggle to find words to thank Emma. Before we made contact with Em I was filled with anxiety around my son James’s (5 months) sleep. I felt a real uneasiness in my own home never quite knowing how long he would sleep for. He was cat napping during the day, an extremely fussy feeder and needed to be rocked to sleep most nights.
After Emma, we now have James sleeping two short and a long nap at lunchtime, his feeding has improved out of sight and putting him to sleep at night is a dream. All this in just over a week. Even though we live in WA Emma took the time get to know our family and especially James. Emma, thank you for bringing peace back to our household and to James. We are forever grateful for you being there on the other end of the phone calmly taking us through every step of your plan. Jen and Gra x

Heather and Norah, 6 months

Emma was the hope I clung onto that we would one day sleep again and she delivered!
My 6 month old had been waking every 40 minutes all night long and needing to be fed back to sleep for a month and only napping in my arms, the carrier or the car her whole little life- and those naps were now down to 2-3 x 20 minute naps a day. I was staunchly against sleep training because I had been completely guilted into thinking I would damage my beautiful little baby and she wouldn’t think I loved her anymore- but there’s only so much sleep deprivation one can take!
Emma discussed with me what my priorities were and what I wanted for my babies sleep and what my babies temperament is. She came to my house showed me what I should be doing, gave me a plan and continued to check in with us for 10 days- the phone conversations were invaluable support and direction.
I’m not going to lie- it has been really, really tough but now my bub is going to sleep in her own cot, going to bed at a reasonable time and only feeding a couple of times a night.
I recommend Emma completely, she was amazing.

Kirsty and Sam, 9 months

As gorgeous as our 9 month old Sam is, we decided it was time to contact Emma when his sleep pattern started affecting the whole family. My partner and I were constantly grumpy and we had limited patience or time for our 5 year old son who needed us aswell. I’m a midwife so we sailed through the first 4 months, I knew what I was doing, but then things started to unravel and we didn’t really put up any boundaries, we just thought it would sort itself out.

Basically Sam was having a big 2-3 hour sleep in the morning and then a short sleep in the afternoon, if any, because it was always clashing with school pick ups. He then wouldn’t go to bed at night. He was happy enough but it was exhausting for us and we wanted our evenings back.

I had started back at work, and it was all getting too much for us all. He was also waking at least once overnight for a feed. We knew we had to do something and I knew changes could be made but he was teething, and Christmas was coming up and we knew it was going to be a busy time- should we just wait until the new year??

Emma and I had a chat and although she said its up to us she said sometimes it’s best to bite the bullet and get it started, there is always something and they seem to be teething for ages- we are SO glad we took her advice!!!

After only a week he is asleep without a fuss at 6.30 pm and sleeping through until 6-7 in the morning. We are so glad we made the changes now so that we can enjoy the festive season not exhausted and with a happy sleeping baby. I’ll be honest, the first night was tough, but well worth the results. Emma’s kind support, relaxed personality and clear instructions made it so much easier to cope with, and he was still asleep 2 hours earlier than the night before! Anyone who is thinking whether they should or shouldn’t at this time of year I say go for it!

Jane and Liv, 9.5 months

Emma literally saved our little family! We made a call to Emma in a very fragile and sleep deprived state and we are SO glad we did! We have tried co-sleeping, comforters, sleeping bags, white noise, dummies, rocking, patting, shushing and every other tip that we had heard to try help our little girl sleep but we were still up 6-10 times a night.

Emma was super positive and completely fostered our parenting style to get some amazing results for our bub – and 2 very sleep deprived parents!

It was tough at the start but Emma was there for us every step of the way and although during night 1 we were ready to give up, we are now so very glad we listened to Emma and followed her advice. Lack of consistency was definitely our problem but after only 5 days in we had a fantastic, easy going routine sorted and our confidence in parenting had returned.

Thank you, Emma, for your support and positivity (and for answering our millions of questions!) We have one happy baby on our hands and are all feeling rested for the first time in 9 months! ❤️

Kate and Benji, 9.5 months

As soon as I spoke to Emma I immediately felt completely comfortable and at ease. We welcomed her into our home shortly afterwards and it was a pleasure to meet her. Benji would only feed to sleep, would wake often very unsettled and his day sleeps were all over the shop. From the day we started working with her, Benji’s day sleeps became easier, no more feeding to sleep and he sleeps through and is generally at night is far more settled when he does wake (and now self settles back to sleep). When Benji went down for his first nap, I had the pleasure of talking to Emma for a couple of hours. From birthing stories to our puppies, it was lovely to a chat and feel totally at ease with Emma and her guidance.

Emma helped me with a plan of attack, checked in with me regularly and supported me greatly. I am feeling so much more relaxed and happy, as is Benji. If I regret anything at all, it is not calling her sooner. I would wholeheartedly recommend Emma to any family that needs help. I wouldn’t hesitate in making contact again, if we also needed help in the future. Thanks so much Emma!

Misha and Jordan, 11 months.

When my son was 2-8 months old he was not a great sleeper; he was a colicky baby who would cry for hours on end, waking up many times a night. So at 10 months when he was going to bed at 9pm and waking up 3 times a night I really didn’t think it was that bad. I resigned to the fact that it was normal for a mum to be waking up throughout the night and he was very easily fed back to sleep so I didn’t like to complain, even though I was starting to get tired of it.

A couple in my parents group recommended After The Stork. They said it was the best decision they had ever made and wish they had done it sooner. We live in a rural town 6 hours from Melbourne so I wondered how it would work. We wondered could it really help our son to sleep through the night? Especially only being able to communicate via email and phone.

Emma was so friendly and supportive as she worked together with us to select the best strategies and approaches that fit in with our lives. We were excited yet nervous to start! The first night was tough but each night our son’s sleeping improved. Within 3 nights he was sleeping 12 hours a night and he has never looked back! Emma was in contact with us every day at the start. She talked through the routines and strategies, allowing us to ask any questions and also to make necessary changes to best suit our son.

We are so thankful for the guidance and support Emma gave us to allow our son to sleep through the night. We now have piece of mind that he is getting the best amount of sleep and daytime naps appropriate for his age and we can now make the most of the evenings to ourselves. We can even enjoy a night out every now and then knowing our son wont wake up for our baby sitter! Thank you Emma for giving us the gift of sleep!

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!!!

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.”

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!

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