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

Mum holding her 6 week old newborn baby and smiling at the camera

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!

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

Adele and Delilah, 5 months

I’m so grateful to have meet Emma but also to have taken the courage to follow my instincts. My little baby girl was 4months old when Emma came around. She always has been a good sleeper at night, very early drop the night feed and would do block of 6hours by 2months! However, she always struggle with day time nap.Still I thought I was so lucky! then came the 3/4months change and she would not sleep for more than 45mins (mostly on me) during the day. Some naps were 20mins after doing some ninja move to manage to put her down. She was snack-feeding all day and I had to start giving her formula (I was so upset) as my body couldn’t follow the every 45mins feed from 6am to 7pm. I was literally drained! She became really grumpy, cry a lot, wouldn’t handle anything but being carried or fed. My husband thought it was normal and I should just stick to it, but I knew that she needed more than 45mins siesta throughout the day. So trust me, I called Emma without my husband consent and the first two days were hard (as I had no support apart from Emma). But OH THE CHANGE after two days! Now after a month since Emma came she sleep for 3naps and one of them is two hours! She sleeps from 6.30pm to 7am, and she is back on breast milk only!She is a delight and I enjoy every seconds she is awake.She smiles, laugh, and has so much energy all the time. Even my husband recognised that it was the right way to get support and he is glad I did it. If I have an advice: don’t wait. It is so worth it! I was pretty tight with money but I never regretted having spending it! It is ok to recognised we need help sometimes! Thank you Emma! thank you from the bottom of my heart!Mum squatting down and holding her 5 month old daughters hand

Rhianna and Magnus, 5 months

“If you are thinking about getting help from Emma…JUST DO IT!

Our gorgeous son, Magnus, had been a pretty good sleeper from very early on.

At around the four month mark we noticed some changes in his sleep habits (the dreaded four month sleep regression!) so contacted Emma to help us support Magnus through the regression by teaching him to self settle. We also wanted to transition him into his own room and bring his bedtime forward (we hadn’t been able to succesfully settle Magnus down for the night until around 9pm!).

We were blown away by how quickly and seamlessly Emma was able to help us achieve our goals. Her methods and routines were tailored to suit our family and she worked with us to ensure that we had the confidence and skills we needed to be able to help Magnus become a great sleeper!

Within a few days of working with Emma, Magnus was self settling, sleeping in his own room and happily in bed for the night by 7pm.

We couldn’t recommend Emma highly enough!

Rhianna and John”

Michaela and Sophie 9.5 months

One evening we were sitting down eating tea as a family my Husband, myself and our 9.5 month old daughter….
This evening was different.
We had the tv on which is very rare for us.
I wanted the news on just to see what was going on in the world besides my own little world.
A segment came on I heard them mention words like baby’s, sleep, sleep deprivation, sleeping through, parents, experts.
I said to my husband quick turn it up and we watched the segment. I didn’t catch the name of the business so I asked my husband – thankfully he heard it…..
After the stork.
So that night we were googling, I was desperate this night for sleep.
Who am I kidding I was desperate for sleep everyday and every night since our daughter was born.
We felt we had tried everything and no success ! What did I have to loose at contacting After the Stork I was already sleep deprived.
– My biggest worry’s were we live 6 hours away from Emma how can she help me from that far away!?
– Spending money on something I didn’t know if it would work or not!?
There are so many conflicting things on google, like how your baby “should” be sleeping through from 6 months.
There are so many sleeping aids and sleep experts out there claiming to have the key to sleep. You hear so many stories from people and it all gets so conflicting and confusing, you go round and round in circles.
I contacted Emma – the best thing we have ever done for our family’s lifestyle and sleep. We had all the pieces to the puzzle just needed Emma to help us put it all together. And she did !!
I now have time in the evening with my husband to catch up on our days.
I thank Emma so much for the happy lifestyle we have now as a family and most importantly sleep!!
– Michaela

9.5 month old baby standing and peeking over the top of the cot

Baby Sophie

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

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!

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