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Reassure Me

$ 87 Email Support
  • Send me a one off question
  • I'll give you some tips on where to start
  • Not ideal for complex situations
  • If you decide that you need more support, I will credit you the cost of this email package!

Teach Me

$ 497 Consultation
  • 2-3 weeks of support
  • Full Assessment
  • Sleep Education
  • 1 x Follow-up Session
  • Email Support
  • Written Summary

Walk with Me

$997
$ 827 Coaching
  • 6-8 weeks of intensive support
  • Full Assessment
  • Sleep & Parenting Education
  • 6 x Follow-up Sessions
  • Email Support
  • Written Summary
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* Hourly support is also available. Great for a quick fix, or simple question where no follow-up is requested. If you want more support after...That’s okay too.
Book as much or as little as you need! $127/hour

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Client reviews

What people are saying?

Maisie has a unique ability to both listen and plan. She naturally sees the big picture and helped us navigate our sleep struggle with ease and compassion. If you are looking for a practical and empathetic approach to your sleep troubles, I would look no further.
Angela
Occupational Therapist & Mom to 2 Girls
I tried looking for solutions online but it was just too overwhelming. Maisie was so amazing. She set me straight on sleep aids and gave me the confidence that I needed.
Julia
Accountant & Mom of Two
We struggled so much with naps before working with Maisie! I was spending hours trying to put her down! Now it's much shorter and her night sleep has improved too and continues to get better and better! I understand so much about baby sleep now which helps guide how I tackle naps and her nighttime sleep. Thanks so much Maisie!!!
Roxy
Nurse & First Time Mom

All You Need To Know

frequently asked questions

A Holistic Sleep Coach is someone who has completed training in a number of areas pertaining to sleep, health & wellness.  

This includes training in child development, parenting, attachment, breastfeeding, nutrition, allergy, mental health, biology, temperament, sensory, as well as social and cultural factors…and more! 

A Holistic Sleep Coach takes a comprehensive, multi-factorial approach, to identifying the underlying root cause (and in most cases causes) of your sleep problem(s). 

Its not about a quick fix, its about finding a lasting solution.

There are many misconceptions about holistic health. 

What it really comes down to is approach. A holistic health approach involves treating the whole person. It is person-centered (i.e. individualized), and evidence-based (which is science talk for approaches that are supported by research). 

The purpose of a holistic approach is to look past the symptom(s), to find and correct the root cause of the problem – all while improving overall health and wellness. 

There are no quick band-aid solutions here!

The process involves an in depth assessment, sleep diaries, education and collaborative discussion.

With Holistic Sleep Coaching, the goal may be to improve sleep, but after we spend some time working together and discovering the root cause of your challenges, you might just find that the solution will benefit you in other ways as well. 

Its something I say all the time – sleep problems are rarely just about sleep! 

Parenting has evolved a lot over the years, and so has parenting support! With so much information available online, through social media, books, and well-meaning family members or friends, it is hard to know what advice to take.  

When you work with me you gain so much more than just sleep support.  You will gain evidence-based knowledge, so you can make informed decisions around sleep and development. You will gain confidence in your parenting abilities, so that you can troubleshoot future problems independently and with ease. 

Any sleep plan that fails to factor in all of the unique parts that make your child who they are, within the context of you as a parent, and the rest of the family…will likely fall short.

I will help you find the right path for you!

I am much more than a sleep consultant. I am a mom of twin boys, and a Registered Psychiatric Nurse, with years of university education and experience working directly with families in the field of mental health & wellness. Additionally, I hold specialized training as a Certified Infant Sleep Educator, and an Accredited Holistic Sleep Coach. 

My educational and employment background are important given there are no regulatory or government bodies within the field of sleep. Whether it be sleep consulting, sleep training, coaching or education.. most of the training programs only consist of a few weeks of training, and have no educational prerequisites. 

What this means is that pretty much anyone can call themselves a sleep expert – with little to no training, or experience. 

Given how significantly sleep impacts our health, I strongly urge you to research your options!

As a Sleep Educator, I help individuals and families to better understand normal sleep behaviour – everything from sleep patterns, and daily sleep requirements, to frequency of night-time awakenings. 

We can’t truly correct sleep challenges until we understand what is normal. Sleep Education basics include learning how to read your child’s behavioural cues, and the importance of attending to your baby/child responsively.

The goal is to help you to develop tools and strategies so you can build on your parenting to sleep skills, all while helping to ensure a strong attachment and optimal brain development

Often this involves incorporating a number of lifestyle changes to help the whole family get more zzz’s. But don’t worry…I’ll walk you though it!

Sleep training and sleep coaching/education share the common goal for families to feel more rested, but they differ significantly in how they arrive at their goal.

Sleep training is quick and very intense..and unfortunately usually the results tend to be short lived requiring repeat sessions. The whole process involves a lot of crying that most parents find traumatic. 

While sleep training was once considered best practice, research is now suggesting that it might be harmful. We now know that babies who are sleep trained are not actually sleeping through the night (because its developmentally impossible to do so). They have just been trained to stop signaling (i.e. crying) for their parents. In effect, they learn that there is no point in crying as their needs will be ignored. Instead, when they wake up, they lay alone in their cribs. 

When it comes to babies and young children, we know that intensive periods of crying and neglect can have lasting implications for brain health, development, and attachment.

This is why I take a gentle and holistic approach to sleep.  My goal is to find you solutions to get more sleep without sleep training and without compromising normal healthy development, and with minimal crying.

The short answer to this question is probably, at least a little bit. Anyone who tells you otherwise is likely wrong! Babies do not like change, they do not understand it, and so naturally find it distressing. They are hardwired to cry in these situations! 

What I really want to stress here is the difference between traditional sleep training (also known as cry-it-out), and responsive settling. Because the difference is a BIG one.

Crying that is attended to in a supportive and responsive way, not only feels more natural to parents, it is also healthier, and promotes a secure attachment.  

To be clear here. My goal is always to prevent and reduce crying. My approach is gentle and holistic.  I do not promote any form of cry-it-out. I will never ask you to leave the room, or avoid picking up or touching your baby if they are crying or distressed.

Maybe. Hopefully!

My goal is always to help your child to get more sleep so YOU feel well rested.

However, some babies, and children have unique  needs, and/or strong temperaments that make lengthening (also known as consolidating) sleep difficult.

It is also important to factor in normal sleep behaviour. Most new parents do not realize that it is developmentally normal (and healthy!) for a baby to wake up multiple times during the night. Night waking is actually very important for brain development!

Absolutely! I have spent the better part of my career specializing in working with people who have disabilities. 

Everyone deserves a better sleep! Getting there can sometimes take a bit longer, but the reward is worth the effort.

Research shows that sleep plays a key role in the reduction of many mental health challenges – like ADHD, irritability, and aggression – that children and adults with a disability can face on a daily basis.

 

Not a problem! While I am physically located in the small town of Port Alberni, on Vancouver Island in Beautiful British Columbia.  I have clients from all over the place!

The wonders of modern technology allow me to provide electronic support to anyone (via phone, email, and video-chat (i.e. Zoom or Facetime or equivalent).

I recognize that private individualized support may be a luxury to many. But, I strive to help as many people as I can! For this reason, I have many free and lower cost options available.

My group packages are one great option. Simply bring along your mommy friends to be eligible for group rates!

I also have some online courses in the works! If you prefer a more DIY approach. 

If you are looking for some truly free support, then I recommend signing up for my mailing list to receive free parenting to sleep tips!

There is also my Sleepy Essentials Facebook group!  Join Here!

Plus – there’s gift cards! Better sleep is pretty much the perfect gift.

Good question!

Extended health plans vary so much. It really depends on where you live, and your coverage details.

Many plans will reimburse Registered Nursing services. One important factor to consider is that my nursing registration is limited to the province of British Columbia, Canada.

I recommend contacting your service provider to be sure. I am also happy to submit a preauthorization request on your behalf. Then we will know for sure!

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