It's all about your

Baby!

It's all about...

Your Baby

My passion for babies stems from my own early attachment experiences. Part of my healing journey has been collecting a personal history of my own time during conception, gestation, birth, and infancy. I am lucky enough to have both parents alive and well enough to share their memories of that time with me. I know a few of my own stressful imprints come from the time I spent in the NICU, being parented by hippies who weren’t able to do their own therapy before passing along unconscious generational wounds. I internalized their stress and feel those impacts today.

Moreover, I can point to my own past pre and perinatal experiences as the origin of the limitations I have today. These are unconscious memories stored as body sensations, painful emotions, and limiting beliefs about my self-worth and self-efficacy. All of this despite having two loving parents who were giving their best who simply didn’t understand the infant needs I had for emotional and physical security. 

Infants are unable to advocate for themselves and are completely dependent on their caregivers to provide a solid foundation for development. This makes infants our most vulnerable citizens because their needs are often misunderstood in the context of lifespan development. 

During infancy, the foundation for lifelong learning, personality, health, and happiness is formed.

 What is lesser-known, is that development actually begins prenatally and is largely influenced by the parents’ emotional states. This points to the importance of accessing support all through pregnancy and beyond. An infant’s nervous system develops and grows in direct relation to the experiences infants are having. Because of how rapidly development occurs, it doesn’t take much stress to make a lasting imprint. And yet, early caregiving is one of the most stressful experiences for families.

However, if caught in time, the effects of stressors and trauma can possibly be amended and even avoided in the future. 

My life’s work has been dedicated to understanding infant development and how daily caregiving shelters or exposes infants to stress; stress that resides in the body-mind-spirit in non-verbal, hard to pinpoint ways that interrupt optimal growth and the fullest expressions of life. 

Working with babies is the most direct form of prevention and early intervention, and can change the entire trajectory of growth for individual and population health.

It would be my honor to work with you, your family, and your baby. Collectively, by investing in prenatal and infant-parent health, we can shape the next generation to feel secure, connected, and whole.

To learn more about one of my techniques called the Masgutova Neurosensorimotor Reflex Integration (MNRI) Method
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The Littlest Crew / Coaching for Prenatal, Birth, and Infant Relationships

Supporting the littlest crew members is my biggest passion!

Not only can we prevent stress and developmental challenges by focusing on prenatal and infant relationships, but we have the best chance at setting kids up for long term success if we nurture our little ones before and right after they are born. To build better relationships with your crew I offer prenatal education on birth, infant development, and the transition into parenthood.

For those who have already given birth or welcomed their adopted baby, I offer therapeutic coaching and education to work through birth challenges and optimize bonding. If a new babe has left your older kiddo feeling weird, or your partner feeling left out I can offer support there too.

If you experienced birth trauma, perinatal loss, or are having trouble bonding with your baby due to postpartum mood disorders (or other factors) please reach out for support. My approach optimizes healing through compassionate and integrative therapies. 

When you know it’s not just about you anymore, it’s time to invest in the emotional lives of your Crew!

This might be a good fit if you:

  • Are pregnant, trying to get pregnant, or healing from a pregnancy loss
  • Want private birth education
  • Need support for newborn parenting
  • Feel ambivalence in your new role as a parent 

 

Baby Blueprints

Baby Blueprints is a 6-week group for expectant and infant parents. We meet virtually for 90 minutes of live coaching and education each week to help you understand what is foundational in infant development and how to nurture your child’s brain architecture through a model of co-regulation. 

It’s fascinating stuff that will help you feel confident in your parenting choices and open you up to the world of nurturing attachment science. The models range from the spirituality of birth, to how stress impacts the brain, to your baby’s sensory and reflex needs, and tools for communication.

This might be a good fit if you:

  • Are a first time parent and are looking for super cool classes as you prepare for birth and parenting
  • Are a seasoned parent and are exploring your values and philosophies for parenting
  • Have a family history of mental illness and want to optimize your infant’s mental health
  • Are healing from birth and strengthening your infant-parent bond
Infant Massage Classes

I love teaching infant massage!

This has been my primary community outreach effort since 2007 because it is one of the best ways to deepen infant-caregiver bonds.

Each class is different; I am creative and spontaneous catering the material to the folks in the room. We will cover some infant massage strokes so you can massage your baby during or after class (depending on what they are up for), and we will talk about all kinds of other things related to babies and parenting.

Currently, this is a virtual offering, held Tuesday at 10 am eastern time (with a minimum of 4 registrants). 

Join the class if you want to :

  • Connect with other parents and babies
  • Discuss cool developmental science
  • Deepen your infant-parent bond
  • Learn to massage your baby
  • Ask an infant developmental specialist questions
Ankyloglossia / Tongue and Lip Ties

I fell into a specialty working with infants with tongue and lip ties a few years ago.

Most of my tongue tie client dyads find me along their breastfeeding journey. Their baby is having difficulty gaining weight or maintaining a good latch at the breast or bottle. Sometimes the baby looks great but the breastfeeding parent has damaged breast tissue or pain with nursing.

Typically it’s intuition that brings a parent to realize their child has tethered oral tissue. I support dyads with bodywork, oral assessments, pre and post frenectomy care, and consulting about how to navigate the tongue tie situation. We can meet in my office, in your home, virtually, or in one of the two frenectomy clinics I work in on the ankyloglossia team.

Whenever indicated we can work with your lactation consultant for an interdisciplinary session using bodywork to help your baby get back to the breast.  

Signs that your baby may be tied:

  • Lip blisters
  • A thick covering of milk residue on the tongue
  • Chomping, clicking, coming on and off the breast
  • Milk dribbling from the mouth when at the breast or bottle
  • Difficulty gaining weight
  • Damaged breast tissue
  • Pain at the breast
  • Trouble nursing on one side versus the other
  • Falling asleep at the breast
  • Nursing seems to take a long time
  • Gass, reflux, and GI concerns
  • Your intuition says something’s not quite right with how your baby feeds
Infant Sleep Coaching

There is an alternative to sleep training your baby and I am super passionate about getting this information to you!

This approach is all about nurturing your baby and informs your choices with developmental brain science, awareness of infant mental health, and universal biologically normal infant sleep. The best place to begin is to watch my free Infant Sleep Webinar to get the gist of the sleep science and ensure this approach aligns with your parenting values to nurture your child’s unique sleep needs.

My intro package includes a one-hour consultation (virtually or by phone) so we can dive into your sleep situation and explore all kinds of options. After our call, I am available for check in’s as you experiment over the next week. Add another week of coaching and support for as long as needed (2-3 weeks is recommended, although many families find the answers they are looking for within the first phone consultation). 

This might be a good fit if you:

  • Have questions about what’s normal.
  • Want to be a responsive and loving caregiver 24/7.
  • Are interested in protecting your child’s emotional and cognitive health and development. 
  • Wonder about “bad sleep habits.”
  • Need some tips on safe infant sleep.
  • Feel concerned that your child isn’t sleeping well.
  • Anticipating a transition is coming to the sleep arrangements of your home. 
  • Are in a sleep crisis and need immediate support for your own mental wellbeing.