Founded in 2005, Baby Matters is the leading provider of maternity services in Scotland and the UK, offering care and consultancy from a small team of highly qualified, caring practitioners.
The Baby Matters team consists of dedicated, professional maternity nurses, all with extensive experience of providing maternity nurse services across the UK and around the world
Baby Matters was born from the recognition that every new parent needs support at some time.
Perhaps your newborn is having trouble feeding, perhaps your toddler keeps you up in the night, or perhaps you just feel isolated with no extended family nearby. Baby Matters’ informal, friendly approach will put you at ease and within days your whole family will feel the benefit of engaging a Baby Matters expert.
The Baby Matters team are all qualified paediatric first aiders, hold PVG disclosures and have Public Liability insurance. References and CVs are available on request.
OUR MISSION IS TO TAKE THE WORRY OUT OF PARENTING AND EMPOWER YOU TO CARE FOR YOUR BABY WITH CONFIDENCE
Maternity Nurse and Paediatric Sleep Expert
I began my career training as a Paediatric Nurse from 2002-2005 at the Royal Hospital for Sick Children in Edinburgh. My training gave me a wealth of knowledge and experience in many clinical areas including: A&E, Medical Paediatrics, Speciality Surgery (short stay and long stay), Neurology, Burns, and Neonatal / Special Baby Care, to list a few.
Upon graduation, I undertook further study and training and embarked on a career as a maternity nurse, travelling extensively working with newborns in London, Paris, New York, Dubai and Qatar. During this time, I embraced the opportunity to continue my education and advance my knowledge and skills working alongside speech and language therapists, special feeding therapists, and physical therapists. I also trained as a Birth Doula at the prestigious Mount Sinai Beth Israel Hospital In New York City.
In 2013 I made the decision to return to Edinburgh and began my journey as Director of Baby Matters. Over the last 8 years Baby Matters has evolved into something I could only have dreamt of. I am so proud of the positive impact it has had on the hundreds of families who have had their lives improved from our help, support and encouragement. At the heart of Baby Matters is my core belief that every baby matters, every child matters and every family matters. There is no "one-size fits all" at Baby Matters, but rather a personalised and bespoke support package for each and every child and family that I see.
Baby Matters, and so do you!
I have 2 very energetic little boys of my own who keep me very busy and constantly learning. I'm passionate about empowering parents to make informed choices, and most importantly, helping parents to enjoy their parenting experience!
Being a new parent can often feel like a minefield. There is so much conflicting advice, and everyone you meet seems to think they have the answers. We are knowledgable, experienced professionals and we will give you practical advice that actually works!
Breast Feeding Consultation
Breast feeding can be the best, but also the most challenging part of being a new mother. If you are experiencing difficulty with any aspect of feeding - we are here to help. We have supported countless families at every stage of their breastfeeding journey.
From issues with latch on day one, to how best to wean off feeding at the end of your journey (and everything in between).
Baby Matters are pro feeding in whatever way works best for you and your baby, and we are here to help and support you to achieve that. What you won't find from us, is any pressure or judgement. Your baby - your choice.
Breast To Bottle Consultation
Breast fed babies often develop a preference for feeding only from the breast, and refuse to accept a bottle. If you are having difficulty introducing a bottle to your baby, or wish to stop breastfeeding completely we can help you introduce a bottle to your little one.
Your Baby Matters consultant will come to your home and over 2/3 feeds will will teach our baby how to drink from a bottle.
We have a 100% success rate in getting babies to accept a bottle where they previously have refused.
*This service is only available to babies under 7 months of age.
Night Nurse / Maternity Nurse
Working with us for one night, several weeks, or even months allows for the opportunity to recuperate following the arrival of your baby. As well as a chance to recover, we also want you to have the opportunity to learn from our collective 30 plus years of extensive expert experience in caring for newborns. We will support and guide you through the early challenges of caring for a newborn, empowering you to care for your baby with confidence. Starting out with healthy habits from the very beginning will ensure your baby transitions easily through the many developmental changes in those early months and you can enjoy your time as a new parent - without the worry or exhaustion!
*Additional charges apply for multiples
This package is perfect for anyone looking for a little bit of respite, support and care from an experienced Maternity Nurse in the early weeks and months after their baby is born. It's a chance to recover, and an opportunity to learn from the experts.
We believe parents deserve (and need) ongoing support to navigate the many changes that a new baby goes through in the first 3 months of being in the world. Having someone on hand who knows the answers will make life simpler and easier for you, and will ensure you get off to the best start possible with your baby.
Most importantly, engaging this support is a gift to yourself. The gift of reassurance and security at your most vulnerable time. I want you to enjoy this time together as a new family, without any stress or worry.
Sleep Shaping Consultation
(12 weeks to 4 months)
We are huge advocates of starting out on the right footing, setting healthy habits around sleep from the very beginning.
Baby won’t nap during the day? Baby will only nap on you? You cannot get your baby settled in their own bed in the evening? Baby wakes frequently during the night and despite being fed / comforted – they just will not sleep!?
Our Sleep Shaping consultation is perfect for these kinds of scenarios. We are not promising to have your baby sleeping through the night, however, by implementing gentle techniques and setting manageable goals to improve aspects of your baby’s sleep we can shape your 24 hour routine meaning significantly more rest for everyone.
Bespoke Consultation Service
Whether you need a bit of guidance with:
During a 1:1 consultation your baby / child and family's individual needs are discussed in extensive detail. Based on my experience of caring for hundreds of babies and children for over 20 years, I will provide a tailored plan that meets the needs of your baby, and your family.
As you begin to implement the suggested changes, I am on hand via whatsapp to support you, and answer any questions or concerns you may have. There is no such thing as a silly question and you will have ample opportunity within your 7-10 days of aftercare and wrap up call to ask anything that comes to mind.
Do you have a sleep thief who is cute as buttons by day, but by night is stealing everyone's precious and necessary sleep? Hop over to our sister site www.sleepmatters247.co.uk for more info on how we can help.
Beyond Birth Workshop Series
Be Ready to Parent
Group workshop to be taken during pregnancy or within the first 2 weeks of your newborns life. A completely unique, hands on class covering:
How to bring your newborn home from the hospital safely, what to expect in the early days (what's normal and what's not), how dads can play a prominent role and help support the new mum, cord care, nappy changing, top & tail, bathing, winding techniques, settling techniques, swaddling, making up your baby's bed & safe sleeping, how to get started implementing a gentle routine, early intro into setting up for success with sleep, products we recommend & so much more! Routines included through to 14months+.
This class is very practical in nature and requires a lot of participation.
£79 per couple
Available privately, please enquire for more information.
Boobs, Bottles or Both?
Whether you know you want to breastfeed, fancy giving it a go, are interested in combination feeding, or know already you only want to use bottles - this is the workshop for you! We cover all aspects of feeding including how to prepare for breastfeeding during pregnancy, common problems that arise in the early days of feeding and how to ensure they don't bring your feeding journey to an early stop, and how to make up a bottle and feed and wind your baby confidently. What do you need to feed your baby? What are the best products available & so much more!
£79 per couple
Group Sleep Workshop to be taken during pregnancy or within the first 12 weeks after birth. Bringing 20 years of experience supporting families with sleep, we are here to share with you the best-kept secrets of sleep.
Why sleep is so important? What's normal? Expectations v realities in relation to newborn sleep. Circadian rhythms, Sleep Cycles, and a bit of the science of sleep. Common sleep myths dispelled. Safe sleeping. How to ensure your environment is conducive to good sleep. How to start off with good sleep habits and what to do if things get off track. Settling techniques & so much more!
£79 per couple