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 new-born is having trouble feeding, perhaps your toddler keeps you up in the night, 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
Hi, I’m Sarah, the founder of Baby Matters. From an early age I wanted to work in childcare and when I left school was fortunate enough to gain a place at the prestigious Norland College from where I graduated with Distinction in 1999.
The training at Norland is very much based on practical placements and one of my first placements was in the “baby room” where I began learning how to care for the tiniest of babies. Within a couple of weeks I knew this was where my heart lay and throughout the rest of my training, which included dealing with children up to eight years old, my favourites were always the babies.
During my first year I was placed in the “children’s hotel” where young children were cared for by Norland Nannie’s in training. I enjoyed four weeks of looking after a very young baby and I learned then how to cope with the responsibility of caring for an infant along with how to cope with very little sleep!
Since completing my Probationary Year in London, where I had sole care of a baby boy from three weeks old, I have worked with many other families and babies both in the UK and abroad and I also have three children of my own. I have built on my Norland experience with almost twenty years of “hands on” experience in real life situations.
I have worked with numerous new-borns, several sets of twins and many anxious new parents. I pride myself on being able to provide support on diverse issues covering premature births, breastfeeding, lack of sleep, post-natal depression etc.
I began my career training as a Paediatric Nurse from 2002-2005 at the renowned 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.
My areas of expertise are breastfeeding support, maternity nursing for premature and low birth weight babies, caring for twins, and developing baby centred routines.
Laterally I have developed my existing knowledge and experience in helping families to solve sleep related issues.
I joined forces with Sarah Carpenter at Baby Matters in 2014 after returning to Edinburgh from London, where I had been working in a senior management role at an exclusive maternity facility. Along side providing exceptional care for new mothers and their babies, many of whom were high profile. My main role was the training and development of junior staff.
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.
Being a new parent can often feel like a minefield. So much conflicting advise and everyone you meet seems to think they have an answer. We are knowledgable, experienced professionals and we will give you practical advise that 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 all stages of their breastfeeding journey. From issues with latch from day one, to how best to wean off of feeding at the end of your journey, we are here to help.
Breast To Bottle
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.
Reflux / Allergies
While we would always refer you to your medical professional for treatment and management of Reflux and Allergies, Baby Matters have consulted with countless families to help them identify if Allergies and Reflux are present and help guide them toward a holistic / manageable plan to care for their baby during this time. Included in this service is an initial sleep assessment whereby we discuss and implement strategies to support you to manage your baby’s sleep needs while they are being impacted by underlying factors.
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
Sleep Shaping Consultation
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.
Potty Training Consultation
Every child is ready to potty train at a slightly different stage, but how do you know when that time is right for your child? If you think your little one is ready but haven't got the confidence to give it a go, we can help! Perhaps you started full of confidence but then came up against a hurdle you haven't quite managed to master. Whatever the issue may be, we have helped countless families successfully potty train their child. We will work with you to identify the right strategy for your child based upon their individual needs. Potty training does not need to be a time of stress or worry - with our support we can make your child's experience of using the toilet fun!
If you are in the throws of the terrible twos and can't seem to break the cycle of tantrums and tears - we are here to help. Having heard "NO" from your child (or yourself) one too many times today you might be thinking: what can I possibly be doing differently? How have I ended up sitting on the naughty step longer than my 2 year old?
If you're going to bed dreading what the next day may have in store, it's probably time to get in touch. With our support to achieve a consistent, positive approach to toddler behaviour, we can help help you put the fun back into parenting.
Weaning and Fussy Eaters
A frightening 50% of children in the UK are currently labelled "fussy eaters". Have you stopped to consider what could be making your child a part of that statistic? We work with you to take a good look at habits surrounding meal times, we will then support you in making changes by giving you strategies to make mealtimes less stressful, and even enjoyable again. Rather than focussing on the negatives, what can be turned into a positive?
Our plans start from weaning through those tough toddler years and into primary age issues.
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.