Welcome to the website. Thank you for taking the time to read and get to know me.
I'm a kind, sympathetic ear. I'm good at listening, but also good at hearing and hope that I will put you at ease straight away. It is so important for a relationship to work, that both parties trust one another. Feel free to ask any questions before committing to an assessment, it's important you feel totally comfortable with me.
I'm not coming to yours to judge the size of your washing pile, or your pyjamas. You don't need to get dressed! I'm here to help and I also make excellent tea!
Paediatric Nurse and IBCLC, Tongue Tie Practitioner
I have been a paediatric nurse for 20 years. I studied at the University of Surrey, and the last 15 years I spent working in Paediatric Intensive Care at the Evelina London Hospital. The unit is world renowned, and is also the home to the South Thames Retrieval Service.
PICU taught me a huge amount including a holistic assessment of the body, piecing together the picture and formulating best plans.
I am a qualified IBCLC Lactation Consultant, I'm also a Tongue Tie Practitioner, meaning I can identify reduced tongue function, provide muscular tension release and a tongue tie division if needed.
I am the very lucky Mumma to 3 wonderful babies! A 6-year-old, a 4-year-old and a 2-year-old.
They keep me on my toes and keep me grounded!
I breastfed all 3, however, due to a missed tongue tie diagnosis, my breastfeeding journey with my eldest ended abruptly due to aversion and pain. We transitioned to formula milk and the cherry on the cake meant that her Dad, my husband, could get involved in feeds too!
So zero judgement from me about how you feed, I've done it all!
My youngest two both had tongue tie divisions and I was able to feed them for over a year each.
Back to the beginning and basics!
That's not to dismiss yours or your babies history at all, in fact if people are making contact with me, it's normally because something isn't quite right and the story can be lengthy and confusing.
That's why I'll go back to the start, I want to hear it all. I'll ask all the questions I need to help me unpick and then build the bigger picture.
The signs and symptoms of an unsettled baby are quite general and they overlap so much. Sleep, feeding, reflux, colic, allergies....they can all show the same signs. It's my job to listen to you, to hear you and help find the cause.
BSc Hons Nursing, Child Branch, University of Surrey (2003)
IBCLC Lactation Consultant (Breastfeeding London Course, accreditation by Royal College of Midwives)
Tongue Tie Practitioner (Tongue Tie Training Academy, led by Carmelle Gentle RM, IBCLC)
Paediatric Intensive Care and Retrieval Nurse with South Thames Retrieval Service (STRS) at Evelina London Hospital for 15 years
Commenced training as an Advanced Nurse Practitioner in Critical Care, Kings College London
Mannta (OCN) Sleep Training Course
Holistic Sleep Coaching Course (Mini) by Feed Sleep Bond, run by Lyndsey Hookway (RN, IBCLC)
Fully qualified in first aid and Advanced Paediatric Immediate Life Support
Up to date training in Safeguarding Adults and Children; Infection Prevention and Control; Equality, Diversity and Human Rights
CQC registered for Surgical procedures (under Vikki Wareham Ltd)
Member of the Royal College of Nursing (RCN)
Member of Nursing and Midwifery Council (NCM)
Member of Association of Tongue Tie Practitioners (ATP)
Member of Lactation Consultants of Great Britain (LCGB)
I hold an up to date DBS check (advanced) and am fully insured