Gentle and Holistic Sleep Coaching
Hi, I'm Joy MacTavish, a holistic parenting coach with a focus on sleep, infant feeding and lactation consultant (IBCLC). I offer two types of support for family sleep based on your child's age.
For expecting and newborn families, Ebb + Flow Holistic Newborn Sleep supports and guides engaged, responsive parents in learning how to establish rhythms and optimize wellness so that you can feel rested and connected.
For babies over 4-months-old, a Sound Beginnings Gentle Sleep package provides holistic assessment and guidance based on attachment, biology, and comprehensive strategies to support your family's sleep.
Gentle Sleep Consulting
Sound Beginnings offers gentle sleep consulting based on the Sleep Savvy approach, which uses biological and anthropological understandings of sleep, the feeding relationship, and parental bonds.
Joy MacTavish, Sound Beginnings owner and lead sleep consultant, is a Sleep Savvy Certified Gentle Sleep Educator & Consultant.
You Want More Sleep. I Can Help.
Sound Beginnings gentle and holistic sleep coaching doesn't just offer a prescriptive list of generic sleep related steps that feel at odds with your parenting values. Instead, we look closely at what's working and what you want to change. Then I guide you in assessing and addressing the underlying factors that are impacting sleep and how to optimize those for your child and your entire family. You'll get an actionable list of specific steps to take — as soon as that very night — and continued support while you see the changes your family needs to feel rested while remaining connected.
How it Works
Sleep is a vital part of your family's system.
If you’re struggling, I want you to know that you’re not alone and that I am here to help you and your little one get the sleep you need.
In order to make improvements, we need to start with a holistic assessment that includes attention to biological rhythms, nutrition, naps, awake times, bedtime routine, night wakings, sleep associations, and more.
Your Sound Beginnings gentle, holistic sleep coaching begins when with a detailed inventory of current sleep and wellness. I'll guide you in reflecting upon and sharing your current routines, challenges, and goals. We'll connect and review everything during our first session, and then delve right into specific strategies that will help your family get more sleep.
You'll then have the on-going support you need as you implement the personalized, gentle, and holistic sleep strategies that will get your family more sleep.
Ebb + Flow Holistic Newborn Sleep
Ebb + Flow support includes private weekly coaching sessions with a focus on holistically optimizing your bonding, sleep, and well-being. We’ll assess your rhythms and routines along with lactation / infant feeding, babywearing, mental health, mindfulness, and your family’s “ecosystem.” This isn’t just about sleep but making sure your personal and parental needs, support systems, environment are set-up to maximize wellness for your entire family during the newborn season. - $995
Sound Beginnings Comprehensive Sleep Support Package
Our most complete option, the Sound Beginnings Comprehensive Sleep Support Package begins with a virtual session where you’ll walk away with a personalized and specific gentle sleep plan you can implement immediately. Through three follow-up sessions and messaging access between, you’ll have the support you need to fine-tune all aspects of your comprehensive sleep plan - $995
Sound Beginnings Gentle Sleep Basic Package
The Sound Beginnings Gentle Sleep Basic Package begins with a virtual session where you’ll receive a gentle sleep plan you can implement right away. You'll then have one follow-up session and a week of messaging as you implement sleep related changes - $500
Follow-up and Check-in Sessions
Follow-up virtual sleep sessions (~45 minutes) and check-ins (~20 minutes) are exclusively available to established clients and are a great opportunity for sharing updates and fine-tuning your gentle sleep plan.
How would I know Sound Beginnings gentle and holistic sleep coaching is right for my family?
My support may be right for you if you....
- want information and guidance with individualized strategies to support more sleep for your little ones and yourself
- are committed to a parent-present approach (no crying-it-out alone methods here)
- have 1, 2, or more parents or caregivers who are wanting to make changes to support sleep and wellness
- want to feel supported in your infant feeding - whether breastfeeding/chestfeeding/bodyfeeding, formula feeding, or combination feed. All coaching includes assessment of nutritional intake as it relates to sleep patterns.
- desire non-judgmental support of their parenting philosophies and decision-making including bedsharing, full-term nursing, and more!
How would I know if Sound Beginnings gentle and holistic sleep coaching not right for my family?
My support may not be right for you if you....
- would prefer a standardized “sleep training” plan and/or strict schedule
- want a sleep professional to come in and “sleep train” your baby
- have expectations that your child be able to sleep for a set amount of hours by a set date/age (i.e. 12-hours by a certain age)
- are not ready to establish gentle boundaries with your child. (Rest assured, any boundaries I suggest incorporating are very gentle, age-appropriate and often adaptable strategies.)
How will we know if this is the right fit for us?
Our goals are the same: for your family to feel supported and get more sleep.
As your gentle, holistic sleep coach I will review your intake prior to your initial session and let you know if any additional information or clarification is need. The first 10-15 minutes of an initial session will be devoted to discussing your goals and the principles of the sleep coaching I offer.
If, after that first 15 minutes either side feels this is not a good fit for your family at this time, you will be offered to transfer the value to different services or provided a refund.
What happens next? What does our communication look like?
During your initial session, we'll start by reviewing your family's current questions, concerns, challenges. (You'll share those with me via an online intake to streamline things and maximize our time together.)
We'll get clarity on your goals and then dive right into the specific strategies your family can implement to support your sleep and wellness.
After your first session, you'll have continued support through messaging and virtual sessions depending on your package. We'll be in touch as you implement new strategies and make changes toward your goals. You'll be able to share updates, ask questions, and get more guidance.
You're also welcome to join my online group where you'll be a part of an engaged community of parents and caregivers who are also navigating life with little ones. Totally optional. Totally worth it!
Can you promise an outcome or a certain amount of progress?
It would be unethical to make promises when there are so many variables in any biological, interactional, and multifaceted process such as sleep.
Progress can be measured in many ways. If you are implementing all the strategies we discussed and your child and family are not sleeping better we will discuss steps that may need to be taken before continuation of the sleep plan. You will never be left without strategies, resources, and support.
What ages of children do you support?
Sound Beginnings offers education and guidance for families from the pre-baby period through early childhood. I love supporting families with education before their baby arrives, but most of my clients have babies or young children. Between birth and ~4 months old I recommend the foundational support of the Ebb + Flow Holistic Newborn Sleep package.
After 3-4 months babies typically have their own circadian rhythms and there are a wide variety of strategies we can consider depending on your family's needs and goals.
Families with toddlers and younger children can still benefit from sleep support. Depending on what your specific concerns are for your child and family, we may also be exploring other aspects of parenting and referrals as appropriate.
Please feel free to inquire about your family’s specific situation and needs.