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Providing Experience, Trust and Guidance

She also possesses expertise in areas where most do not.

My extensive knowledge in these facets of care comes from years of hands-on experience and successful results.

Infant Care

While not all of Shelia’s clients are first-time parents, many are. As a new mom or dad you want to be able to do the best for your infant, but not having previous hands-on experience can sometimes leave a new parent feeling intimidated. Shelia is here to help you become confident in all of your infant care abilities. If you feel the need, she can take the time to assist you in establishing skills in the following areas:

  • Changing
  • Bathing
  • Burping
  • Feeding
  • Clothing
  • Swaddling
  • Cord and circumcision care
  • Organizing the nursery

Anything else you may want to learn.

Multiples

Shelia has worked with countless infants of multiple gestations. In fact, the majority of her clients have multiples. Providing care for more than one infant is very different than the care needed for a singleton. In addition to there being more than one baby to care for at a time, these infants are often born early and small. Parenting multiples can seem overwhelming, but Shelia is available to assure you that the tasks at hand are completely doable and enjoyable.

There are techniques that must be mastered, and a unique set of skills that must be adopted, but Shelia is capable of teaching you everything you need to know to make this transition quite simple. Her clients with multiples experience the same rates of success with sleeping through the night as her singletons do – and within the same time frame.

Reflux

Having an infant diagnosed with reflux can be a very frustrating, yet common, experience. Approximately eight out of every ten babies Shelia works with receive some form of a reflux diagnosis. As a result, she is very competent at helping to recognize the signs of an impending diagnosis – all in an attempt to keep your infant as comfortable and healthy as possible, including:

  • Intervening before symptoms get out of hand
  • Navigating the medical field regarding obtaining a diagnosis
  • Attempting various non-medicinal treatment methods before beginning medication
  • Explaining the treatment options available to you

Formulas

Many infants will not remain on one formula for all of infancy. Often formula changes are necessary to meet the needs of a specific infant and keep him or her healthy and content. Choosing an infant formula, or making the choice to switch formulas, can be a very confusing and intimidating process. Shelia has extensive knowledge of every American infant formula currently on the market. Different formulas are intended for different uses. Knowing which formula to select can be vital to maintaining a happy and nutritionally fulfilled infant. Shelia is here to fully explain your choices, tailoring her final suggestions to your specific infant.

Adoption

Shelia has experience working with clients of newly adopted infants, both domestic and international. Specific care must be taken when caring for an infant who has been brought to your home from a foreign orphanage setting. She is here to help you with this process while ensuring that infant’s special needs are met and proper bonding occurs.

Breastfeeding

Many clients express an interest in breastfeeding, but do not know how much time they can or want to commit to it, thanks to needing to return to work, having multiples, etc. Shelia has spent the past 14 years of her life helping women transition into successful nursing mothers. She has taught mothers of singletons and multiples alike. If breastfeeding is something you are interested in, Shelia can help you with the following:

  • Latching
  • Supply
  • Positions
  • Pumping
  • Storage
  • Breastfeeding products

Even scheduling the breastfed infant (very possible)!

Breastfeeding is based on the concept of supply and demand, and breastfeeding part-time from birth is an option. Shelia works with women who breastfeed both exclusively and part-time. If you only wish to breastfeed during the day, and want your infant formula-fed at night so you can sleep uninterrupted, this is very possible.

Shelia does not support one feeding choice over another. She is here to explain to you the various options and techniques available and support what the mother decides. She has no personal agenda or feeding preference.