Meet the Team
Nurture Parenting has experienced baby whisperers, child & family health nurses and midwives that can help you now.
Hi, I’m Karen.
I’m so pleased you have found me. I would love to help.
I established Nurture Parenting in 2011 with the aim to assist and support parents with baby and toddler sleep and behaviour issues. My passion is helping families through what I know can be a very challenging and emotional time.
I’m a Registered Midwife, Child & Family Health Nurse, Registered Baby Sleep Consultant and hold a degree in Psychology. I have 29 years’ experience as a midwife and 19 years’ experience as a baby sleep consultant. In 2002 I emigrated from the UK and gained extensive experience and skills working in Community Health in Melbourne and Sydney
My approach is unique. I am focused on baby sleep learning® rather than sleep training, meaning my methods are cue-based and gentle. Most of all, they have proven to work.
Everything I do combines evidence-based research, formal medical training and my 19 years of practice.
I’ve published several parenting books and regularly share my helpful videos and blogs to thousands of parents around the world. I invite you to follow these here and join me on Facebook Live every Tuesday 2:30-3:30 pm.
Our reputation for helping struggling families results in many of our clients, finding out about us purely through word of mouth, from parents telling their friends – “You have to call Karen, she’s amazing!”
Just some of my qualifications include:
- Registered General Nurse (Leeds, UK) August 1984
- Registered Midwife (Leeds, UK) May 1988
- BSc (Hons) Psychology (Bolton UK)
- BSc (Hons) Community Specialist Practitioner/Health Visiting (Manchester University) 1999-2000.
- Nurse Prescriber
- Certificate in Baby Massage
- Triple P qualified – toddler & child behaviour
- Diploma in Baby Yoga (Birthlight UK)
With a passion for helping families, Karen writes blogs and shares helpful videos with thousands of parents around the world.
Lisa is amazing and without an office angel, Karen couldn’t help all the families she does. Lisa is a paediatric nurse and as a mum to 3 young children, she knows all about sleep problems and those tricky toddler years!
Nurture Parenting’s experienced midwives are here to support you.
With a wealth of newborn baby experience they make looking after your baby’s every need look so easy.
We can help you with: Baby feeding, day & night routines, newborn sleep & settling and learning to read your baby’s cues
Your baby is your most precious and cherished. Why muddle through when we can help you navigate new parenting like a pro? We will support and share all our midwifery knowledge with you and help you to parent in your own unique style. This investment is parenting gold, it’ll be the best money you ever invest in your new baby and your parenting.
Nurture Parenting is a Provider with several of the Health Funds – Bupa, NIB, Australian Unity, CBHE (Commonwealth Bank Health Employees), Teachers Health, ADF, Frank and others.
Getting my sleep back has been a life saver! Both my husband and I are so grateful to Karen for helping us get this back! I definitely recommend Karen to any parent having trouble with a child establishing good sleep habits.
- Loretta & Ava 7 months
I was convinced Karen would tell me there was nothing she could do to help us with Zac’s sleeping. I felt like we’d tried everything. So I was amazed, one session with Karen down, Zac was sleeping in his cot for the first time during the day. Thank you Karen!
- Trish & Zac 10 months
Karen was highly recommended by a friend and I decided to give her a go. She connected with Julia right away but mainly she understood me. She knew what I was struggling with and she gave me all the tools I needed to act and avoid the 4th month sleep regression. I would recommend Karen to all the parents that struggle with a baby because babies they do not grow out of catnapping but they can with Karen’s help.
- Beatrix & Julia 3 months
I cannot recommend Karen highly enough. She is one of those special gems that we were lucky enough to find.
Karen had my daughter sleeping through on night 1 and self-settling without controlled crying. I am pleased to announce now back in NZ her amazing sleep has continued she has not had one night feed and if she wakes in the night has been putting herself back to sleep within a couple of minutes. Thank you again Karen you are one in a million and once again you have saved us all from the world of sleep deprivation.
- Allana & Harper 6 months
Karen's approach is confident and extremely knowledgable.
Her ability to recognise a baby's protest from a serious need is what I believe is her magic touch.
Karen's approachable and non judgemental interactions have always left me the mother with so much more confidence and enjoyment from my child. She is one of a kind and an extremely gifted lady.
I feel so relieved that our paths have crossed and I can't recommend her enough.
- Stella & Valentino 6 weeks