Baby Steps Health Centre. *Now with The Gentle Sleep Specialist Toddler & Infant Sleep Consulting*
About Baby Steps Health Centre
With over 25 years' experience caring for expecting mothers and fathers, delivering thousands of babies and providing ongoing care for the growing family, the founding GP Obstetrician of Baby Steps Health Centre, Dr Leon Levitt along with his partner/associate Dr Maria Kailis have become well aware of the needs of new families.
Dr Levitt and Dr Kailis have observed the challenges their patients have had in accessing quality child health care when they needed it, and decided to create a better way. They have developed an integrated, multidisciplinary private health care centre to assist families in the early stages of parenting.
The Baby Steps team have recruited the highest quality allied health providers alongside them and experienced enthusiastic and caring staff. Together all these experts in mother/baby health, have created a whole new approach to family wellness, through the Baby Steps Health Centre.
Young mothers and fathers in Australia find themselves in a difficult position. They are having their first child as an older adult, with less hands on assistance from close family, with greater expectations on them both as breadwinners and contributors to the workforce, and with greater expectations upon themselves to be the "best" parent. And yet, they are discharged from hospital very early in the process with little follow up and professional advice.
Their Obstetrician has largely completed his or her role and will usually only see them again at a 6 week check. Their Paediatrician, appropriately, is interested primarily in the sick child, not the issues of parenting a well child. Their GP may or may not be experienced in the newborn phase for the mother or baby. The hospital discharges them within the first few days post birth and the amount and availability of visiting midwifery services depends on their service providers. Child Health Services are increasingly busier than ever and are aware of the extra needs of new parents. Baby Steps Health Centre, aims to complement these services and fill any gaps in service provision.
The first 6-8 weeks especially is a scary time to the new family. The mother's body and the baby's needs and responses are changing frequently, and there is often a serious difference between the expectations of the inexperienced mother and the reality of parenting a newborn infant. This is a time where more assistance is required not less. This is where Baby Steps Health Centre can help you. A child health centre with a difference. A difference created by medical and nursing expertise together with specialist physiotherapists, psychologists, lactation consultants and dieticians. An integrated, multidisciplinary private health care centre to assist families in the early stages of parenting.
Learning more about babies sleep, settling, routine and feeding in the early days of having your little one
Sleep is a pillar of health. Good sleep plays a huge role in the physical, emotional and relational outcome of your baby and your family. Healthy sleep habits are life changing and can transform your entire parenting journey in the early years from simply surviving to thriving.
Good sleep gives your baby the chance to:
- Settle better - Overtired babies can be extremely irritable and may present as unsettled, cry intensely for long periods and/or often, have difficulty feeding, or be unable to settle well in their bassinet or cot.
- Develop well - Sleep plays a crucial part in the physical and mental development of your little one.
- Feed effectively - Overtired babies often struggle to feed well and for reasonable periods of time.
- Digest - Sleep is so important for the digestive system. Giving your little one the rest they need allows their little tummies time to rest and digest.
We all feel better with good sleep - your baby is no different. I often hear remarks from previous clients about how great sleep changed my clients’ little one’s demeanor for the better. Many of my existing clients remark that with good sleep, their babies become more content, happy and engaged.
Click the link above to book your consultation with The Gentle Sleep Specialist. You will be directed to an online form where you can answer a series of questions prior to meeting with The Gentle Sleep Specialist, and list any particular concerns.
A Gentle Sleep Specialist Consultant will call you to discuss your appointment prior to attending your appointment.