My experience with Amanda from Groovy Babies was 5 star. She was so helpful, extremely educated and very personable. Having her help and guidance with my troublesome breastfeeding journey and my babies mouth ties has made such a difference. Amanda was really great with the follow up, I felt comfortable to ask any questions and could tell she genuinely cared. Highly recommend her to anyone searching for help in this space!
The birth went the best it could have gone given the circumstances but it was far from what we were hoping for. He was a vacuum delivery in the end.
I was in labour for 27 hours. We thought it was all going well when we arrived at the birth suite at 2pm and then my waters broke around 3:30pm and I started to feel the urge to push around 4:30pm.
We thought he was nearly here but I did the birth breathing for an hour in the water then after a check he hadn't moved down. After waiting a little longer to see if that would help I was then pushing/breathing down for another 2 hours straight.
He still hadn't moved down and no one could figure out why. They brought the doctors in and eventually after an ultrasound figured out he was posterior and trying to come out with his chin up so he was stuck. It was looking like an emergency c section but we decided to try the vacuum first and after 5 pulls and huge pushes he finally arrived at 10pm. He needed a little bit of resus and had a low apgar score but was fine after a couple of minutes.
Even though it wasn't the ideal hypnobirth everything we learnt helped us so much throughout. Even when things went wrong I felt calm and much more able to comprehend everything because of what we had learned.
The midwife said the breathing had made a huge difference especially at the end because I was able to quickly catch my breath between pushes and really give it everything to get him out as naturally as possible. We still did it without gas or pain relief. Axel is three months now and has been super alert since the second he arrived! He's a very hungry boy and has definitely not been a sleepy newborn. I have him on a good routine now though and he sleeps through the night already 7pm to 7am with his dreamfeed. He's so smiley and a real chatterbox. I have attached a couple of photos. Thank you for everything you taught us! (A big thank you to Nicole and Steve for sharing their birth story. Baby Axel had a birth position of a deflexed head. Even in special circumstances the right education and care providers are essential in a positive birth experience for a mother and baby)
Julia, mum of Benji aged 21 months.
We contacted Amanda because Benji was waking every 2 hours all night, he would only feed to sleep and was constantly waking early. As we are based in Melbourne, Victoria we used her Skype Support Package.
Amanda had so much knowledge and an approach that was focused on the wellbeing of Benji, and making the transition as gentle as possible for him. She made us feel good about the changes we were making, which made the process easier for us .
Benji is now sleeping all night and waking at 6am instead of 5am. He no longer needs to be fed to sleep or fed overnight. Complete night weaning gently!!
We are all getting sleep so we have more energy and are less grumpy! Thankyou Amanda! 🙂
Amanda was great, she listened to my feeding concerns and was the first person to not place the responsibility solely with me. We had our LOs tongue tie revised and have seen slow steady feeding improvement.
Kioni Reilly was born Monday 8th October. She has beautiful long legs. I had a quick labour, 7 hours in total, a water birth and back home 6 hours later! <3
Our little man had a tongue tie and couldn't latch for the first couple of weeks. Amanda helped guide us through this rocky period with incredible knowledge, skill and empathy. She came out to our house quickly after I made the initial call which was a lifesaver for an anxious and desperate new mum. I'm pleased to say that our little guy is now breastfeeding like a champion.
We worked with Amanda when our first child went through tricky sleep periods and transitions and here we are again with our second! I think that says it all - we trust Amanda’s advice implicitly. She’s a miracle worker, but not only that she’s kind, generous, caring, calm and patient and we have never had an issue she hasn’t known how to resolve quickly. I am sure this won’t be the last time we are in touch with Amanda. Her packages make it so easy. Thank you so much again. You’re amazing x
Amanda was a wonderful help for a new mum navigating breastfeeding for the first time. Her guidance with latching and general know-how was a godsend, couldn’t recommend more!
Baby massage classes made our relationship rock! Excellent in all aspects and loved the baby massage oil!
Amanda saved my breastfeeding journey with my second baby when he was a month old. She visited me at home and conducted a thorough assessment of my feeding situation and devised a plan to help myself and my baby. Amanda communicated with me to follow up my progress. I followed Amanda’s plan and within 2 weeks I was able to feed virtually pain free (finally). I found Amanda to be supportive and empathetic. I am so grateful for her help as there were several times I wondered how I could go on feeding. I am happy to report that I am still breast feeding pain free two months later.
I contacted Amanda because Tristan would only sleep being worn, short naps and lots and lots of work to settle for sleep!
Her experience with her own kids and clients with reflux was a fantastic help. So much knowledge and helpful tips! She provided great support through regular email contact.
Through her assessment Amanda referred us onto a lactation consultant who discovered Tristan had tongue and lip tie, we have since had it treated and we have a new baby boy as a result.
Amanda"s wealth of knowledge and tips on sleep rhythms, reflux needs, breastfeeding nutrition, breastfeeding supply, paediatrics referrals has made life so much easier for us. We have felt affirmed in our decisions and wisely guided when we were unsure. Tristan is much more settled and a more willing sleeper! We have much less screaming and he is so content. 🙂
I cannot recommend Amanda enough, I am so grateful for her and her expert help. After a few lovely texts exchanged, Amanda had scheduled me for a 2hr lactation consultation with her in my home for the next day. She was so kind to me and my baby and toddler, so caring and thoughtful and entirely knowledgeable - the whole experience was so reassuring and entirely fixed the challenge I was having. The fact she has her own app. and is available to chat with for a week post appt. was actually incredible!! There truly is only one Amanda and if you need help at all with your precious baby (and precious self!) you should book her now!
I booked a consult with Amanda to help me with my breastfeeding journey. Amanda spent over 2 hours with me and my baby and was gentle, kind and professional. She was super knowledgeable and helped tremendously. High recommend!
I loved group baby massage classes! I feel I have gained techniques to connect with Cyla even further. I feel I can read her better and her cues for asking for massage. Amanda has a calm, friendly and welcoming demeanor, and clearly explains everything!
Hi Amanda, thank you for all your help. I loved your gentle, calm and flexible approach. It’s not what I expected in that when I had heard about other sleep consultants, the routine sounded very prescriptive and rigid. Your philosophy was very much in line with what we wanted and the results so far, have been great. As I email, we have a sleeping baby!
I loved our baby massage! I have learnt to calm my baby down by massage instead of simple holding. Amanda has such a calm nature and understanding of each baby's strengths 🙂
How are you? Just want to thank you for your time spent with us with the Hypnobirth.
After 24 hours in labour I managed to have a natural, drug free birth. I managed to get into deep relaxation and the rainbow cd helped me a lot. Breathing through my surges I did not scream once, and my midwives were amazed how well I handled it.
This is Mason taken at hospital about 1-2 hours old! He took my breast first day and I also had delayed cord-clamping.
I contacted Amanda as I was feeding Lily to sleep, but she was becoming very difficult to get to sleep and was having increasingly numbers of frequent wakings in the night.
Amanda was very empathetic and supportive in all situations, as well as providing lots of detailed information. She was also very positive, which helped a lot when I was feeling overwhelmed.
I no longer feed Lily to sleep, and we don't have to co-sleep anymore. I have a lot more confidence in dealing with Lily's behaviour and I have a much better understanding of methods that can be used to gradually achieve better sleep (with love!). Also, I don't lose my temper as much as I used to when trying to get Lily to go to sleep.
She has a routine at bedtimes which she likes. She is happier to be in her cot than ever before. She is getting more sleep which improves her behaviour.
I loved the phone support as I was often overwhelmed or upset and Amanda could sympathise and offer useful advice on how to tackle the problem. Amanda was always gentle and supportive which i liked. The individualised approach was also fantastic.
We called Amanda right after coming home from hospital - our firstborn was just 5 days old - as I had bad sores and scabbing on both nipples from breastfeeding. She was amazing! She brought a wealth of knowledge to our 2-hour lactation consult and didn’t rush through anything! She took time to assess our unique situation and offer advice that went way beyond breastfeeding - it was so helpful as first time parents!!
The online support through MilkNotes and ongoing two weeks to ask follow up question was also a huge help because we always have our care plan to look back on in the portal and we did end up sending a few questions through as well that she always responded to thoroughly and quickly. I would highly recommend her services and don’t wait!
Call as soon as you think you might need help, she has lots of knowledge to offer to help at any stage or situation. My nipples healed quickly and our little one and I have had a very successful time breastfeeding ever since, thank you Amanda!
Amanda is a wonderful lactation consultant who took her time to listen and really assess our situation. I consulted her three times over the past couple of months and I’m confident to say that she is the reason I am still breastfeeding. I was struggling with really bad nipple damage early on and baby’s poor weight gain as a result. We’re on a good path now and that it because of Amanda and her never ending patience and expertise. I have been consulted by multiple lactation consultants with my previous baby as well, but would definitely recommend Amanda as the best that I came across!
“We were experiencing major bed-time resistance and waking multiple times during the night with our toddler. Life was getting hard! That’s until Amanda came into our lives. Amanda made some adjustments to our daughter’s environment and routine/cues. Amanda was so knowledgeable and I loved her caring approach. Our daughter is now going to sleep without resistance and sleeps through the night. We can’t thank Amanda enough”
We contacted Amanda, as our Zoe was sleeping from 3pm till 4am her body clock was totally out.
Dylan our 15 month old was breastfeeding all night, every 45 minutes and my husband and I was exhausted!
Amanda has literally changed my life, this month. She is a wealth of information and in a kind, loving way she helped us so much.
Within a few days of implementing Amanda's program, Zoe is sleeping like a little angel from 6:30pm till 6:30 am.
Dylan is sleeping so much better from co sleeping and breastfeeding all night to sleeping in his own cot and only needing reassurance twice during the night. We have gone from complete bedsharing, to him moving into his own room, being back safely in his cot, and dropping feeds he no longer needs. Amanda also helped me wean from breastfeeding in a nurturing and safe way that met both my needs and his.
I learned so much about sleep but also about crying and why babies cry. The healing benefits of crying.
I am also actually sleeping at night which is nothing if not FANTASTIC!
Her sleep guidance package was easy to read, and really effective. <span class="response-text other-item ta-response-item">We have reached all our sleep goals, in the time we were working with her and feel confident to continue on our own.</span>
I feel that my parenting has transformed and completely recommend her services to everyone!
Where do I start Amanda?! Our girls slept through the night thanks to your advice and guidance. Our girls were also more settled, independent and happy thanks to you! Words can't express how grateful we are for your guidance in our first year it was such a blessing!!!
I can’t thank Amanda enough for her help and support with my breastfeeding journey. My only regret was not enlisting her help sooner. She is an absolute wealth of knowledge and is both mum and baby focussed in her care. Throughout our interactions she has remained so encouraging and supportive of my decisions while giving me practical, evidence based information to improve my breastfeeding. I couldn’t recommend her more highly to any mums who are struggling with their breastfeeding or just looking for postpartum support in their feeding. Not only does she provide so much support and information in her face to face interactions, but also provides such a comprehensive care plan with a multitude of resources to help you further.
Thank you Amanda! I'm so grateful for your support with nightweaning, weaning and transitioning from co sleeping to own room! Your wholistic approach helped me to be as gentle as possible which was really important to me. Thank you thank you Xxx
Amanda’s knowledge is amazing. Evidence-based, gentle and logical, it was just what I needed when sleep deprived with 2 1/2 year old Noah! Wished I’d contacted her earlier. The week of support, encouragement and guidance after our phone call was very helpful too.
Amanda was so helpful, a much needed pair of fresh eyes to help me continue my breastfeeding journey with twins
Amanda was very knowledgeable, friendly and generous with her time. She came prepared with lots of additional resources and did a thorough examination of our baby’s mouth and followed up with an extensive report including pictures and text to show other health professionals. She also provided lots of handy hints and tips and has provided excellent post visit care.
Hey Amanda! We have had our second bub (using the same hypno techniques as u taught us with our first), and he is 4.5 months old. Our story is a goodie!
Waters broke <a href="https://www.facebook.com/groovy.babies1/inbox/?mailbox_id=120906967987232&selected_item_id=500751882#">at 2am</a>
Back to sleep <a href="https://www.facebook.com/groovy.babies1/inbox/?mailbox_id=120906967987232&selected_item_id=500751882#">until 6am</a>
Surges came thick and fast, drove to hospital <a href="https://www.facebook.com/groovy.babies1/inbox/?mailbox_id=120906967987232&selected_item_id=500751882#">8.30am</a>
Arrived at hospital entrance <a href="https://www.facebook.com/groovy.babies1/inbox/?mailbox_id=120906967987232&selected_item_id=500751882#">8.43am</a>, crowned in the lift, head out as I got to our room, one last push as bubby lifted me into the bed. Baby in arms <a href="https://www.facebook.com/groovy.babies1/inbox/?mailbox_id=120906967987232&selected_item_id=500751882#">8.45am !!!!!</a>
It was incredible and I was so excited the whole way through!
Thank you so much for your generous time and knowledge. We were really impressed with your follow up as well.