Interview with Sarah King “Wellness Wholehearted Mummas” 17th May 2019

In todays episode Amanda, a holistic midwife, explains the ins and outs of Hypnobirthing, who it is for, what is involved and why a holistic approach puts the Mumma in control. We also chat about unique and gentle approaches to sleep and settling for babies to children up to 5, the benefits of individual sleep coaching for the whole family with beautiful out comes for the child.

Have a listen in here to our amazing interview!

FAQ- How Does Our Sleep Consultancy Work?

Sleep Consultations with Amanda Bude from Groovy Babies consists of the following:

Initial Intake 15-30 minutes

Our first phone conversation involves a brief discussion where you are providing me overview of your challenges and circumstances so I can decide how to best support you. This may involve a referral out when necessary.


I will provide you with a questionnaire that evaluates all areas related to sleep challenges so I can determine your plan and which action steps to take. I will review your questionnaire before our first scheduled session, and will address follow up questions during our session

Scheduled Session

Sessions may consist of an In-home visit, Skype Call or Phone Call.  Any questions related to the evaluation will be discussed at this time. Based on my evaluation and follow up questions, a plan will be created. Families typically utilize anywhere from 3-8 sessions. Depending on outcome, continued support with additional sessions may be necessary.


Email is used to ask simple questions, schedule sessions, provide information, handouts, agreements etc. If the question(s) emailed requires an in-depth answer, we will schedule a phone consultation.


Text is only utilized in case of an emergency. For example to notify me you need to cancel a session that is scheduled in one hour.

“Brief Call” Consults

If you have a quick question in between our scheduled sessions you’d like to discuss by phone, we can set up a brief call. Most questions are answered within 5-10 minutes. If your question requires more time involved, we will schedule a 30 minute or 60 minute phone session.

“Follow Up” Consults

Once our sessions and time together is complete, if you find yourself needing more support or having more questions, please email me and we will schedule a brief 15 minute intake to discuss what is going on and how I can best support. From there we will determine how I can best support you.

I also offer retainer packages to all clients in 3 month blocks. This prevents  months down the track having to do a new evaluation again.


To Separate Your Twins For Sleep or Not?

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White Noise? Why is it important for my baby’s sleep?

After spending months in the enclosed, safe environment of the womb, your bub can become stressed and over-tired with the unfamiliar sights, sounds, and smells, which often leads to over stimulation of their central nervous systems, thus over tiredness and excessive crying.

White noise is a familiar sound that keeps them calm and helps them drift off to sleep. The type of white noise to use for your baby actually has a colour. Use ‘Pink” or Brown noise”.

This is a great pictograph of the differences.


From birth introduce white noise at nap and for night time sleep. Great sleep habits come with consistency of positive sleep associations.

In the womb it is DEAFENINGLY loud. In fact the volume is almost as loud as a lawn mower! That is 95 decibels! So babies LOVE loud noise. Being outside the womb is foreign and quiet to them, and takes quite some times to adjust to. The volume outside utero is 50-55 decibels. Like having your head under water in a spa or being in a shower.

Use it to reduce stress, fall asleep more easily, move between sleep cycles more efficiently, cry less, and when appropriate wean off (up to age 2).

White noise also cocoons your babies sleep environment. For a sensitive baby it drowns out outside noise- early morning birdlife, day to day life noises, from older siblings playing, noisy neighbors coming and going, phones ringing, TV , cleaner coming etc.

Take a moment to walk around your room, at different times of the day and listen in your babies’ environment for any regular disturbances.

White noise is cheap and easy to use. White noise machines can start at $30 per unit.

Many parents ask me about about music. Some baby’s are stimulated by music, and the choice of music should be researched for sleep.

Music should be played on a CD player with a repeat button-turn it on as part of your sleep settling routine, and turn it off when it is time to get up. (same as opening the curtains/blinds).
Length of the CD should be at least 60 mins playing time- enough to get through 1 sleep cycle, and allow time to move into the next.

Often music is suitable for a older baby and toddler.

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Can you afford to NOT do HypnoBirthing Classes?

Over the last few weeks I have had a few inquires from expectant new mums about doing my HypnoBirthing classes.  The conversation ended with oh.. I am not sure we can afford to do classes.

Knowing what I know about our maternity system I’m not sure you can’t afford to do HypnoBirthing classes!

So let’s break this down.. HB classes are NOT just about preparing you for the physical, logistics of birthing a baby.  That is what run of the mill normal childbirth classes do. That is why they are held over one day or split into a weekend course.

If these classes were so fantastic about birth preparation then we wouldn’t have these current Australian statistics:

1:3 babies are born via caeseran section now.

1:4 labours are via induction.

1:3 woman describe their birth as traumatic.

1:4 woman suffer some kind of major physical trauma with birth.

1:7 woman are now diagnosed with post natal depression.

1:10 dads are now diagnosed with post natal depression.

The number ONE cause of perinatal morbidity is SUICIDE…

WTF is going on……

we also know that babies are conscious beings before birth… they are aware of their environment in the womb.. they are marinating in the hormones of their mothers. So preparation for celebrating their birthday matters!

Here is the most recent WHO recommendations on reducing non medical interventions and unnecessary procedures. Number one recommendation is education programs that teach preventiong programs on prevention of fear and anxiety!

The birth education is much more than just the birth of a baby… it is about a WHOLE experience and journey through conception, labour and birth and the post natal experience. We are talking about a 10 month journey.

Preparing for the birth of your baby deserves the research, the education just like you would planning for a physical event, a holiday and a wedding! Certainly more than walking around a parenting expo and test driving a pram!


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Affordable Classes and Packages with Pay Right


Groovy Babies Listened and NOW Offers PAY RIGHT as a payment plan option for our services!

Pay Right is a ZERO Interest Free Payment Plan Option- so you can access our services NOW and pay the balance over a 2-3 month period of your choice.

We offer a ZERO joining fee and ZERO Monthly services fees AS WELL!!



Why can I not figure out my baby’s sleep issues?

On a daily basis I chat with mums about why they can’t figure out what is going on with their bubs sleep.

I distinctly remember holding my own bubba at 6 weeks, looking at her in all her newborn squish going WTF… I got NO idea babe…It was 3am, I was desperately searching through some baby settling books (there was no google and FB was simply Farmville at that point in time, and my tomatoes were dying). The tears rolled down my face, I felt isolated, alone and exhausted.

When the sun rose some 3hrs later, I  phoned one of my new mothers group friends, she brought me back to earth with some supportive words “trust your instinct”.

From that day on I did, and that was a learnt journey.  I threw away the books that were causing me anxiety, and after many months of sleepless days and crappy nights found there was actually a medical issue that was causing my bub to be so unsettled.

So now each day I discuss with mums about why they can’t figure out their own bubs sleep issues.

You may well be able to and over the first 12 months about 30% of families do.

However, my clients, who are from all areas of life and are  masters of their own crafts, but when it comes to helping their own young children develop good sleep habits, they are stumped, confused, anxious or just exhausted.

There are dozens of useful books on the subject of infant/toddler sleep, most describe their own processes and methodologies and how they fit the general population. A one sized fits all approach.

As parent’s we read or google several sleep settling books, chat with family friends or Facebook, which can  confuse us more.

Other times parents choose the concepts they like from several different methods, “try” it for a day or two, but those elements are not always complementary to one another, or to your child.

The bottom line is that many parents are exhausted and too weary to try and figure it out on their own. Trying to sort out all the variables can be overwhelming, especially when you haven’t slept well in some time.

Research shows that one of the no 1 things that cause arguments between parent’s is the lack of support and disagreement surrounding a child’s sleep and bedtime! See the study here

Neither of you are in best form at 3am to have a argument over what you should do to support your bub’s tears.. so let me help.  Take the guess work out of what is going on, and bring back calm days and peaceful nights for your family <3 <3