Baby Business

  EARLY PARENTING SUPPORT 

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Hi, I’m Bec Dawson. I’m a Registered Midwife (Endorsed) and an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant and I genuinely care about you and your family.

While working in the maternity ward of a hospital I saw so many couples struggle during the transition to parenthood. I did all I could to support them while they were there but couldn’t help wondering how they were coping at home. I decided it was important for me to offer families like these continued support and help guide them through this amazingly special, yet utterly exhausting, time.  That’s how Baby Business came to be 🖤

Baby Business provides early parenting support in the comfort of your own home (for Gold Coast residents) or via video consultations (nationally).  Whether it’s your first baby or your fifth I’m here for you, because every baby, and therefore every early parenting experience, is completely different.

I love having the opportunity to prepare expectant parents for what the first few weeks with a newborn are going to be like (see my Preparation for Parenting service here).

Most woman find breastfeeding difficult in the beginning. For something so natural, it rarely happens naturally. Issues such as nipple pain or damage, babies who can’t or won’t latch, real or perceived low milk supply and engorged breasts are extremely common. Those things can be stressful enough but add to that the lack of sleep and sometimes conflicting advice and it becomes a highly emotional and vulnerable time.

Breastfeeding takes practice, patience and persistence but with some evidence-based advice and gentle encouragement from me there’s nothing you can’t overcome.

I can also recommend different techniques to settle your crying baby, and if you’re concerned I’ll reassure you about “normal” newborn behaviour from a biological point of view.

Do you have a baby who just loves to be held? Who lulls you into a false sense of security by falling asleep on you and then their eyes pop open the second you lay them down? Are you dreaming of day you can get more than 45 mins of sleep? If your answer is yes to any of these questions then do yourself a favour and book an overnight stay.

Get some well deserved and much needed sleep by booking my Parenting Support service or better yet a Parenting Support Plus package (visits of varying length available). I will take your baby for a walk or just cuddle them for you while you rest easy knowing that your baby is safe with a midwife who has spent many hours caring for babies.

 

 

 

Throughout your pregnancy, early parenting and breastfeeding journey you will no doubt have many questions and you may even encounter some problems.

You might be wondering things like:
What are the nursery necessities?
Where should my newborn sleep?
How should I dress my baby?

Not to mention the million other things that pop into your head at 2am when you have to get up to wee or feed.

Or you might suffer from:
Blocked ducts,
Mastitis,
A colicky baby.

Perhaps one day you’ll want to learn things like when and how to start expressing or what paced bottle feeding is.

For all this and more my Parenting Support Subscription is invaluable.  For general advice and guidance I’m only ever a message away.

 

Services

Preparation for Parenting

 

A comprehensive personalised antenatal consultation focusing on what to expect in the first week of your baby’s life. From your time in the hospital until you bring your precious bundle home. 

During our appointment I will prepare you for life with a newborn. The knowledge you obtain will provide you with reassurance that what you are experiencing is normal. While most importantly helping you avoid many of the common hurdle new parents face.

Learn about:

  • antenatally expressing colostrum (when and how to do it),
  • the all important time immediately after bub is born,
  • “normal” newborn behaviour from a biological point of view,
  • what isn’t considered normal and whether you should be concerned,
  • correct positioning and attachment to prevent nipple pain,
  • how to manage if your nipples do get sore/damaged,
  • ways to prevent or relieve engorgement,
  • how to know baby is getting enough milk.

Plus:

  • how to read your baby’s cues,
  • how to change a nappy,
  • how to bath your baby,
  • how to dress your baby,
  • what your baby should wear,
  • how to swaddle/wrap your baby,
  • different techniques to settle your baby,
  • tips & tricks to help make life easier,
  • ways dads can support their breastfeeding partner,
  • nursery necessities to ensure your nursery is practical and safe,
  • which items you probably don’t have to buy “just in case”.

Your experience will be as realistic as possible due to a special doll (Timmy) that’s approximately the same size and weight your baby will be. 

Ideally booked between weeks 32-34 of pregnancy.

Service includes:
* 1 x follow up video consultation postnatally (to be used before baby is six weeks old).
* Continued support via text and/or email until baby is two weeks old.

Medicare rebate = $46.80. 
Private Health Fund benefits may also apply.

Initial consultation up to 3 hours + 1 hour follow up

$447.00

Antenatal Lactation Consultation

 

If you’ve had a baby before and would prefer your experience be different this time you’ll find the “Antenatal Lactation Consultation” invaluable.  This service consists of:

  • A full debrief about previous breastfeeding experience/s.
  • Thorough review of medical history.
  • An evaluation of how your health history may affect lactation.
  • A conversation about your breastfeeding goals and expectations.
  • Advice and recommendations to help you meet your goals and expectations.
  • Any of the topics below that may be relevant.

 

This service is also perfect for first time parents who want to be prepared for breastfeeding.
After a review of your medical history we will discuss:

  • Antenatally expressing colostrum (when and how to do it).
  • The all important time immediately after bub is born.
  • Correct positioning and attachment to prevent sore nipples.
  • How to manage if your nipples do get sore/damaged.
  • What to expect during your first week as parents.
  • Ways to prevent or relieve engorgement.
  • General parent-crafting education.
  • Tips & tricks to help make life easier.
  • Different techniques for settling your baby.
  • How dads can support their breastfeeding partner.

  

Service includes:
* Customised care plan to suit you, your family and your specific circumstances.
* 1 x follow up video consultation postnatally (to be used before baby is six weeks old).
* Continued support via text and/or email until baby is two weeks old.

 

Medicare rebates = 46.80. 
Private Health Fund benefits may also apply.

Initial consultation up to 2 hours + 1 hour follow up

$347.00

Postnatal Lactation Consultation

 

The “Postnatal Lactation Consultation” service comprises of:

  • A full debrief about previous breastfeeding experience/s, if any.
  • Thorough review of medical history.
  • An evaluation of how your health history may affect lactation.
  • Observation of a breastfeed.
  • Oral assessment of baby.
  • Breast examination if required.
  • Advice, recommendations and support relating to breast or bottle feeding.

I can help with a wide range of concerns relating to: 

  • delayed lactation,
  • low supply,
  • breast augmentation/reduction,
  • engorgement,
  • oversupply,
  • positioning/attachment,
  • sore/damaged nipples,
  • breast refusal,
  • blocked ducts,
  • mastitis,
  • expressing,
  • storage of breastmilk or formula,
  • transitioning to bottle,
  • paced bottle feeding.

This service incorporates:

  • general parent-crafting education,
  • tips & tricks to help make life easier,
  • different techniques for settling your baby,
  • ways dads can support their breastfeeding partner.

 

Service includes:

* A follow up video/phone call within 24 hours after appointment.
* A follow up video/phone call one week after appointment
* Customised care plan to suit you, your family and your specific circumstances.
* Continued support via text and/or email for 2 weeks.

 

Medicare rebate = $68.85  (until your baby is 6 weeks of age).
Private Health Fund benefits may apply.

Initial consultation up to 2.5 hours + 2 x 30 minute follow ups

$397.00

Continuation Consultation | Weaning and/or Return To Work

 

Continuation Consultation

This service can be booked if:

  • You would like continued support and reassurance after implementation of a care plan.
  • It is necessary to adapt a care plan to make it more manageable for you and your family.
  • Additional concerns ever arise and you require further advice and recommendations.
  • You are a Parenting Support Subscription holder and you require a consultation.

A Continuation Consultation is only available to existing clients of Baby Business.

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Weaning and/or Return To Work

If the time has come to return to work it doesn’t have to mean that you must stop breastfeeding. I will help you develop a plan to ensure you maintain your supply for as long as you choose.

Alternatively if for whatever reason you no longer wish to continue breastfeeding I will guide you through the weaning process to ensure it isn’t a stressful or painful experience for you. Therefore making it an easier transition for your little one.

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Both services includes:

* A follow up video/phone call within 24 hours after appointment.
* A follow up video/phone call one week after appointment
* Customised care plan to suit you, your family and your specific circumstances.
* Continued support via text and/or email for 2 weeks.


Medicare rebate = $68.85  (until your baby is 6 weeks of age).
Private Health Fund benefits may apply.

Initial consultation up to 1.5 hours + 2 x 30 minute follow ups

$297.00

Past or current clients of Baby Business receive a 20% discount

Parenting Support (In home service only)

  

Are you thinking:

  • How do I settle a crying baby?
  • Is this normal?
  • Why won’t my baby sleep in a cot or bassinet?
  • I thought I had been really tired before, but I really hadn’t. 

Are you feeling:

  • Overwhelmed now that you’re home.
  • Confused or uncertain due to conflicting advice.
  • Exhausted.     

Do you need:

  • General parent-crafting advice,
  • Different techniques for settling your baby,
  • Tips & tricks to help make life easier.
  • Alternate ways dads can support their breastfeeding partner.
  • Reassurance that you are doing an amazing job.
  • To be told that it’s ok to be responsive to your baby.
  • Non-judgemental guidance while you are finding your way
  • SLEEP….      

 

If you answered yes to any of the above, the Parenting Support service is exactly what you need. In fact this service can be anything you need it to be.

We might no longer have a village to help raise our children but you shouldn’t have to miss out on that support. The Parenting Support service can be your village and more.

I can:

  • Give you general parent-crafting advice.
  • Show you different techniques for settling your baby.
  • Teach you tips & tricks to help make life easier. 
  • Discuss new ways dads can support their breastfeeding partner.
  • Reassure you that you’re doing an amazing job.
  • Promise you it’s ok to be responsive to your baby.
  • Non-judgementally guide you while you are finding your way.

 

I can even help you SLEEP!

Sometimes just a few hours solid sleep is all you need to lift the fog. Let a highly trained professional cuddle your baby so you can get that ever evasive sleep.

Book your appointment now and pretty soon you’ll be asleep knowing that your baby is in safe hands. Better yet you won’t be woken by crying just as you finally get comfortable and drift off….

 

* Basic breastfeeding advice only.
* Available until babies are 9 months of age.
* Continued support via text and/or email for 1 week.

 

Medicare rebate = $68.85  (until your baby is 6 weeks of age).

    2 hour service – $277.00

4 hour service – $497.00

Past or current clients of Baby Business receive a 20% discount

Packages

Parenting Support Plus (In home service only)

   

10 hours of “Parenting Support” which can be tailored to suit your unique circumstances (pending availability).

For example:

1 x 10 hour visit
2 x 5 hour visits
2 x 3 hour visits and 2 x 2 hour visits
1 x 6 hour visits and 2 x 2 hour visits

* Minimum bookings of 2 hours.     
* Basic breastfeeding advice only.
* Available until babies are 9 months of age.     
* Continued support via text and/or email for 1 week following final booking.
* Overnight stays can be arranged on request.

Medicare rebates applicable for parenting education (until your baby is 6 weeks of age).

$997.00

Past or current clients of Baby Business receive a 20% discount

Parenting Support Subscription (Service provided via text)

 

UNLIMITED text support.

First came Google, then was Siri, now there’s Bec!

If you’re sick of using Google and not knowing what to believe or always think of questions after you leave an appointment this package is for you.

Whether you’re pregnant or have a new baby you’re sure to get a lot of unsolicited advice.

I always tell families to just thank the person giving it to you, use the advice that works for you and ignore the rest. When it relates to a tiny little person you love though that’s easier said than done. Doubt and confusion can creep in if you’re constantly told negative stories or implications are made that you’re doing things wrong.

There’s no need to worry until your next appointment with someone qualified to offer reassurance. With my Parenting Support Subscription there’s someone you can trust for guidance and support only a text away.

 

Questions relating to pregnancy, feeding and early parenting welcome.

Available during antenatal and/or postnatal period.

No previous consultation with Baby Business necessary however an Intake Form will be required.

To sign up for a “Parenting Support Subscription” please complete the Contact Me form.

Every effort is made to reply to messages within six hours (a response is guaranteed within 14 hours).

$97.00 p/month

Following your first Baby Business service you become eligible for a
20% discount
on any, or all, of the following:

  • Continuation Consultations,
  • Weaning and/or Return to Work Consultations,
  • Parenting Support and
  • Parenting Support Plus. 

How to prepare for your appointment can be found on the FAQ page.

Medicare benefits may apply until baby is 6 weeks of age.

Claims can be lodged on your behalf immediately after applicable service has been provided.

Further information relating to Medicare and Private Health Fund rebates can be found in FAQ‘s.

Reviews

What People are Saying

"Supportive and nonjudgemental”

"Bec is a beautiful person - inside and out. She's easy to talk to and always willing to help. She was so supportive and nonjudgemental, I honestly can't recommend her highly enough."

Pam

“Caring and compassionate”

"Words cannot describe how caring, compassionate and professional Rebecca is. I would recommend her in a heartbeat! "

Rachael

“Amazingly kind”

 

"I can not describe how amazingly kind and supportive Bec was after the birth of my baby. She really listened to my concerns and took away my doubts around feeding my baby. I am so much more confident now and my baby is happy and thriving. Thank you Bec for your support and encouragement."

Mel

"Four hours sleep!"

"My family immediately felt at ease with Bec, she is very professional but also loves to have a laugh. She took the time to listen to how we felt and worked with us rather than telling us what we should do. The best part though was 4 hours of solid sleep knowing our precious daughter was in safe hands!"

Emma

Hours of Operation

MONDAY
08:30am – 04:30pm

TUESDAY
09:45am – 02:00pm

THURSDAY
04:30pm – 12:00am

FRIDAY
09:45am – 12:00am

SATURDAY
02:00pm – 04:00pm

SUNDAY
12:00pm – 06:00pm

 

 

Don’t be shy!

Let me know if you have any questions.