Let's talk about your new family's sleep

02 August 2022
Volume 30 · Issue 8

We all value a good night's sleep. For those of us that have adjusted to living with a newborn, this can be something we strive for and initially believe to be utterly unattainable.

As a midwife for over 20 years, I think the only regular advice I gave to the sleep deprived was ‘try and sleep when your baby sleeps.’ After reading this book, I realise how futile and unhelpful this advice was and will never offer this response to new parents again.

This book is an informative read and even though I read it in order, it is a book you could easily dip in and out of. Chapter 13's title, ‘support yourself to better sleep’, and opening lines, ‘you may have jumped straight to this chapter’ and ‘I don't blame you’, are aimed at those too tired to read a whole book and who need to get some sleep. This is a certainly a book where you can search for specific answers without reading it in its entirety.

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