Sheyne Rowley - The Australian Baby Whisperer - Positive Routine Management

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Girl, Ruby - 16 months
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Boy, Alessandro - 12 months
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Testimonials

I can quite honestly say, my son Alessandro did not stop screaming for 3 months straight from the day he was born. He appeared to be in pain, and was so unsettled at any time of the day. I remember not ever leaving the house as he absolutely hated being in the car or even worse in his pram. After a couple of weeks we went to the doctor who checked him over and said he was fine. I visited my maternal child health nurse as I felt I hadn't slept for weeks and wondered if this was normal. She suggested I take him out of his bassinet, which was in our room and put him in his cot in his own room. So from three weeks of age, Alessandro was put to sleep in his own room in his own cot. Still determined to sort this out, I watched a neighbour's sleep video and decided to give it a go. The video was basically along the lines of 'controlled crying' but a modified version for younger infants. For weeks I persisted with this technique, never picking him up and cuddling him, never making eye contact and watching my poor little man scream his lungs out until he finally fell asleep out of pure exhaustion. It killed me to do this to him, but I was told this was best for him. I so desperately wanted to get it 'right'. One day I spent 11 hours straight in his nursery trying to get him to sleep.

When Alessandro was three moths old I was referred to a 'sleep school' at a public hospital. I spent the day there again watching my child scream while they told me my technique was 'perfect', and I just had a difficult child. I went home with no answers.

After three months, whatever pain or discomfort Alessandro was feeling it seemed to subside as he stopped screaming as much. We did however still have sleep problems that I think I had created. I spent so much time next to his bed shh-ing him to sleep that I he didn't know how to go to sleep without me. Again I was referred to Melbourne's most famous sleep school and thought all my problems were going to be solved. This is the school of 'control crying' that doesn't believe babies can have colic and believes all sleep problems can be solved if you're willing to be 'tough' enough. I spent the entire day there again watching my son scream till he was blue in the face. He did not sleep at all while we were there. I was told to go home and continue with the program for three weeks. I was still determined to do this as I still believed, but three days later of no sleep Alessandro started to become so distressed he vomit green bile. I threw in the towel immediately.

We decided to give in and thought, this was our life now. One day when I was trying to have a coffee with a friend and Alessandro was behaving in his usual over tired way, she told me she had just seen the Baby Whisperer on Sunrise and remembered her website. I came home that night and logged on and couldn't believe I wasn't the only one. I remember breaking down in tears as I thought maybe somebody can help me. I tried not to get too excited as I thought, there's only one of her and lots and lots of babies in this world. A couple of weeks later I received a call from Sheyne's lovely PA Lisa who was very sympathetic and assured me we'd be fine once we'd spoken to Sheyne but she did have a very busy schedule and would of course have to attend to critical cases first. I can deal with that I thought, I'm on my way!!

The day of my five month check up with the Maternal Child Health Nurse, I was given a multiple choice questionnaire to fill out. I later found out that this was the Edinburgh test which is used to determine post natal depression in new mothers. Needless to say I failed miserably which rang alarm bells for my nurse. She was immediately on the phone to a local private hospital and I was admitted the next day to the Mother Baby Unit suffering maternal exhaustion.

The average stay in this hospital is 4 days. I spent an entire month in hospital under the watchful eyes of paediatricians, midwives, psychiatrists and social workers, all trying to fix me and my baby. Although I saw many mothers go home happy, I began to literally freak out because nobody could fix my situation. I ended up discharging myself as I figured if we're not going to sleep we may as well do it at home. I think I came home in a worse state than I was when I was first admitted.

I started taking long drives 150km out of Melbourne on a daily basis as the open road was the only thing that eventually put Alessandro to sleep. I continued to drive for hours during the day and ended up putting Alessandro in our bed to sleep at night, breast feeding him every hour for about 20 minutes. I was averaging 1 -2 hours of broken sleep a night and I can honestly say the only thing that kept me going was knowing that Sheyne may come and help us. I do not know what I would have done without this hope. One day however, whilst driving I feel asleep at the wheel and came to and swerved to miss car at about 100km an hour. Right there in that instance I could have taken both our lives. I came home and very emotionally wrote to Sheyne. She called the next day.

Sheyne walking into our house was like a breathe of fresh air. She made herself at home and there was never an awkward moment. It was like a family member coming to stay. Ask me what it is that Sheyne does, I can't tell you! There are hundreds of little things that make all the difference. It's about communication, its about taking back the reins, it's about creating predictability, its about body language, its about creating boundaries and it's even about what and when he eats and most importantly its about showing lots of love. I learnt so much about my own child from Sheyne in those 5 days.

Alessandro slept for 2 hours and 10 min's with no dummy or breast feed, after 3 hours of Sheyne being in charge. The following day Alessandro came down with a severe case of Bronchiolitis. I couldn't believe we finally had Sheyney and now he was really sick. Sheyney adapted things slightly but we stuck to the same game plan. From the very first night Sheyne arrived, my son has slept through every single night until I wake him at 6.30am each morning. Sheyne has identified his sleep requirements and worked with me daily even after she had left, to nut out the best sleep pattern for him. The difference with Sheyne is, although her principle of positive routine management remains the same, she adapted this to my child.

One month after Sheyne left I had a 4 week holiday planned in Queensland which also included my wedding. I was petrified this was going to ruin all our hard work. I called Sheyne who gave me tips on what to do with the portico and how to implement a change. I stayed in four different hotels during the holiday and my son slept through every single night, even the day of our wedding which I had been dreading for months. Sheyne even offered her mobile number to my baby sitter to call in the event he woke up so I could enjoy my reception.

Put simply, Sheyne has changed our life. My son has been tagged as one of the more challenging babies Sheyne has ever worked with and she has worked miracles with him. I cannot put into words the difference this has made to our family and most importantly our son. We have a much happier child who plays during the day and sleeps at night. I can now clock off at 7pm with no tears and sit down eat a meal and watch TV... a luxury I haven't had for 12 months.

Sheyne is due to release her book in 2007, REST ASSURED; I will be purchasing one for EVERY new mum I know. Parents, this will be your new bible!


Sheyne Rowley - channel 7 Sunrise. Read transcripts from her appearances.
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