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    Default Ellen Barron sleep school - who's been?

    Anyone who's been to Ellen Barron, whats it like? What are the staff like? I had a bad experience with some unpleasant burned out staff at the public hospital when I had ds & id rather not experience that again

    Im hoping to get a referral from my gp next week & the Centre said they are taking bookings for December, which isnt as long a wait as I thought

    I dont think we can afford the Nurture Centre unfortunately

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    I have been twice and it is fabulous. Are you going for feeding or sleeping issues? I went with 2 of my children for sleeping problems and by the end of our stay they were both sleeping thru the night and I was able to keep the routine going.

    A kinder version of the control crying method is used by the wonderful nurses at the center to tech your child to sleep thru. I found the nurses gave great support and there are great facilities at the center. But what you get out of the experence is what you put in. When I went, some mums did not fully support the methods taught by the nurses, and were not as proactive about asking for help, or going to the information lectures. These parents did not get the same benefit from attending that I did

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    Thanks a lot that was really helpful!

    Ill be going for sleeping issues - mostly for day sleeps. Also for help with settling & establishing a routine. Ill definitely put in 100%, I want to fix this.

    Is it responsive settling they use? I dont think my baby is old enough for controlled crying yet, he's only 16 weeks

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    Yes they use responsive settling techniques. It's just so great - I didn't want to leave! all food included so you can just focus on sleeping routine! Best of luck

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    I have a handout the child health nurse gave me. It's the technique they use at the ellen Barron sleep school. CHN said to try it at home first, but if necessary can go to the school. My DS was 3 months and refused to sleep during the day. Now most of the time he sleeps 1-2 hour at a time during the day, then 6-8 hrs at night, wakes for a feed and back to sleep for another 3-4 hours.

    It took me two weeks of persisting but it paid off.

    If I can work out how to upload a pic of it I will.

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    I went for feeding related issues when dd was 6 months (and ds 20 months, I took both babies in) and found it really beneficial. It's Great for connecting with other mums that aren't finding things so easy. Up until Ellen Barron I'd only met mums that had great sleepers and feeders and felt like I was the only mum in the world struggling and having a tough time of it. Ellen Barron helped me find "my" people x

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    I went 18 years ago when it was called a different name (Riverton)
    They honestly saved my soul!! They taught me so much and it helped for the children i had after my son that i went in with.
    The first couple of nights home we had trouble but i just kept applying the techniques I learnt and i ended up with a wonderful sleeper (7pm to 7am)
    Good luck

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    Do you have private health insurance? Mine covered our entire stay at the nurture centre. No out of pocket costs at all. They really helped us.

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    Ellen Barron Sleep School Notes.jpg

    The CHN also mentioned they have midwives who can come to your home and spend the day with you teaching the method. Not sure if that is the case in all areas, but certainly worth asking the question.

    if you can't see the pic properly, I can email it to you, with some more close up shots if you would like.
    Last edited by CandE; 31-10-2014 at 08:12. Reason: edited to add text instead of just photo upload.

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    Thanks ladies!!

    Summastarlet my PHI doesnt pay boarding fees & when I spoke with the nurture centre they said ds is the patient & im a boarder, so I would be up for the entire cost of my stay & we cant afford that. Plus their waitlist is currently much longer than ellen barron's

    CandE thanks heaps for that info!

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