Consultation services and resources for postpartum professionals to better support their clients’ mental health
Maybe you’ve already taken some basic training in postpartum mood and anxiety disorders (PMADs) but are wanting to learn more to promote your professional development.
Maybe you’re working with a family right now who is experiencing mental health challenges and you’re struggling to figure out how to best support them or get them connected to other resources or professional treatment.
Maybe your current client is already receiving treatment for a postpartum mood or anxiety disorder, but their mental or emotional struggles are still creating obstacles that are preventing you from effectively doing your job to help the family meet their goals for their baby’s sleep.
My name is Tara Dakin Sauer.
I am a Newborn Care Specialist and Infant Sleep Consultant. I’m also a Perinatal Psychotherapist. I am passionate about combining my knowledge and skill set related to both perinatal mental health and infant sleep to help other sleep-based postpartum professionals better support their clients’ mental and emotional well-being.
I offer education and collaborative care services to support you and the families you serve - together we can more holistically promote the physical and emotional wellness of both babies and parents!
Mental Health Consultations connect your clients to an experienced consultant (me) to discuss their concerns, help them identify resources to support their needs, and if indicated, refer them to appropriate providers for treatment.
If needed, you would refer a family to an IBCLC for an evaluation to address any feeding concerns - this helps the family to achieve their feeding goals, but it also helps support the work you are doing - addressing any problems with milk transfer, oral ties, etc. allows you to better assist the family in meeting their goals for sleep.
A mental health consultation is designed to function in the same way - it allows the family to receive expert evaluation and support to address any mental health concerns, but it also supports the work you are doing - addressing mental health issues allows you to better assist the family in meeting their goals for sleep. For example, you might be working with a parent who is unable to relax and fall asleep while you are on-duty as a NCS or postpartum doula, and is instead obsessively watching the monitor or checking on the baby throughout your shift. Or you could be working with a parent with such a low tolerance for crying that they are unable to effectively follow the plan you have provided them as their Sleep Consultant.
Provides an overall assessment of the parent’s mental state to determine if they are currently experiencing or are at increased risk for experiencing postpartum mood issues
Helps clarify for the parent if what they are experiencing is a normal part of postpartum adjustment or something more serious, and if it would be best addressed through self-management strategies or professionally guided treatment
May include instruction in coping strategies to address a specific problem (i.e. low tolerance for crying)
Can serve as a “bridge” for a parent who is struggling to acknowledge their need for additional help, is nervous about starting therapy, and/or is unsure about medication and hesitating to contact their doctor - the parent is given space to explore these hesitations and can receive guidance to empower them to feel ready to seek help and to know what kind of help they need
These Mental Health Consultations are available for postpartum families only by direct referral from YOU, the professional who is currently supporting them. Please direct your client to book their call at this link:
A Mental Health Consultation is 60 minutes in length, and the fee is $250. Depending on the family’s preference, the consultation can be scheduled so that you, as the postpartum professional, can participate in some or all of the discussion. Families can also elect to have their NCS/doula/sleep consultant be sent a summary of the consultation with recommendations for how best to continue supporting the parents’ mental health.
A Case Consultation can help you to better understand and support the emotional well-being of the families in your care, including families where one or both parents may be struggling with postpartum mood issues. These consultations also promote your ongoing professional growth and development.
The purpose of this consultation is to help you problem solve a specific mental-health related issue you are having with a client and/or to provide you with the insights and skills that will enhance your future functioning in dealing with interactions that are impacted by the client’s mental health issue.
This type of consultation is considered “consultee-centered” (rather than client-centered), meaning the focus is on addressing your needs as the consultee, rather than directly addressing the problems of your client.
These Case Consultations are available to professionals offering both in-home and virtual services.
Case Consultations are 30 minutes in length, and the fee is $75.
I have a variety of resources available to further your education and elevate the support you are able to offer to the families you work with, including recommended reading, online classes, podcast episodes, and additional tools you can use or share with your clients.