MOOREA MALATT - PMH-C, CLEC, CPD, CLC
Perinatal Mental Health Counselor.
Lactation Counselor. Sleep Educator.
International Parent Consultant. Postpartum Doula.
Your New Friend.
I was living with a SMALL, SLEEP-AVERSIVE ALIEN!
I had a baby who was awake a lot. She seemed to need less sleep than others and she woke every hour for many months. She would stare at me with those big eyes by the glow of my sleep tracker app and I had to convince myself she was not an alien. I re-read all of the books I had used in years as a postpartum doula and night nanny and the only method that sat right with my lactation training and my gentle and respectful parenting values (Dr. Jay Gordon method) actually seemed to make things worse!
Waiting-it-out was making me delirious with sleep deprivation. In fact, I had a short period of postpartum psychosis when the night-waking was at its worst. But I still couldn’t bear to let her cry in a room alone, even if I could do check-ins.
One day I found myself with a RedBull in one hand and a child I resented in the other. This wasn’t the motherhood I wanted. So I took everything I knew about infant and toddler development, communication and lactation and created a method that could even work for co-sleeping and breastfeeding / chestfeeding families. It was an experiment that turned out to be a miracle for my mental health and my relationship with my daughter, and then a miracle for my friends’ families and Ten years later, Sleep Savvy has saved hundreds of parents from the brink of mental unwellness.
I believe parents can get their own needs met and still parent gently and attentively. I believe I was put on this planet (and given my calming my libra energy) to help you find that balance. I also believe that we need to get into the habit of communicating our own needs to be able to model self care and boundaries for our children so they will grow to do the same.
My perspective is influenced by my studies in biological development, emotional development and cultural anthropology, and perinatal mental wellness- combined with my experience in over 20 years of supporting babies, toddlers and their parents. I make it easy for you with informative articles, affordable DIY online courses and tailored phone and email consulting in my areas of expertise: sleep learning first- and then when you need it: gentle discipline/ boundaries and toileting skills.
I’ll fix your sleep problem and help you prevent future problems!
I’ve been there. I know your sleep struggle and your heart struggle.
*I’ve got your back*
Lets co-create a plan to solve your current sleep challenges. The hidden benefit is that my work with you will build your rockstar parenting confidence to set you up for years of future parenting ease.
Don’t know what kind of help you need? Fill out the email form below and tell me what’s going on with your little one.
And my daughter? For many years now she has been asking to go to bed (in her own room), drifting off in one minute and sleeping till 7!
Moorea Malatt – PMH-C, CLEC, CPD, CLC
Sleep Educator, Perinatal Mental Health Counselor, Parenting Consultant, Certified Lactation Counselor-Educator, Writer.
- Certified Perinatal Mental Health Counselor
- Certified Lactation Counselor-Educator UC San Diego
- Postpartum Doula Seattle Midwifery School/Bastyr University
- BA Psychology and Biology University of Western Washington
- Certified Life Coach – Coach Training Alliance
- AA ECE Early Childhood Education – Cal State Northridge going wayyy back!
- Half a Somatic Psychotherapy MA – I may never finish until my kids are grown 😉
I’m Published Here:
Natural Mother Magazine Articles:
- Express Yourself
- Ways to Encourage Gratitude in Young Children
- Understanding Night Terrors and Nightmares
- Rest Assured: Safer Bedsharing
- Gentle Discipline is Love;
Natural Parents Network Articles:
- 6 Tips on Screen Time for Tots
- Healing Mastitis Naturally
- Kundalini Yoga with Kids
- 10 Tips for Raising and Open-Gender Child
The breastfeeding & sleep contributor in The Ultimate Guide to Sex Through Pregnancy and Motherhood by Madison Young.
and my own book coming 2022!
We need to thank you for being our 3rd partner in parenting. You have gotten us through major tantrums, communication challenges, a forever bedtime and night waking, the picky eating problem of the century and now feeding challenges with a second baby. You have to make an app so everyone can have you as a parenting partner in their pocket!
My husband and I got a lot out of your discipline workshop and we could not have taken it at a better time. Now that E. is 15 months, we are finally using all of the tools and things are going really well!
Thank you for helping us realize our sleep challenges were really gentle discipline challenges and helping us have a clear plan for dealing with all of the fighting of every boundary that Z was doing. It never occurred to me the fixing daytime challenges would help our sleep but it has tremendously and I now have such great communication with my tiny person.
Questions? Talk to me! If you're not sure about the best way I can serve you, tell me a bit about your challenge here. I would love to hear from you if you have any questions about services, workshops or speaking engagements. Please fill out the form below and I will reply as soon as possible.
I feel like the happiest person on earth right now! I was immediately at her side, put my hand on her back and she fell right back asleep! And then the same thing again with no nursing, no carrying, no rocking. Thank you so much for the sleep plan and thank you for being so helpful and supportive!
The Discipline workshop gave me clear ideas about what to expect for the preschool age, and a few guidelines plus specific tips on how to handle disagreements. I also like having a frame in which to look at this age. I liked the emphasis on language, and emphasis on a general approach, symbolized in the time-out/ time-in scenario.
Moorea has an uncanny ability to connect with children, create a safe and loving environment, great communication, and tremendous skill in getting children on track emotionally and behaviorally. She is one of a kind and we feel lucky to have her in our lives.