A better start for you & your baby
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south florida sleep training & doula care


Life with a new baby is challenging! We are committed to helping new parents build a solid foundation to promote a comfortable start, and relieve some of that pressure new families feel. Providing birth & postpartum doula care, and sleep coaching & consulting, our services are designed to make this transition more manageable and enjoyable for each member of the family, every step of the way.  Having a birth, baby, and sleep, expert can make all the difference! We provide in home support to local families in and around Jupiter, Florida, and virtual services to families across the country!


 
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about

[michelle 'kricket' nacy]

As a birth and postpartum doula, I've spent hundreds of hours with families while they transition from a couple, into a family; or small family, into a bigger family.  I'm there for the excitement, exhaustion, toughest days, the joys, uncertainties, and reality, of pregnancy, birth, and parenthood. While my doula work with most of my clients wraps up around 6 months, families were consistently reaching back out to me...and not just to say, 'Hey! Look how big the baby is!' Nope. They all had the same issue....sleep.  Or lack there of...for their baby, for themselves, or sometimes, the whole family.

That's when I knew I had to do more to help my clients and began researching sleep training methods and training programs. I found one program that stood out from the rest with extensive and impressive training, and continuing education.  After speaking with the creator of the original gentle, proven method to get a good night's sleep, Kim West, aka The Sleep Lady®, I started a new venture; to become a Certified Gentle Sleep Coach.

 

Michelle Kricket Nacy, Certified Gentle Sleep Coach & Doula

Michelle Kricket Nacy, Certified Gentle Sleep Coach & Doula

 

Before I get way into my training, here's a little about me:

I'm an upstate New York native, living in (and never leaving!) Jupiter, Florida. I'm a former radio personality in Albany and Poughkeepsie, New York, and West Palm Beach and Miami, Florida. It was a unique opportunity to talk birth, placentas, and babies, on a classic rock morning show! I love the Yankees, live music, working out, cleaning, the beach, my family (dog included!), and tacos! Any other questions, I love to talk, just ask! Ok, moving forward...

The Gentle Sleep Coach Program is the first and most extensive professional sleep coach training and certification program available. The program involves over 80 hours of training with a faculty panel that includes 2 medical doctors, a psychologist, an attorney, lactation counselor, postpartum doulas, and a family therapist. Each coach must pass an exam and participate in case supervision with Kim West, LCSW-C (a.k.a "the Sleep Lady") who has been helping tired parents for over 17 years. Clinical supervision and ongoing advanced training are required to maintain certification as a Gentle Sleep Coach. Some of the training included:

  • Basic counseling and child development
  • Sleep science and behavioral modification techniques to help parents of children ago 0 to 6 years old
  • Secure attachment theory
  • Support for the breastfeeding mother

The training also consisted of lectures from top specialists, including:

  • Postpartum Depression from Dr. Shoshana Bennett, author and leading specialist on Postpartum Depression
  • Medical Conditions and Sleep Apnea in Children led by Dr. Lewis Kass, Director of Children's Sleep Center
  • GERD and Sleep led by Dr. Anthony Loizides, pediatric gastroentrologist

Learn more about my GSC exclusive Advanced Training, for working with babies 4 and 5 months old

 
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training


additional training

Pro Doula, Postpartum Doula Training 2016

Boston Baby Nurse, Newborn Care Specialist Training and Certification 2015

Bold Method for Birth, Pregnancy & Postpartum Yoga Nidra Training 2015

Pro Doula, Birth Doula Training 2015

Aviva Institute, Postpartum Doula Training 2014

HypnoBirthing for Labor Assistants 2014

ALACE, Childbirth Educator Training 2010

Baby boy, 2010

toLabor, Birth Doula Training 2009

HypnoBirthing Practitioner Training and Certification 2009

Baby girl, 2008

Baby boy, 2002 

School project 1st Grade,"I want to be a baby doctor when I grow up" 1984


Say Hey

 

zzz@sleepsprite.com

Also find me on social media:

 

 
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services


Sleep coaching

As a birth and postpartum doula, newborn care specialist, and Gentle Sleep Coach®, Kricket Nacy is an expert on life with a new baby.  When it comes to sleep struggles, she knows there is no 'one size fits all' solution. Getting to know you, your baby, and your family, Kricket will help you create and execute a custom plan to get better sleep. Not just for infants, we work with babies and children up to 6 year old. Schedule a free 15 minute phone consult!


newborn 101

Home from the hospital with your newborn baby...and now what? So many questions!  We'll go over the basics of bathing, feeding, sleeping, learning how to read your baby's cues and interpret cries. With in-home, Newborn 101 sessions (with your own baby...not a doll!) Kricket will work with your family to bring about healthy sleep habits and good routines from the start. 


postpartum care

You'll appreciate the extra set of hands allowing you to enjoy a shower in peace, grab a much needed nap, or hit the grocery store with confidence for the first outing with your baby! Learn the ins and outs of everything baby, have someone to talk to about all the changes, and let Kricket help make those early weeks home more gratifying. Postpartum care is available day and overnight.


Labor & Birth 

Having a personal pregnancy and birth coach, can give you the confidence you're looking for in the birthing room. Kricket's expert labor and birth support package, includes a prenatal birth planning session, 24/7 on call time, continuous support during labor and birth, and a postpartum follow up visit. 

 

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rates

 
 

first 4 months $150

With the First 4 Months package, Kricket will help you with gentle sleep strategies as your baby moves from the wee infant stage of sleeping around the clock, to developing daytime naps and nighttime sleep. This is a virtual package (email) with support for the first 4 months. You will receive a weekly, developmentally appropriate email, with the opportunity to ask questions, share struggles, and get personal support from your sleep expert.

 
 

standard sleep $325

full assessment and evaluation

60-90 minute phone or skype consultation

custom sleep plan

phone and email support for 4 weeks (8, 20 minute scheduled phone calls)

 

 

queen sleep    $375

60-90 minute phone or skype consultation

custom sleep plan

phone and email support for 8 weeks (8, 20 minute scheduled phone calls)

nap coaching plan and support (to be used while coaching overnight or tbd)

 

king sleep         $425

King Package is available to south Florida and Martin County families

full assessment and evaluation of child's eating/sleeping/activity habits and medical history

90 minute in-home consultation including nursery analysis 

custom sleep plan

phone and email support for 4 months (8, 20 minute scheduled phone calls)

nap coaching plan and support (to be used while coaching overnight or tbd)

 

 

in-home coaching        $1200

Have you read all the books, tried different methods, and now find yourself at a point where you desperately need better sleep (for you and your baby) and just can't go on any longer the way things are? In-home sleep training is the answer! For an hourly rate, Kricket will come into your home and do the sleep training for you. Typically this takes 2 full nights. With babies, of course, there are no guarantees! But having a sleep expert to observe and coach your baby overnightwhile learning the skills of putting themselves to sleep, can be that magic wand you've so desperately being looking for. Parents are welcome to remain in the house during training, or it's a great time to get a couples night away!

$50/hour

*typical nights are 12 hours 7p-7a

Standard in home coaching is for 2 nights, with a 3rd night available, if needed. 

newborn 101   $150

Book Kricket for a private, 4 hour, Newborn 101 session with your own baby! While newborn care classes are fun to take while pregnant, we think it makes more sense to learn in your own home, with your own baby! In this 4 hour visit, you'll have Kricket by your side to help and share tips for feeding, swaddling, newborn care, bathing and sleeping.

 

postpartum care $37.50/hr

An in-home expert to answer all your questions and show you tips and tricks! Companionship and conversation to get you through, what is sometimes a lonely and unfamiliar, first few weeks home with a newborn. An extra set of hands around the house to help with the other children, feed the pets, hold and care for the baby while you shower or nap, prepare snacks and light meals, keep the house in order, and make sure things are going smoothly. 

 

Overnight Care: How do new moms describe *uninterrupted sleep*? Heavenly! During an overnight visit, parents can plan to get a full night of sleep, or can participate in night time feedings. Some moms may use this time to pump, but also catch up on sleep and have the doula feed & settle the baby during the night. Breastfed babies can be brought to mom for a feeding, and then put back to sleep by the doula when finished. The doula may sleep when the baby sleeps as long as small tasks are complete. The outcome is a quiet night for parents while the doula stays with the baby.

Minimum 4 hr day shifts, 8 hr overnight shifts

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Birth Doula $1400

Kricket supports your choices for birth; natural, medical, or anywhere in between. Includes a prenatal birth planning session, continuous in person labor & birth support, and postpartum follow up visit.

 

 

 
 
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satisfied parents


Kricket helped us get our nine month old to sleep through the night!! She was extremely patient, supportive and flexible throughout the process. My son went from waking every few hours and nursing, to sleeping all night long! I also have to thank her for being my doula; she knew just what I needed to have the birth I wanted. Thank you for everything you have done for our family.
— Meghan McCord-Perrotta
Kricket is amazing, and has been invaluable to me- from pregnancy through the birth, to postpartum.
My birth didn’t go as planned (whose does though?) and she was there the entire time, offering exceptional support and guidance. I can’t imagine having done it without her; my spouse and I would have been so frightened and unsure. She kept us both calm and listened to us every step of the way.
Since giving birth, she has been my rock, answering every frantic question I have (and there are a lot) with patience and care.
Kricket puts so much care and compassion into what she does, and she is so knowledgeable about her job.
I felt like I had a close friend helping me and in the hospital with me. I feel so lucky to have found her!
I can’t say it enough- she is AMAZING!
— Mandy Coon
It was incredibly comforting during the post-partum time, with all of the feeding issues we were having, to have Kricket there. She offers up her knowledge and experience in a totally non-know-it-all kind of way, and has such a calming presence, that she was the one person who I recall actually listening to because she didn’t immediately make me (the post-partum, crazy hormonal, stressed out, sleep-deprived, not thinking straight me) feel defensive and inadequate. I could never thank her enough for getting me through the most challenging experience of my life in one piece - both physically and emotionally. She is truly a special and gifted person and is doing exactly what she was meant to do.
— Kimberly Petillo
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get in touch


Whether you're looking for sleep solutions or help getting through these crazy days with a new baby, we are here, ready to jump in to make things easier.

Maybe you're ready to wean, or have your baby sleep all night, in his or her crib? Maybe it's time to go back to work and you need to get sleep on track, pronto! Whatever your sleep challenge is, share it, and we'll work together to overcome it. I work with families with babies and children up to 6 years old.

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