Pamela Jones is an author, speaker, Registered Nurse, and Co-founder of Sweet Dreams Infant Care. For over 20 years, Pam has specialized in postpartum education, lactation support, and neonatal care in some of the top Chicago hospitals. She felt due to shorter hospital stays and staff reductions due to budget cuts, many new parents were not getting the individual education and attention they need.
Pam found while working in various mother and baby units that many new parents were lacking the confidence they needed before taking their newborn home. That is when she decided she wanted to make a difference in these new families’ lives. Because they understand the need for more one-on-one postpartum education and support, Pam and her sister Pat opened Sweet Dreams Infant Care in 2009.
Pam has helped countless families flourish with one-on-one in home, education, and support. She is also a Lactation Counselor and Happiest Baby on the Block instructor. She has been specializing in healthy sleep education for the past eight years, especially with multiples.
Pam has a passion for educating new parents and building their confidence so they can truly enjoy their babies. She gives her clients 24/7 access to her for questions and support.
Pam has two children and one granddaughter, Reese, that she adores and hopes to inspire with her accomplishments.
Patricia Porrey is an author, speaker, and Co-founder of Sweet Dreams Infant Care. She has spent the past eight years working as a certified Postpartum Doula, Parent Educator, Sleep Consultant, and mentor for her team of Infant Care Specialists now assisting families in Chicago, Dallas, San Francisco, and Tampa. She has over 30 years in corporate America having several different careers and retiring from AT&T as a Senior Project Manager.
Pat has obtained her master’s degree in Industrial/Organizational Psychology and is a Licensed Professional Counselor. She is also a graduate of the Goldman Sacks 10,000 Small Business Program. Pat has owned several different businesses before she partnered with her sister Pam and launched Sweet Dreams Infant Care, which is the premier award-winning Baby Nurse agency that has been “Rescuing sleep-deprived families” since 2009.
Pat uses her diverse experience and education in helping new parents transition into their new roles. She has given her insight on the challenges new parents face along with solutions to help them. Pat teaches sleep training and healthy sleep habits to new mothers in one of the largest Women’s hospitals in Chicago. She shares her own experiences and those from many other infant care professionals in a practical and entertaining style. Pat is married with two sons and grandmother to Kailey and Jacob.
Pam and Pat were raised in a south suburb of Chicago and came from a large family consisting of six brothers and one other sister. They did not know about business then, but they knew they had a passion for helping families with their babies. They opened up their award-winning infant care agency, Sweet Dreams Infant Care, while Pam was working in one of the largest women’s hospitals in Chicago. Pam found due to shorter hospital stays and staff reductions, countless new moms were not receiving the one-on-one training they needed to build their confidence before bringing their newborns home. Many of these new moms kept asking Pam to come home with them to provide postpartum education and support. Pam eventually said yes, and that is when their company, Sweet Dreams Infant Care was born.
In the beginning, there was just Pam and Pat caring for new parents and their newborns. But once they found the difference they could make in these new families lives, they found it hard to tell new parents they were not available to help them. So they recruited some other registered nurses and some other experienced moms so they could help more families. Our team went from a few of us to over 40 caregivers in Chicago, Dallas, San Francisco, and Tampa. Our Dream Team has been “Rescuing Sleep-Deprived Families” since 2009!
Caring for a newborn can be exhilarating and at the same time exhausting. Your new feeling of normal will be one of being sleep-deprived and overwhelmed. Sleep deprivation is a trigger for postpartum depression and it is very real. Over a million women suffer from postpartum depression every year, and many new dads are being diagnosed as well. Know your symptoms are real, and they are treatable. You are not alone. Talk to someone; you don’t have to continue suffering alone.
Babies do not come home with instruction manuals. If you are prospective parents who want to learn more about pregnancy and newborn care, there are many sources out there for you. You could post questions on your Facebook page and solicit advice from anyone and everyone, but do you know their qualifications? Or maybe you prefer to google baby websites, but do you wonder if they are ever fact-checked or updated? Does it make you feel anxious just seeing so many baby books on the bookstore shelves today, never mind all the conflicting information?
If you answered yes to any of those questions, our book Raising Confident Parents: Secrets from Baby Nurses and Parents about Pregnancy, Infant Care, and Achieving Sweet Dreams is all you need!
Raising Confident Parents will help you navigate through pregnancy, delivery, and bringing your baby home. It gives you no-nonsense advice on how to get those coveted eight hours of sleep you never thought you’d see again.
Raising Confident Parents is a concise book with a treasure trove of proven parenting tactics, written by baby nurses and experienced parents who have successfully raised their children and have shared their secrets inside this book! This book will change your life!
Raising Confident Parents will tell you the truth about what to expect. It shares the secrets only baby nurses and other seasoned parents can deliver to build your confidence and help you through each step along the way.
Let’s face it, new parents do not have time to read a 300-page book to find advice on sore boobs, hemorrhoids, and how to help your baby sleep through the night. We will give you proven parenting tips in short, easy-to-read pages and in a language you can understand.
We keep hearing about how it takes a village to raise a child. Well, where is yours? Many of us have moved away from our tribe and no longer have our “village” to turn to, who can offer us sage advice, education, and support we need.
Family and friends tend to tell us tall tales about pregnancy and how easy it is to care for a new baby. They don’t want to scare you, but if they actually told you the truth, most would probably never procreate.
Parenthood can seem scary, but with Raising Confident Parents: Secrets from Baby Nurses and Parents about Pregnancy, Infant Care, and Achieving Sweet Dreams, you can build your confidence and learn to enjoy this amazing time in your life.
What we know for sure are as follows:
• Expecting and caring for your newborn should be one of the happiest times in your life, but it can also be the most stressful. There is so much conflicting information out there about what you are expected to know and do as a new parent. Let us help you unravel the mysteries and answer the questions you may not even know to ask.
• Hospital stays are no weekend at the Ritz, but with our labor and delivery nurse tips, you can make it as comfortable as possible
• Know the baby must-haves that are put together by our team of baby nurses and seasoned moms. It is a list of what you will really need when you bring your baby home, not a list created by a department store.
• So, you think you are tired now? Set your baby up for success with healthy sleep habits. These are tried and tested sleep strategies from our Dream Team to get the whole family sleeping soundly.
• What about mommy shaming? Motherhood is supposed to be the happiest time of our lives. So why do so many moms feel bad?
• Your pet was probably considered your first baby. We can help parents introduce their newborn to their dog. Dogs can often exhibit signs of jealousy when all the attention is suddenly turned toward the new addition, so we offer some step-by-step tips to help create a bond between man’s best friend and your baby.
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You are not alone! Learn the secrets and expert tips from baby nurses and veteran parents who have been where you are now and survived to write this book! The authors have been “Rescuing sleep-deprived families” since 2009.
• Pregnancy—OMG. What you did not expect while expecting.
• DELIVERing happiness. Get ready, it’s showtime. Am I really going to poop!
• Hospital stay. Must-bring items and secrets to get comfortable.
• Bringing baby home. What your baby wants you to know and a new parent’s essentials list.
• Fed is best. Feeding your baby—decisions best for your family.
• Healthy sleep from zero to four months. Proven strategies to help your baby learn to sleep through the night.
• Parent-sleep deprivation. Postpartum depression signs, and dads can suffer too.
• Keeping the relationship after baby. Put your own oxygen mask on first. You are not selfish to want time for yourself.
• Daddy boot camp / work-life balance. “I never knew how much I loved your daddy until I saw how much he loved you.”
• Accepting/hiring help. Say YES! Hiring questions to ask and red flags to look for.