Hello, Parents of Little Ones! My name is Jessica Vonada! I have always had a passion for children, especially babies! My initial work with infants was in the setting of an early learning center from 2005-2009 while I was in college earning a B.S. in Elementary Education and M.S. in Education, specializing in ESL. After graduating in 2009, I taught for 2 years before realizing working with infants was my true calling. In 2011, I began working in the role of a Newborn Care Specialist, primarily with preemies & twins. From May 2015 until July 2017, I had the privilege of caring for orphaned & abandoned infants and toddlers in a baby home in Uganda. And in 2018, I received my certification as an Advanced Newborn Care Specialist.
My journey to becoming a child sleep consultant began in 2012. At that time I was in a 24-hour care position with a set of twins. Initially, their sleep seemed fairly on track, but after hitting the 4-month sleep regression, their sleep quickly began to unravel. By 6 months of age, they were waking every 1-2 hours each night and the mom decided it was time to bring in a sleep consultant. I was skeptical, to say the least! Much to my disbelief, within a few days, they were sleeping 12 uninterrupted hours at night and began taking age-appropriate naps. After that, I had to know more! And in 2016, I graduated from the Family Sleep Institute as a Certified Child Sleep Consultant.
As I continued as a Newborn Care Specialist and Child Sleep Consultant, I realized I was not always able to advise and assist lactating and postpartum moms the way I would have liked to. I wanted to become more balanced and be able to provide holistic support to the families I was caring for. As a result, I took the necessary steps to become a Certified Breastfeeding Specialist and Certified Postpartum Doula. And currently, I am pursuing the journey to becoming an IBCLC.
I have a true passion for what I do and would love to help you and your family get the sleep you need!
On average babies can sleep through the night at 4 months old. But what do you do during those stressful sleepless nights before that? As a Newborn Care Specialist I can provide overnight, daytime or 24 hour care depending on your family’s needs. I will help implement good sleep habits as you guide your little one towards sleeping through the night. Please fill out the contact form if interested.
As a Postpartum Doula, I will help your family transition seamlessly as you bring a new little one into your home. I will support mom physically and emotionally as she recovers from the birthing process while providing education in infant care and feeding. My purpose as a postpartum doula is to leave you feeling confident and empowered as you care for your new little one! Please fill out the contact form if interested.