External specialist advisors

1 Lorette Michallon
2 Sarah Oakley
3 Helen Ball
4 Gill Rapley
Lorette Michallon

Lorette Michallon: Slingababy

One of the most qualified and highly regarded carrying trainers in Europe and one of the most passionate and inspiring people you will ever meet.

CalmFamily and Slingababy have a close working relationship.

“I believe in the power of baby-carrying in order to make the world a better place. I believe that every person going through the Slingababy training course will feel empowered into spreading this thought. This belief drives me as a tutor and I give all my passion in every session I teach.”

– Lorette Michallon

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Lorette Michallon: Slingababy
Sarah Oakley

Sarah Oakley IBCLC

Sarah is a renowned lactation consultant and qualified health visitor. Sarah has been in private practice since 2009. Sarah provides breastfeeding peer supporter courses in conjunction with Cambridgeshire County Council and is Chair of the Association of Tongue-tie Practitioners and on the training team of The Association of Breastfeeding Mothers.

 Sarah has provided content directly for the modules of the BabyCalm course modules, has offered training at our CPD events and remains on hand to leadership to provide guidance.

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Sarah Oakley IBCLC
Helen Ball

Helen from BaSIS

Helen Ball is Professor of Anthropology and Director of the University’s Parent-Infant Sleep Lab . She pioneers the study of infant sleep and the parent-infant sleep relationship from a biosocial perspective.

She obtained her PhD in Anthropology from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst in 1992. Broadly defined, her research examines sleep ecology, particularly of infants, young children and their parents.

Helen supports CalmFamily by providing information and training to consultants to ensure that we are providing the most up-to-date and evidence based information possible.

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Helen from BaSIS
Gill Rapley

Gill Rapley PhD

Gill became a health visitor at the age of 22. She has been supporting parents with introducing solid food her whole career but when she had her her three babies she experienced change in her practice with the more that she learned from being a mother. When she returned to health visiting, her practice had changed and she created the concept of baby-led weaning.

She then undertook and masters degree investigating whether babies would spontaneously start solid food without adult intervention and then studied for her PhD with her research focusing on the differing experience for babies of being spoon-fed or self-feeding. Her book is recognised as ‘the bible” of baby-led weaning and her research is well recognised and published in several academic journals. Gill is supporting us in ensuring our weaning training module is excellent and evidence-based and trained some of our consultants in person during 2017.

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Gill Rapley PhD