At the beginning of 2015, I was working as a Private British Nanny for an expat family in Qatar in the Middle East. I noticed that there wasn’t anyone providing specialist support around sleep, childcare and breastfeeding. As I increasingly had parents approach me asking for advice,I decided to start the Mothership International Facebook page in order to provide a safe and inclusive arena for mothers to get support and share their experiences. This was also a way for me to continue to provide support to families remotely when I wasn’t with them.
Over the course of one night, I woke up to find over 700 people had ‘liked’ the page, and I had 20 emails from people asking for advice and desperate for help with their children’s sleep.
Word of mouth caused the community to grow fast, and I even had people coming up to me in the street and suggesting I join The Mothership International – effectively referring me to my own company!
It was clear from day one that there was a great need for this service. At the time, I was working as a nanny for an entrepreneur and he suggested right away that I turn the Facebook community into a business supporting mothers and especially expat parents through the development of specialist sleep packages for their children. On returning to London, I trained as a sleep trainer and launched The Mothership International website, offering tailor made sleep packages online. This works well for expats and those in the UK, because people don’t actually want to bring experts into their home during the night, so it’s really beneficial to offer a virtual service online. It also means that I can call on experts from all over the world, to offer a truly unique and tailor made package for each of our clients. It’s really important to do it this way, because we are empowering the parents to achieve success and createsleep patterns for their children, themselves. We give them expert guidance as well as personalised one-to-one support throughout the process, but ultimately they will never feel that they can’t do it on their own, because they have achieved it themselves without the need to bring us into their homes.
Once the idea had taken seed, I did some competitor analysis and only found two other companies offering anything similar, and neither were based in the UK. Since we officially launched in April 2015, the Facebook page now has over 8,800 likes, and the quantity of questions and people looking for advice which I receive daily acts as proof in itself that there is a very real need for this service.
Due to the demand, and the fact that I am still working full time as a nanny, I’ve been able to employ Julie, another sleep consultant.
We also have several volunteers and experts who help us on a regular basis – a qualified breast feeding expert, a parenting coach and an osteopath specialising in working with mothers.
Meet the Team
All our staff are qualified and passionate about their individual fields. Please contact us in regards to any questions you may have and we shall do our upmost best to advice you in the best possible way.
CEO, Co-Owner, Maternity Nurse, Sleep Support Consultant & International Nanny
Alexandra Eleftheriou founded The Mothership whilst working in the Middle East as a Maternity Nurse, after identifying the need to support expat parents and parents with no family network close by. Alexandra believes in attachment parenting values, positive parenting principles and other parenting styles that nurture the parent-child bond, whilst guiding clients to respectful solutions to their sleep issues.
Julie is a qualified maternity nurse, behavior and sleep consultant. Julie has over 22 years experience in childcare, behavioral support and sleep problems. She holds a Degree in Early Years, giving her the knowledge she needs to back up her practical experience.
Typical problems and situations she has dealt with include sleepless nights, babies not sleeping properly in their cot, babies being woken by their dummies falling out, destructive tendencies, sibling rivalry, breastfeeding support, multiple births, postnatal depression, special needs respite care and feeding issues. Julie uses gentle methods, which do not rely on controlled crying or cry it out methods
I’m informally known and referred to as Pindy. I have been privileged to practice osteopathy for the last 14 years locally in Sidcup, Kent. I started my 4 year degree in 1998 at The British School of Osteopathy in London, and have been practicing ever since. I have had the wonderful pleasure of working with expectant mothers and their newborns my entire career. In some cases I have seen these newborns grow, in most cases I have treated babies at different ages including toddler and child.
Caroline Evans has more than 20 years experience working with children and babies as an international nanny and maternity nurse and she runs a small consultancy business offering advice and support to parents.
Caroline is also a trained Breastfeeding supporter, trained in sleep consulting and has a special interest in GORD, CMPA and Tongue Tie.
When supporting parents Caroline is passionate about helping them learn to listen to, and communicate with, their children in order to solve any issues that they may be facing and does not believe in a one size fits all approach, believing every child is wonderfully unique.
Jeda is a copywriter and communication strategist from Scotland, UK. She loves collaborating with incredible business owners across the globe, to help them connect with more of their ideal clients and grow their businesses. Find inspiration, tips and free guides on Jeda’s website, jedapearl.com.
Frances Thouaille is a breastfeeding specialist trained by a national organisation, MNT trained maternity nurse and mother of two breastfed children. She provides voluntary breastfeeding support in the community as well as private holistic postnatal support. Frances believes each mother has her own breastfeeding goals and the right to make informed and supported choices that will enable her to reach those.
DEBRA ANITA BARLOW
Deborah is a chartered physiotherapist and is registered with the Health Professionals council.
She has been in the health and fitness industry for over 30 years and she is still passionate about all aspects of women’s health and fitness. She is here to answer all of your physiotherapy and fitness issues.
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