It is an honor to work with families. For nearly 20 years, I have been supporting children and parents in the Austin area and beyond. As a former middle school teacher and coach of 10 years, I remain a passionate educator. After our first child arrived in 2014, I transitioned from teaching adolescents to expectant parents. I now teach families the basics of infant and child sleep through private classes, support groups, and consultations.

I earned my Master of Science in Social Work from The University of Texas at Austin (2005) and a Bachelor of Science in Human Development and Sociology from Vanderbilt University. I am a licensed social worker and certified as a women’s health coach, infant sleep educator, Texas Breastfeeding Educator and postpartum doula. I have advanced training in brain development and neurobiology, attachment theory, infant mental health, lactation management, childbirth education, and supporting families through perinatal mood and anxiety disorders.

My husband and I live in Austin, TX with our two children (2014 and 2018). Between my family and work, I am all about little ones – I also run an online baby & children’s boutique, Barn Chic Boutique, which specializes in organic apparel and accessories. My journey to becoming a sleep consultant arose organically from the challenges of navigating my own children’s sleep(lessness!). I am passionate about helping other families shift the narrative and find beauty in the challenges of early parenting.

Sarah McElvain, LMSW Sleep Eductor and Consultant Austin, TX