Sarah McElvain, LMSW is a parent educator, infant sleep consultant, and holistic women’s health coach in Austin, TX. She has been supporting Central Texas families for over 15 years and is Austin’s first Infant Sleep Educator.
As a former middle school teacher and coach of 10 years, I remain a passionate educator. After having my first child in 2014, I transitioned from teaching adolescents to expectant parents. I now teach hundreds of families each year the basics of infant sleep through private classes and local support groups, and I also teach Newborn Care, Infant Safety, and Breastfeeding classes through Austin Baby Guru.
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, 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.
I serve as the doula coordinator and a volunteer postpartum doula for the Pregnancy and Postpartum Health Alliance of Texas.
My husband and I live in Austin, TX with our two children (born in 2014 and 2018). Between my family and work, I am all about babies – I also run an online baby 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.