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Fran Chavasse

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Senior Nurse educator at Tresillian Family Care Centres

Fran is the Senior Nurse educator at Tresillian Family Care Centres. She is a Registered nurse/ midwife and a child and family health nurse. She has a master’s degree in infant mental health and is currently finishing a PhD in Adult attachment research. Fran is also the author of the Tresillian Sleep Book.

Fran has worked in child and family health nursing for 37 years. Her primary expertise is the first 5 years of life, and she has also worked with children through primary school into adolescence. She has worked in a wide range of child and family health services, including extended home visiting for families, mother and baby residential units, clinical nurse consultancy and nursing management. As Senior Nurse Educator for Tresillian, Fran regularly provides a range of infant mental health and sleep & settling workshops for child & family health nurses, allied health professional and child care workers.

Questions answered by Fran

Premmie sleep issues

Hi, I have a premmie bub who is 8 months old, corrected age only 6 months. She has never really slept long stretches during her day sleeps, usually only about 45mins. But lately her day sleeps have gone from 45mins to just only 20/30 min max. And I don't know why as I haven't changed her routine or anything. Please help. It's driving me crazy.