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 Chavasse
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.
Articles by Fran Chavasse
Baby won't sleep? Here's why babies wake
One of the biggest concerns for parents is whether your baby will sleep. It can cause some apprehension, especially if you’re a single parent, or managing most of your baby’s care. Registered nurse, midwife and author Fran Chavasse offers her advice.
Twins: Safe sleep, settling and routines
Welcoming twins into your life is exciting. No-one can prepare you for the reality that descends once you get your twins home and begin to parent them. One of the major challenges is coordinating your twins' feeding, socialising and sleeping routines.
Baby sleep associations and self-soothing
Registered nurse, midwife and author Fran Chavasse says too many people mistakenly believe that children can learn to sleep at any age. In this three-part series, Fran offers her advice on dealing with baby sleep associations and self settling.