Jennifer is one of the most patient and helpful women I have had the pleasure of knowing. She is a wonderful listener and never pushes parents to do something they’re not comfortable with. Most importantly, she gives amazing guidance and support. Both of my boys have benefited from her sleep advice! - Hannah C.
Jennifer was there for me when I most needed her. Her warmth, support and expertise helped me get through even the most challenging of days when I was a sleep deprived new mother. I recommend her to all of my friends!" - Meghan S.
Jen Howard, LPC, CLC, CHBE
I dreamt of having babies for as long as I can remember and now I am very lucky to be called "Mommy" by two of the most amazing - and active - little kiddos. But their beginnings were certainly not what I imagined for all of those years. My daughter's birth was traumatic, both physically and emotionally, and I still hadn't fully recovered when my son was born 2 years later. Although his birth was much calmer and healing in its own way, he was born premature and spent some time in the NICU as a result. It was after his birth that I also experienced Postpartum Depression.
Both of my babies were also very tough cookies when it came to sleep. They both had reflux and wanted to feed around the clock. My youngest also had severe congestion from allergies and didn't sleep through the night until after his second birthday! Adapting to these major life changes and sleep deprivation were more than I could handle alone, but it was hard for me to find any help. I found myself wishing someone would just come to my home - or call me - for that much needed support. All of these experiences are what made me so passionate about helping other moms going through the same transition. I wanted to be able to provide convenient and compassionate support, just like I had needed. Thus, MOMMY-SOS was born!
As a Licensed Professional Counselor (DC and Virginia) and Nationally Certified Professional Life Coach, I have over 10 years of experience helping individuals and couples to overcome obstacles in their life and reach their goals. In both of these roles, I have worked with diverse clientele on adapting to life transitions, managing family dynamics and conflict, processing grief and loss, and reaching career and personal goals. I have also received advanced training in maternal mental health.
Additionally, I am a Certified Happiest Baby Educator (CHBE) and have more than 5 years of experience as an Infant and Child Sleep Consultant. Through this rewarding work, I have had the pleasure of helping thousands of families - from all across the world - to successfully improve their baby’s (and their whole family’s!) sleep. Being a CHBE allows me to share Dr. Harvey Karp's research-based and proven methods for soothing your newborn, decreasing your baby's crying and developing healthy sleep habits with your baby and toddler.
I know it's hard to reach out for help and I know that there are many who could meet your needs. But, I truly believe my personal experiences, passion for helping tired moms thrive, and varied and extensive professional training, is what sets myself and MOMMY-SOS apart - and is what can make that big difference in YOUR life.
If you'd like to learn more about whether we'd be a good fit together, I am happy to provide a free 20 minute consultation. Click below to book the free consultation or check out the services page for more information.
Take care mama!