Viv is a certified Happiest Baby educator and has helped hundreds of new parents calm their babies.

Viv originally trained as a nurse (RN) at Charing Cross Hospital, London and worked in the NHS for sixteen years. For the past 15 years she has been supporting pregnant women as their Birth Doula and new parents with Baby Calming techniques.

Whilst participating at a DONA (Doulas of North America) conference in Vancouver in 2008 Viv was fortunate enough to attend a seminar given by Dr. Harvey Karp, a child development expert who helps parents deal with persistent and demoralising crying of their new-born infants. She was intrigued by The Happiest Baby theory with its common sense approach and how easy it seemed. With Dr.Karp's encouragement Viv decided to enrol in, and subsequently become an educator of The Happiest Baby in the UK. She has been a credited instructor in baby calming (Happiest Baby) since 2008.


Dr. Harvey Karp is the founder and CEO of Happiest Baby and is one of America's most-trusted pediatricians. He is on the faculty of the USC School of Medicine and a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics. Dr Karp has practiced pediatrics in Los Angeles for over 25 years and has helped the children of many Hollywood celebrities including Madonna and Michelle Pfeiffer.

Click here to read a New York Times article about Dr Harvey Karp


The calming reflex works when you get it exactly right. Dr Karp’s video demonstrates how he has helped babies with these techniques. Viv can help you learn these techniques with her 1:1 or group classes.

Dr Karp's secrets to calming a fussy baby are founded on the 5 S's

  1. Swaddle - to recreate the snug environment in the womb
  2. Side or Stomach Position - the back is the only safe sleeping position, but holding your baby on their side or stomach is the best position to calm
  3. Shush - in the womb the blood flow makes a sound louder than a vacuum cleaner - Viv will help you recreate this
  4. Swing - to recreate the movement your baby experienced in the womb
  5. Suck - this can help fussy babies relax into a deep calm


“Dr. Karp's book is fascinating. It presents the top science about the development of babies in a style that is sensible and a pleasure to read. I believe it will reassure and guide new parents for many years to come.”
Julius Richmond, MD, Professor of Health Policy, Harvard Medical School, founder Head Start, former Surgeon General of the United States

“The Happiest Baby on the Block has the perfect solutions for helping parents grow and thrive...along with their babies.”
Sandra Apgar Steffes, RN, MS, Board of Directors, Lamaze International