I am a Certified Gentle Sleep Coach®
My eldest son had difficulty sleeping for a long time and this had a big impact on my family. I spent a long time learning about how I could help him, and in the process I became fascinated by the science of sleep and I was eager to learn more. So I left my job in the city and embarked on a new career as a sleep coach. I wanted to be able to share my knowledge with other parents to help them gain confidence in their knowledge about sleep and find the best ways to help children get the sleep that they need.
I love what I do, and I really hope to help as many parents and children as I can. I find that it is very difficult to be a parent in today's society. There is a lot of contradictory information out there and everyone seems to have a different opinion on how to help your child sleep well. I believe that the best way to help your child is to listen to your child, your heart and your instincts. Of course, it is great to read and learn about the science of sleep and how you can help your child sleep better, but at the same time, I think that it is important to remember that you know yourself and your child better than anyone. Your child and yourself are the best guidebook to follow.
The Gentle Sleep Coach Program is the first and most extensive professional sleep coach training and certification program available. The program involves over 80 hours of training with a faculty panel that includes 2 medical doctors, a psychologist, an attorney, lactation counsellor, postpartum doulas and a family therapist. Each coach must pass an exam and participate in case supervision with Kim West, LCSW-C, The Sleep Lady®, who has been helping tired parents for 30 years. Clinical supervision and ongoing advanced training are required to maintain certification as a Gentle Sleep Coach.Read more.
Some of my training topics included:
Counseling and child development
Sleep science and behavioural modification techniques to help parents of children aged 0 to 6 years old.
Secure attachment theory
Sids and infant safe sleep
Support for the breastfeeding mother
Sensory processing disorder and sleep
RLS, Ferritin levels and sleep
Colic and Reflux
The training also consisted of lectures from top specialists, including:
Postpartum Depression from Dr.Shoshana Bennett, the author and a leading specialist on Postpartum Depression
Medical Conditions and Sleep Apnea in Children led by Dr. Lewis Kass, Director of Children’s Sleep Center
GERD and Sleep led by Dr. Anthony Loizides, the pediatric gastroenterologist
Currently undertaking advanced training since September 2019
0-5 Month Old Certification
The GSC Program also includes exclusive advanced training specifically focused on how to gently work with babies 0-5 months of age.
Some of the curriculum training topics include:
In-depth knowledge of the importance of attachment and infant mental health
The sleep science behind the first six months of life
What special considerations need to be taken when working with and supporting families during this delicate period.
Specialized instruction on how to evaluate families in the first six months
Guidance on how to assess when the baby is ready for sleep coaching based on current research and evidence-based strategies
Review of gentle sleep solutions and strategies that are developmentally appropriate, breastfeeding and attachment friendly and promote a solid foundation for sleep learning and long-term healthy sleep patterns.
This specialty training is designed to give Gentle Sleep Coaches the knowledge, education and all the tools and resources they need to successfully work with families of newborns through 5 months of age in a safe, healthy and developmentally appropriate manner.
Many parents ask “Are you a cry-it-out proponent or family bed advocate? Do I have to stop breastfeeding to sleep coach my child?” There is no right or wrong. It’s about what is working for you and your family.”
Completed certified training:
Safe Sleeping for Babies: Reducing the risk of SIDS
The Connected Baby Series: Understanding Attachment
The Connected Baby Series: Motorways in the Brain – The Processes of Neural Development
The training consisted of information and scientific research from top specialists, including:
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