As the mother of 2, aunt to 6, and part of a huge tribe of fellow mothers, I have been in your shoes and know how overwhelming it is to be faced with a seemingly endless amount of conflicting birth and parenting information. I am a Certified Childbirth Educator and Certified Paediatric Gentle Sleep Coach. In a nutshell, I have taught prenatal classes to thousands of expectant parents throughout Durham Region and beyond, and coached countless families to get better sleep without resorting to cry it out methods.
My core values rest of integrity, and I believe that all families deserve unbiased access to all of their options, so they can make good informed decisions. I love building confident, empowered families through impactful education. If you desire practical, hands on skills and support backed by evidence, then you can trust you are in good hands with me. I have been told that my energetic and practical style brings out the best in couples, parents and their children. This is because of my unique blend of training, and experiences as an educator, coach and as a parent.
Since 2000 when I founded Learning Bound Inc., I have continually expanded to serve families offering evidenced based, gentle, hands on solutions. Beginning my career in education, I worked with close to 1000 families, delivering top quality, practical plans to address learning gaps that help children K-12 reach their academic potential. Later, to further serve the community, I became certified as a Lamaze® Childbirth Educator. I pride myself on creating fun, interactive group and private Lamaze® classes have been shared with hundreds of families as they prepare to become parents. Aside from receiving birth announcements (Yes, I love getting those squishy faced birth announcements), the most common email I received after my clients had their babies was about sleep. So, in January 2014 I certified as a Gentle Sleep Coach, and continue to works with amazing families every day, helping them develop solid sleep habits.
I received my degree in Psychology from Trent University. I am a Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator, Certified Gentle Sleep Coach, and a trained Birth Doula. I live with my husband and two children near Toronto, in Oshawa, Ontario.
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GSC Training Summary
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 counselor, postpartum doulas and a family therapist. Each coach must pass an exam and participate in case supervision with Kim West, LCSW-C (a.k.a. “the Sleep Lady”) who has been helping tired parents for over 20 years. Clinical supervision and ongoing advanced training are required to maintain certification as a Gentle Sleep Coach. Some of my training topics included:
– Basic counseling and child development
– Sleep science and behavioral modification techniques to help parents of children age 0 to 6 years old.
– Secure attachment theory
– Support for the breastfeeding mother
The training also consisted of lectures from top specialists, including:
– Postpartum Depression from Dr. Shoshana Bennett, author and 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, pediatric gastroenterologist
4-5 Month Old Training Summary
(For those who have completed this training, this is to be added after the GSC Program Summary)
The GSC Program also includes an exclusive advanced training series specifically focused on how to gently work with babies 4 and 5 months of age. This program, which I have also completed, consists of over 40 hours of instruction and mentorship.
Some of the curriculum training topics include:-In depth knowledge of the delicate nature of infants under 6 months of age and how to consider all elements of their well-being.-Current evidence-based guidelines and instruction on how to evaluate the 4-6-month-old child and family and determine if the child is ready for sleep coaching.-Gentle sleep solutions and strategies that are effective and developmentally appropriate for the younger baby.This specialty training is designed to give coaches the knowledge, education and all the tools and resources they need to successfully work with families of babies 4-6 months of age in a safe, healthy and developmentally appropriate manner.