As a mother of two and business woman, I understand the impact that a lack of sleep can have, not only on your baby, but on your entire family dynamic. When I was a new mom, I experienced all the other "firsts" and excitement that all parents do with a new baby, including the sudden disruption to quality sleep and the struggle to try and get it back. Having experienced the sleepless nights when raising my firstborn, I understand that there isn't a "one size fits all" solution for every family when it comes to finding restorative and quality sleep. However, sleep is not a luxury, it is a biological need. Finding a solution to achieve quality rest for you and your children isn't always an easy thing, especially with all the conflicting advice and opinions on the internet. Following extensive research into the different options of behavioral intervention, and solving and establishing healthy sleep habits for my two , very different children, I am passionate about helping other families adopt healthy sleep habits, so that you too can have more positive interactions during the day.
I graduated from the University of Western Ontario with a B.Sc. in Genetics and an M.Sc. in Biology. I am Nova Scotia and Atlantic Canada's first certified infant and child sleep consultant, and established Baby Sleep Right in 2012. I am certified by the Family Sleep Institute (FSI), and I am a member of the International Association of Child Sleep Consultants. My training with the FSI as a child sleep consultant, as well as my continuing education in Infant Mental Health and safety issues regarding sleep have played a role in my teaching families age appropriate behavioral intervention methods to help their children adopt healthier sleep habits according to their parenting style. So if you're exhausted, frustrated, and confused about how to help your child sleep better, let me teach you how to give the gift of sleep to your child.
Infant & Toddler Sleep Consultant Certification, Family Sleep Institute (over 250 hrs of training) Sudden Infant Death Syndrome for Professionals, Canadian Foundation for the Study of Infant Deaths Certification in Infant Mental Health, IMH Program Hospital for Sick Kids
Dermatology, Council for Continuing Pharmaceutical Education Sleep Consulting with Families who have Children with Special Needs, Debbie Sasson, PsyD Postpartum Depression & Other Postpartum Mood Disorders, Sarah Stern, Ph.D. Potty Training and Its Effects on Sleep, Ashley Hickley Communication and the Family Meeting: "Recipes for Success", Sharyn Timmerman, ECE Chiropractic & Childhood Sleep Disturbances, Dr. Glory Eidt, D.C.
Infant Mental Health & Early Development, Chaya Kulkarni, BAA, M.Ed., Ed. D.
Understanding Brain Development in the Early Years, Pat Levitt, PhD
The Importance of Attachmenbt to Development, Mary Rella, BS, Dip C.S.
Temperament, Greg Lubimov, MSW, CACPT Supervisor
The Development of Regulation in the Early Years, Stuart Shanker, D.Phil
Impact of Early Trauma on Development, Nathan Fox, PhD
Parental Depression, Cindy-Lee Dennis, PhD
Impact of Domestic Violence on Infants, Angelique Jenney, PhD, RSW
The Impact of Poor Parental Mental Health on a Child, Dr. Jean-Victor Wittenberg, MD, FRCPC
FASD and Impact of a Substance Misuse on the Caregiving Relationship, Margaret Leslie, MSW, CACPT Supervisor
Best Practices for Embedding Infant Mental Health, Chaya Kulkarni, BAA, M.Ed., Ed. D
Creating Developmental Support Plans, Chaya Kulkarni, BAA, M.Ed., Ed.D
Sleep Ecology and Development in Early Infancy, Prof. Helen Ball, PhD.