ANDREA STRANG, Certified Child Sleep Consultant and Gentle Sleep Coach
Andrea is a Child Sleep Consultant and Certified Gentle Sleep Coach as well as a Postpartum Doula and mother of three. She started her sleep practice in 2004 after supporting families as a Postpartum Doula for many years. Since then, Andrea has completed several training programs starting with Naturally Nurturing in the UK and the Gentle Sleep Coach Certification program with Kim West. Since has helped over 5000 families get better sleep, including providing over 10,000 hours of in-home sleep support.
In her sleep practice, Andrea uses a variety of methods and tailors sleep plans to take family values and child temperament into account. She believes in offering support to children as they learn the important skills for a good night's sleep, employing the gentlest methods possible with the goal of seeing results in a time frame that is reasonable for each family. Sleep coaching methods include coping strategies, sleep nurturing and gentle sleep coaching when appropriate, focusing on supportive, responsive methods such as fading and cue-based strategies.
Philosophy: Offering gentle support and sleep help for families while promoting secure attachment. Supportive of breastfeeding, attachment parenting, co-sleeping, infant mental health and informed choice.
• Gentle Sleep CoachSM Certification 2010 • Naturally Nurturing Sleep Child Consultant Program – UK 2009 • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Insomnia (CBT-i), Boston, Mass– 2012 • Infant Mental Health Introductory Course, University of Minnesota 2012 • Infant Mental Health Community Training Program – Hospital for Sick Kids 2015 certificate • Sleep: Neurobiology, Medicine and Society, University of Michigan 2015 • Birth Doula Training – DONA 1999 • Childbirth Education Training – CAPPA 2000 • Postpartum Doula Training – CAPPA 2000 • Sick Kids Sleep Symposium – 2013 certificate • Working with Stuck Kids, Gordon Neufeld, 2014 • Addressing Sleep Problems and Compliance of Children, Gregory Hanley, 2013 • The Great Sleep Debate, On-line conference Possums Research 2014 • Neuroscience of Skin to Skin Contact and Breastfeeding, Nils Bergman 2013 • Birth and Beyond Conference 2012, 2013, 2014 Additional courses: Medical Conditions & Sleep Apnea in Children – Dr. Lewis Kass, MD, FAAP Reflux & Colic Management – Dr. Bryan Vartabedian, MD, FAAP GERD – Anthony Lozides, MD. Secure Attachment in Children -Dr. Kent Hoffman, PhD Sensory Processing Disorders and Sleep – Jodi Jennings, OTLR and Dr. Lucy Miller Postpartum Depression – Dr. Shoshana Bennett, PhD SIDS Research and Recommendations – First Candle Potty Training – Sally Neuberger, LCSW
Experience: • 10 years Postpartum Doula support • 12 years Child Sleep Consulting supported over 5000 families (since 2004) • Over 10,000 hours of in-home night coaching experience Professional Associations: Association of Professional Sleep Consultants http://www.internationalsleep.org/ International Association of Child Sleep Consultants http://www.iacsc.com/ Association of Ontario Doulas http://ontariodoulas.org/
BECKY SOEHNER, Certified Infant Sleep Educator
Becky is a certified Infant Sleep Educator and mom of two. Her introduction to the world of infant and child sleep began during her first pregnancy, when she and her husband attended a prenatal sleep education class. It was eye opening to gain knowledge and insight on normal infant sleep behaviours, and the science behind it, beyond the anecdotal stories and general sleep assumptions in our society. Parenting a very challenging sleeper fueled her passion to help other families navigate the roller coaster of infant and child sleep, and provide parents with the knowledge of what is normal, tools to implement during challenging times, and strategies for striking a balance between the fundamental needs of baby, and the equally as important wellness of the parents.
Becky's approach to sleep starts with education, and she is excited to provide a Prenatal Sleep Education class through The WOMB! Each child is unique and every family is different, and so all sleep support is customized, working together with parents to create a strategy that works best for them. Becky's goal is to create positive associations with sleep for the child, while balancing the needs and well being of tired parents.
LAUREN HEFFERNAN, Certified Holistic Maternity & Child Sleep Consultant, Certified Sleep Educator, B.Ed
Lauren earned a Bachelor of Education at McMaster University and Queensland University of Technology. Four years of teaching Junior Kindergarten through Grade 4 inspired a passion for education and play-based learning.
After giving birth to her first daughter, Grace, Lauren learned the many challenges of navigating motherhood. These included the multitude of books, information, and people with strong opinions on the right way to be a mother. She quickly learned that the best parent to her child was herself and that in trusting her instincts, she would never go wrong.
With this belief, and after certification with the International Maternity and Parenting Institute's Maternity and Child Sleep Consulting Program, Bebo Mia's Infant Sleep Educator Program and Mohawk College's Breastfeeding Program, Lauren launched Isla-Grace. She has supported over 500 families and provides information and support to women at different stages of motherhood, and walks each one through the personal journey to become a more confident mother.