LAUREN HEFFERNAN, FOUNDER, ISLA-GRACECERTIFIED HOLISTIC MATERNITY & CHILD SLEEP CONSULTANT, CERTIFIED SLEEP EDUCATOR
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, and Mohawk College's Breastfeeding Program, Lauren launched Isla-Grace. She 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.
At Isla-Grace, we support families using the Baby-Led Sleep Approach™.
We created the Baby-Led Sleep™ approach to place an emphasis on a mother’s instinct and a baby's cues. Our mission is to help parents find sleep solutions through responsive parenting practices while building connected relationships. We are passionate about helping families improve sleep without resorting to sleep training, we have developed a program that:
respects and nurtures the attachment system;
supports the natural progression of development;
gives parents an understanding of what “normal” baby sleep looks like;
appreciates your baby’s still-developing brain and dominant survival instinct;
encourages parents to believe and to follow their own instincts; and
empowers a mother to make changes to improve the quality of her baby’s sleep.
The Baby-Led Sleep™ approach will teach you how to connect with your baby on a deeper level and how to reinforce important feelings of safety and security so that when developmentally ready, your baby will be prepared and will know how to fall asleep.
OUR APPROACH WILL HELP YOU TO:
understand realistic, age-appropriate expectations about sleep;
learn about yourself as a parent and your impact on your baby’s sleep;
be a responsive parent by listening to your child’s cues and dealing with your child respectfully while supporting any distress, in an effort to build and nurture trust;
create a safe sleep space;
appreciate the emotional work required to support sleep, understand what causes sleep interruptions, and how sleep actually works; and
use the tools that encourage better sleep for your baby, as well as help you gain control over the conditions that affect good sleep, such as your own behavior, nutrition, environmental factors, routines, time, and “village” of support.