CERTIFIED SLEEP & WELLBEING SPECIALISTS

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Our Certified Sleep & Wellbeing Specialists have gone through extensive training in Isla-Grace's trademarked Baby-Led™ approach.

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Jackie Austin
Moonlit Motherhood

Jackie is a pediatric speech-language pathologist and mother of two darling daughters. As a mother of a highly sensitive child, she is no stranger to sleep challenges. After months of searching for answers, she was relieved to find the Baby-Led Sleep approach; a solution that aligned with her gentle and respectful parenting approach.

Jackie is passionate about shifting parents’ perspectives by helping them understand normal infant and toddler sleep patterns. She is dedicated to helping families get a better night’s sleep while maintaining and enhancing trust and the attachment relationship. Jackie knows that sleep can be very complex and believes approaching challenges from a holistic perspective is the best option.

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Angela Bueno
Nurture Eve Sleep Support

In 2018, I became a mom to my daughter. I had very unrealistic expectations of how an infant should sleep and behave. I didn’t know what to do. I looked everywhere for answers but I never looked in me and listened to my intuition. After stumbling upon information about attachment parenting and understanding normal infant sleep, I was able to slowly let go of control. Due to this, I truly believe that I have a strong connection and attachment with my daughter. My mission is to educate new moms as to what normal infant sleep is like, empower them to listen to their intuition, and co-create a plan that works for the entire family.

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Nichola Cardella
Sleep Without Sleep Training

Nichola is a mother of a little boy who struggled with sleep. Feeling pressure to sleep train from family and friends she just knew in her gut there had to be a better way than to sleep train and leave her son to ‘cry it out.’ “I made myself completely crazy searching google… I was so overwhelmed and sleep-deprived trying to find a way to help my son with horrible reflux get some sleep. My anxiety vanished when I found an approach that wasn’t “Controlled Crying” or “Cry it out”. The baby-led sleep approach completely changed my life.”
When Nichola had the opportunity to become a Certified Baby-Led Sleep™ and Well-Being Specialist she was so excited!
“I love that I am able to effect change in families’ lives that are struggling like I was. I am so passionate about sharing ways to support sleep challenges without any sleep training, and at the same time fostering deeper lifelong connections and attachment. With help from my Childhood Development background, you will learn new parenting approaches and will gain such confidence in understanding your child’s sleep needs. What an exciting gift for me to share!”

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Mariana Castaman
Responsive Parents Project

Mariana Castaman is a mom to two little ones and an Early Childhood Educator who specializes in Infants and Toddlers. She dedicated the past 7 years studying Responsive Respectful Parenting, the Educaring Approach (RIE®) by Magda Gerber, as well as how attachment happens in the first years of human life. She struggled with a lack of sleep after her first son was born, and that compelled her to study about normal infant sleep and understand her own expectations. Mariana became passionate about the subject and went on to complete four sleep consulting courses and certifications related to children’s sleep and sleep science. The Responsive Parents Project was created to support parents while also respecting the parent-child relationship WITHOUT any form of Sleep Training. Mariana believes children sleep better when parents feel confident about their own instincts. The focus on connection builds trust that will be the foundation for the changes that go beyond sleep and become a life long nurturing value.

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Jenn Cerson
Heartfelt Slumber

Jenn is a Child and Youth Worker and a mom of two precious girls who both struggled with sleep. Her attempts at helping her eldest made her feel anxious and as though she was failing as a parent. Her words about sleep training, “It did not feel normal or right in my gut but everything I read told me I had to continue to teach her how to sleep. I was so happy to have found an approach that worked for me and my babe!”

Through her experience with sleep, Jenn became inspired to help other families with their sleep struggles.  When she was given the opportunity to become a Baby-Led™ Sleep and Well-Being Specialist, she jumped at the chance.

She is excited to help families follow their heart and parent in a way that feels good while working towards getting more sleep.

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Mackenzie Cooke
Little Soul Love

I have a Bachelors degree in Psychology and after the birth of my second child decided to become a Doula. I have a passion for postpartum wellness and helping mothers find a balance between their needs and their children’s. My second daughter was a huge wake-up call to the reality of infant sleep and the difficulties that can come with it. I struggled for months trying to discover the answer to my daughter’s sleep and then I found Lauren and the Baby-led sleep approach. This approach made sense felt right and helped to connect me back to my intuition. I have used so much of what I learned with my own two daughters. I love that it is holistic and looks at the whole picture. When the opportunity to become a Baby-led Sleep and Well-being Specialist came I knew it was a perfect complement to my business and passion to help mothers connect to the power within them.

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Kaili Ets
Kaili Ets Family Wellness

Kaili Ets, is an occupational therapist turned family wellness consultant. She’s the mama of two, an entrepreneur, and founder of Kaili Ets Family Wellness, a holistic family wellness practice focused on helping moms, babies, and kids to feel confident, cared for, and supported so they can reach their highest potential in every day living. Kaili has 11+ years of training and experience in infant/child development and a variety of therapeutic approaches including sensory processing, reflex integration, self-regulation, fine motor skills and handwriting, and more. She believes that the best way to learn (and grow) is through play and having fun!

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Valerie Groysman
Talkin Sleep
Valerie is a registered social worker in Ontario. Her services may be covered in part or in whole by your work benefits provider. Valerie specializes in young children (0-6) and their parents, relationships, and anxiety treatment.
As a new mom, when her son was 4 months old her pediatrician informed her that her options were to accept a minimum of 3 years of bad sleep or to sleep train. Neither was the right option for her family.
Valerie found Lauren and the Baby-Led™ Sleep Approach. After transforming her own family’s sleep journey, this is what she has to say, “I am here to tell you there are things you can do to support your baby to sleep that don’t involve feeling guilty or bad.”
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Lauren Heffernan
Isla-Grace

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 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.  

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Sarah Hemstock
Instinctual Sleep

Sarah, the founder of Instinctual Sleep, has spent months learning from Lauren Heffernan who is co-creator of the Baby-Led Sleep™ Approach. Using this approach Sarah has been able to change the way she viewed bedtime and night wakings with her own children. As a mother of two young boys, Sarah has become passionate about following your heart and listening to your instincts when it comes to knowing what it is best for your child. She believes that taking a holistic approach to sleep without the use of any formal sleep training can empower parents to be the best answer for their children.

Let Sarah help you to connect with your child on a deeper level while empowering them to sleep.

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Shanny Kaiser
Raising Littles

After having her first child, Shanny was faced with copious amounts of inaccurate and incomplete information regarding child development that created fear, guilt, anxiety, depression, and a disconnect from her maternal instincts. It was at this point that Shanny vowed to create a place where parents could go to feel supported, validated, and safe. As well as, to receive developmentally appropriate information and education.

Shanny uses her education in psychology and certification in the Baby-Led Sleep ™️ Approach, as well as, her experience in mental health, to support parents through their parenting journey and to help them understand and connect with their child on a deeper level.

Shanny has earned a BA and a Masters in Psychology. She has worked in the mental health field for 4 years supporting clients in a variety of roles.

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Taylor Kulik
Taylor Kulik, LLC

Taylor is an occupational therapist turned Postpartum & Family Wellness Coach. Her specialty is supporting families who choose not to sleep train, and she is so thrilled to be able to offer Baby-Led™ Sleep support now! Taylor understands that mental health & wellness is complex, and she strongly believes there is a way to support both the parent and child’s wellness without sacrificing one or the other. Taylor utilizes her diverse background & education in occupational therapy, mental health, postpartum care, and sleep to holistically support families to thrive.

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Elli Pears
Glowing Hearts Sleep Co.

As a mother of 2, Elli quickly realized that baby sleep was not something that came easily to many families.  She struggled to get her baby to fall asleep and stay asleep and felt pressured by all the books and experts to make a change or continue to live a sleep deprived life forever. She then set out to find an alternative solution to baby sleep challenges. One that she could identify with and that aligned with her values as a mom.

Elli is passionate about helping families to understand what normal infant and toddler sleep looks like. She loves working with families to change the pieces of a family’s sleep routine that they no longer enjoy while empowering them to hold on to all the pieces they love.

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Crystal Sangha
Sangha Dance Movement Yoga

Crystal started her journey as a primary school educator that has taken her around Canada until she settled in Kincardine, Ontario over 5 years ago where she founded Sangha (Dance. Movement. Yoga). She hopes to inspire her community to come back to their true basics of breath, movement, and intuition, along with supporting and encouraging each other on following your own goals and dreams. This has brought Crystal to working more and more with educating parents on finding and following their own intuition to support themselves and their little ones. Crystal is so excited to add Baby-Led Sleep™ and Well-being specialist into her programs, along with supporting families one on one as Baby-Led Sleep is truly about listening to your own intuition and creating true attachment in families in order for little ones to find their own paths to becoming who they truly are.

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Sheri Stahl
Nest Together Sleep Co.

Sheri is a Registered Nurse with a Bachelor of Science degree. She has recently been focusing her practice in Maternal Mental Health and postpartum well-being. Sheri has advanced education with Infant/toddler Gastroesophageal reflux disease and the complex needs surrounding reflux and the Baby-Led Sleep™ Approach.

As a mother of three children under five years of age Sheri’s gentle approach is natural with the diverse needs of families with multiples, ranging from infants/toddlers to childhood.

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Fiona Tennant
Nature Nurture Sleep

Dr. Tennant is a mother of two with a PhD in Neuroscience. Since the birth of her first child in 2017, she has focused on sleep and well-being, making it her mission to inform parents about normal child development and sleep. “I couldn’t believe the amount of misinformation parents are given. This leads to so much frustration and unnecessary stress at such a vulnerable time. Gaining a deeper understanding of the science behind sleep and child development lead me to become a Sleep and Well-Being Specialist.”

She understands that sleep isn’t simple—as children develop, their sleep process and needs change. There’s not a one-size-fits-all approach to improving sleep; Dr. Tennant works to improve sleep by finding what works best for each individual family. This empowers parents and allows them to trust their instincts.

As a neuroscientist and sleep specialist, she offers a unique perspective into child development and the many factors that affect sleep. She uses scientific and medical sources to bring you the information you can use and trust.

“Sleep is a biological function, not something that can be taught. I can help you put the right foundations in place so that you and your baby will sleep the way nature intended.”

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The Sleep Sisters

We are sisters with a passion of helping families to get the support and encouragement that they deserve. We also want to help you get to the root of the problem without sleep training. We both have two children aged 8, 5, 3 and 1 and understand the many challenges that parenthood brings. As certified Baby-led Sleep™ and Well Being Specialists, we are beyond excited to start this journey with you!

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Nicole Tong
The Loving Bond

Nicole was born and raised in Germany but moved to Los Angeles in 2015.

“After the birth of our daughter in 2017 and with no family around to help, I quickly realized how important it is to have a village and how easy it is to lose yourself in this society where everyone thinks they know what’s best for you and your child. We struggled with sleep for such a long time, but sleep training was never an option for us – it just didn’t feel right. Needless to say, the Baby-Led Sleep Approach completely changed our lives.

As a mother of a highly sensitive child (and the experience that comes with it) and as a certified Baby-Led Sleep & Well-Being Specialist, I am excited to help other families to trust their instincts, build their village and get the sleep they need while preserving and strengthening the relationship with their little ones.”

She supports clients in English and German.

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Kaitlin Vanosch
Connection Kind

Kaitlin is a self-proclaimed child-development nerd, geeking out on all things early years. As an adult, she studied psychology, early childhood education and forest school. She worked with children and families for over a decade before becoming a mother herself. It was then that she realized the internet is full of either-or extremes, and reconciling peaceful parenting with parental self-care is no easy feat. Her practice is rooted in respect and connection-centered approaches. She advocates that families can get the sleep they need in a way that doesn’t jeopardize the sacred parent-child relationship.

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Fiona Weaver
Mama Matters

Fiona is a registered Social Worker from the Gold Coast, Australia with years of experience working with women and their families in perinatal mental health and parenting in the early years. Fiona has two tiny humans of her own and appreciates first-hand the epic opportunity for growth in becoming a mother; the adventures in raising a sensitive child; and the importance of parenting in line with our values. Fiona understands that everything comes down to relationship; If we start there, we can work together to enhance your connection with and understanding of your child, so you can relax into your role as a parent – and of course, find more sleep as a family. Fiona values the importance of insight and reflection in our parenting journey and will empower you to challenge unhelpful thinking styles and belief systems that are getting in the way of your relationship with your child.

Fiona has a relaxed, authentic approach to working with families and clients have said it is ‘like talking to an old friend’. She will empower you to deepen your relationship with your child and find your confidence as your child’s best bet.

Fiona has completed further training in parent-infant mental health and attachment and Circle of Security Parenting Program. Her days are spent drinking coffee, chasing kiddos and picking dried oats off pretty much everything.