As a mother of two young children (2 and 8 months), Sarah understands how valuable a good night's sleep is. After working with a Gentle Sleep Coach for her oldest child, Sarah saw first hand how a good night sleep could change the family dynamic for the better. This gentle approach allowed Sarah to get through one of her toughest times as a new mom comfortably, calmly and successfully.  

 

Sarah completed her Gentle Sleep Coach Certification in January of 2017, and started Over the Moon Sleep Consulting shortly after. Kim West's Gentle Sleep Coach program is the most extensive and professional sleep coach certification program available. The program involves over 80 hours of training with a faculty panel that includes two 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 17 years. Clinical supervision and ongoing advanced training are required to maintain certification as a Gentle Sleep Coach. 

 

Program training topics included:

- Basic counseling and child development

- Sleep science and behavioral modification techniques

- Secure attachment theory

- Supporting the breastfeeding mom

 

Additional lectures in the program were from top specialists in the areas of:

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

- GURD and Sleep, led by Dr. Anthony Loizides, pediatric gastroenterologist

 

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.

 

4-5 Month Old Training Summary:

- Consists of over 40 hours of instruction and mentorship.
- 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.

 

Born and raised in Connecticut, Sarah graduated from Central Connecticut State University with her B.S in Marketing and went on to get her M.S in International Marketing from Boston University.

 

 

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