Holistic Pregnancy and Child Sleep Consultant

Do you dream of starting your own sleep consulting business to work with families during and after pregnancy to help them overcome a variety of sleep issues without needing to resort to sleep training?
Incorporating coaching skills into a medical or therapy practice can contribute to more effective, patient-centered care, better health outcomes, and enhanced professional satisfaction.
Here are a few compelling reasons why our Certification can greatly benefit you:
  • Invaluable Expertise: A Holistic Pregnancy & Child Sleep Certification will provide you with in-depth knowledge of child sleep patterns, sleep disorders, and effective sleep coaching strategies. This expertise will allow you to better serve your clients by addressing their concerns about infant sleep, ultimately enhancing their overall birthing and postpartum experiences.
  • Comprehensive Support: Many parents struggle with sleep-related challenges when welcoming a new member into their family. As a certified sleep expert through IPHI, you’ll be equipped to provide comprehensive support, helping parents establish healthy sleep routines for their babies. This, in turn, will lead to happier, well-rested families and more satisfied clients.
  • Enhanced Credibility: Earning a Holistic Pregnancy & Child Sleep Certification will boost your credibility.  It demonstrates your commitment to continuous learning and your dedication to providing the best care possible for your clients. This increased credibility can lead to more referrals and a stronger professional reputation.
  • Diversified Services: Offering child sleep coaching services as a new business or in addition to your established business services can help you diversify your offerings and reach a broader audience. It’s an excellent way to meet the evolving needs of parents who are seeking comprehensive support during the postpartum period.
  • Personal Fulfillment: Helping parents and newborns get the sleep they need is immensely rewarding. The satisfaction of knowing that you’ve made a positive impact on a family’s well-being is a feeling like no other.
  • Business Growth: The Child Sleep Certification can be a catalyst for business growth. As more parents recognize your expertise, you’re likely to attract more clients, leading to an expanded and thriving  practice.
  • Learn from an international trusted source with a long track record of success: IPHI launched the first Holistic Pregnancy & Child Sleep Consultant Certification developed by Founder, Mar De Carlo, in 2012 to the Child Sleep Consultant industry, raising an incredible amount of awareness to vital subjects that, at the time, were not being considered by the majority of sleep consultant professionals or evaluated as part of the child sleep consultant-client relationship. This led Mar to introduce our Holistic Science of Sleep Method for Adult & Child Sleep and Write her Book, “Awakening Through Sleep”. We are the first organization to pioneer a holistic no sleep training team based approach in 2012 that begins during pregnancy, extends to toddler and includes a strong focus on parental/caregiver physical and emotional wellbeing.
How is the Holistic Science of Sleep Method Differnt from Sleep Training?

Sleep training approaches sleep from a behavioral perspective, that is usually child centered focused whether it is a parent-led sleep training approach or baby-led (gentle) sleep training approach. Our holistic science of sleep method approach on the other hand is team centered focused approach that supports parents needs as much as the child’s needs and in fact connects parents behaviors and lifestyles with their child’s. A child sleep challenge is a family sleep challenge that involves thoroughly evaluating and supporting the entire family which sleep training methods are not designed to do.

Sleep training methods often overlook the whole picture, including pregnancy experience, birth experience, postpartum experience, work-life management, relationships and connections, child development, child psychology, support and physical/mental health of everyone in the family.

While sleep training methods focus on behavior strategies to meet sleep needs, our Holistic Science of Sleep Method focuses on health and lifestyle strategies that influence behavior leading to optimal sleep.

Rather than choosing a baby led vs parent led approach, we support a team led approach that addresses and supports everyone’s needs in the entire family dynamic.

Introducing the first developed, launched and one of its’ kind Holistic Approach to Child Sleep that Begins Before Baby is Born based on our founder Mar De Carlo’s Holistic Science of Sleep Method and book “Awakening Through Sleep.”

“Our children’s bodies do not need to technically be “trained” to sleep. By nature’s design, human bodies are already programmed to sleep and will do so if we support the process. Our job is to find out what is getting in the way.” ~ Mar De Carlo

Children go through various stages of sleep development similarly to walking, eating, talking etc…and most often there are many health and lifestyle factors, in addition to unrealistic expectations parents are unaware of getting in the way sleep.”

The HSS Method does not believe in a “one size fits all” or “sleep training” approach to sleep consulting. Instead we use what our founder Mar has coined as “Sleep Optimizing” strategies to thoroughly investigate and address imbalances in optimal human function (physical, mental, emotional) and external forces (social, cultural, environmental) that inhibit sleep and may lead to adult and child sleep challenges during pregnancy, parenting during infancy and beyond.

By examining the entire context for sleep – the physical, emotional, social, developmental and environmental factors – we  address the sleep needs for the family with a minimum of frustration for both parents and children and teach our sleep consultants not only to understand the natural factors that regulate and influence sleep through a child’s various stages of development but also learning from the child. Often parents and professionals rely so heavily and get hyper focused on books and rigid methods that they overlook what their child is teaching them about sleep. The child is also a book that is providing us information we must consistently learn from. Children teach and guide us just as much as we do them. We just have to tune in. 

Our Curriculum Includes:

  • Holistic Science of Sleep Method
  • Physical Awakening Method
  • History of Child Sleep Coaching 
  • Sleep Science
  • Pregnancy Sleep Science
  • Child Sleep Science
  • Child Development
  • Breastfeeding
  • Nutrition
  • Emotional Well-Being
  • Birth Psychology
  • Birth Trauma
  • Childhood Trauma
  • Sleep Safety
  • Sleep Environment
  • Child Sleep Challenges Causes & Effects
  • Sleep Solutions for Common Pregnancy * Child Sleep Issues
  • How to Work with Child Sleep Medical Issues
  • Sleep Evaluations/Assessments
  • The Child Sleep Action Step Plan
  • Neuroscience and Neurophysiology of sleep
  • Sleep Psychology
  • Biology of Belief
  • Psychoneuroimmunology 
  • The Stress Response
  • The Relaxation Response
  • The Power of Breathing
  • Stress Reduction Techniques
  • Motivational Interviewing
  • Non-Violent Communication
  • Integrative Techniques
  • Sleep-dependent learning and memory consolidation
  • Functional integration and sleep
  • The difference between a coach and consultant
  • Scope and Boundaries to Practice
  • How and When to Refer Out
  • The Holistic Approach to Learning
  • Communication Skills Active Listening
  • The Power of Silence
  • The Role of Powerful Questioning 
  • Readiness for Change
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Practical Case Study Application
  • How to Coach, Present Classes and Group Workshops
  • How to Start, Expand and Grow Your Adult Sleep Coach Business
  • Your Ideal Client
  • Developing Your Vision and Mission
  • Branding
  • Website Design
  • Marketing & Advertising
  • Sales and Pricing
  • Trademark and Copyright
  • Managing Competition
  • Creating Your Services
  • Time Management
  • Work-Life-Health Management
  • Contract Agreements
  • Collaboration
In addition you will also learn:
    • Learn how to solve sleep challenges through “sleep optimizing” strategies that do not involve the use of sleep training methods.
    • Learn and understand how to uncover the root of each sleep challenge that inhibits the body’s natural ability to sleep.
    • Understand a diversity of parenting philosophies, consider what underlies children’s behaviors temperaments in the context of sleep to discover the root of the sleep challenge, respond to a range of family sleep goals, and identify and discuss factors that may impact healthy sleep habits.
    • Learn how to work with pregnancy sleep in order to support mom and baby’s sleep and take preventative measures to prepare for child sleep.
    • Learn how to work with and support families from infancy to toddler.
    • You will be trained to address key issues through thorough investigative work, discovering the root that may be contributing to sleep disruption rather than jumping too quickly to implement a specific behavioral approach.
    • Understand the scientific and natural foundations of sleep, how it works and our holistic context for sleep when working with families.
    •  Understand the interplay between the science of sleep, the behavior of sleep, lifestyle, beliefs and the emotional well-being component of sleep.
    • Understand and learn how nutrition affects sleep.
    • Understand and learn how parent’s lifestyle, energy, expectations and behavior affects sleep.
    • Learn how birth trauma and secure attachment affects sleep.
    • Learn how an eco-lifestyle affects sleep.
    • Learn about the many controversies, misconceptions and unrealistic expectations for child sleep.
    • Learn how to work with a range of simple and complex sleep challenges and cases.
    • Use practical applications to strengthen your skills before graduating.
    • Focus significant attention on understanding the role of a Pregnancy & Child Sleep Consultant, including counseling families and assessing their readiness for change, the breastfeeding relationship, the role of sleep in pregnancy, the role of relationships, self-care, safety, neuroscience, social and cultural factors that affect sleep, and the importance of mental, physical, spiritual and emotional well-being in sleep consulting practices.
    • To apply our Holistic Science of Sleep Method
    • With an integrative holistic and healthy approach to sleep using healthy holistic sleep foundations and application.
    • To be a part of the first child sleep consulting organization to pioneer and include pregnancy sleep, sleep optimization, holistic science of sleep method, psychology, impact of birth trauma and secure attachment on sleep, emotional well-being, holistic nutrition, green awareness, breastfeeding and maternity and newborn sleep into child sleep consulting.
    • Our program provides you the resources and tools to understand the various methodologies and when to apply them, if and when it may be necessary.
    • In the science of sleep for adults, infant and children.
    • In family dynamics, temperaments, sleep environments, sleep/wake-time windows, sleep associations/crutches, and developmental milestones.
    • To offer an objective approach with families in order to develop healthy sleep habits that are age and developmentally appropriate for their clients’ needs, lifestyle, and values.
    • To support, educate and prepare families during pregnancy about newborn and child sleep.
    • To educate and raise awareness about health, fitness and nutrition for mother (pre/postnatal) in relation to sleep.
    • To support parents postpartum with their sleep issues during their time of transition.
    • With an understanding of sleep challenges and solutions, lactation, special needs, overnight work, and nutrition.
    • With an in-depth look at sleep products and safety.
    • With an in-depth look at green and eco-friendly sleep practices.
    • With a comprehension of a Sleep Consultant’s scope of practice, boundaries to practice, and when to refer out.
    • To be aware of issues that involve medical attention, such as abuse, trauma and postpartum depression, in order to provide the client the proper guidance and referral.

Curriculum EXTRAS:

  • Continuing education.
  • A guide on how to start or manage your Sleep Consultant Business.
  • Support for sleep consultants that want to work overnight shifts and/or hourly consultations.
  • A specialized sleep mentoring team.
  • Live interaction with the instructors on a weekly basis.
  • Weekly email and one hour phone accessibility to instructors during our weekly online support group offered nine months each year.
  • A multi-cultural international classroom.
  • Continuous support during and after the course with monthly on-line calls so long as your certification remains active.
  • An invitation to apply for membership to Association of Professional Sleep Consultants (APSC).


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We are excited to meet you and we look forward to supporting your professional journey.

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Phone: 805-669-4744
Fax: 805-372-1510

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