Infant and Family Sleep – Specialist vs. Professional: What is the Difference?


Infant and Family Sleep

Infant and Family Sleep – Specialist vs. Professional: What is the Difference?

Infant sleep is a huge concern for most parents, and if you work with babies and young children, either as a doula or another type of health professional, you can probably testify that there are a lot of questions surrounding this topic. 

Questions such as:

  • “Is bed sharing dangerous?”
  • “Does the ‘cry it out’ method actually work?” 
  • “Am I holding my baby too much?” or, 
  • “How many hours should my baby sleep?”


Sometimes being asked these questions can be nerve-wracking, especially if you’re not sure you have the right answer, or are at risk of giving the wrong advice.

That’s why we now offer two courses specializing in infant sleep, facilitated by our very own neuroscientist doula, Dr. Greer Kirshenbaum. 

Both of these courses provide evidence-based education about the incredibly unique infant brain and how sleep affects it. 

But which course is the right one for you? What is the Difference between the Infant and Family Sleep  Specialist vs. Professional? We’re going to break it down for you:


Infant and Family Sleep

What is the Difference between Infant and Family Sleep Specialist vs. Professional?


The Infant and Family Sleep Specialist course is perfect for you if:

You are enrolled in, or have completed, our Maternal Support Practitioner certification course (or have obtained similar credentials elsewhere) and would like to specialize in infant sleep support. This means that one of your core business offerings will be educating parents and solving emergencies concerning infant sleep. 

This program is highly intensive, and you will be able to attend live classes, where you can ask questions and receive amazing advice for growing your business as a Sleep Specialist. These classes will also prove you with tons of great tools and resources that you can use while supporting your clients with infant sleep. All classes are also recorded, so you can learn at the pace that works best for you.

The Infant and Family Sleep Specialist course will allow you to educate families about 

  • Infant brain development and nurturing care
  • Normal infant sleep and realistic expectations
  • Setting up safe sleep environments
  • How to get the family more sleep 
  • Screening for medical issues that can impact sleep
  • Sleep optimization strategies for babies, such as
    • Timing of naps and bedtime
    • Sleep environments
    • Daytime stimulation
    • Relationships
    • Bedtime routines 
  • Sleep optimization strategies for parents 
  • Supporting common sleep issues, such as
    • Night wakings
    • Early wakings
    • Changing sleep locations
    • Changing the way baby falls asleep 
    • Night weaning 
  • Mindset coaching for parents
  • Nervous system coaching for parents 

And of course, sleep emergencies. 


Infant and Family Sleep – Specialist vs. Professional: What is the Difference?


The Infant and Family Sleep Professional course is perfect for you if:

You are a healthcare professional who works with parents and infants/young children, and you commonly find yourself being asked questions surrounding infant sleep. 

Healthcare professions can include: 

  • Nurses
  • Postpartum doulas
  • Infant chiropractors
  • Yoga instructors 
  • Massage Therapists
  • Acupuncturists
  • Lactation Consultants
  • Prenatal/Postpartum Movement Specialists
  • Midwifes
  • Obstetricians
  • Family Physicians
  • Educators
  • Babywearing experts
  • Family Assistants/Nannies
  • Osteopaths
  • Daycare Providers
  • Public Health Workers

…and more. 

When you take the Infant and Family Sleep Professional course, you will be able to educate families about infant brain development, nurturing care, normal infant sleep and realistic expectations, safe sleep environments and how to help the whole family get more sleep.

The Infant and Family Sleep Professional course consists of 5 pre-recorded classes that you will receive weekly, which you can watch independently and at your own pace. These classes cover the bases of infant biology and neurological development, as well as provide you with unique resources you can share with your clients or patients about infant and family sleep. 


Some similarities between the two:

We offer payment plans for both classes, as well as support from our instructors whenever you need!

All classes are recorded and accessible through our classroom site as well, where you can also download all of your class and client resources.

Finally, you will graduate from both courses with the knowledge and confidence that you need to exceed all of your clients’ expectations and make positive change for families in need of infant sleep support and be a part of the Nurtured Sleep Revolution. 


If you have any questions regarding either of our Infant and Family Sleep courses, or want to discuss payment plans, please reach out to us at [email protected]


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