So you want to work with babies and sleep?: a review of Bebo Mia's Infant Sleep Educator Certification
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True confession time - I never thought I'd pursue working with families and sleep as part of my business.
Why was that?
Well, my own journey with my children and sleep didn't fit nice and tidy into mainstream sleep training approaches. In fact, I found those approaches increased my anxiety and didn't work for our family. I never dreamed that there was a professional training to support families in the way I had desperately needed with my first kiddo.
I stumbled upon Bebo Mia's Infant Sleep Educator Program while researching doula certifications. Immediately, I bookmarked the page and promised myself I would do the course when time and finances allowed. Later that year, I signed up for the original version of the course. That original version gave me the framework I needed to add a heart-centered, holistic approach to sleep as part of my business.
When Bebo Mia announced they were completely revamping the course under neuroscientist Dr. Greer Kirshenbaum, I knew I had to jump in and take the updated version that puts the science of maternal and infant well-being at the center.
While much of mainstream sleep discourse relies on behaviorism, the foundation of Bebo Mia's approach to infant sleep is what neuroscience tells us about biologically normal infant needs. Instead of approaching babies by thinking about what adults want them to be, this course takes babies needs as valid in and of themselves. But, it doesn't neglect the importance of caregiver physical and mental well-being - the course makes supporting the caregivers a central focus, as well.
Things I love about Bebo Mia's updated Infant Sleep Educator Certification:
If you are looking for an evidence-based alternative to mainstream sleep training, I highly recommend Bebo Mia's Infant Sleep Educator Certification.
Johanna received a Ph.D. in English in 2014. Now a postpartum doula and educator of childbirth, breastfeeding, and infant sleep, she blogs about pregnancy, birth, postpartum, and parenting.