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Infant Sleep 101 for Naturopathic Doctors

Supporting your patients through nighttime parenting


During your patient visits and well baby checks, how are you informing parents regarding infant sleep?

Do you know how to answer your patient's questions about sleep?

How do you educate them on creating a safe sleep space for their little one?

What about sleep regressions? Should they teach their baby to self-soothe?

Whether you run a general family practise or one focussed on pediatric care, questions about infant sleep are common with new parents. An understanding of normal infant sleep is essential for all health care providers so patients can receive evidenced based information to inform the decisions they make.

Using what we know about infants through research on infant mental health, attachment, and infant's biological needs, this course covers what you need to know as a health provider to support your patients prenatally and postnatally.

This 1.5 hour course is made up of 5 modules.

Module 1: History and Cultural Influences

- How history, culture, and popular opinion shape what we expect from infants in terms of their sleep norms and needs

- Some basics around sleep training pros, cons, and myths

Module 2: The Science of Infant Sleep

- Attachment, Sleep cycles, Sleep needs, Infant biology related to sleep, The benefits of night waking, Why sleep training often doesn't work

Module 3: Safe Sleep Guidelines

- Common definitions, Safe sleep practises that your patients need to be aware of

Module 4: Changes to Expect in the First Year and a Half

- Developmental changes and their impact on infant sleep

Module 5: Naturopathic Support & Working with a Sleep Educator

- Holistic support for parents, Supporting infants in their biological needs, How a Sleep Educator can support your patients

You'll also get:

- A downloadable notes package

- An Infant Sleep Patient Handout

- Links to great resources for both you and your patient!


What students have said...


"Amazing course- I really enjoyed it! This is a fantastic resource and I loved your approach and professionalism. Amazing job!!"


"I absolutely loved this course! It was so well-organized and relevant. I am really eager to implement it into my practice."


Continuing Education Credits:

1.5 Category A credits with College of Naturopaths of Ontario

1.5 Credits with the Oregon Board of Naturopathic Medicine (until October 1, 2019)

1.5 Credits with the Australian Association for Naturopathic Practitioners

** This course was created with Naturopathic Doctors in mind but is also applicable to primary health providers like Midwives. Interested in having us pursue MEAC approval? Let us know ([email protected])!! **



Your Instructor


Laura Kent-Davidson, ND, IBCLC
Laura Kent-Davidson, ND, IBCLC

Laura Kent-Davidson is a Naturopathic Doctor and International Board Certified Lactation Consultant passionate about serving new families and building the capacity of health providers and birth workers.

She is a proud Torontonian currently residing in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia with her partner and their 2 young children. When she is not chasing her little ones, she spends her time managing Changemakers in Health, serving on the Board of Directors with Naturopaths Without Borders, and doing volunteer lactation and skin to skin trainings with midwives and health providers in Ethiopia.


Course Curriculum


  Introduction
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  Module 1: History and Culture
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  Module 2: The Science of Infant Sleep
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  Module 3: Safe Sleep Guidelines
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  Module 4: Changes to Expect in the First Year and a Half
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  Course References and Resources
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  Course Evaluation
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Frequently Asked Questions


When does the course start and finish?
The course starts when you want and is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish. You will have access to the course for a full year after purchase.
How long do I have access to the course?
After enrolling, you have access to the content for as long as our school is up (years!) but we recommend you set a goal to try to complete things within 6 months :) If our other state/provincial approvals become time sensitive for any reason, we will be sure to give you 2 weeks notice and give you a certificate.