ANDREA STRANG, Certified Child Sleep Consultant and Gentle Sleep Coach
Andrea is a Child Sleep Consultant and Certified Gentle Sleep Coach as well as a Postpartum Doula and mother of three. She started her sleep practice in 2004 after supporting families as a Postpartum Doula for many years. Since then, Andrea has completed several training programs starting with Naturally Nurturing in the UK and the Gentle Sleep Coach Certification program with Kim West. Since has helped over 5000 families get better sleep, including providing over 10,000 hours of in-home sleep support.
In her sleep practice, Andrea uses a variety of methods and tailors sleep plans to take family values and child temperament into account. She believes in offering support to children as they learn the important skills for a good night's sleep, employing the gentlest methods possible with the goal of seeing results in a time frame that is reasonable for each family. Sleep coaching methods include coping strategies, sleep nurturing and gentle sleep coaching when appropriate, focusing on supportive, responsive methods such as fading and cue-based strategies.
Philosophy: Offering gentle support and sleep help for families while promoting secure attachment. Supportive of breastfeeding, attachment parenting, co-sleeping, infant mental health and informed choice.
• Gentle Sleep CoachSM Certification 2010 • Naturally Nurturing Sleep Child Consultant Program – UK 2009 • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Insomnia (CBT-i), Boston, Mass– 2012 • Infant Mental Health Introductory Course, University of Minnesota 2012 • Infant Mental Health Community Training Program – Hospital for Sick Kids 2015 certificate • Sleep: Neurobiology, Medicine and Society, University of Michigan 2015 • Birth Doula Training – DONA 1999 • Childbirth Education Training – CAPPA 2000 • Postpartum Doula Training – CAPPA 2000 • Sick Kids Sleep Symposium – 2013 certificate • Working with Stuck Kids, Gordon Neufeld, 2014 • Addressing Sleep Problems and Compliance of Children, Gregory Hanley, 2013 • The Great Sleep Debate, On-line conference Possums Research 2014 • Neuroscience of Skin to Skin Contact and Breastfeeding, Nils Bergman 2013 • Birth and Beyond Conference 2012, 2013, 2014 Additional courses: Medical Conditions & Sleep Apnea in Children – Dr. Lewis Kass, MD, FAAP Reflux & Colic Management – Dr. Bryan Vartabedian, MD, FAAP GERD – Anthony Lozides, MD. Secure Attachment in Children -Dr. Kent Hoffman, PhD Sensory Processing Disorders and Sleep – Jodi Jennings, OTLR and Dr. Lucy Miller Postpartum Depression – Dr. Shoshana Bennett, PhD SIDS Research and Recommendations – First Candle Potty Training – Sally Neuberger, LCSW
Experience: • 10 years Postpartum Doula support • 12 years Child Sleep Consulting supported over 5000 families (since 2004) • Over 10,000 hours of in-home night coaching experience Professional Associations: Association of Professional Sleep Consultants http://www.internationalsleep.org/ International Association of Child Sleep Consultants http://www.iacsc.com/ Association of Ontario Doulas http://ontariodoulas.org/