Awakening Through Sleep Book Intro Excerpt









by Mar De Carlo Oscategui

After birth, sleep can be a great challenge for a family and not just a child issue but a family issue. When a child is experiencing sleep challenges, the whole family is affected by it. These families have been sleep deprived for weeks and sometimes even months which can have a negative and even traumatic effect even after experiencing a healthy and powerful birth.

Many families hire child sleep consultants usually a few months after the baby is born, who resort to behavior methods known as sleep training such as cry it out, no cry it out or gentle sleep overlooking many important foundations that are not currently covered and discussed in the most popular sleep resources like books, websites and with your average child sleep consultants. In addition there is very little support or education exists to support families with sleep challenges during pregnancy and the newborn stages before reaching out to a child sleep consultant.

How we address this as professionals and parents can lead us down a path of ease or frustration. Infant and child sleep carries with it not only so much controversy but also in many cases causes overwhelm, stress and a loss of family connection.

When I first became familiarized with the child sleep consulting industry and profession, I was very surprised that the support and education for child sleep began at four, five and six months after birth and not prior, especially during pregnancy when we have a great opportunity not only to support mom and baby but also take preventative measures.

And if we look statistically for example, during pregnancy, the percentage is pretty high of pregnant women experiencing sleep challenges; according the National Sleep Foundation, 78% of pregnant women experience disturbed sleep. But as high as this statistic is, the perception, norm and the cultural standard is having disturbed sleep during pregnancy is part of the process a she should just live with.

As a result, pregnancy and child sleep a path that I have been led down and become deeply passionate about.

I decided to write my book and share a vision and expanded perspective that evolved through my research, experience, studies and understanding of the connection and influence between our relationships, health, lifestyle, beliefs and sleep. Throughout my lifetime, I have considered myself a skeptic. When faced with a challenge, before I assume and draw conclusions, I investigate, research, reflect, make connections, use logic, experience, experimentation, evaluation and then invite feeling and intuition to digest, integrate and guide me toward the most optimal solution.

I feel grateful for the opportunity to share what I have learned with all of you.  All my research, findings and insights are available for you today because I have been blessed with the opportunity to extensively study, train and practice each area related to the wheel of life and health over twenty three years with a variety of experts, colleagues, and clients from all walks of life: psychology, neuroscience, nutrition, anatomy and physiology, exercise, sleep, dance, child development, yoga, pilates, stress management, pregnancy, birth, parenting, meditation, conflict resolution and much more.

Some people see a glass half empty, some people see a glass half full, some people see a glass with water in it, some people see a hard object containing a soft object, some people see all of these combined. My book similarly presents a combined approach that welcomes a integrative perspective of child sleep.

While my book presents integrative and perceptions, it is not meant to replace or disprove existing child sleep books, sleep science, sleep medicine or sleep methodologies but rather it is intended as a compliment, supplement and additional option for those that resonate with it. As a result, I am not going to spend time reviewing or covering sleep science, sleep training, or any of those kinds of things because there’s plenty of books out there that already do. The intention of my book is to offer an expanded and integrative perspective with practical solutuons for child sleep; presenting and sharing information on influences of sleep that you most often will not find in covered or spoken about in your average book, magazine article or mainstream sleep consultation that will provide you not only an opportunity to resolve your child sleep challenges but also a chance to support your own wellbeing and strengthen your family connection. My hope is that after reading my book, you understand the deeper connections and the underlying layers of how child sleep is influenced, learn practical solutions and experience a physical awakening.

Physical Awakening has played a tremendous role, not only because I founded a company called Physical Awakening in 2005, but because I have experienced many physical awakenings; feeling my body and mind fully integrated, alive, functioning most optimally to reach my fullest potential. My phyiscal awakenings were born from moments I was deeply present, physically connected, well rested, relaxed and quiet gifting me with profound insights, creativity, inspiration, clarity and wellbeing.  This is also the reasoning behind my  title “Awakening Through Sleep”.

I invite you to experiment, explore, reflect, and take some time and space to digest what is shared not just with your mind but also with the presence of your body to get the most out of my book. Give yourself an opportunity to take some space, feel your body, feel your breath as you read. Why? Because when your mind and body are present, connected and focused, you are giving yourself a chance to learn in the most optimal way and experience a physical awakening.

Thank you for taking the time to open yourself up to a new way of perceiving, understanding and approaching pregnancy, parent and child sleep.

Meet Mar

Mary “Mar” De Carlo Oscategui, RYT 500 and founder of the International Maternity & Parenting Institute RYT 500, is a holistic health, lifestyle, business coach, author, artist, performer, group facilitator and founder of several global companies. She has also served as an SBDC small business adviser and a board member of the Fairfax Chamber of Commerce.

Mar began her expansive coaching path with the health and fitness twenty three years ago where she trained and worked with individuals and groups as a group exercise instructor, personal trainer, pilates and yoga instructor. Along the way she became involved in the business side of these industries where eventually she became a manager and then entrepreneur of several successful businesses in the health and birth industries. Mar found business to be a powerful gateway for personal, spiritual and social growth where one can find deep personal fulfillment.

Having worked with many groups and individuals in throughout the world her experience has allowed me to regularly teach and train people from all walks of life. As a result, it has also lead her to understand the variety of physical and emotional needs that each individual has.

In 2007, on a summer trip to Ojai, California, her daughter, Bella Luna was conceived, she had a home birth which transformed her life and gave birth to expanding her knowledge on maternity, parenting and “green” living. Her inspiration led her to support families where she founded two additional companies: and International Maternity & Parenting Institute.

She has overcome countless challenges throughout her life; using each as stepping stones to not only form the person she today but to also help others overcome their challenges in the most practical, inspirational and transformative way.

She enjoys advising and coaching businesses and entrepreneurs in the fitness, yoga, wellness and birth industries along with regularly teaching in person and online group classes. For Mar business is personal and as a result her work holistically integrates scientific research and intuitive knowledge using the modalities of yoga, dance, pilates, nutrition, fitness, reiki, dance, energy work, stress management, green living, meditation, sleep and rest. She blends her business savvy skills with an integrative sustainable approach to her work.

She successfully launched multiple companies helping others to grow and succeed – all while maintaining her health, sanity, and love for life. Her qualifications include over two dozen certifications in the health, fitness, yoga and maternity fields covering a range of holistic topics: exercise, stress management, nutrition, sleep, eco-consulting, somatic yoga therapy, meditation, pilates, pregnancy, birth, wellness coaching, and business coaching. She is a mom to two children and the author of three books: “Green Body Green Birth” , “The Baby Planner Profession: What You Need to Know” and “Awakening Through Sleep: A Transformational and Spiritual Guide to Pregnancy, Parent and Child Sleep“.

Mar’s Companies Include:

  • Marin Business Sanctuary, Founder
  • International Maternity and Parenting Institute (IMPI), Founder and CEO
  • Association of Professional Sleep Consultants (APSC), Founder
  • International Academy of Baby Planner Professionals (IABPP), Founder
  • Physical Awakening, Holistic Health & Fitness Services


Mar has presented for the The Association For Prenatal And Perinatal Psychology And Health,  BirthKeepers Summit, International Association for Child Safety,International Nanny Association.She has been featured in a variety of media publications which you can find on her media page: Consumer Reports, US News & World Report, LA Times, Pregnancy & Newborn Magazine, SF Examiner, Kiwi Magazine, Green Child Magazine, Bay Area Parent, Marin TV and more….She has been an interviewed guest for the Conscious Mama Show, Well and Wise Online Mama Summit, Food Body Spirit Connection Summit, Women’s Global Summit, Core Freedom Show, Awakening Online and Making a Difference in Marin.


Personal Trainer Certifications
American College of Sports Medicine
National Academy of Sports Medicine
American Council on Exercise
National Strength and Conditioning Association
Aerobics and Fitness Association of America
American Aerobic Association International

Group Exercise Certifications
Aerobics and Fitness Association of America
American Aerobic Association International Cycling
Johnny G Cycling

Nutrition Certifications
Ann Wigmore: The Living Foods Lifestyle
Nutrition Psychology Coach

Sleep Certifications
The School of Sleep Medicine

Stress Management Certifications
The Spencer Institute

Pilates Instructor Certifications
Stott Pilates Pilates Trained Matwork & Reformer
American Aerobic Association International Pilates
The Physical Mind-Pilates Mat Certified

Yoga Instructor Certifications
7 Centers Yoga Arts 200 Hour Hatha/Tantra/Ayurveda
Be Yoga 8 Hour Restorative Yoga
Fitness Resource Associates 100 Hour Vini Yoga
AAAI Yoga Instructor Level I 20 Hour Hatha Yoga
YogaFit Level I 40 Hour Hatha Yoga
Somatic Yoga Therapy
Yoga Therapy
Yin Yoga
Chakra Yoga

Theater Education

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