International Maternity Institute Partners with Happiest Baby


February 3, 2014

International Maternity Institute Partners with Happiest Baby

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            SAN FRANCISCO – The International Maternity Institute has announced its latest collaboration, teaming up with The Happiest Baby Education Association. IMI provides the worlds most progressive and holistic birth education for birth professionals. The Happiest Baby Education Association exists to certify educators in teaching The Happiest Baby on the Block approach to families, used to empower parents, increase bonding and to reduce abuse, postpartum depression, unsafe sleep practices, breastfeeding failure, and others.

            According to IMI Founder Mar Oscategui, as a result of the partnership, all IMI baby planner, sleep consultant and holistic childbirth educator students will be required to complete The Happiest Baby Certification Program in order to receive their certification.

            “IMI shares The Happiest Baby’s vision of strengthening the bond between parents and their children and enhancing loving family environments,” Oscategui said. “For nearly a decade, this certification program has been endorsed by leading practitioners and has produced thousands of graduates who laud its techniques and its benefits.”

       Created by nationally renowned pediatrician and child development specialist Dr. Harvey Karp, The Happiest Baby Certification Program is open to those who are certified or licensed in a pregnancy or infant care related specialty, parent educators with one year of teaching experience and/or those who are licensed or have an advanced degree in a mental health profession. The cost of the program is $245, but only $195 for IMI students and graduates. Certified Happiest Baby Educators agree to provide every parent or couple with a Parent Kit (a Happiest Baby DVD + CD of Soothing Sleep sounds). These are the key tools parents need to ensure their success with the 5 S’s at home (parents often need reminders of these very specific techniques weeks and months after their class). And, the DVD allows the parents to easily share this highly effective approach with others helping to care for the baby.  Finally, parents use the CD of specially engineered white noise to calm crying in the car and to boost a baby’s sleep, for the entire first year of life.

 “The benefits of certification are priceless,” says Oscategui.

            “Even if you’ve used Happiest Baby techniques in the past,  becoming certified will give you great added advantages, including: 1) improved parent success rates, 2) the most affordable parent kits available, 3) increased credibility, 4) reduced liability, 5) improved infant/parent sleep, and 6) ongoing education via newsletters and bulletins,” Oscategui said. “This program has been approved for 7 Nursing, ICEA and Lamaze CEUs, and its advantages to parents and caregivers is undeniable.”

The Happiest Baby Certification Program is an evidence-based, scalable, and affordable home study program that consists of an instructional DVD and required reading. While there is no limitation on how quickly the program can be completed, the program must be completed within one year of a participant starting it.

About IMI                    

The International Maternity Institute™ (IMI) provides the world’s most progressive and holistic birth professional education with evidence-based training, certification and global support for maternity and health professionals at all business stages. We are represented in thirty-three countries and specialize in offering individual and combined master certification programs in English, Spanish, French and Portuguese. 

The IMI’s mission is to inspire, support, and educate a global network of maternity professionals to provide exceptional service to pre-conceiving, expecting and new parents through eco-friendly initiatives, holistic and diverse educational programming, professional networking and a commitment to professionalism. The IMI is accredited through the American Association of Drugless Practitioners and recognized through the International Institute for Complimentary Therapists.

The IMI also provides consultation services for hospitals, birthing centers, retailers, corporations and individuals who wish to incorporate these methods into business, hospital and childbirth programs. By increasing the level of knowledge among professionals and the general public, the IMI aims to be a leading authority with an integrative approach to pre-conceiving, pregnancy and post birth methods.

For more information about the International Maternity Institute, visit


Mar Luz Oscategui, Founder
International Maternity Institute

PO BOX 455

Fairfax, CA 94930


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