Recently on December 4 2014, Reuters Health posted an article on Children Sleep Coaches, how they vary in background, training and price. They wrote,” A new review of online advertisements from pediatric “sleep coaches” finds that more than half do not have any previous health care or educational experience, and most have no more than a bachelor’s degree. Whether the prospective coaches are good resources for families remains to be seen, the authors write in The Journal of Pediatrics.”
Enter in the International Maternity & Parenting Institute (IMPI), the first organization to pioneer a new, holistic, progressive and integrative way of approaching child sleep that emphasizes sleep education, support and prevention during pregnancy, after birth and beyond. At IMPI sleep is treated as a family issue, addressing specific families needs. A tremendous amount of important caution and guidelines are placed on recognizing and referring out medical issues. Nutrition, emotional well-being, green living, health and safety play a tremendous role and sleep training is not the main focal point but rather a tool of many that may not even be necessary to resolve a family’s sleep needs.
Although authors of the Journal of Pediatrics and Melissa Moore of the Sleep Center at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia question whether child sleep coaches are a good resource to provide support to families sleep challenges, the International Maternity and Parenting Institute addresses these concerns by confirming that students and graduates of the IMPI Maternity & Child Sleep Certification program are trained to recognize and address underlying medical, developmental, or psychological problems that affects sleep in addition to environmental, behavioral and emotional needs.
Furthermore, research studies have shown that “the average amount of time spent on sleep education in pediatric residency programs is 4.4 hours (median = 2.0 hours), with 23%responding that their pediatric residency program provides no sleep education. Almost all programs (94.8%) offer less than 10 hours of instruction. The predominant topics covered include sleep-related development, as well as normal sleep, sleep-related breathing disorders, parasomnias, and behavioral insomnia of childhood.” and “One study of pediatricians found limited total knowledge about sleep, with approximately half of respondents reporting that they did not feel confident screening for sleep problems and the majority not feeling confident in their ability to evaluate (66%) or treat (75%) sleep problems in children . A recent study of 346 pediatricians found that 96% believed it was their job to counsel patients/caregivers regarding sleep hygiene, however very few (18%) reported ever receiving formal training on sleep disorders .” The referenced research article can be found at BioMed Central.
Many of IMPI’s sleep coaches also confirm that they have found that many of the pediatricians of the families they work know some sleep basics but do not understand all the dynamics and components involved and leave families usually feeling at a loss about how to appropriately resolve sleep challenges.
To continue pioneering their holistic approach and increase awareness, IMPI has announced that they will be offering the Child Sleep Industry’s First Online Maternity & Child Sleep Summit for parents for free in early 2015. A sample of the topics in the summit to be included and not limited to:
- Sleep Support for Pregnancy and Labor
- The Science of Sleep
- Emotional Well-being
- Nutrition for Sleep
- Greening Your Sleep Environment
- The Language of Crying
- Yoga Nidra for Sleep
- Yoga and Meditation for Sleep
- Breastfeeding and Sleep
- Healthy Sleep Foundations
- Sleep for Special Populations
- Solutions for Common Sleep Challenges
- To Sleep Train or Not
- Sleep Culture Around the World
- Sleep Safety
- Secure Attachment Theory
- Medical Issues and When to Refer Out
More information about the summit is due to come out soon following this post. Please check their website at maternityinstitute.com for more information and updates.
Since launching the IMPI’s sleep approach and training program for professionals in the Fall of 2011, it has been taking a strong hold with professionals around the world including: China, Singapore, Malaysia, Austraia, New Zealand, Russia, UAE, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, France, Sweden, Finland, Switzerland, Luxembourg, Brazil, Canada, England, Ireland, Mexico and throughout the United States.
The International Maternity and Parenting Institute™ (IMPI) provides the world’s most progressive and holistic birth professional and parenting 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 IMPI’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 IMPI is accredited through the American Association of Drugless Practitioners and recognized through the International Institute for Complimentary Therapists.
The IMPI 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 IMPI 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 and Parenting Institute, visit http://www.maternityinstitute.com.
Mar Oscategui, Founder
International Maternity and Parenting Institute
PO BOX 455
Fairfax, CA 94930