The International Maternity and Parenting Institute ™ provides cutting edge, evidenced based educational programs, products and services for maternity professionals and parents. Our educational continuum is designed to help today’s maternity professionals and parents.

Launch your career in Maternity

At the International Maternity and Parenting Institute™, you’ll receive maternity education and business training through our online courses that will allow you to start a successful maternity practice as a baby planner, green birth educator, greenproofer, sleep consultant, maternity stress management coach, and maternity product specialist. We train you step-by-step to develop a practice or to apply your training to further your current career journey.

Learn from anywhere in the world

Since 2009, the International Maternity and Parenting Institute™ has been at the forefront of maternity education, offering cutting-edge  training and preparation. Our online learning format allows students from all over the world to experience our world-class training programs through our online maternity school and curriculum.

The Institute™ provides personalized training that enables students to develop a practice or utilize the education they receive to expand their current business offerings. The International Maternity and Parenting Institute™ also hosts a variety of continuing education programs that are offered through their maternity affiliates.

As a subdivision of the International Maternity and Parenting Institute™, the International Academy of Baby Planner Professionals ™, a professional organization for those in the baby planning industry, leads and represents professional baby planners as well as set the standards for the Institute™’s Baby Planner certifications and educational programming.

Our Mission

At the International Maternity and Parenting Institute™ our mission is to inspire, support, and educate a global network of maternity consultant professionals and parents. It is our desire to provide exceptional service to new and expecting parents through our eco-friendly initiatives, diverse educational programming, professional networking, and commitment to professionalism.

The Institute is the educational body created by Mar Oscategui with the assistance of a talented advisory board, faculty, and certifying board that trains students in the variety of pre and post natal methods and practices developed over her sixteen years of private consulting and business practice.

The Institute’s online learning format allows students from all over the world to experience the finest and most diverse maternity training program through an online maternity school.

The Maternity and Parenting Institute™ 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 Maternity and Parenting Institute™ aims to be a leading authority with an integrative approach to pre-conceiving, pregnancy, and post birth methods.

Our Founder

IMPI and IABPP  founder, CEO, and president Mar De Carlo, authored the first book on the baby planning industry entitled “The Baby Planner: A Guide to Becoming a Baby Planner and Starting Your Own Business.” In her book, for the first time ever, the role of a baby planner and a baby planner’s scope of practice was definitively defined. The popularity of her book resulted in a second edition entitled “The Baby Planner Profession: What You Need To Know! The Ultimate Guide and Resource For Baby Planner Professionals” that is now available in paperback.

Mar is a talented Entrepreneur, Artist, Educator, Author, Life & Business Coach, Ballroom Dancer and Mother with a multitude of certifications, training, management under her belt and over twenty-four years’ experience.

She is known for her creative, unconventional, cutting edge integrative approach connecting and bridging many systems and approaches in a variety of industries that have touched thousands of lives throughout forty-six countries around the world.

She founded:

  • International Maternity & Parenting Institute
  • Association of Professional Sleep Consultants
  • International Academy of Baby Planner Professionals
  • Business Sanctuary
  • Physical Awakening

Most recently she co-founded:

Montecito Ballroom Dance Academy and serves as the company’s business advisor, academy director and curriculum developer.

Born and raised in Queens, NY, Mar has been living life to the fullest, working and artistically expressing herself since the age of ten. She calls herself a learning junkie and has pursued over two dozen training programs in a multitude of fields including: health coaching, fitness, yoga instruction, group exercise, personal training, pilates, pregnancy, business, film and radio, performance arts, management, education, psychology, relationship coaching, parent coaching, personal development and dance.

Her creativity and zest for learning and growth led her to successfully develop a variety of international professional online training certification programs in the pregnancy, parenting, health, business yoga and dance industries that integrate all aspects of life and holistic living.

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, holistic, sustainable, inspirational and transformative way.

Mar has been interviewed and published in a number of publications such as US News & World Report, has made a variety of television appearances including Good Morning America. She has also served as an SBDC small business adviser and a board member of the Fairfax Chamber of Commerce.

She enjoys advising and coaching businesses and entrepreneurs, expressing herself through a variety of artistic avenues and developing top notch curriculum programs providing the ultimate learning experience including a powerful gateway for personal, spiritual and social growth.