Who We Are

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, and maternity stress management coach. 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 professionals. It is the IMPI’s desire to provide exceptional service to new and expecting parents through our eco-friendly initiatives, diverse educational programming, professional networking, and a 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 fifteen 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

About Mar


Mar De Carlo 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.



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

Stella Adler




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Integrative Breastfeeding Instructor
rebeccaburdittRebecca Burditt, BS, CNC, IBCLC, RLC is a passionate advocate for women’s health and is dedicated to promoting wellness within her family and to her clients. As an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant, Certified Nutritional Consultant and Postpartum Doula, Rebecca is pleased to be a practicing part of the pre- and postnatal holistic living community.

While pursuing her undergraduate degree in Nutrition Science, Rebecca decided to take her love of health and fitness to the next level. She trained and taught as a Feminine Movement Instructor at S Factor Los Angeles and became formally trained in both classical and contemporary Pilates through Pilates Sports Center in Encino, CA.  Passionate about her work, she then continued instructing clients privately and at other movement studios throughout the Los Angeles area for many years.

In 2004 Rebecca became a mom for the first time following the birth of her first son. Although she experienced a relatively easy transition into motherhood, that was certainly not the case four years later following the birth of her triplets. Noticing a serious gap in quality and consistent evidence-based education and support during the prenatal and postpartum period Rebecca decided to shift her focus and fully immerse herself in the world of preconception, pregnancy, birth, and beyond.

Rebecca is an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) and Registered Lactation Consultant (RLC) via the International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners (IBLCE) and a Certified Lactation Educator Counselor (CLEC) through the University of California, San Diego. She is also formally trained as a Postpartum Doula (DONA), holds a certificate in both Pregnancy Pilates (Pilates Sports Center) and Prenatal Yoga (Ma Yoga®), and is currently working on her certification as a Maternity and Parenting Holistic Health Practitioner from the International Maternity and Parenting Institute™ (IMPI). As a mother who has birthed and breastfeed five children, she understands how amazing this period can be with the right kind of support. Her goal is to educate, inspire, empower, and support families (all with some fun mixed in) as they transition into parenthood.

Rebecca currently resides between Los Angeles and Ventura, CA with her family and runs her own private lactation practice.

Maternity & Child Sleep Consultant Chinese Instructor

As an IMPI maternal and infant sleep counselor, Susan Xiaofang assists the baby and the whole family in achieving good sleep habits through their professional skills and patient and responsible attitude. It helps thousands of families to popularize sleep knowledge and sleep counseling, helping their babies grow up healthily At the same time, also teach parents scientific and effective parenting skills.

Susan is passionate about public welfare. She joined local large-scale breast-feeding public welfare organizations to hold positive and pro-active parent-child relationships by holding parent-child breastfeeding seminars, parental growth classes and baby science nursing salons. Management skills. She is also invited to provide courses on sleep, breastfeeding, neonatal comfort and healthy parent-child relationship for Early Learning Center, Home Economics Center and Breastmilk Training Course to help more babies and families achieve healthy and scientific breastfeeding and Baby care.

Susan is the only official authorized by IMPI to provide training guidance consultants for China and to provide training guidance and related activities to International Chinese Maternity Sleep Counselors’ Certification Program ™ for Chinese worldwide within the scope of IMPI’s authorization. In addition, IMPI does not grant to any individuals and organizations any lectures, trainings and other business activities on behalf of IMPI in the PRC. No individual or organization in China (including the website) shall be free to publish any information about IMPI without written authorization. If you find any individuals and institutions (including websites) in China that violate the above information, please contact IMPI to report the matter and IMPI will keep the legal prosecution. Contact: info@maternityinstitute.com

Maternity & Child Sleep Japanese Instructor

Aya Aiba is the Asia/India director and Japan coordinator of the APSC. She is also the Japan representative and instructor for the IMPI (International Maternity and Parenting Institute).

She writes columns for Kodansha BABY and Shufuno Tomosha MILLY in Japan. Her work has been featured in Kobunsha VERY which is the most read magazine in Japan.  Aya was born in Japan and grew up in New York. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Education from Keio University in Japan. She is fully bilingual in both Japanese and English. She worked at Bloomberg in Japan before moving to San Francisco with her husband.

After giving birth to her first son, and not knowing anything about child sleep, she quickly became sleep deprived. An ocean away from her parents, she was all by herself in taking care of her son.

She began reading books about the science behind child sleep and that led her to get certified by the IMPI.

Aya had her second son in April of 2015. She now lives in NY with her family going back and forth to Japan.  She helps many Japanese families who have sleep issues all around the world. Home Page: https://www.sleepingsmartconsulting.com/ 

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Katie Forsythe

Business Coach Mentor








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Emotional Well-Being Child Sleep






Anna Papra

Anna Papra

Family Sleep, Birth Psychology & Emotional Wellbeing








Maya Garbuz

Children with Special Needs Specialist





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Certified Infant & Child Sleep Consultant, Early Childhood Educator & Multiples Specialist







Sophie Acott

Emotional Well-being, Birth Psychology, Hand in Hand Parenting







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Amanda Bude

Pregnancy Sleep Specialist







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Child Sleep, Grief/Loss, Spiritualism, Paranormal Education







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Tamara Jurkin

Early Childhood Education ,Child Sleep, Paranormal Education and Psychology







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Jessica Brodey

Child Sleep, Lactation Consulting, Business Law








Sabrina Stempel

Overall Infant and Child Sleep, Specializing in New Students and Graduates




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Childbirth Education






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Baby Planning Portuguese






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Maternity & Child Sleep Consulting Portuguese, Postpartum Doula specializing in Multiples