International Maternity Institute Launches Continuing Education Department and Welcomes A New Director of Continuing Education

The International Maternity Institute (IMI) is proud to announce the launch of its newly developed Continuing Education Department. Jessica Brodey joins the IMI team as the Director of Continuing Education and brings with her a wealth of experience in building education programs.

Jessica is excited to be serving as IMI’s Director of Continuing Education, and is looking forward to bringing together a community of experts to offer ongoing educational opportunities for our profession.

Throughout the year, IMI will regularly offer continuing education workshops for professionals within and outside of its network. Topics include: sleep, breastfeeding, nutrition, green living, pregnancy, childbirth, business, law, and much more.

IMI will kick off its first continuing education series by offering the following two complimentary webinars: “Busting the Myths on Breastfeeding and Infant Sleep” and “Understanding and Supporting Families Affected by Disability”.


About Jessica Brodey

Jessica Brodey is a maternity and child consultant and educator who supports families tackling many challenging parenting issues, including sleep, breastfeeding, maternity education and preparation, and educational, health and special needs advocacy.  Through her company Eat-Sleep-Love, Jessica provides private consultations, group seminars and classes, and helps parents create and implement plans that are respectful of all parenting philosophies and tailored to each child’s unique needs.  Additionally, Jessica mentors maternity business owners, helping them build their businesses, expand their expertise, improve their client services, and understand the legal framework for their business decisions. Jessica is also an attorney and public policy consultant with more than 15 years of experience in intellectual property counseling, litigation, and national education and advocacy to improve access to education, work, technology, community and activities of daily living for people with disabilities. Jessica has managed, developed and implemented numerous technical assistance and educational training programs for professionals, including educators, assistive technology professionals, and policy advocates.

Since the birth of her first child, Jessica has been interested in the relationship between healthy sleep habits and child development, particularly educational disabilities.  Jessica has been actively involved in breastfeeding and parenting support groups, both in person and online, and supporting parents of children with disabilities identify resources and advocate for services for their children.  She began connecting with other parents as a “mommy blogger,” writing about her own parenting challenges and experiences with her children, such as her daughter’s gastro-esopheageal reflux disease related sleep struggles when she was five months old. The issues she faced caused her to seek out information about helping children develop and maintain good sleep habits. Ultimately, she decided to pursue advanced training in this area and has been working with clients ever since.

Jessica graduated from Emory University and the New York University School of Law.  She received her sleep training through Kim West’s Gentle Sleep Coach program and the International Maternity Institute‘s Maternity and Child Sleep Consultant program.  Jessica is also a Certified Lactation Counselor through the Healthy Children’s Center for Breastfeeding, a Newborn Care Specialist through the Gentle Ventures training program, a Happiest Baby Educator trained by Dr. Harvey Karp, a Certified Babywearing Educator through the Center for Babywearing Studies, and has completed her coursework to become a Professional Baby Planner and an Eco-Maternity Consultant through the International Academy of Baby Planner Professionals.  Jessica also serves as the Eastern Regional Director (USA) of the Association of Professional Sleep Consultants, and the Special Needs Expert on the International Maternity Institute’s Advisory Board.  She currently resides in Bethesda, Maryland with her family.

About IMI

The International Maternity Institute ™ is an evidence-based training and certification organization that provides integrative resources for maternity and health professionals around the world.

IMI’s mission, led by founder Mary Luz Oscategui, is to provide inspiration, education and support to a global network of maternity consultant professionals. Its’ team of highly respected educators strive to provide a strong and nurturing community for maternity and health professionals, while staying inclusive of all beliefs, cultures, lifestyles and philosophies.


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