Exciting news , I have decided to add an additional skillset to my repertoire.
Most who know me, know that I am a fan of co-sleeping and chose not to sleep my train 3 out of the 4 of my children. With baby #1, I listened to allll the advice from well meaning friends and family and went through the Cry it out process with him. It slowly but surely broke my heart. He did become a good sleeper but I always wonder how that impacted his little heart and brain as the years passed.
With my 2 older girls, it never felt right to do... perhaps with my increased confidence in parenting and breastfeeding, I never felt the urge to do so. I was able to gradually have them sleeping in their own beds with little fuss, probably due in part to the fact that they shared a room.
Now with baby #4, she was anti-sleep, pro-stay-clung-to-mom at all costs, which was lovely and EXHAUSTING. I couldn't entertain allowing her to cry it out, so we very much took a baby led approach to finding a path to sleep. It was hard earned let me tell you. I do believe it could have been easier but I really didn't know any other way so we trudged through. It's only been the past few months that she pretty much consistently sleeps through the night without coming into my bed. Yeah... she's 4 and a half years old. Ooof. Right?
Via one of my doula training groups I stumbled across a thread about an attachment parenting style sleep specialist training, and omGee! This speaks to me! I start this 6 month course next week, and I'm SO excited to be able to offer this to the families not only here in St.John's but worldwide. I am thrilled to help parents find a peaceful path to sleep, one that encourages attachment and helps baby sleep. Without crushing nighttime breastfeeding and bed-sharing enjoyment. Yes it is possible!
You can learn a little more about this approach here: https://www.islagrace.ca