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About Karen

 

My Story

I am a mother of two boys and an IASSC-Accredited Infant and Child Sleep Consultant.


My priorities changed dramatically after becoming a mother.  Like many others, I became acutely aware of my own lack of knowledge and understanding in most areas of infant care and found the idea of relying on my 'motherly intuition' unsatisfying. I wanted science-based or expert guidance to help me know what was 'best' for my baby.  

While there is no shortage of evidence for how the functions performed during sleep protect our cognitive health, facilitate learning, build our immune system, and contribute to our general health, happiness and well-being, there is a definite shortage of practical guidance and information on how to get your baby to sleep well. Given my knack for research, this was a difficult realization and perplexing as a parent.  How can a parent give their child the best care if they don't have the information they need to meet one of their most basic needs - sleep?


What I have learned, is that science gives us the building blocks, the basis for understanding, but when it comes to actually getting a baby to sleep well, so much more insight comes from experience - working with hundreds of families - and from community knowledge - belonging to a network of sleep consultants who have worked with tens of thousands of families and have worked through the rare and most challenging cases. This is why my approach to sleep coaching is informed by scientific research, my training and community, and first-hand experience.  


The framework for my approach follows the Sleep Sense Method, which has been used by tens of thousands of families across the globe and has demonstrated great success in getting babies to sleep well in their own crib.  First-hand experience allows me to recognize the unique needs of a baby or child and adapt strategies to accommodate the family's needs and lifestyle where ever possible.  I always try to find the right balance of ease and efficiency, provide the support, motivation and accountability to work through this transition, and give parents the knowledge and the tools they need to keep their child sleeping well. 

I know sleep can be elusive for parents and babies for months, sometimes years. In fact, infant sleep is one of the two biggest challenges reported among new parents (the other being feeding). But, I want to change this.

I want to help you enjoy parenthood and I want to help give your child the best possible start in life. 

Here are a few more things that you should know:

 - I believe every parent does what they believe is best for their child and their family (you are here, so I know this includes you). 

 - I believe parents should be able to make choices about how to care for their baby without guilt. 

 - I believe mothers should be allowed to prioritize their own health, without guilt. 

 - I believe respectful parenting approaches work best for toddlers and older children. 

 - I believe that nearly every baby is capable of learning to sleep well in their own bed.

 

Education, Training & Accreditation

I hold a Bachelors of Science in biology with honours from Dalhousie University (2009) and a Master of Science in biology from the University of British Columbia (2012).  During graduate school, I was awarded the Canada Alexander Graham Bell Graduate Scholarship (2010) and the Pacific Century Award (2011).  I held an NSERC post-graduate scholarship and was working to complete my Doctorate at UBC when I discovered my passion for pediatric sleep.


In 2019, I was accepted into the intensive training and mentoring programme in pediatric sleep offered by Dana Obleman and I am now certified as a Sleep Sense Child Sleep Consultant. 

Presently, I am a member of the Canadian Sleep Society, the World Sleep Society and the International Association of Child Sleep Consultants.  Through these organizations, I have opportunities for continuing education in sleep health with some of the world's leading professionals and academic researchers.

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Based in Coquitlam, BC,

           serving the globe. ​

Whether you live in British Columbia or abroad, we can achieve your sleep goals together!

Face-to-face meetings can easily be held in the comfort and convenience of your own home using video teleconferencing!

 

Reach Out

Have a question about your child's sleep, the services I offer, or how I can help your family?  Send me your questions!  I will respond within 24 hours of receiving your email.

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