Infant Sleep 101 for Medical Professionals

Infant Sleep 101 for Medical Professionals


Infant Sleep 101 aims to normalize normal infant sleep. Using current research on attachment theory, safe sleep, and mother/infant sleep biology, we step away from cultural and historical influence and look at infant sleep from the lens of the baby. Medical professionals, especially naturopathic doctors, are well-suited to educate and inform patients of normal infant sleep before babies arrive and challenge the heavily parent-centered approaches to infant sleep that are persistent in North American society. Postnatally, there are many tools in the naturopathic toolkit that can support the health and well-being of parents while they are attending to their infant’s night needs.

Learning Objectives

  • Appreciate how history and culture influence expectations of infant sleep norms and needs
  • Understand the basic approaches within popular sleep training methods including their pros and cons
  • Understand the basics of attachment theory as a foundation for responding to infants and their sleep needs
  • Understand the biological norms related to infant sleep, sleep cycles, the benefits of night waking and why trying to enforce strict sleep training doesn’t work for many infants
  • Understand common definitions related to sleep including bed-sharing, co-sleeping, breast-sleeping, SIDS and SUID
  • Identify measures that parents can take to ensure a safe sleep environment which should be communicated to all pre-natal and post-natal patients
  • Appreciate how there are times in the first year of a baby’s life where sleep may feel more challenging and times when it may feel less challenging
  • Understand your role as a health care provider
  • Identify supportive measures for parents to help them manage their own sleep needs while they are supporting their infant’s biological needs at night
  • Appreciate the benefits of having your patients work with a Sleep Educator

Course Content

  • Lesson 1 | Sleep Training Approaches 10min
  • Lesson 2 | The Science of Infant Sleep 25min
  • Lesson 3 | Safe Sleep Guidelines 15min
  • Lesson 4 | Changes in the First Year 15min
  • Lesson 5 | Naturopathic Support 20min


Laura's passion for the environment, global health, and maternal and newborn care led her down her path to become a Naturopathic Doctor and International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC). After completing a Bachelors degree in psychology, she went on study Naturopathic Medicine at the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine (CCNM) in Toronto. It was during that time she was introduced to Dr. Jack Newman's International Breastfeeding Centre and the amazing work they do to help families achieve their breastfeeding goals. Realizing Lactation medicine was the missing piece she was looking for in her training and understanding the value of qualified lactation support, she decided to enroll and complete the necessary steps to become an IBCLC.

Laura’s clinical focus in her private practice is with families in the postpartum period, supporting their transition into parenthood, guiding them with feeding support, and promoting infant mental health. She has done extra training in the areas of infant mental health and infant sleep which comes up frequently with her patients. She teaches online with BeboMia in their Breastfeeding Educator Certification and also runs short continuing education courses for Naturopathic Doctors. Laura loves to explore the world and currently calls Toronto home where she lives with her husband and their two young children. She sees patients part-time and volunteers as a Technical Advisor with Nurture Project International who support safe infant feeding in refugee and IDP camps.

Continuing Education Approvals

  • Canadian Federation of Aromatherapists (CFA)

    0.75 CEU total (up to 0.75 CEU Category B) -Direct Approval
  • College of Naturopaths of Ontario (CONO)

    1.5 credits total (up to 1.5 credits Category A) -Direct Approval
  • New Hampshire Association of Naturopathic Doctors (NHAND)

    1.5 CEUs total (up to 1.5 CEUs General, up to 1.5 CEUs Childbirth) -Direct Approval
  • Vermont Office of Professional Regulation (VT OPR)

    1.5 hours total (up to 1.5 hours General, up to 1.5 hours Naturopathic Childbirth) -Direct Approval
  • Alliance of International Aromatherapists (AIA)

    0.75 CPD total (up to 0.75 CPD Category B) -Assumed Approval
  • Arizona Naturopathic Physicians Medical Board (AZ NPMB)

    1.5 CMEs total (up to 1.5 CMEs General) -Assumed Approval
  • College of Naturopathic Doctors of Alberta (CNDA)

    1.5 continuing competence credits total -Assumed Approval
  • College of Naturopathic Physicians of British Columbia (CNPBC)

    1.5 hours total (up to 1.5 hours Category C - Educational Courses) -Assumed Approval
  • College of Naturopaths of Ontario (CONO)

    1.5 credits total (up to 1.5 credits Category B) -Assumed Approval
  • Colorado Office of Naturopathic Doctor Registration (CO ONDR)

    1.5 PDAs total -Assumed Approval
  • Connecticut Department of Public Health: Naturopathic Physician Licensure (CT DPH: NPL)

    1.5 hours total -Assumed Approval
  • Council for Homeopathic Certification (CHC)

    1.5 CEUs total (up to 1.5 CEUs Category 2) -Assumed Approval
  • District of Columbia Health Regulation and Licensing Administration (DC HRLA)

    1.5 hours total -Assumed Approval
  • Hawaii Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs Professional & Vocational Licensing (HI DCCA)

    1.5 CEs total (up to 1.5 CEs General) -Assumed Approval
  • Idaho Board of Medicine: Naturopathic Medical Board (ID BOM: NMB)

    1.5 hours total (up to 1.5 hours General) -Assumed Approval
  • Kansas State Board of Healing Arts (KS SBHA)

    1.5 CEUs total -Assumed Approval
  • Maine Board of Complementary Health Care Providers (ME BCHCP)

    1.5 hours total (up to 1.5 hours General) -Assumed Approval
  • Manitoba Naturopathic Association (MNA)

    1.5 hours total (up to 1.5 hours Category B) -Assumed Approval
  • Maryland Board of Physicians (MD BP)

    1.5 hours total -Assumed Approval
  • Minnesota Board of Medical Practice (MN BMP)

    1.5 contact hours total (up to 1.5 contact hours General) -Assumed Approval
  • Montana Board of Alternative Health Care (MT BAHC)

    1.5 hours total (up to 1.5 hours General, up to 1.5 hours Obstetrics) -Assumed Approval
  • North Dakota Board of Integrative Health Care (ND BIHC)

    1.5 credits total (up to 1.5 credits General) -Assumed Approval
  • Rhode Island Department of Health: Board of Medical Licensure and Discipline (RI DOH: BMLD)

    1.5 hours total -Assumed Approval
  • Saskatchewan Association of Naturopathic Practitioners (SANP)

    1.5 hours total (up to 1.5 hours Category C) -Assumed Approval
  • Utah Naturopathic Physician Licensing Board (UT NPLB)

    1.5 CEs total (up to 1.5 CEs General) -Assumed Approval
  • Washington State Department of Health: Board of Naturopathy (WA DOH: BON)

    1.5 hours total (up to 1.5 hours Category 2) -Assumed Approval
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