” A birth doula is a trained professional who provides continuous physical, emotional and informational to support the birthing parent before, during and shortly after childbirth to help them achieve the healthiest, most satisfying experience possible.”- DONA
NEWBORN CARE SPECIALIST
“A Newborn Care Specialist is explicitly trained in all aspects of newborn care and will have many years of experience with families during the first few months with a newborn. ” -NCSA
“Sleep consultants are there to act as cheerleaders, supporters and educators. … A sleep consultant’s main purposeis to educate families on sleep hygiene, the biological needs of sleep, safe sleep practices, to review the timing of night/day sleeps while offering support and guidance.” – The TOT
Hi, my name is
Kirsten McCormick Giarra
I am a Newborn Care Specialist, Pediatric Sleep Consultant and a Birth Doula. I was born and raised in New Jersey and graduated from Ramapo College of N.J. with a Bachelor’s Degree in Law and Society.
I currently travel all over the country helping families transition into their new roles of parenting. When their children are ready, I help them sleep through the night.
I have been taking care of children for 15+ years, but in 2016, I changed my focus to newborns. Over the last 5 years, I have helped more than 40 families welcome their new additions and gain back their nights of sleep.
If you and your family are looking for guidance during this new and exciting time, reach out for a free consulation .
“As soon as I saw you, I knew an adventure was going to happen”
– Winnie the Poo
The Sleep Lady Sleep Coach
The program involves over 80 hours of training with a faculty panel that includes two medical doctors, a psychologist, an attorney, a lactation counselor, postpartum doulas, and a family therapist. Each coach must pass an exam and participate in case supervision with Kim West, LCSW-C (a.k.a. “The Sleep Lady”), who has been helping tired parents for over 17 years. Clinical supervision and ongoing advanced training are required to maintain certification as a Gentle Sleep Coach.
Gentle Ventures Newborn Care Specialist
The course includes a complete Newborn Care course, Sleep Conditioning/Training course, Multiples and Preemie Care, and Formula Composition. We also cover Prenatal and Baby Development, along with Failure to Thrive, the Death of a Child, RAD, the Mind of a Child, Communication, why it is important to Go Green with a child, Resume Building, how to Apply at an Agency, Marketing, and much more .
The workshop includes:
*Introduction to childbirth for doulas*
*The significance of birth and the short and long-term impact of the birth experience*
*Suggestions for emotional and psychological support during labor*
*Comfort measures and non-pharmacological pain management techniques*
*The role of the doula before, during and after the birth*
*Communication skills for doulas*
*Discussion of ethics and standards of practice for doulas*