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My name is Deanna and I am a mom of three boys (twins plus one!) and wife to an amazing husband. I am a certified Gentle Sleep Coach ® and founder of Family Bliss. My journey into the world of infant and child sleep was directly related to my family and the value we put on successful sleep. Believe me, it wasn’t easy, but we did it! I am a firm believer in the power of sleep leading to a happier and healthier family.
I hold a science degree from the University of Waterloo and I am certified as a Clinical Research Associate from McMaster University. I have also completed training with The Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, Ontario and received a certificate from the Department of Infant Mental Health Promotion. For over a decade I have worked in various aspects of the healthcare industry in Canada.
When my boys were born I was in the same situation as many first time parents, experiencing the unbelievable joys of being a parent, soaking in all the amazing newborn moments and marveling in the fact that I could love two little people so much! But as the months went on and we created a schedule for our new lives I started to feel the effects of being sleep deprived and desperate for some sleep! More so I wanted to put my babies to sleep without rocking them for what felt like all night.
After extensive research, I came upon the teachings of Kim West, LCSW-C (a.k.a. the Sleep Lady). I was able to coach my babies to sleep through the night and encourage them to take the naps that they deserved during the day. After an endless conversation with other parents about sleep, I realized I could help. I decided to take my awareness, research, and knowledge and put it to good use in helping other parents who were sleep deprived and struggling with similar sleep issues.