Nurturing Sleep

Home of Emotional Wellbeing and Child Sleep 

About Ann and Nurturing Sleep

My work with children, babies and families begun many years ago with my NNEB (Nursery Nurse) training, and I have now clocked up over 30 years experience. Initially I worked for 12 years as a private nanny and maternity nurse, and enjoyed working with many wonderful families and traveling the world.


Eventually I married and unfortunately became very unwell, and it's this experience under pins the Emotional Wellbeing approach that Nurturing Sleep has become well known for. (You see - there is a silver lining to every big dark cloud!)


As I recovered I picked up my work again. I worked in nursery and primary schools, where my main role was supporting literacy, play and learning. At this time I also studied for my degree in Child and Youth studies gaining a BA with distinction. My work then shifted back to family support. I worked for a while with Sure Start and cry-sis, and trained and worked as a postnatal doula.


Nurturing Sleep was born back in 2011 as I completed my first sleep certification with Chireal Shallow at Naturally Nurturing. I followed through with my Happiest Baby training in 2012, and gained a second certification in sleep consultancy with the International Maternity and Parenting Institute in 2013. I completed the Aware Parenting Instructor course in 2015, and Hand in Hand Parenting professionals intensive course in 2016. Throughout 2017 I studied pre and perinatal psychology and healing with Myrna Martin, and in February 2018 certified as a pre and perinatal psychology and healing educator. This recent training and certification supports the foundation of my work: identifying, understanding and healing early developmental trauma. Training with the Association for Pre and Perinatal Psychology and Health (APPPAH) is now well underway!


Nurturing Sleep has gone from strength to strength as the focus on Emotional Wellbeing flows through my sleep work. I work in partnership with the IMPI to inform and support sleep consultants internationally with emotional wellbeing approaches and supporting understanding of early trauma.


The Nurturing Sleep 'sleep hub' is based in the beauty and tranquility of the New Forest in Hampshire, My husband and I moved to enjoy a form of "semi-retirement" in the peace and calmness of the forest, the perfect location and environment for my nurturing and emotional wellbeing sleep work.


Everyday the sleep hub is busy with sleep support chats, consultations, international Skype support and international mentoring sessions with sleep consultant colleagues. The sleep hub is also my dedicated place for further research and study as I work to further develop the effectiveness of my work and develop the unique sleep plans that Nurturing Sleep has become well known for.

Nurturing Sleep continues to grow and evolve; and due to the success of the emotional wellbeing approach I am now offering parenting support. My decision to do this 'just made sense' after working with many families with toddlers and pre-schoolers who improved sleep behaviours just through parents supporting their children with daytime play and emotional wellbeing approaches.


 The Nurturing Sleep approach and support is so much more than just 'fixing' the obvious 'behavioural' symptoms.

It's much deeper than that.

Qualifications and Continuing Education.


2018: Certified Educator: Pre & Perinatal Psychology and Healing Educator; (trained by Myrna Martin);

2013: Certified Maternity and Child Sleep Consultant International Maternity Institute (IMPI)


2012: Happiest Baby on the Block, Certified Parent Educator. (recertified 2015)


2011:   National Baby Sleep Consultant  Qualification:  Training with Naturally Nurturing Sleep Clinic (accredited by the OCN).


2011:  Paediatric First Aid (Basic Life Skills 2015)

2010:  ABM Breastfeeding Mother Supporter (I am not a lactation consultant or breastfeeding counsellor)

2010: Recognition with Doula UK;


2009:  Postnatal Doula training with Nurturing Birth; Mother and Baby International;

2008:  BA (Distinction) Child and Youth Studies;
1978:   National Nursery Examination Board.

Additional Courses and Continuing Professional Development:

2018 - 2019: Pre and Perinatal Psychology (birth psychology) Educator Program: The Association for Pre and Perinatal Psychology and Health (APPPAH) - present study program.

2016-18: Myrna Martin: Healing Early Developmental Trauma.

2016: Wonder Weeks Academy: Infant Mental Health and Development Foundation Program.

2016: British Nutrition Foundation: Complementary Feeding and Obesity.

2016: American Academy of Pediatrics: Early Brain and Child Development and Sleep;

2016: American Academy of Pediatrics: Reducing the Risk of SIDS in Early Education and Childcare;

2016: Parenting by Connection: Hand in Hand Parenting professionals intensive course. March -  May 2016.
2016: Birth Psychology: Professional Development Series (1).

2015: Aware Parenting Instructor Mentor Course. March 2015 - November 2015;

Infant Mental Health; Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto (November 2014 - May 2015) + updating 2016.

2014: Advanced Sleep Consulting (IMPI) throughout 2014.


July 2014: International Infant Cry Workshop. Warwick University.


June 2014: Aletha Solter / Aware Parenting:  Attachment Parenting and Healing from Stress and Trauma; Presented by J├╝rgen Peeters


September 2013: The Relationship of Parent and Child Sleep: Dr. Rubin Naiman.


Infant Feeding Course 2013: Mother and Baby International (I am not a lactation consultant or breastfeeding counsellor)