Infant Sleep ExpertsInfant Sleep Experts

    Jodi Mindell, Professor of Psychology

    Jodi Mindell, Ph.D.

  • Professor of Psychology at St. Joseph’s University and author of Sleeping Through the Night: How Infants, Toddlers, and Their Parents Can Get a Good Night’s Sleep.
  • "We spend so much time learning about how to diaper and breastfeed, but sleep ends up being the issue that parents are the least educated about, but is the most important."

  • Miriam Labbok, M.D.

    Miriam Labbok, M.D.

  • Professor at the Department of Maternal & Child Health, University of North Carolina
  • "Sudden Infant Death Syndrome is perhaps the scariest thing for new parents. Breastfeeding plays a very important role in the prevention of SIDS. New research shows that breastfed infants suffer a significantly lower incidence of SIDS."

  • James McKenna Ph.D.

    James McKenna, Ph.D.

  • Director of the Mother/Baby Sleep Lab at the University of Notre Dame and author of Sleeping With Your Baby: A Parents Guide to Co-Sleeping.
  • "The first six months of life is not a time to be talking about independence. Babies are physiologically, socially and emotionally completely dependent on regulation from their caregivers. That's who is the species is, that's who babies are."

  • Ronald Dahl, M.D.

    Ronald Dahl, M.D.

  • Director of the Child and Adolescent Sleep and Laboratory at the University of Pittsburgh
  • "It's important that parents have a plan that they've discussed and are confident is going to work. And they have to invest the time and emotional energy to anticipate what might go wrong and keep supporting each other."

  • Healthcare Professionals

    Laura Alexander

    Laura Alexander, R.N.

  • Laura Alexander is a Registered Nurse and Certified Childbirth Educator. She has taught Parenting Classes and led Parent Support Groups for 18 years, working with more than 8,000 parents.
  • "What works for you isn't necessarily going to work for the baby down the street or the baby your co-worker has. You need to figure out what's going on in your household and what's going to be the best for you and your baby."

  • Dr. Karen Callen

    Karen Callen, M.D.

  • Dr. Karen Callen is a specialist in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco. She is also an Assistant Clinical Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at UCSF and has delivered over 7,000 babies.
  • "Mothers, particularly nursing mothers, have a very difficult time with sleep deprivation and trying to keep up with all their obligations, especially as they return to the work force so soon after birth."

  • Angelique Millette

    Angelique Millette, Parent/Family Educator

  • Angelique Millette is an infant/toddler sleep researcher. She also works as childbirth and lactation educator, parent coach and child and family therapist.
  • "Parents who want to roomshare with their babies, but don't feel comfortable with the family bed, can use a cosleeper bassinet, which facilitates breastfeeding and nurturing at night, while helping families feel secure about their baby's sleep space."

  • Dr. Rahul Parikh

    Rahul Parikh, M.D.

  • Dr. Rahul Parikh is a pediatrician in Walnut Creek, CA. He is a regional spokesperson for the Northern California Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics.
  • "Pediatricians are very aware of the official AAP guidelines for sleep, but most also know that a gray area exists and depending on your cultural background, personal and family values or some practical reason, you're going to do things the way you want you want to do them."

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