Discover the secrets of newborn sleep

Evidence-based education for curious postpartum professionals

Get sleep-savvy with The First 14 Weeks and become an invaluable resource to new parents!

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"I took this course with Cortney to learn a little bit more about sleep for the infants we work with. I was hoping to get two or three little bits of information that would be helpful. I was pleasantly surprised to learn so much more. Understanding the biological component of sleep helps me in my day-to-day life as a Postpartum DoulaThe knowledge that Cortney carries and shares with those of us that are lucky enough to get some of her time or take this training, is so valuable. As a Postpartum Doula and a Newborn Care Specialist Agency Owner, this course has improved my business base. We are able to help families look at baby and child sleep from a more holistic angle. This is the class to take if you are looking to work in this field!"


"Sleepwonders "The First 14 Weeks" is such an excellent course. Cortney has researched endless amounts of data to make this course is top-notch and up-to-date with the most current information. I really love that Cortney includes biologically and anthropologically-based information to help professionals understand how this ties in with responsive care. Cortney covers various topics, including nutrition, sleep, and overall well-being. It is an absolute delight to learn with Cortney. She has a gentle and humorous approach that draws the learner in. As a seasoned NCS, Cortney has the knowledge and field experience to offer great examples to her students. The NCS industry sure is lucky to have Cortney as a mentor, instructor, and guide. I highly recommend this course for novice and veteran NCSs alike! Learning never ends in our career and learning from the best makes us better."


"The First 14 Weeks is an excellent course for anyone who works with newborns and infants. It highlights the natural development of newborns and provides key information that builds a well-rounded foundation of knowledge, not just about normal newborn/infant sleep, but other factors such as brain development, gut health, and nutrition. The course also includes valuable tips and tricks for supporting families. Cortney's teaching style is straightfoward and conversational. The presentations are never robotic or overly scripted, and she doesn't just read slides that have been overfilled with text. Her content is engaging and scientific without being jargon-heavy. The module length is perfectly suited to take breaks in between as needed. I consider this course to be an excellent introduction to holistic newborn care and highly recommend it to new and veteran caregivers alike!"

The First 14 Weeks

Journey through human biology, developmental norms, and the science of sleep, and arrive at a deeper understanding of how sleep develops in newborns. Discover how newborn care specialists and postpartum doulas can support sleep-deprived new parents with safe strategies that meet both the baby's and family's needs. You'll get access to all 6 jam-packed modules and downloadable handouts. Take the course at your own pace and get access to the student group to ask questions.



Meet Cortney, creator of Sleepwonders.

Cortney Gibson is a master-level newborn care specialist, sleep consultant, and educator for parents and caregivers. She holds an advanced certificate in Newborn Care from the Alexandria School and has studied Greenproofing, Maternity and Child Sleep, and Infant Mental Health through various institutions. She also holds a certification in Health Coaching from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition and is a trained Lactation Counselor.

Cortney has been working with families since 1997. In 2004, she founded Gibson Newborn Services, a company dedicated to supporting families with new babies. Cortney has spent over 90,000 hours nurturing babies and caring for young children all over the country. She has also been featured on the Today Show, Fox News, and in many newspaper articles for her work with babies.

In 2020, Cortney gave birth to a beautiful baby boy. Having Sawyer greatly changed her perspective on sleep coaching, which led to a bigger emphasis on biological sleep and responsive care in her courses.

Comprehensive sleep education you can trust that's driven by data and 25+ years of experience.

Perfect for those professionals who want to learn about infant sleep from birth to 14 weeks of age (adjusted age for premature babies). This intensive course offers 6 online modules + Q & A sessions from the live presentation. It's packed full of information and solutions that support babies and their weary parents. 

Have questions?

None! Sleep training is not taught in this course. Instead, attendees will learn about supporting healthy sleep for 0-14 week old babies using responsive care. We will discuss sleep hygiene and sleep conditioning, as well as other strategies for helping exhausted new parents.

This is a gentle method rooted in sleep hygiene that follows the baby's natural rhythms and development. For parents who want their babies to sleep longer or need less soothing at night, sleep conditioning offers an option that NEVER includes cry it out, withholding feedings, or ignoring baby's needs. Instead, we can support the gradual journey to "sleeping through the night" by following the Sleepwonders Foundations and acknowledging every baby’s differing needs and pace of learning to fall asleep independently.

The First 14 Weeks includes six modules.

  1. Sleep Science - architecture of sleep and cycles by age, how sleep happens from a biochemical perspective, where and how hormones are made, circadian rhythm, what is normal at each stage.
  2. Three Pillars - these three topics must be thoroughly considered when assessing an infant’s sleep habits, so let’s learn more about them: Brain development, gut health, and nursing (or not).
  3. Responsive Care - the cornerstone of caring for newborns is also critically important when addressing sleep, whether supporting, extending, or shaping the infant’s sleep habits. We will also discuss the different ways families sleep around the world, safe sleep, and how to support families who choose to room-share or bed-share with their babies.
  4. Foundations - the Sleepwonders Foundations are the five key areas to optimize and consider before making changes to a child’s sleep routine.
  5. Strategies - tools you can use in your work and families can use in their daily lives to help reach their sleep goals. We will also discuss possible solutions to common concerns and perceived problems.
  6. Supporting Families - we will review the core concepts and discuss how to implement them into your work with families. We will also cover what NOT to do and what should be taken into consideration every time you care for a newborn.

Anyone who cares for babies between birth and 14 weeks adjusted age will benefit from the information provided in The First 14 Weeks. The course is ideal for Newborn Care Specialists, Postpartum Doulas, Nannies, Health Practitioners, Parents, and Grandparents. Although the lessons are in-depth, they have been designed to be easy to understand for a variety of learning styles and levels.

Sleepwonders for Professionals is our comprehensive signature sleep education program for those who work with children from birth to three years of age. This is a much longer course and covers significantly more information. Check out the Pro Course here!

Are YOU ready to discover the secrets of newborn sleep?

Click here to purchase Sleepwonders - The First 14 Weeks.


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