Heidi Holvoet, PhD, award-winning author, baby and toddler sleep consultant with over 12 years experience and certified lactation counselor. Heidi has received awards such as the National Parenting Award (NAPPA) and a Mom's Choice Award (MCA) for her books and website.
Continued education, currently (January-July 2019): Infant Mental Health and Development Foundation Program at The Wonder Weeks Academy, a foundation program approved by the British Psychological Society.
Tessa is a Dutch psychologist and yoga teacher living with her (French) husband and 22-month-old girl in Geneva. She has worked for over 10 years in the humanitarian field mainly providing psychosocial support to mothers, other caregivers and (their) children all over the world, from Asia to Africa to South and Central America with agencies such as the Red Cross, the International Rescue Committee and UNICEF. At the moment she is working towards opening up her own independent practice.
Tessa became a huge fan of Heidi's approach while struggling with their daughters sleep and not wanting to let her cry it out. She could not be happier to now be part of the team and have the chance to offer parents and their babies the same non-judgmental support and to work together with parents and baby on a gentle approach to more sleep with respect for everyone's needs and rhythm.
Steph is an American yoga teacher, originally from Colorado, who lives with her family in the Swedish countryside. She believes that yoga is for our whole being and helps foster self-understanding, deeper relationships, and a more compassionate worldview.
She creates mindful gatherings to learn and grow through movement, breath, and connection. Before settling in Sweden and becoming a mother, traveling was her greatest teacher. She spent the better half of a decade traveling the world, which included a few years of managing a non-profit in rural Uganda.
After the pregnancy and birth of her daughter, Steph discovered her passion for motherhood as a pathway to inner growth, community, and creativity. She enjoys exploring and sharing the intersection between holistic traditions like yoga and meditation with modern living. You can find out more about Steph at stephsandersyoga.com or on Instagram @stephsandersyoga
Dr Leah Alexander, M.D., F.A.A.P.
In 2018, Dr Leah Alexander, M.D., F.A.A.P., joined Baby-Sleep-Advice.com to fact-check all articles for medical accuracy. She is keeping a meticulous eye, in particular on content that directly impacts your baby's health and safety.
Dr Alexander began practicing pediatrics at Elizabeth Pediatric Group of New Jersey in 2000. She has been an independently contracted pediatrician with Medical Doctors Associates at Pediatricare Associates of New Jersey since 2005.
After graduating from Kalamazoo College and Michigan State University College of Human
Medicine, she completed her pediatric residency at Overlook and Morristown Memorial Hospitals. Dr Alexander is board certified in General Pediatrics.
Outside of the field of medicine, she has an interest in culinary arts. After attending culinary courses at the French Culinary Institute, she opened a catering business, Global Palate, LLC in 2007. As owner and executive chef, she catered small group parties for six years.
In addition to her ongoing pediatric work, Dr Alexander is freelance writer with Upwork.