Meet Emily Charboneau


A Certified Gentle Sleep Coach since June, 2020 living in Santa Cruz, CA. 

Emily has been working with and studying children in a variety of cultures and countries over the last 8+ years. She has a talent for helping children grow into their truest, happiest selves and access their unique potential.

Emily has worked as a Child Care Provider since 2014, navigating complex family dynamics to assure that children thrive. She has witnessed the struggles that many parents face with raising children, and is both gifted and experienced at helping families cultivate more harmonious, balanced lives.


Emily has provided not only hope, but concrete, lasting results for numerous families. She firmly believes that parents should enjoy, rather than suffer, through child rearing, and is committed to replacing shame and guilt, with compassion, balance, and regular sleep-cycles. 

Emily’s reputation as the “baby whisperer” has been confirmed by every family she has worked with. Please reach out if you are feeling aligned and are ready to get a good nights rest. Emily is here to support you and your family’s specific goals, and collaborate in creating the best possible home-life for both you and your children.

GSC Program Summary

The Gentle Sleep Coach Program is the first and most extensive professional sleep coach training and certification program available. The program involves over 80 hours of training with a faculty panel that includes 2 medical doctors, a psychologist, an attorney, lactation counselor, postpartum doulas and a family therapist. Each coach must pass an exam and participate in case mentorship with Kim West, LCSW-C (a.k.a. “the Sleep Lady”) who has been helping tired parents for over 20 years. Clinical mentorship and ongoing advanced training are required to maintain certification as a Gentle Sleep Coach. Some of my training topics included:

-  Basic counseling and child development
-  Sleep science and behavioral modification techniques to help parents of children age 0 to 6 years old.
-  Secure attachment theory
-  Support for the breastfeeding mother

The training also consisted of lectures from top specialists, including:
-  Postpartum Depression from Dr. Shoshana Bennett, author and leading specialist on Postpartum Depression
-  Medical Conditions and Sleep Apnea in Children led by Dr. Lewis Kass, Director of Children’s Sleep Center
-  GERD and Sleep led by Dr. Anthony Loizides, pediatric gastroenterologist


0-5-Month-Old Training Summary (only to be used if 0-5 Month certified)

The GSC Program also includes an exclusive advanced training specifically focused on how to gently work with babies 0-5 months of age.

Some of the curriculum training topics include:

  • In-depth knowledge of the importance of attachment and infant mental health

  • The sleep science behind the first six months of life

  • What special considerations need to be taken when working with and supporting families during this delicate period.

  • Specialized instruction on how to evaluate families in the first six months

  • Guidance on how to assess when the baby is ready for sleep coaching based on current research and evidence-based strategies

  • Review of gentle sleep solutions and strategies that are developmentally appropriate, breastfeeding and attachment friendly and promote a solid foundation for sleep learning and long-term healthy sleep patterns.

This specialty training is designed to give Gentle Sleep Coaches the knowledge, education and all the tools and resources they need to successfully work with families of newborns through 5 months of age in a safe, healthy and developmentally appropriate manner.