Newborn Care Specialist certifcation course

Supporting both mother and baby as they accommodate to a brand new world


…but you’re ready for more. Your desire to serve tired families led you to become a sleep consultant. Now that you’re #sharingthespark that sleep gave you with the ones who need it most, you’re craving more connection.

You know there’s more you can give. There’s more you can do. What if those exhausted families who came to you in desperation could have reached out to you sooner?

Well, now they can.

As a Newborn Care Specialist, you get to fill a mama’s cup and support her side-by-side

— while getting your baby fix all at the same time.

It’s the dream for anyone who thrived during those newborn days and feels passionate about getting into the home and loving on a family in the trenches of the earliest days of life for their newest addition.

As a sleep consultant, you might often find yourself on the receiving end of emails from a mother feeling helpless…and your heart hurts because you want to do more than “Reply” and go about your day. She needs a hug, she needs a nap, but you’re only able to give her a virtual pat on the back and several reassuring exclamation points.

been there.

An NCS Certification allows you to do the “more” you crave to give.

From establishing a routine and implementing a strong foundation for healthy sleep habits…to supporting that mother in her 4th trimester through breastfeeding support and infant care education, an NCS is a new parent’s saving grace.

AND it’s the perfect addition to this career you’ve begun — the career that’s changing lives every single day.

You're doing

But you just aren’t seeing the
traction you envisioned?

Maybe in addition to your desire to serve more, you’re also searching for a competitive edge.

You launched your business, you’re killing it at social media, and you’re booking clients regularly…but your local competition is fierce, and you need families to know why they need to hire YOU.

You’re ready to diversify yourself from others in your field by expanding your expertise and knowledge on infant care and development before they turn 4 months old.

Are you ready to ramp up that resume?

A NCS Certification allows you to

have your cake and eat it too…

…meaning you have the option to go about your normal routine as a sleep consultant and then work inside the home, taking in that fresh newborn smell when you need a breath of fresh air.

Your career allows flexibility — now, you get to be flexible with both your time AND your services. You’re adding more legitimacy to your name, and you’re given the opportunity to REALLY serve parents in some of their most vulnerable moments.

As sleep consultants, we often begin working with families when they’ve reached their boiling point. As an NCS, you have the opportunity to keep them from getting there. Serve them well, and save them sooner.

SOUND IMPOSSIBLE? keep reading!

How much can you make

as a Newborn care specialist?

Newborn Care Specialists earn anywhere from $18-$35/hour depending on if they start their own business or work for an existing company.

If you are looking to work for an existing agency and wanting to work within the home of a client… 

One client per month
Average sale $25/hour

$4000+ /month

on average
(approx. 40 hours per week)

If you are a sleep consultant looking  to add to your services but without work within the home of the client…

10 clients per month
Average sale $300

$3000+ /month

on average
(approx. 40-55 hours per month)

If you are willing to hustle, connect and build a business to make into your full time job….

20 clients per month Average sale $300

$6000+ /month

on average
(approx. 90-105 hours per month)

kind words

“We have helped 40 families so far”

since launching in July. It’s a very gentle, intuitive, and very successful program. The newborn care specialist course help me to understand the complex needs of newborns, but yet how widely flexible you can be in shaping their sleep.
– Nicole, Balanced Sleep CO

“My experience was great because we had the tools first hand”

We were taught how we should approach certain situations and walk in confidence to do so. I recommend anyone who is looking to become a newborn specialist to make sure the right school offers the right certificate you need and I can honestly say that The Cradle Coach Academy offers this and more.
– Claudette

The Instructors


Melissa Perry

Melissa is the founder of The Cradle Coach Academy. She is a certified maternity, baby and toddler sleep consultant and owner of The Cradle Coach. She has also received her certification as a Happiest Baby on the Block educator and a certified Newborn Care Advanced Specialist from the Newborn Care Training Academy.

Marilyn Banse

Marilyn is a mom of four boys and a native Floridian with over 20 years of professional experience with newborns and infants. In 2018, after assisting dozens of families with care for their infants and toddlers, she enrolled in TCCA Baby and Toddler Sleep Course and began working with families in the US and abroad as a Certified Bay and Toddler Sleep Consultant. In 2019, she became a Certified Newborn Care Specialist and Certified Lactation Consultant.


but nothing we’ve done is something that you can’t do too. 

change is possible.

Requirements to Complete Certification

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  • C1-8 Course Completion: 16 hours of online, self-paced course work

  • A 150-question multiple choice and T/F exam (must score 80% or higher within 2 hours of the allocated time to take test)

THE COURSE INCLUDES — chapter outlines

How This Program Works

Self-Paced Course Taught By Experienced Experts
Online class content is taught by the most experienced instructors in their field, divided by topic, and each module contains video instruction, downloadable resources and all the legal documents you need to work as a NCS.
Scientific Knowledge with Hands On Training
With over 16 hours of self-paced content and mentorship, our newborn care specialist course gives you the in-depth scientific knowledge and training you need to work with families with children 0-4 months old.
Live Support & Continued Education
Not only will you be guided by a live instructor throughout the program but you will have lifetime access into our monthly expert workshops, our private Facebook group, vault of continued education courses, and so much more.

what people are saying

Fearful of Starting?

You have the passion and desire to help families who are struggling with their child’s sleep, but still have some uncertainty about starting your own business, finding clients and marketing yourself. This is a normal feeling that many of our students have felt. Don’t let that stop you – there are options!

Upon completion of the infant and toddler sleep consultant course, we offer our students a list of the most reputable sleep consulting companies in the industry who are currently looking to employ certified sleep consultants! These companies have come to us knowing the depth to which we train our students and looking to hire.

take a look behind the scenes

Sign up to take a behind the scene tour of our live open house! Watch the virtual tour of our baby and toddler sleep consultant certification course and learn all that we offer our students here at The Cradle Coach Academy.

Frequently Asked Questions

Yes!!! We’re an approved for training program from the International Institute of Complementary Therapists and we have students from all across the world.

Upon successful completion of the NCS prerequisite course, you will receive a certificate of completion and seals to place on your website. This course allows you to obtain your prerequisite as a newborn care specialist but you will still need to take your national board exam provided by the Newborn Care International.

If you wish to take your national board exam to complete your NCS certification, the Newborn Care Specialist Association (NCSA) requires a minimum of 1400 hours working as a paid NCS and completing a case study.

The Cradle Coach Academy Newborn Care Specialist Certification Course Outline:


  • module one: welcome (meet your instructors)
  • module two: the role of a newborn care specialist
  • module three: what’s the difference between the different positions + scope of practice
  • module four: certification process
  • module five: the newborn guide 0-6 months


  • module one: newborn appearance + characteristics
  • module two: newborn care
  • module three: concerns + newborn ailments


  • module one: risk factors for multiples
  • module two: twins, triplets, & more


  • module one: stages of prematurity
  • module two: expected preemie issues
  • module three: special care of preemies


  • module one: abc’s of feeding
  • module two: breastfeeding
  • module three: feeding issues


  • module one: newborn sleep
  • module two: sleep development


  • module one: postpartum complications
  • module two: postpartum psychiatric complications


  • module one: building your own business vs working for an agency
  • module two: what’s next

NCS work mainly hands-on within homes! We offer care and support in the postpartum period and throughout mainly the first 4 months of life! Babies this young are not ready for sleep training but sleep conditioning is a huge benefit during this early period! It sets them up with solid sleep foundations that can then be built upon once sleep training is appropriate. And sleep conditioning is just one very small part of the care. Other care provided can be anything from feeding, diapering, schedule management, etc. It really depends on your area and the contracts you decide to work with but the NCS course educates you on everything you need to know to launch into the newborn care field! In all honesty, having both the sleep certification with a NCS certification sets you apart from so many others in this industry and allows you to break into an amazing market.

Agencies in the US that hire NCS require them to complete NCS training before working with them. In order to work with families as an NCS you will need to complete a course to have newborn specific instruction!

16 hours of online, self-paced course work, one 2-hour, 150-question multiple choice exam (must score 80% or higher), and required reading from the list we provide.
No, we do not do any placements. We offer suggestions on newborn care agencies with in your area, but teach you in the course how to obtain jobs after your newborn care course is complete!

Night Nurse. Baby Nurse. Infant Nurse. We hear it often. However, these terms are outdated and legally, an individual cannot proclaim to be a nurse unless they’ve received a R.N., L.V.N., or L.P.N. degree. 

The correct term adopted by the International Nanny Association is Newborn Care Specialist (NCS) or Postpartum Doula. 

Every family is different and there are many variables to consider when deciding how long your family will need the support of a NCS. Most NCS work for a minimum of 4 weeks up to a 6 month duration depending on if a family requires 24/7 support or only evening support. 

Once you purchase the course, you will receive a login and password to unlock the entire program. The course is all online!
We teach you everything you will need to know to launch your own newborn care specialist business in the course. But if you know you would much rather work for an existing agency, we teach you how to nail the job you want!
Once you have graduated from The Cradle Coach Academy, the growth of the business is up to you. How much time, energy, and tenacity you want to see your business do is based off how much you’re willing to hustle and serve your clients well. We’ve had some students reimburse themselves their full tuition payment in a a week and for others, it took one month.
The Cradle Coach Academy does not issue any refunds once the course is paid for.

kind words

“I am so grateful I took this course.”

The knowledge and training allowed me to go into my interview confidently and it’s helped me with each family I’ve worked with.
– Nicole

“I am so thankful I spent the extra time learning.”

After taking the Newborn Care Specialist course, it gave me the confidence and ability to be able to work with this specific age group. I don’t work within the home but offer FaceTime and zoom sessions for families with newborns and it’s been a lucrative service for my company.



Enroll Today

Similar to our Baby & Toddler Sleep Consultant Certification Course, you don’t need any particular degree to be accepted into our program. The prerequisites are what brought you here: a heart that wants to serve and a brain that knows this is the place for you.

We simply accept applications based on current enrollment to ensure you have the one-on-one support you need and deserve to get the most out of our program.

You’ll either be accepted, or you’ll be added to our waitlist. We won’t keep you waiting for long!

best value

$ 275
  • No payment plan options available

are you ready?

What are you waiting for? Apply now… because you’ve already seen what happens when you take a chance. You know how badly you’re needed, and you know the changes you’re capable of making inside those sleepy homes.


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