It was one courageous decision that completely changed our founder, Mar De Carlo’s life on August 7 2009.

After arriving in Northern California, as a newly single first-time mom, having left an emotionally abusive relationship and with no friends or family close by, she made the decision to turn down a high-profile client so she could be there for her daughter. 

The decision she made led her to dig deep and find a way to provide for herself and her daughter without compromising her time away from her during such a challenging time.

Her savings were almost gone and rent and bills were soon due.

While she was tempted to panic, having a professional background in yoga and vipassana meditation, Mar turned to meditation and began meditating for long periods throughout each day for three days, repeating to herself that in every challenge there is an opportunity. On the third day, she received an answer with a clear vision of service and contribution to parents, children and professionals who work with them which led her to start the International Parenting & Health Institute. 

With over 25 years of training and experience, Mar De Carlo, along with an international board, faculty and administration team, bring forth a wealth of talent, education, and skills to support single mothers through holistic education programs, self-care tools and creative arts that have been well established and introduced to parenting and health professionals in 2009, now currently being tailored through our nonprofit to help single mothers and the professionals who work with them. 

The International Parenting & Health Institute has a proven successful track record that has reached thousands of people in 61 countries and growing. These programs include Mar’s contribution of her Awakening Through Sleep, Holistic Coach Education and Physical Awakening Method.

While the International Parenting & Health Institute for Single Mothers nonprofit will be solely focused on creating a world where every single mother has the opportunity to thrive, it will maintain the International Parenting & Health Institute for Holistic Education as a subsidiary company to support the continued existence of all the prior professional parenting and health certification programs that it has been offering since 2009.


Mar De Carlo


Mar De Carlo, E-RYT® 200, RYT® 500, RPYT®, YACEP®, CHWC® is the founder of:

  • International Parenting & Health Institute
  • Holistic Coach Education-Advanced Training for Holistic Professionals
  • Holistic Science of Sleep Method
  • Association of Professional Sleep Consultants
  • International Academy of Baby Planner Professionals
  • Business Sanctuary
  • Physical Awakening 

Mar is an international entrepreneur, author, speaker curriculum developer, actress and mentor to holistic coach professionals, who has pioneered several successful training programs & international businesses. She is the author of four books.

She is an avid researcher and holistic educator with an abundance of training and experience, over 25 years in the health, fitness, parenting, business and expressive arts industries. She is known for her innovative curriculum development and creative, cutting edge and integrative approach connecting and bridging systems in a variety of industries across the globe that have transformed thousands of lives in 61 countries in 9 languages with high quality evidenced based holistic programs since 2009.

Mar is also a Hispanic professional who was born and raised in a low-income home by her Hispanic immigrant family  in NYC. Growing up, she lived in a one-bedroom apartment with her mom, dad, brother and sister and began working from a very young age. Education became her opportunity to achieve what her parents could not. She is a survivor of sexual abuse and domestic violence and is very passionate about providing education and practical effective tools to support others overcome their challenges especially in underresourced communities who are experiencing similar struggles to what she underwent. Mar is living proof of the power and impact of education to positively and transform and empower lives. This is what led her to start our non-profit in support of under-resourced single moms.

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Maria Bautista


Maria’s love, passion and purpose is the drive that allows her to move seemingly in the world of education. Maria spent a decade teaching at an AMI Montessori school serving children from fifteen months to thirty-six months of age. She holds an Associate’s degree in Early childhood education, a Bachelor’s degree with a foundation in Montessori education, and a Masters in Organizational leadership.

In addition to the accomplishments mentioned above, Maria also has her AMI Montessori Assistance to Infancy diploma, an Infant Massage/Instructor certification, and a Holistic Maternity and Child Sleep certification.

And while currently being a stay-at-home mother to two children, Maria offers parent-consultations to caregivers where she focuses on each family dynamic and personalizing their needs to reach their family’s goal. She believes in the power of teamwork to uncover the child’s fullest potential.

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Katie Joseph

BBus (Human Resources), AdvDip (Legal Studies), Certified Holistic Sleep Professional (IPHI), Postpartum Professional (Newborn Mothers)

Katie is a holistic infant & child sleep professional where she is the co-owner and creator of Slumber & Sprout.

Born in the United Kingdom and raised in Western Australia, Katie received her undergraduate business degree from Edith Cowan University where she went on to have a successful business career supporting some of the largest resource projects in Australia.

Katie is a mum of 4 children, including twins. When she had her first child in 2015, Katie quickly learned how challenging sleep deprivation was, how confusing and conflicting the topic was in general and how there was a large gap in both the education and support being provided to families.  Empowered to learn more about sleep and fill the void in sleep education and support Katie completed her certification through IPHI and 5 years on continues to succeed in transforming the lives of sleep deprived families through her holistic sleep education and support services. When Katie isn’t supporting clients or working behind the scenes in running her business she is caring for her young and busy family.

To learn more visit: https://www.instagram.com/slumberandsprout/

Advisory Board

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Kathleen Kendall-Tackett

Dr. Kendall-Tackett is a health psychologist and International Board Certified Lactation Consultant, and the Owner and Editor-in-Chief of Praeclarus Press, a small press specializing in women’s health. Dr. Kendall-Tackett is Editor-in-Chief of the journal, Psychological Trauma and was Founding Editor-in-Chief of Clinical Lactation, a position she held for 11 years. She is Fellow of the American Psychological Association in Health and Trauma Psychology, Past President of the APA Division of Trauma Psychology, and a member of APA’s Publications and Communications Board.

Dr. Kendall-Tackett specializes in women’s-health research including breastfeeding, depression, trauma, and health psychology, and has won many awards for her work including the 2019 President’s Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Field of Trauma Psychology from the American Psychological Association. Dr. Kendall-Tackett has authored more than 470 articles or chapters and is author or editor of 39 books. Her most recent books include Depression in New Mothers, 3rd Edition (2017, Routledge UK), Women’s Mental Health Across the Lifespan (2017, Routledge US, with Lesia Ruglass), and The Phantom of the Opera: A Social History of the World’s Most Popular Musical (2018, Praeclarus). Her latest book is called Breastfeeding Doesn’t Need to Suck (2022, American Psychological Association).


Esra Ertugrul

Esra Ertugrul, founder of Bebeimgeliyor, is a Nurse of 30 years and graduated from the Florence Nightingale School of Nursing at Istanbul University. She is also a qualified Teacher of Higher Education and graduated from the Yıldız University Pedagogical Formation Certificate Program. Additionally, she completed the Hospital and Health Institutions Management Specialization Program at Istanbul University Institute of Business Economics and completed her Master’s degree at Marmara University Health Institutions Management Department. She worked as a Nurse at Florence Nightingale European Hospital and worked as a Training Nurse at Istanbul University Women and Child Health Research Education Unit.

She developed the Pregnancy Education program within the scope of the project supported by UNICEF and the European Community, and provided training to the prospective mothers and fathers who came to the clinic at the Istanbul University Women and Child Health Research Education Unit. Furthermore, Esra worked as IVF (In Vitro Fertilization) Coordinator in a private hospital for 8 years. She received the First Aid Trainer Certificate given by the Ministry of Health and further training in Birth Coaching, Pregnant and Mother-Baby Yoga Trainer, Sleep Coaching, Healthy Eating Coaching, Mindfulness. She is a columnist for the Art of Motherhood Magazine and has appeared in various TV programs and in the press. Esra is a mom to a 13-year-old son and a 3-year-old cat.

In 2008, she founded Bebeimgeliyor providing pregnancy and parenting online trainings to parents through her social media on pregnancy education, preparing for a comfortable birth, newborn baby care and baby shopping, breastfeeding, transitioning to solids, baby-led weaning, baby self-feeding, baby massage, baby bathing, creating a baby routine, first aid for babies and children, and mother-baby yoga.

In April 2016, Esra opened the Bebeimgeliyor Mother Baby Education Center offering all her online trainings in person as well as on Zoom.

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She is the author of three books: Esra and Blw Recipes, Breastfeeding Moms Ask and Newborn Baby Care and First Aid.

You can learn more about Esra Ertugrul by visiting her at:


Dr. Nora Ghodousi

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Dr. Nora Ghodousi is a Diplomate board-certified pediatric dentist, published author, clinical researcher and educator. Dr. Nora is a graduate of The Breathe Institute’s MyoMasterminds program, a faculty member of the Breathe Institute and the Myofunctional Research Company, and the Director of Pediatric Dentistry at Breathe Babies and Kids.

Born and raised in Los Angeles, CA, Dr. Nora received her undergraduate degree from University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and Doctor of Dental Surgery Degree from the University of Southern California (USC). Dr. Ghodousi specialized in Pediatric Dentistry at University of Nevada and is a board-certified Diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentist.

Empowered by the mission to educate her young patients on habits leading to positive oral health and orofacial development, Dr. Ghodousi succeeds in creating a positive and caring dental experience for her patients.

Dr. Nora offers functional and integrative oral health care and interceptive orthodontics with a focus on whole-body health and well- being. Dr. Nora is a UC Regent Scholarship Magna Cum Laude graduate from UCLA.While at Dental School at USC, she received the Pediatric Health Award for her volunteer efforts in the underserved community. She then went on to complete a two-year Pediatric Dental Residency program at UNLV, where she gained experience providing high-level dental and orthodontic care for fragile, behaviorally challenging, and medically compromised pediatric patients.

Dr. Nora has experience as faculty at UNLV where she supervised the dental students providing pediatric dentistry for children with difficulties accessing care. Beyond her academic studies and clinical experiences, she has continued her education in the fields of sleep, breathing, ankyloglossia, early-interceptive orthodontics, oral motor and feeding therapy certification, and advanced myofunctional therapy. When Dr. Ghodousi isn’t caring for her patients or attending educational seminars related to pediatric sleep, breathing, speech, and orofacial development, she enjoys the outdoors with her husband and 2 1/2 year old son.

To learn more about Dr. Nora Ghodousi, visit:
https://www.breathekidsdental.com/ and https://www.thebreatheinstitute.com/

Tracy Clark 

Tracy has been coaching and setting up nonprofit organizations for over 10 years. Her company’s top priority is to see more minorities pursuing their purpose and accessing the funding required. Clark and Clark Inc. has set up over 4000 Nonprofits and received over 11 million dollars in grant funding! They teach self-sufficiency and business development to survivors of domestic violence at no cost and have several free programs to the general public, as well.

We couldn’t be more grateful to be working with Tracy and all the support she has been providing us to make our nonprofit dreams come true. The business tools she supplies and advice she imparts is extremely valuable.

To learn more about Tracy and the incredible work she is doing with Clark and Clark Inc., visit ClarkandClark.org and follow her on Instagram @tracyangelicaclark to receive great business advice and inspirations.


Adriana Lozada

Adriana Lozada’s background is a multi-layered and multi-cultural tapestry of adventure woven from her time lived in Venezuela, Japan, Canada, Germany, and Brazil (as well as on a sailboat!). A former co-founder and CCO of Spanish language youth media companies, the birth of her daughter sparked her passion for being a perinatal advocate.

With over 16 years of experience, Adriana is a certified advanced birth doula, perinatal educator, sleep consultant, bestselling author, and host of the acclaimed Birthful podcast.

As a speaker and birth advocate, Adriana is on a mission to dismantle the commonly-used and externally-focused birth model, by replacing it
with a template that truly supports
birth physiology and promotes birth ownership.

To learn more visit: Birthful.com or her Instagram @birthfulpodcast

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Talita O Neves

Talita O. Neves is a mother, entrepreneur, who has left her well established business career to become a Baby Planner, Breastfeeding and Sleep Consultant after facing huge challenges when she became a mother, due to lack of preparation for what was essential and vital for both her and her baby.

After overcoming not only breastfeeding challenges and all sorts of changes when her baby was born, she also overcame postpartum depression and decided to use all her experience to help other mothers to prevent going through what she had been through.

After helping hundreds of couples to have a better postpartum experience, through prevention, Talita launched an on-line course which has been a great support to couples around the world.

With over 17 years of experience, Talita’s background goes from Business Administration, Strategic Planning, International Business, Baby Planner, Breastfeeding Consultant and Laser Therapist, also Sleeping Coach.

Talita’s goal is to reach out as many families as possible and through qualified information, active listening and techniques, ensure families have better experiences when their baby is born. She truly believes pos-partum doesn’t have to be “caotic’, if you have the right preparation.

To learn more about Talita, visit www.plan4mamy.com.br / Instagram: plan4mamy / youtube: pla4mamy


  • Creating and providing local and international events both online and in person to equip under-resourced single mothers with education, resources, tools and support.


  • Providing training courses for medical and non-medical professionals and non-profits who serve single mothers.


  • Supplying downloadable online guides, brochures and information packets as well as webinars.


  • Research and development


  • Film, tv and social media productions to represent, inspire and educate single mothers.

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