Leann Latus – My Story
Founder and Owner of Tender Transitions
Infant and Child Sleep Coach
My journey to becoming a Sleep Coach started as a result of my own experiences as a parent – the exciting wins and successes, and also the things learned from struggles and failures.
After experiencing significant fertility challenges, I understand the frustration of trying to build a family when nothing feels like it’s working. I know the elation of finally bringing home my baby after waiting for what seemed like forever. And as a former corporate professional, I can relate to the challenges of returning to work while still adjusting to all the life changes that come with a new baby.
My Introduction to the Beautiful World of Postpartum Care.
During my maternity leave with my first son, I really struggled to find my place as a mom. In hindsight, I realize I was dealing with some postpartum anxiety. I made it through those first challenging months, though I was struggling every day. As a result, I hired a postpartum doula with my second son. I wanted someone caring and knowledgeable to help me through that phase so I could enjoy it more.
The experience was so positive and so life-changing. It made all the difference to have someone come alongside me during that vulnerable time. I decided to leave my marketing career and become a postpartum doula and lactation counselor so I could also support breastfeeding moms.
A few years later, we had our two sons — one who became a pretty good sleeper on his own, and another who continued to have several challenges with being an independent sleeper. We found ourselves having to significantly help my 3-year-old son get to sleep every night, often with many battles. During the night I was helping my son back to sleep 3-5 times per night. He wasn’t getting the sleep he needed, and I was exhausted and discouraged.
The Turning Point
I finally reached out to Dana Obleman, founder of the Sleep Sense Program, and she guided me through a detailed sleep plan to help get him on track. It was an absolute lifesaver — physically, emotionally, and relationally. I knew I had to add this to my services that I provide to families.
This was such a turning point in my family that I decided to become a certified infant and child sleep coach through Dana Obleman’s program, Sleep Sense. I have never looked back.
I feel so blessed to spend my days helping all family members get more and better sleep — and in a way that fits their parenting style and philosophy. I know what it feels like to have a family that isn’t functioning at their best due to the lack of sleep. And I also know now what it feels like to have children — and grown-ups! — waking up well-rested and ready for the day because they are sleeping well.
Let’s Get Acquainted!
I want to know what you or your baby/child are struggling with so let’s chat! I bet I can help. Schedule your free, no-obligation 20-minute phone call to see if we are a good fit.
OR Contact Me: Leann@TenderTransitionsMN.com | 612-991-5224