Sarah Ockwell-Smith is a well known (UK based) baby expert & toddler expert and a highly regarded popular parenting author. Sarah is famed for her gentle, science rich, yet easy to read books and her down-to-earth manner and ability to translate her vast knowledge of parenting science into easy to understand language.

Sarah’s books include BabyCalm: A guide for calmer babies and happier parents, published by Piatkus, 2012 and ‘ToddlerCalm: A Guide for Calmer Toddlers and Happier Parents‘  Piatkus, 2013. Sarah’s third book “The Gentle Sleep Book: For Calm Babies, Toddlers and Preschoolers” will be published in early 2015.


Born in Bedfordshire, England in 1976, Sarah Ockwell-Smith is a mother of four school aged children, three boys and one girl. Sarah lives with her family, four cats and numerous chickens in a 350 year old cottage in rural Essex.

Sarah initially studied Psychology at the University of Greenwich. After leaving university she embarked on a five year career in Pharmaceutical Research and Development until she became pregnant with her first child in 2001. After the birth of her firstborn Sarah retrained as a Homeopath, HypnoBirthing Teacher and Doula providing for a rather eclectic mix of scientific and holistic viewpoints! Many refer to Sarah as an Attachment Parenting expert, however Sarah herself does not like this term as she feels it may ostracize many parents from learning about more gentle parenting techniques.

In the last ten years Sarah has worked with over 1000 parents; helping them to prepare for and settle into life as a new family through her antenatal classes, birth and postnatal doula support, homeopathic consultations and parenting workshops.  Sarah is also the founder of the BabyCalm® and ToddlerCalm® organisations and the parenting website GentleParenting Ltd.

Sarah offers a limited amount of parenting support to parents via email and in person, learn more HERE. Sarah also offers a range of services for media and corporations, you can learn more about these HERE.

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