About Sarah Ockwell-Smith – Parenting Expert

Sarah Ockwell-Smith is a well known parenting expert and a highly regarded popular parenting author who specialises in the psychology and science of parenting, ‘gentle parenting’ and attachment theory, with a particular interest in child sleep. She has authored eleven parenting books, translated into over thirty languages, including the bestselling ‘The Gentle Sleep Book’ which has sold over 100,000 copies in the UK alone.


Born in Bedfordshire, England in 1976, Sarah is a mother of four teenagers, three boys and one girl. Sarah lives with her family, rescue dog, cats and chickens in a 350 year old cottage in rural Essex, England.

After graduating with an honors degree in Psychology, specialising in child development, she embarked on a five year career in Pharmaceutical Research and Development, working with clinical trial data, until she became pregnant with her first child in 2001. After the birth of her firstborn Sarah retrained as an Antenatal Teacher, Hypnotherapist/Psychotherapist, Developmental Infant Massage Instructor and Birth and Postnatal Doula. Over the years Sarah has updated her knowledge with various study days and courses including paediatric first aid, paediatric safeguarding, perinatal psychology and birth trauma.

Sarah runs regular parenting workshops and webinars (see more HERE) offers a limited amount of coaching for parents, learn more HERE. She also runs Gentle Sleep Training – a service offering gentle sleep training advice to parents of under five year olds.

Sarah also offers a range of services for media and corporations, you can learn more about these HERE.