Sarah Ockwell-Smith is a well known parenting expert and a highly regarded popular childcare 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 14 parenting books, translated into over 30 languages, which have sold over half a million copies.


Sarah is a mother of four young adults, three boys and one girl. She lives with her family, rescue dog, cats and chickens in a 350 year old cottage in 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, Infant Massage Instructor and Doula. Since 2005, she has worked with thousands of families, providing expert advice and support.

Sarah runs regular parenting workshops and webinars and offers coaching for parents via email. She also offers gentle sleep training advice to parents of under five year olds. Sarah also offers a range of services for media and corporations.