I am currently in the process of obtaining Newborn Care Specialist and Newborn Nanny joint certificate through Gentle Ventures Training Center. The owner and founder, Nancy Hamm, is smart, funny, and above all laser focused on providing her students the tools and knowledge to aid new parents in transitioning home with a newborn. I have learned SO much from this course, and beyond that, Nancy is always available for questions and support. She is also a currently working professional Newborn Care Specialist and Sleep Training Coach, so she is constantly honing her skills and expanding on over 20 years of experience. She is up to date with the most recent research and has encyclopedic knowledge of all the baby products out there. I would highly recommend Gentle Ventures if you are looking to become a specialist in the infant/toddler field!

Kayley Olson

Nancy is absolutely wonderful! I'm currently a newborn nanny and have my own business, but hope to become a newborn care specialist in the near future. Since I have a great deal of experience working with newborns and am also a mom of two, I honestly wasn't sure I would learn anything new. I have learned SO much from Nancy! She's incredibly knowledgeable and passionate about newborns, and is also clearly interested and excited about helping others succeed in their career as a newborn nanny or NCS. I have called her and emailed her with questions, and she's always been more than happy to help. She offers both audio and video classes. I chose the video format, and love it! It feels like she's right there with you, explaining everything in person. Not only does she offer classes for newborn nannies and newborn care specialists, she also offers a very informative class on marketing, I highly suggest Nancy and Gentle Ventures!

Robin Servetter

Nancy Helm instructs each course with humorous honesty, leadership that comes from years of experience and invaluable wisdom. I benefited from her course immensely and will always recommend Gentle Venture's Training!!

Jennifer McKeon

had been a nanny for over 10 years when I decided to take Nancy's NCS program. I already knew a fair amount about caring for newborns but really wanted to delve into all areas of newborn care to be able to provide my clients with the best possible service. Nancy's course is easy to navigate and the videos are so helpful with visual demonstrations. I am now flourishing as an NCS working overnights and helping parents get the sleep they need. I feel confident in every aspect of what I do thanks to this course.

Amy Mitchell

Nancy Hamm's Newborn Care Specialist certification program is beyond what I could have hoped for when training to become an NCS. In addition to extensive training on newborn care, she generously shares her tips and tricks and stories from her 30+ years on the job. Each recorded class makes you feel as if you are in a live class. It feels personal, yet professional. Can't recommend this certification program enough!

Lydia Harden

Nancy Nels Hamm I'm so grateful because 3 years ago I took a class with you and honestly your book is my Bible always I recommend your class I know a lot Ncs ask me when did your learn your knowledge and always I say just read and read and take a good classes. Again thank you so much for shared your knowledge.

Claudia Diaz

I really loved studying through Gentle Ventures, and I got a lot out of it! I’ve done many trainings over the years, and your was definitely one of the best I’ve found


Nancy Hamm instructs each course with humorous honesty, leadership that comes from years of experience and invaluable wisdom. I benefited from her course immensely and will always recommend Gentle Venture's Training!!

Jennifer McKeon

I am almost finished with Gentle Venture's NCS/NN program, and I have loved every minute of the learning experience. I had taken another online course and received minimal support at best. Not so with Nancy Hamm. I have had questions and received her help pronto!! Her course is very, very informative, and just as practical as it is informative. Her video classes are far from dry, and include her personal experiences clearly revealing a passionate love for this field. I am not even one bit sorry I invested my time or money in this program. I would do it again in a second.

Debbie Hess

I completed my Newborn Carer Specialist Training through Gentle Ventures and I could not say enough great things about the owner, Nancy Hamm. Her knowledge and expertise has really taught me so much more than I thought I already knew! Her classes are well prepared and thought out and the curriculum is easy to follow for greatest success. I really enjoyed her as a teacher as well, she was readily available to answer my questions and was very thorough in explaining information! You will also enjoy her humor and as a whole will gain the right tools and education from her to make your business a success

Lindsay Gibson

I had an amazing experience with Gentle Venture's Training Center. Nancy has truly prepared me to work toward becoming a Newborn Care Specialist and Newborn Nanny. She has set up a thorough course that covers all need to know information. She is able to answer any and all questions. I highly recommend this course to anyone who wants to become a Newborn Care Specialist or a Newborn Nanny!!!

Sharron Hope

I'm SO glad I found Nancy as my teacher when I decided to take an NCS course many years ago! Her methods, techniques and beliefs when it comes to newborns matched up with mine so it made the course much more enjoyable! I took it online and I think I completed it in a weekend!! I've been very successful running my own NCS business and owe it all to her! I love how honest and genuine she is and responds to us right away. She definitely knows her stuff and truly loves newborns, as it shows in her work! I'm a huge believer in the more natural and alternative remedies when it comes to little ones, so I'm happy that she has added the holistic teachings into her course and will be taking that very soon! There are a lot of courses to choose from, but I highly recommend Nancy's course to anyone looking to be an NCS or night nanny!!

Kris Bineau

Nancy is absolutely remarkable and her support and guidance is unique. She is great mentor and always ready to listen, provides recommendations all while empowering and motivating fellow NCS. Strongly recommend taking any course Nancy Hamm and Gentle Ventures has to offer!

Pamela Vilches Cea

I just wanted to tell you thank you again for your mentorship. I am at my first out of state job (Aspen!) with a lovely family. It is through an agency so not everything is perfect but overall, I'm very happy. Baby girl is the tiniest little thing which is just what I need after a loooong string of boys. I never thought I would have landed a job this cool so soon into my career. I know I couldn't have done it without you.

Joelea McDonald

I went on an interview/consult today and I discussed so much of the info I learned from your classes- I’ve been working for about 6 months (as well as having a daughter myself), and this training was invaluable!


It has been a great pleasure and a big adventure for me to be able to take this wonderful course. I´m very happy to have found it. I have learned so much, and I´m still learning. You are amazing and you have amazed me throughout all these chapters. You have incentivized, even more, my desire to learn, grow and succeed in this field.

ileana bernardo Diakov

Nancy Hamm's Holistic Newborn Care Specialist course was worth the investment of my time and money! I've been in the childcare industry for over 20 years, however just in the last 7 years I've focused my career specifically on caring for newborns, infants, and toddlers. I've worked with well over 50 families with various needs, and with each new family comes new experiences and personal growth. I continue to grow and learn while encouraging and empowering new families along the way. It's especially rewarding to of found Nancy as a true pioneer in this field! I feel her course and life experiences has personally helped validate my approach. Moving forward, I feel more confident and grounded as a professional in this niche field. One of the most beneficial attributes to Nancy's course is having access to her. I'm looking forward to learning more from Nancy's expertise as I continue to grow in this field.

Suzi Schwartz

I loved the Holistic NN Course, it was great to get the NCS training in addition to education on the later stages when working as a nanny. I have been a nanny for 8+ years, however infants are my favorite age. I am thankful for this information and for how helpful Nancy is along the way!


I took Nancy's class over the course of about 10 days. The amount of information and guidance she provides is invaluable. I knew for years that I wanted to transition from working as a Nanny into NCS and Doula work but it was difficult making that leap. After this course I gained so much knowledge and confidence in moving forward and I can't thank Nancy enough. She was also very quick to respond to any questions and technical issues I had which proved she genuinely cares about you getting the absolute most out of her class and is there when you need her. Thanks again, Nancy! I look forward to learning more from you in the future.

Sally O.

I took the NCS course and learned so much from Nancy! - I finished within a weekend! I have been working with children for (15+ years) and been a NCS for 3 years. Even with this experience I was still amazed by some of the information that I learned from Nancy's course. Highly recommended!! I completed the course in November 2019.

Kirsten McCormick Giarra

Highly recommended! Class and lodging as well! I had an amazing time! Nancy is just the best of the best! Would take her class over and over again. There is always something new to learn! I’ve taken it already twice! So glad I also stayed at her house last time. She is just marvelous


Thank you so much for spending the last three days with me and sharing all your wonderful baby knowledge with me! I am so glad I decided to make the trip and not just watch the videos. It was so valuable to be able to ask questions as they came up and to be assured that I understood the concept and the information around the topic we were discussing.


Nancy’s course for aspiring Newborn Care Specialists (through her company Gentle Ventures) is full of information, and really helped me feel confident as I started working with parents of new babies. She is a no-nonsense, extremely experienced individual who surely gives her clients and students a strong sense of security as well as a great base of knowledge. She is also very willing to help her students develop their businesses, network, and succeed.


I took your one on one class August 4-6 of 2015, and it was compelling! I understand how it could have easily gone into another day. I have raised 3 children to adulthood and been around countless babies throughout my 50 plus years, but the up to date information you constantly provided left me in awe. All the support, and confidence you showed in me was so personable, you truly have a gift. Talk about getting my money’s worth! Your course truly covers this field from one end to the other, top to bottom, and still you seemed to be constantly updating it with the latest information! I can’t wait to get started with my internship, and with all the tools and resources provided, I got this! Your amazing, keep inspiring, your so much more than a teacher/ICS! Blessings,


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