It Takes a Village Baby Consultants™ is a hands-on baby consulting firm serving parents in Greater Philadelphia.

Founded by two trusted and accomplished health care and developmental parent-support professionals, It Takes a Village Baby Consultants™ provides essential support and services including consultations for new parents and growing families alike.

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We know that “It takes a village to raise a child” and understand that with the changing climate of our society, we are losing the “village”. We exist for families first as a resource then as a member of their “village”- professionals that they can go to with all parenting questions related to their newborn up to age three.

Passion for parent empowerment, combined with the highest credentials and thousands of hours of logged experience in the trenches with new parents; It Takes a Village Baby Consultants truly is one of the most prepared and qualified baby consulting firms in the northeast

Click for more information about our services including newborn baby care & parent education, toddler & preschool parent coaching, and sleep consulting.

Our Village

Gia Palermo

BSN, RN, CIMI: Co-Founder

Bio

A great passion for infants and children led Gia to Villanova University where she received her Bachelors of Science Degree in Nursing.

Currently working as a Registered Nurse in a Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, Gia cares for the tiniest and sickest of babies.

She is a Certified Breastfeeding Counselor and works with new mothers daily to educate them on how best to care for themselves and their new baby. Her goal as a Breastfeeding Counselor is to help new moms gain confidence in themselves during what can be an unfamiliar and uncomfortable time.

Gia learned firsthand the meaning behind the African proverb “it takes a village to raise a child,” in her travels to Durban, South Africa. There she helped care for one of the worlds most impoverished communities where support from your village was necessary. Children were raised, cared for and nourished by mothers, grandmothers, aunts and friends. In South Africa, your village became your family.

To further strengthen her medical knowledge and enrich her education in infant care, Gia is pursuing her Master’s in Nursing Education at Drexel University. Gia currently lives in Center City, Philadelphia.

Joanne Palermo, Certified Sleep Consultant

Joanne Palermo

M. Ed: Co-Founder

Bio

Joanne is a seasoned mother of three grown children. She holds two degrees in Special Education: a Bachelors Degree from La Salle University and a Master’s Degree from Arcadia University.

For 30 years, Joanne has worked in all areas of special education but for the past 20, Joanne’s focus as a developmental specialist has been helping families and their young children through early intervention. Joanne’s experience in teaching children with developmental delays has given her a unique insight into how all children learn.

Joanne has always had an interest in sleep and its relation to children’s behavior. This coupled with her own struggles with her first two childrens sleep issues, led her to pursue this interest by becoming a Certified Sleep Consultant.

She has taught courses in special education at LaSalle University and Gwynedd Mercy College. Joanne resides in Ambler, PA.

Annmarie Cantrel

M.Ed: Chef and Wellness Educator

Bio

Annmarie was born and bred in Brooklyn, NY and transitioned to Pennsylvania for college, where she majored in Psychology.

Annmarie went on to receive a Masters in Early Childhood Special Education from Temple University and worked as a child developmental specialist for 18 years.

In 2001, she attended Culinary School at the Institute for Health and Culinary Arts in New York City. Here, she learned the crucial, but often overlooked relationship between food and health. After graduating from culinary school, she worked part time in Early Intervention and part time as a private chef and wellness educator.

In 2009, Annmarie became incredibly saddened at how sick this generation of children was – infants being diagnosed with reflux, allergies, eczema and older children being diagnosed with autism and learning disabilities. She quit her teaching job and began teaching about the connection between nutrition and childhood illnesses.

She has a vision for healthy babies and helps families weave their way through all of the dietary information so that they can thrive. She and her husband run an organic farm in Chester County, PA.

Kristin Quinn

MA

Bio

Kristin Quinn founded Toddlers and Tomatoes to help families struggling at mealtimes. After almost a decade as a behavior therapist on the Feeding Team at The Childrens Hospital of Philadelphia, Kristin decided to focus on individual parent consultation.

Empowering parents to learn about their child’s feeding behavior, and teaching them to advocate for their child and take charge of meals is Kristin’s passion. Kristin has experience working with children from typically developing to medically complex. All parents need support, guidance, and understanding. Mealtimes are tricky for all families, but for some, the stress is overwhelming. Kristin can help.