In April I had the honor of attending the BOND Conference in Queens New York. I was honored by sharing my apartment with my friends from Moby Wrap, and The Canadian Babywearing School. We had a blast being in Manhattan and making our way through the subway every day and really experiencing NYC.
The conference was also a space for a bcia educators committee meeting that was peaceful and productive. I love and respect these women so much!
Dr. Railene Phillips, and Dr. James McKenna, and Dr. Kirsten Moberg were some of my favorite presenters although almost every single speaker and every single speech was compelling and interesting.
We learned about the biological functions of oxytocin, as well as breast sleeping with Dr. James McKenna and since, as well as the importance of the golden hour after birth with Dr. Ralene Phillips. It fills in all of the other holes around baby wearing that are important and need to be filled in an order to have a complete view of the parents that I am working with and their children.
The conference was organized in such a fashion that made it very easy to learn without being distracted and it felt very peaceful and friendly. I especially enjoyed ending each day with a small group conversation processing the days presentations together. Including visits from the presenters themselves. Below is part of my small group and Dr. Ann Bigelow who was wonderful to talk to!
During this process I made new friends in the industry, and felt I really got to hear and take away other people’s interpretations through a sharing exercise with the information as well as taking away my own.
The BOND Boutique was set up in such a way to make shopping accessible but not distracting. It was amazing and beautiful.
Thank you to Joanna Mcneily, and the Center for babywearing Studies and the BOND conference crew for an amazing conference that I will be sure to attend in the future. I made so many new business connections and friends!
It been hard to keep up with the blog lately, but I’ve been wanting to, and thinking of you all!!
To start off this post frenzy, I have for you a list of things that I have been doing that I should have blogged about, and will attempt to catch you up on! Posts will follow as fast as I can put them up. I’m so eager to share this journey with you all, and I am making this list to hold myself accountable.
1. The BOND conference in New York
2. The WEAR conference In Chicago
3. The Kangaroo Care Institute certification course
4. My new teaching job at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital in Ann Arbor
5. The movement to provide babycarriers to improve public health (through WIC based initiatives)
6. My trip with Carry the Future team 11 to provide refugee support to the camps in Greece
7. The International Babywearing Conference in Atlanta
At least on this list, you can see that I have been busy doing the work of normalizing the practice of baby carrying and closeness, as well as keeping up with current research and methods.
Please share my posts with people you think may be interested, and I hope you enjoy the next few days of post catch ups!
Flash back photo to celebrate my recent birthday! 4 years ago lion let me wrap him on my birthday and it was the sweetest gift ever.
Mommycon is a really great way for any expecting parent to learn about the options out there for infant parenting, birth and feeding options. I highly recommend to anyone, wether they are expecting their first, or third child, to seek out Mommycon when it comes close to you to make sure you are aware of all the options out there for you and your family! The babywearing lounge is an especially wonderful collection of baby carriers that travels the country, has such an amazing variety and is staffed by experts there to help you explore and try on all the things out there.
Snuggybaby, an amazing midwest manufacturer of baby carriers and diapers and wet bags, was generous enough to bring me along to work with them in their both at Mommycon Chicago last weekend and I had so much fun with them helping people with their babies, making new friends, and seeing old ones!
There are so many wonderful educators and parents to ask questions of and learn from at Mommycon. I loved being in the Snuggybaby booth, and seeing all the other parents connecting and learning from us and eachother, and having that “aha moment” when their baby carrier finally feels comfortable!
Joanna from the Center for Babywearing Studies.
The baby hawk mei tai is making a comeback on the scene!
I’m looking forward to going back to Chicago for the WEAR conference in May to teach with my husband Kyle and see the Mommycon team again.
Check out he wear conference at this link below:
These last 2 years have been a whirlwind of trying to gain traction and notice for the public health uses of baby carriers. 2016 is proving to be a big year with many public health teaching events on the horizon for me and this first one that just passed in Tennessee was amazing.
They made this flyer blow to market it, and I wish I had known, because I would have provided my own images, but the massage was great and effective, I had over 30 attendees total!
The attendees were not only Nurses and Lactation consultants from the hospital but also representatives from WIC and 3 other public health organizations from the area serving young families.
We had an amazing time and I really feel compelled to keep on this path of reaching into all the modalities of healing and support that contact young families and children and spread the positive effects of regular baby carrier use where there formerly was none. Many attendees expressed to me that they thought that baby carriers could greatly influence the success of their clients.
Thank you especially to one specific WIC breast feeding peer counselor Iris, who took the time and passion to bring baby wearing education to her entire county by spreading it through the public health system via me. I think we all had a great ole’ southern time!
I’m looking forward to my next public health adventure in Nashville, TN in April with Signal Centers of TNK an Child Care Resource and Referral. More here as soon as I can!
Last month I was hired by Naturepedic / Lullaby Earth to attend the Mommycon in Anaheim California and represent them and talk about their new breathable mattress cover. http://www.lullabyearth.com/products/additional-replacement-covers and http://www.naturepedic.com/our-products/mattresses/baby-crib-mattresses
It was something I really wanted to do because there was going to be a special surprise honoring my fellow educator and friend Laura Brown and I was eager to be involved in honoring such a hard working advocate and mama.
Here I am! I was lucky enough during set up for Mommycon to score One of the Mommycon Babies to wear for a snuggly nap in this Tehkini Tuxedo.
I ran into this mama wearing Twingo, the carrier I reviewed in my previous post and she was so happy i recognized it and was loving it as much as my customers and clients have been!
The new Lullaby Earth Breeze mattress cover really is breathable, but some people have to test it for themselves. I admit I did the same thing when I first saw it at the ABC baby products show last october.
As a side note, I am collecting an awesome amout of Mommycon Gear. There are so many awesome designs!!!!!
Shop at : http://mommy-con.com/shop/
I hope to be at MANY more Mommycon events in 2016!
Right now I am a confirmed speaker at WEAR a Mommycon hosted Babywearing Conference in Chicago in May. Thank you Mommycon staff!! I had a wonderful experience!!
I know this post is late, but it’s worth it.
Kyle and I went down to Detroit to attend this event hosted by nurse family partnership and it was amazing. So many families turned out and loved to hear what Kyle and the other dads there had to say about being a father, wrapping and creating positive memories with and for your children as a father.
Sorry to start off with a fuzzy picture, but I wanted to give you an idea of the great turnout.
The interest in wrapping was very high! All of these men want to provide a close father relationship for their babies or in this case, expected baby.
He and Kyle mastered wrapping together in no time. You can see the people in the park behind us were fascinated and kept rotating staring at us.
Kyle is so much fun to teach with. We were so grateful to nurse family partnership for putting together this event! Fathers are Important!
Here are some of the awesome home visiting nurses for the Nurse Family Partnership program. They really are an amazing group of people helping families one at a time where they need it most!
Thank you Nurse Kim for staying connected to how important baby carriers are to public health!! We will continue to work with Nurse family partnership and hopefully someday all the babies will be worn!!!!