Babywearing is often one of the ways that one gentle or attached parents recognize another, but the fact is, babywearing has become mainstream. But, those who really love the connectedness of babywearing can gather at the 2014 Babywearing Conference in July.
The International Babywearing Conference is being held July 17-20 and is packed with great events for the entire family. It is great for many, including expectant moms!
The International Babywearing Conference brings together babywearing educators and researchers, birth professionals, and parents from the US, Canada, and around the world who want to learn more about babywearing and other parenting topics.
All caregivers, educators, and those who work with families with children under five, and especially those who deal with families during pregnancy and birth are warmly extended an invite by this year’s coordinators. They also indicate that those with special needs children will benefit from the sessions and vendors present this year.
Location of 2014 Conference: Tempe Mission Palms Note: Currently you save $50 when you book your hotel for all 4 nights.
Fly into Phoenix and take a quick taxi ride over. Locals will find this a perfect time for a staycation. Nothing better in the peak of a Phoenix summer, right?
Register online to attend! The conference has different levels of membership- depending on your affiliation (or no affiliation) with a local BWI babywearing group.
Registration is currently open and will remain so up until the conference begins. There 3 different prices for registration based on your affiliations with BWI
- a conference attendee (no affiliation with the org),
- a BWI member (that is an active member of any BWI chapter),
- and a BWI educator (for our leaders from all chapters).
Learn more about registration here: https://www.regonline.com/Register/Checkin.aspx?EventID=1330271
What you can do at Babywearing Conference
- Listen to speakers on everything from making weighted dolls to yoga with young ones to safety to running your own babywearing group
- Show off your and drool over someone else’s stash
- Discuss controversy
- Get tips and tricks for finding the right wrap or other babywearing option for you and your baby
Read about the various sessions here.
Conference Exclusive Wraps from Pavo Textiles
One item that is exciting some members is the conference exclusive woven wraps. The fabric print was made exclusively for the conference. Many pre-ordered and a few will be available for purchase at the conference.
TaiLeah Madill is excited for the conference and says,
As an organizer, I am most looking forward to meeting so many babywearers, many of who I know only online. I am so excited to hear our many amazing and knowledgeable speakers on the topics they are presenting! It is going to be so hard to choose which to attend!
This year’s Keynote Speaker is Sherry Payne, MSN RN, CNE, IBCLC, CD(DONA) and will discuss “Head Wrapping and Babywearing: Using African Traditions to Build Health Equity.” Special guest speaker is Henrik Norholt, PhD. He is the chief science officer at Ergobaby, Inc.
More about Babywearing in Phoenix Group
BWIP became a chapter of BWI three years ago this July. It grew out of an existing group already meeting as an informal group of babywearing families. Their founder, Susan Chanse, saw a need for more outreach, education, and support and felt that a national organization such as BWI was best equipped to help the group move forward to meet those needs.
They have continued to grow over the last 3 years. BWIP currently has 10 Volunteer Babywearing Educators (VBEs) and 1 Master Babywearing Educator (MBE) that make up their leadership team. They manage and lead 5 monthly meetings in Phoenix and the surrounding towns, along with 1-2 special events and play dates each month. BWIP currently has around 150 active members. These are individuals who have supported our group by purchasing an annual membership for $30/year. Membership is entirely optional and it is not required to be a member to attend any meeting. BWIP meetings are always free to attend and open to all, our play dates and special events may have a small fee or be open to members only in certain instances.
Dues: Two thirds of each membership dues stay in the local chapter, while the other third goes to the national organization to help fund chapter wide outreach and support. All of the organizations positions are volunteer ones, from the lowest VBE to the president of the organization. Funds go directly back into outreach and support. Locally the dues collected allow the group to acquire carriers for the spectacular and extensive lending library. Babywearing in Phoenix has over 120 carriers and accessories that is available at the meetings for attendees to try on and get help with. According to TaiLeah, “one of the perks to membership is that you can borrow any carrier in our library for up to a month at a time! What a great way to be sure it is one you will love!”