BWI Expands the Scope of Continuing Education at the 2018 International Babywearing Conference – Des Moines, July 19-22.


This year’s International Babywearing Conference has the most sessions available for continuing education we’ve ever had. In addition, the education content is varied with everything from how to take a great babywearing selfie, to the neurological benefits of babywearing.

I’ve also learned a lot more about continuing education! The following organizations (may) accept continuing education at 2018 IBC:


The following is a tentative list of sessions available throughout the conference. Dates of sessions may change. (scroll to the right to see the abstracts and CEs list)

Presenter(s) Session Title Contact Hours AACN CBWS IBCLE cerps DONA cerps ICEA IBSW Learning Objectives
Each session is approx. 90 minutes in length. (Subject to Change) AACN link CBWS link IBCLC link DONA link ICEA link IBSW link Disclaimer: Each participant must determine for themselves if these sessions meet their organizational requirements. Please refer to the provided organization links.
Cole Williams 7/19/2018 1-3 p.m.      Keynote for the 2018 International Babywearing Conference 2 B-CERPs R-CERPs Multicultural Issues, Socially Disadvantaged Clients f(1)5 1. Value the importance in building confidence in fathers and their engagement to spend time with and care for their babies.
2. Appraise the effect and examine that fathers are impacted by the actions of their fathers.
3. Question gender-based family roles and weigh how those roles might influence fathers as men and babywearing dads.
Tasneem Muhammad  Asian Style Carriers This session will highlight the importance of Asian style carriers by exploring the stories of the people and its roles in various Asian cultures.
Ashlee Dean Wells 4th Trimester Project An informative lecture on the 4th Trimester including first hand data from thousands of postpartum people around the globe, and real life resources that will aid everyone in providing more self-love and support to folx and families beyond pregnancy and birth.
Valeria Calderón How to create a babywearing business concept with social and cultural impact with a unique community of women challenged by a common goal 1.5 B.C-CERPs R-CERPs 1. Identify need for babywearing businesses that serve families with small children
2. Examine, compare, and contrast example businesses already in existence that serve these families
3. Value the contributions of potential customers for innovation and problem solving within the community
Henrik Norholt Priming Parents for Proximity 1.5 B-CERPs R-CERPs Socially Disadvantaged Client f(1) 3,5 Understand the basics of childbearing psychology, so as to be able to support parents in creating an attachment to their child. Examine links between prenatal and postnatal attachment representations amongst mothers, and furthermore to links between prenatal attachment representations and subsequent attachment quality and socio-emotional development of their infants. Reflect on and discuss potential concrete supportive approaches for implementation in your particular clinical setting.
Katie Nyberg The Science of Smelling Your Baby 1.5 B-CERPs R-CERPs Advanced Comfort Measures f(1) 1 Learn about the mother-baby bond that begins before birth and continues throughout childhood. Learn about baby’s first year and how many parts of the mother’s daily life like their diet, speech, etc. helps their baby connect to their protector. Learn how mothers benefit from bonding as well.
Amy Rainbow Panel on Social Media Strategy (ED) Do you have questions about using social media to fulfill your goals? Come ask and learn from our panel made up of a variety of social backgrounds including hobby bloggers, community organizers, manufacturers, small business owners, chapter leaders, and more.
Angelique Geehan Introduction to Social Justice Concepts 1.5 B-CERPs E-CERPs Multicultural Issues, Socially Disadvantaged Clients f(1) 3,5 1. Identify ways in which being culturally sensitive improves a professional’s effectiveness with clients or patients and their families.
2. Recognize learner’s own abilities to control a situation (power) and the limits of that power; practice identifying hierarchies of power in everyday interactions
3. Understand the meaning of specific terms as used in discussing human and civil rights
4. Practice observation, validation, and unconditional support as a means of developing greater cultural sensitivity
5. Understand the importance of critical handling of information and the role of basic human motivations on behavior
6. Practice self-assessment as a tool using own identity characteristics, own needs, and others’ needs within small-group discussions; identify specific practices to apply post-conference
Presenter(s) Session Title Contact Hours AACN CBWS IBCLE cerps DONA cerps ICEA IBSW Learning Objectives
Each session is approx. 90 minutes in length. (Subject to Change) AACN link CBWS link IBCLC link DONA link ICEA link IBSW link Disclaimer: Each participant must determine for themselves if these sessions meet their organizational requirements. Please refer to the provided organization links.
Ingrid Noceda Babywearing and DMT for everyday bonding *What is DMT and its benefits
*How it can be applied as a babywearing parent or caregiver
*How it can be applied as a babywearing educator
*Special applications for personal use
Joanna McNeilly Who did you trigger? Leading from a space of compassion and acceptance you can take steps to prevent and minimize the risks and then making your work more successful. Preparedness will give you the confidence to handle the situation should the worst happen. We will discuss the prevalence of trauma that may bubble to the surface during the perinatal window so you may be more sensitive to the preciousness of this period.  If you use/promote/teach baby carriers then please join us in this seminar.
Rebecca Morse What is Babycarriers Provided? Q/A Session. Come hear about Baby Carriers Provided, our research projects, Hear from some of our partners, as well as our mission, and vision for the future.  There will be time for questions during this session.
Henrik Norholt Can babywearing play a supportive role in developing a strong fatherhood? 1.5 B-CERPs R-CERPs f(1) 1 1. To understand the contributions of fathers to child development.
2. To understand the attachment and psychobiological foundation for fathers’ involvement in childcare.
3. To understand the role of babywearing in stimulating fathers’ attachment and psychobiological systems.
4. To reflect on and discuss potential concrete supportive approaches for implementation in your particular clinical setting.
Erin Huiatt Preparing for your postpartum period Erin will discuss the need for a proper postpartum period for all moms, she will talk about postpartum care in America compared to other cultures around the world, and will go through some major sections of her workbook including creating a list of resources including details about your local Babywearing International chapter.
Jennifer Thompson Mom Bod: How Motherhood Affects How Our Minds and Bodies Function Dr. Thompson will provide tools and exercises to the audience during her presentation to help moms protect their bodies when they are pregnant, breastfeeding, and carrying their children, both in and out of babywearing.  She will address some of the different popular carriers and how they can impact the mother’s posture, and what to do if a carrier is causing discomfort. the benefit of babywearing to the child’s developing spine and nervous system during this talk.
Samatha Reddy Double Hammock Practical Every week there seemed to be a new “finish” or Double Hammock Variation. So many it can be hard to keep up. This is a very important growth in the babywearing community. This proves wrappers are expressing themselves as a wearer and trying to share knowledge with others. And trying new things to grow their confidence.
BWI ABEs and MBEs VBE Assessment LIVE! More details on the way~
Jamie Gassman, Kim Taylor, LaKeta Kemp, and Brianna Fanelli Babywearing Bosses: Work/Passion Balance Turning your passion into a business is a tricky balancing act. If you have considered striking out as an entrepreneur in a babywearing-related business (and beyond), join this lighthearted panel discussion of folks who are working to make it work.
Kathy Low Plus Size Wrapping Kathy will share knowledge and information on: 1. companies that are celebrating a diversity of sizes and making improvements in making carriers more accessible to all caregivers, 2. tips and techniques for positioning around larger breasts or bellies, 3. tips and techniques to overcome any reduced flexibility especially when getting a child on your back, and 4. the difference between fit and comfort, and finding your style.
Lela Rankin Williams A Comparison of Experiences with Babywearing in an Intervention Study 1.5 A-CERPs R-CERPs Multicultural Issues, Socially Disadvantaged Clients f(1)1, f(2)6, f(4)2 1. Examine differences in experiences with babywearing; mothers using carriers on their own compared to mothers using carriers as part of an intervention study.
2. Weigh the implications of the marketing of baby carriers for babywearing educators.
Jay McMillin Using Baby Carriers to Meet Infant Feeding Goals 1.5 A-CERPs L-CERPs Advanced Breastfeeding Support f(1)1, f(4)2 1. To identify and understand the common barriers affecting breastfeeding duration
2. To recognize the biological factors linking breastfeeding and attachment
3. Implement carriers to utilize in safe breastfeeding positions
Christina Michaud Aging out of babywearing Panel participants will address practical concerns, such as how carrier types and wearing situations may change when your child is a preschooler, but also emotional issues as well, which may arise when a caregiver’s identity shifts from no longer identifying first and foremost as “a babywearer.”
Angelique Geehan Handling Microaggressions Angelique Geehan works to question and depolarize the many cultural beliefs and practices that can deprive individuals of needed connection with themselves, their families, their clients, and their communities.
Laura Brown Babywearing and the Millennial Generation In this session we’ll explore how this affects Millennial caregivers as parents, specifically how they research and purchase baby carriers, and seek information on how to use them, as well as what this means for educators, retailers, manufacturers, and future generations.
Susanne Weber Ring Sling Love In this session we will review all the small details of adjustment, so getting the perfect fit becomes quick and easy.  There will be a vast array of shoulder styles compared to show differences in construction and fit.  Participants are welcome to bring a ring sling, a limited amount will be available at the session to borrow.
Charles Price, Erin Mannen, Kathryn Havens Biomechanical Aspects of Babywearing Applied to Infants and Adults 1.5 A-CERPs R-CERPs 1. Recognize the possible effects of babywearing on infant hip and spine development. 2. Appraise the effect of current biomechanical research regarding optimum positioning for the infant and for the wearer.
Cat Great competition of weavers A competition of weavers. May the greatest win!
Austin Rees Deep Listening Skills One of the greatest gifts one has to offer in this lifetime is to really hear someone else.  Hearing requires us to be totally selfless in that moment. For we cannot really accept and process another’s words and experience when all we hear is our own mind’s chatter.
Angelique Geehan Interactive Unpacking Workshop: Getting Unstuck Angelique Geehan works to question and depolarize the many cultural beliefs and practices that can deprive individuals of needed connection with themselves, their families, their clients, and their communities.
Cortney Baca, Sarah Dudley Bright Futures: Babywearing Accessibility in Public High Schools 1.5 B.C-CERPs R-CERPs Advanced Breastfeeding Support, Socially Disadvantaged Client 1. Examine personal biases that affect education with teenagers who are pregnant or new parents
2. Construct teaching methods that are more effective with these clients
3. Develop plans that address structural needs of an ongoing public school babywearing programs
Rachel and Perla Tips for teaching back wrapping In this session, you will explore back wrapping teaching techniques.  We will practice teaching loading the baby on the back using three methods, discuss how to prevent common back wrapping problems, and share teaching tips with other educators.
Rebecca Morse Using kangaroo care and baby carriers to support nasogastric feeding and weight gain in the NICU 1.5 A-CERPs E-CERPs Advanced Breastfeeding Support f(2)6, f(4)2 1. Discuss the connection between kangaroo care and neonatal weight gain
2. Facilitate kangaroo care during NG tube feeding with the care team and family of the neonate
3. Support breastfeeding after a journey in the NICU involving NG tube feeding
Samatha Reddy Babywearing for Hiking An overview basic hiking safety while wearing a  child in a carrier at any age. The pros and cons of 5 carrier types will be highlighted—-hard frame, SSC, wraps, ring slings, and meh deis. See how body types, trail types, and child development can play a major factor in carrier selection.
Amy Rainbow DIY a weighted demo doll A full demo will be given along with resources for purchasing your own materials. A limited number of supplies are available on a first-come first-served basis, or bring your own for use during the session (email for a supplies list)
Jay McMillin Establishing Connections between BWI and Local Public Health Offices by Utilizing Evidence Based Research Surrounding Breastfeeding Support 1.5 C-CERPs R-CERPs L-CERPs Advanced Breastfeeding Support, Socially Disadvantaged Client f(1)1,3,5  f(2)6   f(4)2 1. Develop strategies to identify and approach local public health offices
2. Collect and utilize the available research on breastfeeding, infant crying, and maternal mental health to connect the importance of baby carrying for public health workers.
3. Learning the common language of public health workers and focus goals on meeting the long term objectives of these organizations
Mercy Medical Basic Life Support for Providers – 3.5 hours This course is provided to help CBWS students, graduates, and other professionals obtain their CPR certification. This course includes a 2-year certification card.
Presenter(s) Session Title Contact Hours AACN CBWS IBCLE cerps DONA cerps ICEA IBSW Learning Objectives
Each session is approx. 90 minutes in length. (Subject to Change) AACN link CBWS link IBCLC link DONA link ICEA link IBSW link Disclaimer: Each participant must determine for themselves if these sessions meet their organizational requirements. Please refer to the provided organization links.
Amy Rainbow Busting Myths of Stretchy Wraps Think a stretchy is only for the fourth trimester? Think again! In this session we’ll expand the versatility of the stretchy wrap, demonstrating techniques and troubleshooting for carrying with the stretchy’s fullest potential. We’ll talk about how to “plant the seed” to encourage caregivers to keep on stretch-wrapping and we’ll have hands-on fun that will get you making the most of your wrap to its max weight limit.
Lori Post Beyond a Pair of Jeans – SSC From narrow seats, to forward facing out, to PFAs, and preschool carriers, let’s dig deep and find out what makes these carriers different from each other and how to adjust them to help find that sweet spot for yourself or the person you are helping! This session will have a wide variety of buckle carriers available to try on so you can see in person how these different adjustments work and make a difference in how they are worn.
Angelique Warner OMG!   Babywearing Can Optimize My Time! The ultimate “Get It Done” Guide.
OMG = Stay Organized. Meet Goals. How babywearing can help you optimize your time.
Marisa Roberts-Hauptman and Kassondra Coxson DBG Baby Session A roundtable discussion of approaches for meeting people with shared interests and making friends in both real world and online settings. Strategies shared will be applicable to babywearing, geekdom, or any interest.
Brittany Snyders Ethos
Robyn Miller The NICU Babywearing Study 1.5 A-CERPs R-CERPs Special Needs Clients, Postpartum Disorders 1. Discuss study results that are similar between kangaroo care (KC) and babywearing
2. Evaluate babywearing technique for premature babies
3. Develop plans of care for premature infants based on study results and prior babywearing knowledge
Lisa Reid Love Your Body: Fitting Carriers to All Sized Wearers Lisa Reid of 2Lambie Creations will discuss onbuhimos, meh dais, ring slings and SSCs. Attendees will gain knowledge in how to fit carriers to various body types and work to strategize troubleshooting for frequent fit issues.
Amy Rainbow BWI Education Team Panel Meet the team behind Education at BWI! We’d love to introduce you to the team and our goals,  tell you about projects current and upcoming, get your input on what we should be doing and researching, and learn more about how we can better serve our volunteers and members.
Priscilla Parra Visual Thinking Strategies as a Tool for Babywearing Educators 1.5 B.C-CERPs R-CERPs 1. Construct babywearing education formats using inquiry-based education techniques
2. Develop babywearing education that empowers caregivers
Henrik Norholt What’s in a mother? What’s in a father?  How parents’ own attachment patterns and trauma history may influence their willingness and ability to engage in extensive physical contact. 1.5 B.C-CERPs R-CERPs Grief and Loss f(1) 3,5 1. To sensitize early life professionals to parental psychological factors that may further or hinder adoption of early parent-infant contact.
2. To collaboratively develop approaches to overcome such hindrances.
Maggie Haddinger Babywearing Selfie: How-To How to take babywearing selfies
Rebecca Morse Public Health Outreach for Baby Carrier Educators 1.5 B-CERPs R-CERPs Socially Disadvantaged Clients f(1)1,4,5  f(4)2 1. To implement the concept of baby carriers as public health tools.
2. Promote solutions to abuse and neglect, accident and prevention, and neonatal re-hospitalization through the use of baby carriers.
3. Discuss the Baby Carriers Provided project in Detroit and the outreach in Kent County Juvenile Detention Center and how the research is progressing.
Angelique Geehan Interactive unpacking workshop: Difficult topics with kids Angelique Geehan works to question and depolarize the many cultural beliefs and practices that can deprive individuals of needed connection with themselves, their families, their clients, and their communities.
Angélica de la Cruz History of the Rebozo
Tasneem Muhammad BWI Chapters 101 Will be looking at what do you need to do to grow, run and staff a chapter.
Joanna McNeilly Practical workshop: hips, spine, harnesses, injury; find your voice while incorporating your new knowledge. Building on Dr. Price’s session on current biomechanical research and babywearing this hands-on working session will host a 4-step process designed to help you to incorporate what you have learned into your current work. *Dr. Price’s session is a prerequisite for this workshop.*
Catherine Starnes, Lela Williams Babywearing as a Public Health Intervention 1.5 A.C-CERPs R-CERPs Socially Disadvantaged Clients f(1)1,5 f(2)6   f(4)2 1. Implement interventions based on babywearing research as an effective public health intervention tool.
2. Develop programs incorporating babywearing to share in their communities (e.g., lending libraries, babywearing educational events, and related agencies).
Robyn Miller Therapeutic Babywearing 1.5 A.B-CERPs R-CERPs Advanced Breastfeeding Support, Special Needs Clients f(1)1   f(4)2 1. To promote incorporation of babywearing into daily postpartum care and education in order to encourage healthy attachments, promote breastfeeding, and ease parental transition after childbirth
2. To employ babywearing as an adjunctive pain management tool in healthy newborns and infants
3. To develop plans of care to include education about the benefits of babywearing to postpartum patients and families with newborns
4. To understand babywearing as a parenting technique for children with special needs
Austin Rees Raw Milk Stories This session will create a circle where attendees will deeply listen and allow the power of sharing stories to heal, celebrate, grieve, release, process and acknowledge the experience- the journey.
Angelique Geehan Interactive unpacking workshop: Cultural competence in professional environments Angelique Geehan works to question and depolarize the many cultural beliefs and practices that can deprive individuals of needed connection with themselves, their families, their clients, and their communities.
Jennifer Wood Babywearing and Breastmilk: How breastmilk composition and production predicts normal human behaviors. 1.5 A-CERPs L-CERPs Advanced Breastfeeding Support 1. Understand and identify the factors that influence milk composition in mammals
2. Distinguish behaviors that support the normal biological processes of breastfeeding
3. Analyze how babywearing can support the normal biological behaviors that sustain human milk production
Laura Brown, Samantha Reddy, Lori Post, and Angelique Geehan.  Moderated by Susanne Weber. Babywearing Meeting Inspiration This session will be a discussion of how volunteer-run babywearing meetings have been used in the past and how we need to adapt to be able to keep that kind of community alive. A panel of babywearing educators will be moderated by Susanne Weber. We look forward to having a lively discussion that inspires everyone to return to their community to spread the babywearing love.
BWI MBEs and ABEs VBE Assessment LIVE! More details on the way~
Dana McKeen, MBE Finding Confidence in your Teaching Voice 1.5 B-CERPs L-CERPs 1. Identify strengths and weaknesses in teaching skills and language
2. Implement effective strategies for communicating babywearing concepts
3. Demonstrate increased confidence in your skills as a babywearer and educator
Rebecca Morse SIDS, Positional Asphyxia, and Suffocation: How to prevent the preventable, promote optimal safety, and empower parents to reduce the possibility of Infant Incident. 1.5 A-CERPs R-CERPs Grief and Loss f(1)1  f(4)2 1. Recognize differences between SIDS, positional asphyxia, and suffocation
2. Discuss safe sleep facts
3. Identify characteristics of normal breathing, including but not exclusive to baby carriers, as well as how to know when a baby has a compromised airway and how to address it in an empowering way
Krystal Santos Weaving Demo A demonstration of weaving by Krystal Santos.
William Cusey CPSC: Best Practices for Safety This session will delve into product safety strategies to help businesses stay one step ahead of the CPSCs testing and certification requirements for baby carriers. Additionally, the presentation will demonstrate provide an update of CPSC regulatory news and activities in the past year.
Lori Post Perinatal Mood & Anxiety Disorders (PMADs) and implications for pregnancy and postpartum professionals 1.5 A-CERPs R-CERPs Postpartum Disorders f(1)1  f(4)2 1. Recognize the range of Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders
2. Identify assessment, indications, & current treatments effective for PMADs
3. Knowledge of resources available for individuals with PMAD

This list is so large, I believe that we have reached our limits. For 2020, the goal for CEs is smaller, I’m sure!

To Register:

Repost (mostly) from 2016 IBC

For the THIRD International Babywearing Conference in a row, Babywearing International has applied for ANCC contact hours. If you’re wondering why ANCC contact hours would be beneficial for a babywearing conference, keep reading! At the end of this post is a list of the sessions included in the application.

Why Apply for Continuing Education Approval through the American Nurses Credentialing Center?

Applying for session approval to provide continuing education isn’t just about providing healthcare professionals with continuing education opportunities. It’s about ensuring that the content covered at the International Babywearing Conference is based on the most recent and reliable research. It’s about making sure that we’re promoting evidence-based practice and the professionalization of babywearing educators. It’s about managing our own practices to decrease the risk or need for other organizations to manage it.

And while it’s not just about educating our healthcare professionals, we also recognize that in our culture healthcare professionals are in positions of influence. Babywearing provides so many benefits, some of which have not yet been studied or widely recognized such as language and neurological development, socialization for children and parents with disabilities, and core muscle development in wearers and children. Providing continuing education helps attract healthcare professionals to look into these possible benefits and hopefully support research to further educate our society about the benefits of babywearing.

All of our conference speakers are content experts, but we’d like to thank the speakers that have submitted themselves to the rigorous process of applying for ANCC contact hours. The extra time and effort you have spent are well worth it and we’re looking forward to a large and successful 2018 International Babywearing Conference.

To Register:

The Alabama State Nurses Association (ASNA) is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s commission on accreditation.

This activity has been provided through ASNA for 33.5 contact hours. Individuals can earn 14 contact hours through the conference.

Participants are required to attend the complete session and turn in an evaluation for each session attended in order to receive contact hours for that session.

No influencing relationships or conflicts of interest have been identified in the planning or presentation of this activity.


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