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When my son was born in 2007, my doula introduced me to baby carriers. I clearly remember that feeling of accomplishment when I was wearing my baby! I loved that he was happy, I could meet his needs and get up off the couch!

By the time my daughter came along, carriers were a part of our daily life with a baby and big brother. He was a very active boy and his sister happily tagged along in a carrier. I found that I loved different carrier types for different situations:

  • a ring sling during a hot summer with a newborn
  • a mei tai/meh dai that can be easily tied on the plane
  • a buckle carrier for hikes
  • a wrap for bedtime nursing snuggles

We’ve carried our babies while traveling, moving across the country, naps while out and about, as well as just doing the dishes! Babywearing has been essential in our family for the last 10 years. They’re “big” kids now but my 6 year old still likes an occasional uppy snuggle. I became active in a local babywearing group after moving to Seattle and they were my first friends in a new city.

My goal is to help parents gain confidence in their ability to care for their child. I’m so appreciative of the women who helped me figure out breastfeeding and babywearing when my babies were young.

I completed the Center for Babywearing Studies certification and advanced training course in supporting new families with babywearing and skin-to-skin contact. In 2011 I started helping breastfeeding families as a volunteer with La Leche League of Washington. I was one of the founding volunteer educators of Babywearing International of Seattle and volunteered with the group for 3 years. I’ve taught baby carrier usage with retailers and at baby conventions. I’m CPR certified.

I love in-depth learning on babywearing, breastfeeding, attachment, and child development and have become a conference nerd!  I attended the International Babywearing Conference in 2014 and 2016. For the 3 years, I attended the Gold Lactation Online Conference which features breastfeeding professionals from around the world. I attended the 2016 Neufeld Institute Conference on attachment and developmental psychology.

During my down time, I enjoy knitting and reading, though most of my reading is with audible books these days! I love watching my kids in their various activities: hockey, swimming, golf, baseball, and ballet.

 

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