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Babywearing Educator Course, Level I

This two-day workshop is designed to provide parents, retailers, and professionals working with new families the information and skills required to safely babywear and/or advocate for babywearing in their practice.

Focus will be on:

  • Understanding the advantages and limitations of the different types of baby carriers (stretchy & woven wraps, ring slings pouches, mei tais, and soft structured carriers
  • How babywearing can facilitate the transition to parenthood and serve as an important health intervention
  • Safe and physiologically correct positioning
  • How to evaluate manufacturers, carriers and retailers for safett and quality
  • Building expertise at using the different carriers, particularly woven wrapping
  • Special situations: multiples, physical difference in baby or parent, etc.
  • Using carriers safely while exercising

The workshop will be taught by Arie Brentnall-Compton, a ClauWi trained Certified Babywearing Educator, Lactation Educator & writer. Arie’s experience includes consulting with Health Canada, provincial health regions and First Nations with the intent of using babywearing to improve public health outcomes, as well as working directly with parents as a retail store owner, lactation consultant, babywearing consultant & birth & postpartum doula. She speaks at conferences & workshops throughout the province.

Nursing babies are welcome. The hands on nature of this class will make it difficult to complete with a busy toddler.

Babywearing Educator Course, Level II

This continuation of the Babywearing Educator Course focuses more on safety, retailing, and educating. Unique situations and challenges will be a focus. There will also be time for a mock-consult to help prepare BWEs for their work.

Focus will be on:

  • Reinforcing and more in depth study of the concepts learned in Level I
  • Establishing improved skill at woven wrapping
  • Learning the history, significance and contemporary use of traditional carrying practices, including amautik, mossbags/cradleboards, kikoi and wool shawls
  • Discussion of controversial positioning
  • Special needs babywearing, of both the baby and/or the wearer
  • Roll play as a consultant
  • Discussion of the realities of running a babywearing business, including: setting fees, legal implications, ways to incorporate babywearing skills into your current practice
  • You will need a woven wrap to practice with. Participants will receive 20% discount on an Ellevill wrap from Tadpoles & Butterflies to use in their course work.

The workshop will be taught by Arie Brentnall-Compton, a ClauWi trained Certified Babywearing Educator, Lactation Educator & writer. Arie’s experience includes consulting with Health Canada, provincial health regions and First Nations with the intent of using babywearing to improve public health outcomes, as well as working directly with parents as a retail store owner, lactation consultant, babywearing consultant & birth & postpartum doula. She speaks at conferences & workshops throughout the province.

Nursing babies are welcome. The hands on nature of this class will make it difficult to complete with a busy toddler.

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