Six Module Online Workshop: Babywearing Educator Certificate Program
Modern medicine is now recognizing, and proving through research, that the traditional and intuitive actions of keeping a baby close to a parent or caregiver is important and beneficial; compared to not carrying our babies. Using a baby carrier on our bodies is an excellent way to keep the baby close and is the safest place for the baby to be.
Taught by Rebecca Grove, postpartum doula and babywearing educator!
The course is 6 weeks self-paced with a mandatory webinar at the end of the 6 weeks.
Tailored to professionals in the birthing community* who work with pregnant people or families with a baby, but is open to anyone interested in a deeper dive into the babywearing world. This is an online course on how to use baby carriers on oneself, as well as to teach others to use baby carriers on their body. You will learn, not only about how to use 6 different styles of modern carriers safely but the history of babywearing, cultural considerations, and why babywearing is valuable for both baby and caregiver.
*Professionals in the birthing community = Doulas: labour and postpartum, midwives, nurses, doctors, social workers, ECEs, parents and caregivers.
Participants will receive a certificate of completion upon finishing the module quizzes, webinar attendance and 3 assignments.
Because “Babywearing Educator” is not a regulated profession, this is not a certification course, but an education course gaining a certificate of knowledge learned. It is strongly recommended for your own liability to buy insurance to teach babywearing. If you have professional insurance with your current insurance carrier, let your insurer know, and often, Babywearing Educator can be added to your coverage for no added fee.
Participants will have access to a private Facebook group for instructor and peer support. Assignments can be shared in the group.
Assignments are due no later than 2 weeks after the webinar date. Rebecca will give you the specific deadline at the time of registration.
LAST DAY FOR REGISTRATION IS MAY 31st, 2022
One-time fee: 250 $ + HST
Questions about the course can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org
A sneak peek at your Babywearing Course modules:
Outlining the living traditions and long history of people around the world using different methods to keep their children close, and the subsequent modernization of the traditional practice.
- Cultural factors
About cultural appropriation and what we need to be aware of when talking about and teaching babywearing. Past transgressions, and moving forward.
- Recognition of inborn benefits
How and why babies, and parents thrive physically and mentaly while babywearing. Debunking myths.
- Safety and other considerations
When, how and where to use carriers safely.
An outline of 6 types of carriers: woven wraps, stretchy wraps, meh dais, ring slings, buckle carriers (soft structured carriers/SSCs), pre-tied stretchy wraps.
- How to use Carriers
Instruction on how to use the 6 carriers from module 5.
Modules will include a text document with supplemental photographs, videos, articles, and graphics.
Course is self paced with mandatory webinars to move forward.
Participants will have access to a private Facebook group for instructor and peer support, tips and supplemental content, as live webinars in which you will need to attend to move forward in the materials.
There will be a quiz at the end of the first 5 modules to demonstrate comprehension of materials.
Three (3) assignments must be finished to acquire a certificate of completion:
- Connect with a babywearing group or babywearing educator in your area or on-line.
- One or more videos showing three (3) types of carriers, on yourself using a real baby or doll. One from each category:
Woven wrap or stretchy wrap
Bucklecarrier, with or without insert or pre-tied stretchy wrap
Ringsling or MehDai
3. Video showing participant helping another person using any carrier with a real baby/child.
Assignments due no later than 2 weeks after the webinar date. Rebecca will give you the specific deadline at time of registration.
Rebecca is a mom to her son born in 2014. While pregnant, and during the early postpartum period it became clear she wanted to help other parents find their confidence in parenting their newborns.
In late 2014 she started her journey with taking a babywearing educator workshop, and volunteering with a local babywearing help group. Helping with online inquiries, as well as helping parents in person at monthly meetups.