The School of Babywearing

The School of Babywearing was founded in 2010 and offers accredited qualifications in Babywearing, including:

  • Babywearing Peer Support
  • Babywearing Consultancy
  • Supporting Breastfeeding through Babywearing
  • Using Slings for the Kangaroo Care of Premature and Low Birthweight Babies
  • Using Slings for Labour and Birth

Victoria Ward is the founder of Babywearing UK and the lead tutor and assessor for all training courses. She has a first class degree in Commerce and a Masters degree in Voluntary Sector Organisation. She is a qualified NCT Antenatal Teacher (holding the DipHE in Antenatal Education) and a Birthlight Antenatal, Postnatal and Baby Yoga Teacher and an Infant Massage Instructor, as well as a qualified Babywearing Consultant. She was awarded the title Babywearing Advocate of the Year in 2012 by the international organisation Babywearing International and she sits on the board of the international Baby Carrier Industry Alliance (BCIA) as well as chairing the BCIA UK Issues Committee.
 
The courses are grounded in scientific research on kangaroo care, baby development and anatomy and physiology. Relevant research is collated and published for babywearing educators by ourselves at www.babywearing.co.uk/babywearing-articles/ This, combined with hands on demonstrations and practice sessions of babywearing gives course participants comprehensive and practical skills that they are immediately able to use with parents.
 
Our experience has shown that parents can be overwhelmed by the marketing messages distributed by large companies so may use an inappropriate baby carrier or even turn away from babywearing completely. The courses empower those working with parents to confidently discuss the benefits and safety aspects of babywearing and to reflect on how babywearing may complement infant massage and baby yoga.
 
The Babywearing Peer Support course offers formal recognition of the skills of people who give information about slings and baby carriers through Sling Meets, sling libraries, antenatal classes or postnatal groups. The course focuses on the Practical Skills of Babywearing, including sling safety and checking slings for wear and tear. You’ll attend a one-day workshop and complete your qualification through home study and coursework. By the end of your training, you should be able to:

  • Show an awareness of different ways of using a range of slings and baby carriers to meet individual needs
  • Assess the benefits and potential disadvantages of different types of slings and baby carriers for specific parents’ needs
  • Understand how slings should be worn safely and how the incorrect use of slings can affect the health and wellbeing of parent and baby/child


The Babywearing Consultancy course is aimed at people who give (or would like to give) one-to-one advice to parents about choosing slings and baby carriers. It will qualify you to work as a Babywearing Consultant and you will be awarded a Level 3 qualification accredited by TQUK. The course includes the Practical Skills of Babywearing module, alongside the Principles of Babywearing and Anatomy, Physiology and Development for Babywearing. You’ll attend a workshop that usually runs over an evening and two days (unless you have not attended our Peer Support course first, in which case we’d recommend that you join the Peer Support course running on the first day) and complete your qualification through home study and coursework. By the end of your training, you should be able to:

  • Recognise the benefits of babywearing for babies/children and their parents
  • Show an awareness of the links between babywearing and attachment/’in arms’ parenting
  • Understand the needs of parents wishing to use a sling or baby carrier
  • Show an awareness and understanding of the negative ways in which people may respond to a baby or child being carried in a sling
  • Show an awareness of different ways of using a range of slings and baby carriers to meet individual needs
  • Assess the benefits and potential disadvantages of different types of slings and baby carriers for specific parents’ needs
  • Understand how slings should be worn safely and how the incorrect use of slings can affect the health and wellbeing of parent and baby/child
  • Understand the effects of pregnancy, birth and the postnatal period on the pelvic floor, the spine and the abdominal ‘core’ muscles
  • Understand the development of the baby’s hips and spine
  • Show an awareness of the ways in which babies communicate with their parents

 
As a qualified Babywearing Consultant, you could earn a part-time income by offering individual consultations and running workshops for parents and professionals.

The School of Babywearing courses as recognised as Birthlight CPD.

Birthlight teachers are able to receive a discount of 15% off all of their courses, using the code Birthlight15. The courses are listed at www.schoolofbabywearing.com/events, they also have the option of arranging courses near you if you have a group interested.
 

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