As well as being a carrying consultant, IBCLC and infant feeding peer supporter trainer, I am also a Born to Carry trainer!
Who can train as a babywearing peer supporter?
Anyone who comes into contact with parents/carers, and wants to expand their knowledge to support those families with babywearing. You may be a parent wanting to volunteer at your local sling library, a doula wanting to add babywearing support to your offer or a healthcare professional that wants to bring the benefits of babywearing to the families in your practice.
We especially welcome those from historically marginalised communities, and offer reduced rates/scholarship places to support the diversification of the industry.
What does it cost?
Born to Carry peer support courses are £75 per person. This includes refreshments, course booklet, pre and post course support. It is payable in 2 payments. The first (£45) is non-refundable deposit and secures your place. For those who wish to volunteer at the Happy Sling Lady libraries, those from historically marginalised communities, or those who believe they need them, reduced rate places are available. Longer/smaller payment plans are also welcome.
Where are the courses held?
If you already have a group together, I am happy to travel to a suitable venue near you within the West Midlands. Otherwise, courses are held at my home in Sandwell, or in other local spaces as needed.
What is the structure of the course?
The peer support course is held over 2 weekday mornings, 9am-1pm. Children/babies are welcome to attend with you as needed, but you may wish to arrange childcare if it would aid your learning. If you need to arrive slightly late after doing the school run, that is no problem.
I’m in! How do I book?
Courses run regularly throughout the year, and as demand is high enough. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to be added to a waiting list and notified when the next course is happening.
About Born to Carry Peer Support courses
Each Born to Carry Peer Support course has been designed by the Born to Carry Trainer who teaches the course. This means that no two courses are exactly the same and you can benefit from the unique skills each trainer brings to Born to Carry. Our trainers are all carefully coached and supported by the Directors during the process of creating their course.
Each course is required to cover the Born to Carry Core Curriculum and is assessed to ensure it meets the stringent minimum content. They are re-assessed every year to keep standards high.
Every course will cover the following topics:
- Safety – understanding baby and parent anatomy, and how a safe carry can be achieved in a wide range of situations
- Communication – the importance of empowering, inclusive and effective language
- How to use and demonstrate different sling and carrier types with confidence
- Bonding and secure attachment
- Carrying in special circumstances
- Troubleshooting uncomfortable carrying
- Addressing sub-optimal or potentially dangerous carrying
- Breastfeeding in a sling
- Back carrying with a sling
After you attend the course you will be given a post-course assessment to complete online, to ensure understanding and effective learning. In addition you will be asked to provide feedback on your course and your trainer, for ongoing CPD. You will then be given a Born To Carry Peer Supporter certificate of completion.