Last month I shared my current goals. One of those goals was to become a babywearing educator. Working as a Brand Ambassador with Ergobaby truly propelled me to become a babywearing educator. I was already familiar with SSC (soft structured carriers) like Ergobaby but also wanted the opportunity to share other options with parents like wraps, ring slings and much more. With that said I began searching for a course or program to become a certified babywearing educator. I came across The Center for Babywearing Studies (CBWS) after being referred from the best educators in the business.
So after much preparation myself and two friends headed to Portland Oregon for training. Keep in mind this week of intense classes was also during the Presidential election. So imagine more emotions than I can ever begin to describe in this post. So many feelings of isolation, sadness, anxiety, laughter, accomplishment and overall community.
During our training we pushed ourselves. Being away from our families during the election was difficult for not only us but our instructor and our fellow classmates. We held hands, cried, hugged and pushed on. This was more than just an opportunity to build my resume to help my community learn about the benefits about babywearing this was us actually becoming a part of the babywearing community first hand.
“One of the marvelous things about community is that it enables us to welcome and help people in a way we couldn’t as individuals. When we pool our strength and share the work and responsibility, we can welcome many people, even those in deep distress, and perhaps help them find self-confidence and inner healing.”
So now my journey begins to educate my community. Through the teachings of babywearing and breastfeeding. Once I became a mother I knew I found my calling. With one goal checked off and another to go. Next I hope to become an International Board Certified Lactation Counselor. Cheers to women, cheers to mothers, cheers to community and cheers to accomplishments.