2018 Guest Speakers

Marissa Dettmer

Marissa is a 30 something fat white babywearing mom to 2 boys and 2 girls ages 2-8. She identifies as Autistic and has Sensory Processing Disorder. She has been active in the wearing community for the last 4 1/2 years. She has navigated the wearing community as both a caregiver to a neurodiverse child and as neurodiverse herself. She will be speaking on her personal experiences within the wearing community and being Autistic, and how that has impacted her journey and wearing experiences. 


Image description - a white mother, with dark brown hair. She is wearing a green/blue coloured shirt and deep green coloured glasses. She is looking directly at the camera in the photo.

Marissa est une maman ronde et blanche de 30 ans qui porte ses 2 garçons et ses 2 filles âgés de 2 à 8 ans. Elle s'identifie comme autiste et souffre d'un trouble du traitement sensoriel. Elle est active dans la communauté des porteuses depuis 4 ans et demi. Elle a navigué dans la communauté du portage en tant que responsable d'un enfant neurodiversifié et en étant elle-même neurodiversifiée. Elle parlera de ses expériences personnelles au sein de la communauté de portage et du fait d'être autiste, ainsi que de l'impact que cela a eu sur son parcours et ses expériences de portage.


Description de l'image - une mère blanche, aux cheveux bruns foncés. Elle porte une chemise de couleur vert/bleu et des lunettes de couleur vert foncé. Elle regarde directement l'appareil photo.

Sessions: Neurodiversity in the Wearing Community 

All About that Base - Achieving Base Size Inclusivity (with LaKeta Kemp)

 

Kayla Dixon

Kayla Dixon is a babywearing educator from Edmonton, Alberta, passionate about helping new parents feel safe and comfortable wearing their babies. Being visually impaired, she felt incredibly isolated and vulnerable after having her now 3 year old. Babywearing not only gave her back the freedom and independence she craved but also nurtured the bond with her daughter. Kayla now hosts monthly workshops locally at Two Mothers and is so excited to share her knowledge and experience with the attendants of Up! There will be some demo carriers but please bring ones you might already own to make sure you’re comfortable using them. You can find Kayla online at Friendly Fox Babywearing Services.


ID: A woman with albinism wears a brunette pig-tailed toddler on her back in a green patterned meh dai. They are both looking at the camera while walking outside in an urban area with lots of trees.

Kayla Dixon est une monitrice de portage d'Edmonton, en Alberta. Elle a à cœur d'aider les nouveaux parents à se sentir en sécurité et à l'aise avec leur bébé. Ayant une déficience visuelle, elle s'est sentie incroyablement isolée et vulnérable après avoir eu son bébé maintenant âgé de 3 ans. Le portage lui a non seulement redonné la liberté et l'indépendance qu'elle désirait, mais il a aussi nourri le lien avec sa fille. Kayla anime maintenant des ateliers mensuels à Two Mothers et est si excitée de partager ses connaissances et son expérience avec les participants de Up! Il y aura quelques modèles de démonstration, mais apportez les vôtres pour vous assurer que vous êtes à l'aise de les utiliser. Vous pouvez trouver Kayla en ligne chez Friendly Fox Babywearing Services.

Session: Babywearing 101

 


Ashley Durance 

website: www.confessionsofanicumom.com
instagram: @hazelandmama 

Hello! I’m Ashley, a first time mom to my daughter Hazel. My introduction to motherhood didn’t go at all as I imagined it would after Hazel was born 4 months prematurely at 23 weeks gestation weighing less than a pound. We spent 6 months in the neonatal intensive care unit until she was ready to come home and she is now a happy, and bright toddler. During my time in the NICU, I discovered the healing ability that baby wearing had as I mourned the loss of a full term pregnancy and a healthy term baby, and my aim is to bring awareness to the benefits that baby wearing in the NICU can have to both a mother and her baby.
Salut! Je suis Ashley, une première fois maman de ma fille Hazel. Mon introduction à la maternité ne s'est pas déroulée du tout comme je me l'étais imaginée. après que Hazel soit née 4 mois prématurément à 23 semaines de gestation pesant moins d'une livre. Nous avons passé 6 mois dans l'unité de soins intensifs néonatals jusqu'à ce qu'elle soit prête à rentrer à la maison et qu'elle soit maintenant une enfant heureuse et brillante. Pendant mon séjour à l'USIN, j'ai découvert la capacité de guérison que portait le bébé en pleurant la perte d'une grossesse à terme et d'un bébé en santé, et mon but est de sensibiliser les gens aux avantages que peut avoir le port de l'USIN à la fois pour une mère et son bébé.

ID: A mother is wearing her young toddler girl in a grey ring sling.

Session: Healing from Trauma: Babywearing in the NICU

 

Karla Gabriela Salgado-Castro

Karla lives in Vancouver with her wonderful husband and three sweet daughters. They love playing 'Little Big Planet' together and have recently discovered the adventure of geocaching. From the moment she snuggled her first daughter in a stretchy wrap, she knew babywearing would be a huge part of their lives. Having received knowledge and support through the local babywearing community, she now gives back by serving as a group admin and lending library admin with 'Babywearing from the Valley to Vancouver'. She enjoys facilitating meetups and workshops where parents and caregivers can learn the joy of babywearing. Karla is also a Trained CBWS Babywearing Consultant offering one-on-one, in-home support to new parents throughout the metro Vancouver area. She loves helping others see how simply pleasant babywearing can be.
ID: Headshot of a smiling person looking at the camera, standing against a light blue house siding. She has shoulder length straight black hair, glasses and is wearing a black t-shirt.


Session: How to Buy/Sell a Carrier, Build a Collection, and Use your Lending Library

 

Jewel Goodwin 

Jewel is a trained babywearing educator and mother of 4 with years of hands on babywearing experience. She is also a digital scrapbooking designer and general craft enthusiast. Making a DIY babywearing demo doll is a perfect way to blend these two passions. Jewel will demonstrate how to turn almost any doll into a weighted doll. Feel free to come to watch, or bring your own supplies and make your own doll. Just drop us a message if you'd like to know what supplies you need.

Image - Jewel, a blonde mother wearing glasses, is smiling at the camera while wearing two children tandem.

Jewel est une monitrice de portage qualifiée et mère de 4 enfants avec plusieurs années d'expérience pratique. Elle aime aussi le scrapbooking numérique et l'artisanat en général. La fabrication artisanale de poupées de démonstration est une façon parfaite de mélanger ces deux passions. Jewel vous montrera comment transformer presque n'importe quelle poupée en une poupée lestée. N'hésitez pas à venir assister à l'atelier ou à apporter votre propre matériel et à fabriquer votre poupée. Envoyez-nous un message si vous voulez savoir de quoi vous avez besoin.

Image - Jewel, une mère aux cheveux blonds portant des lunettes, sourit à la caméra alors qu'elle porte deux enfants en tandem.

Session: Build a DIY Babywearing Doll

 

Jess Housty & Emma Cardinal-Bast

Babywearing (whether it’s traditional carriers like moss bags and cradleboards or more widely-known carriers like wraps, ring slings, and SSCs) can play an important healing role in Indigenous families and communities by supporting attachment caregiving and strengthening intergenerational bonds in the wake of decades of policies that damage and disincentivize connectivity. Whether it's the recent history of residential schools and the 60's scoop or the ongoing trauma of Indigenous child apprehension, fear and detachment have fractured families for generations. The tools that help us to move beyond fear and build attachment are also the tools that help us to heal from colonial trauma, and this is an important part of strengthening ourselves, our families, and our communities.

Babywearing for Intergenerational Healing, featuring Jess Housty and Emma Cardinal-Bast, will explore the personal experiences of two Indigenous mothers who have deepened their practice of caregiving and catalyzed personal healing through babywearing.


Session: Babywearing for intergenerational healing

 

LaKeta Kemp

https://tandemtrouble.com

https://www.instagram.com/tandemtrouble/

LaKeta is the Certified Babywearing Educator and brains, brawn, and beauty of the blog Tandem Trouble. Launching Tandem Trouble was an effort to help other moms of multiples survive those first few years. She is also the owner of the well established wrap company Wrapsody: The Wraparound Baby Carrier, and is based in Arizona, USA. 
LaKeta is also a scientist, and has turned her scientific geekery into fiber geekery with regards to babywearing and different carrier styles from the traditional to the extremely modern. Tandem Trouble showcases her many reviews as well as a video tutorial of very nearly each and every carry.
Image of LaKeta, a brown skin black woman with natural curly afro. She is smiling big, her nose scrunched and eyes partially closed as she peeks from the side of a Mesquite tree.

LaKeta est éducatrice certifiée en portage et créatrice du blogue Tandem Trouble. Avec ce blogue, LaKeta vise à aider d’autres mères d’enfants multiples à survivre aux premières années. Elle est également propriétaire de Wrapsody, une entreprise d’écharpes de portage bien établie, dont le siège se trouve en Arizona, aux États-Unis. 
LaKeta est également une scientifique. Elle a appliqué sa passion pour la science au portage et aux différents styles de porte-bébés, allant des porte-bébés traditionnels aux très modernes. Dans Tandem Trouble, vous trouverez ses nombreuses critiques de différents porte‑bébés ainsi que des tutoriels vidéo pour presque toutes les techniques de portage.
Image de LaKeta, une femme noire avec un afro naturel. Elle sourit grand, nez plissé et yeux partiellement fermés, accotée à un arbre mesquite.

LaKeta's Sessions:

- Your Seat at the Table, The Journey to Understanding your Privilege

- All About that Base - Achieving Base Size Inclusivity (with Marissa Dettmer) 

 

Lara Rabb

Guest Speaker | Invite d'honneur
Session: Debunking Baby Sleep Myths

Lara Rabb is the founder and owner of Heavy Eyes Happy Hearts Sleep Consulting. With a passion for children, and education, her journey in lifelong learning began as a certified BC teacher nearly 8 years ago. Her journey with children’s sleep began with the birth of her first (sleepless) child 5 years ago. In 2014 she became certified as an Infant and Child Sleep Consultant and Happiest Baby on the Block Educator, and in 2017 as an Infant Sleep Educator through Bebo.Mia.

Lara strives for her work to honour each individual family’s needs and wishes. She considers herself a “conscious sleep consultant”, and in this role she seeks to find sleep solutions that are physically and emotionally sustainable for families, and supportive of the whole child. Lara approaches infant sleep by looking at what is realistic, and what is normal, and then brings in the balance of supportive sleep learning through hands-on settling techniques. Heavy Eyes Happy Hearts Sleep Consulting does not practice any formal approaches to sleep training, but focuses on making small and gentle changes when the time is right.

When you work with Lara, you will be asked to respond to your baby, comfort them, and honour their big feelings as they go through the changes they are experiencing. Ultimately the goal is to get the whole family more sleep, while honouring a child’s right to a secure attachment, and a parent’s desire to get more rest.

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Lara Rabb est la fondatrice et propriétaire de Heavy Eyes Happy Hearts Sleep Consulting. Passionnée par les enfants et l'éducation, son parcours d'apprentissage continu a débuté comme enseignante agréée en Colombie-Britannique il y a près de 8 ans. Son cheminement de spécialisation en matière de sommeil des enfants a commencé avec la naissance de son premier enfant (sans sommeil) il y a 5 ans. En 2014, elle est devenue consultante en sommeil du nourrisson et de l'enfant et éducatrice Happiest Baby on the Block. En 2017, elle est devenue éducatrice en sommeil du nourrisson chez Bebo.Mia.

Lara s'efforce de respecter les besoins et les souhaits de chaque famille dans son travail. Elle se considère comme une « conseillère consciente du sommeil », et dans ce rôle, elle cherche à trouver des solutions de sommeil qui sont durables, sur les plans physique et émotionnel, pour les familles et qui soutiennent l'enfant tout entier. Lara aborde le sommeil du nourrisson en regardant ce qui est réaliste et ce qui est approprié, puis elle apporte l'équilibre de l'apprentissage d'un sommeil réparateur grâce à des techniques pratiques pour apprendre au bébé à se calmer. Heavy Eyes Happy Hearts Sleep Consulting ne pratique pas d'approches formelles à l'entraînement du sommeil, mais se concentre sur l'apport de petits changements en douceur lorsque le moment est venu.

En travaillant avec Lara, vous devrez répondre aux besoins de votre bébé, le réconforter et honorer ses sentiments profonds alors qu'il vit les changements. En fin de compte, l'objectif est de permettre à toute la famille de dormir davantage, tout en respectant le droit de l'enfant à un attachement sûr et le désir des parents de se reposer davantage.

Roxanne Lefebvre-baril

 
Roxanne Lefebvre-baril, is the owner and artistic designer behind Québec woven wrap brand, Héra wrap. With wraps from her brand Roxanne will be sharing an introductory front and back woven wrap carry, for those new to wearing who would like to participate in the dance session.

 Chez Héra wrap, nous aimons croire que chacune de nos écharpes est empreinte d’une âme à elle seule qui portera vos enfants vers l’éveil des sens, la découverte du monde, le réconfort, la confiance.

 Roxanne croit dans l'empowerment des mères et pense que le portage fait partie intégrante de ce processus. Quand vous portez votre bébé, vous êtes alors plus efficace dans votre vie quotidienne, tout en bâtissant un lien fort avec celui-ci. Vous êtes alors capable d'accomplir les tâches en étant plus à l'aise chez vous, même lors du souper.

 Avant de concevoir des écharpes de portage, Roxanne a passé beaucoup de temps à les vendre. Elle a développé un savoir sur les écharpes, les fibres et le tissage qui lui a permis de créer une marque qui sait ce dont les mamans ont vraiment besoin pour se sentir mieux, sans avoir d'impact sur leur look, même pyjamas!

 At Héra wrap, we like to think that each of our wraps has its own soul and that it will carry your children towards discovering the world, finding comfort and reassurance.

 Roxanne believes in mother’s empowerment, and thinks that babywearing is a big part of the process. When you wear your baby, you become more efficient in your everyday life, as babywearing enables you to build a strong bond with your child. You are more able to go through the daily tasks that make you feel comfortable in your home, even when just making dinner becomes a chore.

Session: Woven Wrap Carry Basics & GroovaRoo Dance™ Instructional and Flashmob

Morgan Hyde Nahanee 

Morgan is a Métis weaver based in Vancouver, British Columbia. She was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in 2002. Being an Indigenous, babywearing, weaver with a disability has impacted the way she views the world and interacts with folks. Finding a place that values inclusivity and was supportive of learning about others was life changing. Morgan is so grateful for a chance to try to explain the impact of inclusivity at UP. 

Image of a 2 people in front of a brick wall. A brown haired white presenting woman sitting in front of a brown hair, brown eyed boy with a light brown complexion. She is wearing black and turquoise eyeglass, camel coloured cardigan and a multicolored cowl. The boy, wearing a blue hideouts hooded sweatshirt has his arms around the woman's neck. She is leaning into him with her arms crossed in front of herself and gently holding his hands.


Morgan est une tisserande métisse basée à Vancouver, en Colombie-Britannique. Elle a reçu un diagnostic de sclérose en plaques en 2002. Le fait d'être autochtone, de porter un bébé et d'être une tisserande handicapée a eu un impact sur sa façon de voir le monde et d'interagir avec les gens. Trouver un milieu qui valorise l'inclusivité et qui appuie l'apprentissage des autres a changé sa vie. Morgan est tellement reconnaissante d'avoir la chance d'essayer d'expliquer l'impact de l'inclusion à UP.


Image de 2 personnes devant un mur de briques. Une femme blanche aux cheveux bruns assise devant un garçon aux yeux bruns, aux cheveux bruns et au teint brun clair. Elle porte des lunettes noires et turquoises, un cardigan de couleur champagne et un col multicolore. Le garçon porte un coton-ouaté à capuchon bleu et il a les bras autour du cou de la femme. Ils sont penchés l'un vers l'autre, elle a les bras croisés sur sa poitrine et tient doucement les mains du garçon.
Crédit photo - Little Chickadees Newborns Photography

Session: Multiple minorities and community involvement

 

 

 

Marni Robson 

Marni Robson is Artistic Director of ICanDance! and a certified GroovaRoo Dance™ instructor. Having raised her own family in a whirl of babywearing and dance, she was inspired to bring GroovaRoo Dance™ to her community here in Canada. Last year, she started offering GroovaRoo babywearing dance classes in North Vancouver and West Vancouver on the Northshore in British Columbia. She now loves helping new parents discover the depths of joyful attachment attainable through prenatal, babywearing and family dance. She is thrilled to be part of UP Canadian Babywearing Conference and is looking forward to sharing babywearing dance with UP’s Mamas and Papas! Please obtain your physician's permission to exercise/dance and bring your ergonomic baby carrier!

Session: Woven Wrap Carry Basics & GroovaRoo Dance™ Instructional and Flashmob

 

Dr. Lela Rankin Williams & Chelsey Chichak 

Learn how research has shown that babywearing increases attachment and bonding and can be used as an intervention.


Dr. Lela Rankin Williams will show videos that she has collected of mothers and babies interacting with each other at 6-7 months of age. Mother's and infants who were randomly assigned to a "babywearing" condition had better attachment and bonding compared to mothers and infants in a control condition.


Chelsey Chichak is a Speech Language Pathologist with specialized training in Early Childhood Development and Intervention as well as Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) devices. Her client base is mainly made up of 0-5 year olds with speech and language delays and non-verbal children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder. "After the birth of my first child, I became interested in babywearing and language development. I started to notice how the proximity to the parent and their face allowed for increased language and speech sound bombardment. I enjoy using babywearing as a way to increase and introduce language in babies and toddlers. I'm extremely excited to join UP! and share developmental speech/language information, as well as tips and strategies and on how to use babywearing as a tool in your child's life!"


Session: Language Development, Attachment and Babywearing