Our Volunteer Babywearing Educators
Babywearing International is purely a volunteer run organization. If you'd like to join our team, let us know!
We'd like to introduce the wonderful volunteers who keep BWI Birmingham running. All our educational meetings are led by Volunteer Babywearing Educators who are accredited by our parent organization, Babywearing International, Inc. (BWI). Educators are accreditted at three levels: Volunteer Babywearing Educator, Advanced Babywearing Educator, and Master Babywearing Educator. We also have several other wonderful volunteers who help keep us organized and running smoothly.
Mandy Welch, Master Babywearing Educator
Mandy is one of our most experienced babywearers who started wearing her son in 2000 as a way to deal with his reflux and take care of her family. She went on to wear his four younger siblings, and she is now an internationally recognized babywearing expert as well as a registered nurse.
Mandy has been a member of the local leadership team since 2008, and later moved to Texas where she helped establish the BWI chapter in San Antonio, Texas. However, we're all very glad she returned home to the Birmingham area in 2014 where she can be found leading our babywearing basics intro. She's also one of our go-to resources on preemie and NICU babywearing.
Additionally, we're proud to say that Mandy received the Outstanding Babywearing Advocate in the Healing Professions award from Babywearing International in 2009 and has participated in the 2010, 2012, and 2014 International Babywearing Conferences.
Crystal Knezek, Advanced Babywearing Educator:
Crystal's babywearing journey started in 2009 when she was looking for a way to keep her premature daughter close and warm. After finding and visiting BWI Birmingham she started coming regularly. When she had twin boys two years later, Crystal came back to meetings to learn how babywearing could help her parent her expanding family and ended up helping other moms as well.
In 2012 she became a volunteer babywearing educator and loved it so much she went on to become an advanced babywearing educator in March, 2014. She is our resident expert on tandem wearing and has also served on the Babywearing International Education Committee and helped developed BWI’s internal teaching materials concerning tandem babywearing.
Jackie Chapa, Volunteer Babywearing Educator
Jackie is a homeschooling mom of 2, and is also working to become an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC). She first discovered babywearing in 2008 with a Jellybean Pouch when her daughter was a newborn and has been wearing her one her old son since birth! Her favorite type of carrier is a woven wrap, but she's been known to break out some of our less familiar carriers like the podaegi (a carrier style that originated in Korea).
She has been a Volunteer Babywearing Educator since March 2014 and now serves as chapter President. Naturally she's also one of our go-to educators for information about breastfeeding in a carrier.
Lauren Moore, Volunteer Babywearing Educator
Lauren is an attorney and work at home mom and has been babywearing her daughter since 2013. She loves woven wraps and snuggling with her daughter, and discovered that babywearing can be a sanity saver when you have a child who doesn't like to sleep! She became a babywearing educator in 2014 and helps with social media.
Natalie Short, Volunteer Babywearing Educator
Natalie is a postpartum doula and stay at home mom to her son. She started babywearing in 2013 as a way to bond with and care for her son after his emergency birth and NICU stay. She rapidly found an affinity for ring slings and woven wraps and soon became a babywearing advocate among friends and family. Natalie became a volunteer babywearing educator in 2014, and she also helps maintain our website and blog.
Jazzmine Brawley, Volunteer Babywearing Educator
Jazzmine is a full time working mom of two. She first started baby wearing when her son was born in the summer of 2012. After a friend mentioned BWI to her, she started attending regularly when her son was one month old. After the birth of her daughter in January 2014, Jazzmine started to volunteer with BWI of B'ham when their Saturday meetings began and now serves as Treasurer. She loved being a part of the group so much she became a volunteer Babywearing educator the fall of 2015. Jazzmine loves helping caregivers feel empowered to tackle the world (or just do the dishes) and keep baby happy at the same time!
Copyright 2007-2015 Babywearing International of Birmingham (Magic City Slingers)