Brisbane Powerhouse. July 21-23 2017

Wear all the babies

The Babywearing Collective’s inaugural 2017 conference unites those passionate about babywearing, in a single innovative event on Australian soil. At ‘Wear All the Babies’, you will be able to meet industry leaders, community figures, and educators, whilst deepening your understanding of babywearing and honing your skills.

The conference presents a comprehensive program of workshops and speakers with a strong focus on local issues and homegrown talent. ‘Wear All The Babies’ will be a Trans-Tasman conference in every sense of the word, with every single session tailored to people, communities, and babywearing, from Australia & New Zealand.

Pathways

The program is also tailored to make ‘Wear All The Babies’ an up to date and innovative conference for ALL babywearers, by featuring four suggested pathways, aimed at meeting differing and specific needs. These pathways are designed to focus on topics most relevant to different interest groups, however please feel welcome to attend whatever sessions pique your curiosity and inspire you! For all the details on the four pathways click here.

Wear Them Hall

The inspiring program will be supplemented by ‘Wear Them Hall,’ a thriving shopping mall, featuring the biggest names in the Australian & NZ babywearing industry. The ‘Wear Them Hall’ will be a unique opportunity to talk to experienced babywearers and trained consultants, browse, try and buy every type of babywearing item under the sun! Find out more here

Chill Zone

‘Wear All The Babies’ will have a dedicated Chill Zone, The perfect place to relax, to care for children or for prayer, the Chill Zone is being proudly sponsored by Hipababy. Please read more about it here.

Children

Children are also welcome and accommodated for at the conference! For more information on children attending the conference, please click here. Please note each ticket has the option to cater for your children.

Mega Meet

The weekend will kick off with the conference Megameet and family fun day ‘Meet All The Babies.’ A chance to meet up with babywearing friends old and new, along with entertainment for the whole family. This free event will be the perfect way to start the conference. Find out more here

Facebook

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Partners

So many generous businesses have partnered with us to make Wear All The Babies amazing. Read their stories

Ticket terms and conditions can be found here

Gold Members get $20 off their ticket at checkout (excluding Vendor Hall Only Passes). See our membership page for more details on joining The Babywearing Collective.

The Babywearing Collective acknowledges the Traditional Owners and Custodians of the rich and diverse Indigenous Nations across Australia, from where our members come and from where we live and work. We pay our respect to Elders past and present, and we value Indigenous perspectives in everything we do.

Event Details
Date:
July 21-23 2017

Venue:
Brisbane Powerhouse

Tickets:

Full Conference Ticket

Access to ALL conference sessions

Delegate Bag (Limited to first 100 ticket holders only.)

Conference Program

Entry to the Wear Them Hall shopping experience.

Access to speaker presentations post event (note, not all presentations may be made available).

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Full Day Pass - Saturday

Access to ALL conference sessions Saturday 22/07/2017

Delegate Bag (Limited to first 100 ticket holders only.)

Conference Program

Entry to the Wear Them Hall shopping experience.

Sold Out!

Full Day Pass - Sunday (NOW ONLY AVAILABLE AT THE DOOR!)

Access to ALL conference sessions Sunday 23/07/2017

Delegate Bag (Limited to first 100 ticket holders only.)

Conference Program

Entry to the Wear Them Hall shopping experience.

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Babywearing Beginnings One Day Course

A one day Introduction To Babywearing course on Saturday 22nd July, 2017

Access to the following 3 conference sessions:

-. Babywearing: An Essential Parenting Tool

-. Building Your Toolkit: Part 1

-. Building Your Toolkit: Part 2

Entry to the Wear Them Hall shopping experience.

Access to Conference Digital Program

EXCLUDES: delegate bag

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'Wear Them Hall' Vendor Hall Pass (NOW ONLY AVAILABLE AT THE DOOR!)

Entry to the Wear Them Hall shopping experience.

EXCLUDES: all other conference sessions.

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Catering - Saturday and Sunday

1 x catering ticket gives you Morning Tea and Lunch for both Saturday and Sunday.

You also have the option to purchase catering for your child for both Saturday and Sunday. If you wish to do so - this will be added to your total at check out.

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Catering - Saturday

1 x catering ticket gives you Morning Tea and Lunch for Saturday only. (Please purchase as many as you will need.)

You also have the option to purchase catering for your child for Saturday only. If you wish to do so - this will be added to your total at check out.

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Catering - Sunday

1 x catering ticket gives you Morning Tea and Lunch for Sunday only. (Please purchase as many as you will need.)

You also have the option to purchase catering for your child for Sunday only. If you wish to do so - this will be added to your total at check out.

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WATB Outreach - Conference Scholarship Fund Only

Selecting this option allows you to donate to the ‘Wear All The Babies’ conference Scholarship Fund, as overseen by the Babywearing Collective Outreach Program. Funds will go towards covering the expenses involved with providing an opportunity for marginalised members of our community to attend ‘Wear All The Babies’.

Donations start at $1 and can be increased to the amount which the contributor deems appropriate. All amounts are respected and appreciated.

Many thanks, on behalf of the Australian Babywearing Collective.

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Clementine Ford - Keynote Session

Selecting this option allows you to attend Clementine Ford’s Keynote session: ‘Adventures in Babywearing’ only.

This session will commence at 9:30am, on Sunday 23rd July, 2017, and will be hosted in the Visy Theatre at the Brisbane Powerhouse.

Final remaining tickets available here

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Program
Program
Time
Location
July 21, 2017
Meet All the Babies! 10:00 amPowerhouse Park
July 22, 2017
OFFICIAL CONFERENCE OPENING! 9:30 amVisy Theatre
KEYNOTE SESSION: ELIZABETH CLOSE Inclusivity Downunder 10:00 amVisy Theatre
L2W Presents: From Loom To Wrap 11:25 amVisy Theatre
With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility Park Mezzanine
Babywearing: An Essential Parenting Tool River studio
From Fibre To Fluff 1:10 pmVisy Theatre
Reaching Out, Looking In Park Mezzanine
Building Your Toolkit: Part 1 River Studio
The Designer's Eye 2:45 pmVisy Theatre
To Infinity & Beyond! Park Mezzanine
Building Your Toolkit: Part 2 River Studio
July 23, 2017
KEYNOTE SESSION: CLEMENTINE FORD 9:30 amVisy Theatre
I Did It My Way! 1:00 pmVisy Theatre
Professional Standards in the Babywearing Industry Park Mezzanine
Beyond FWCC River Studio
Precious Little Bundles 2:25 pmVisy Theatre
Timeless: The traditional skill of Babywearing Park Mezzanine
The Drapes Don’t Lie River Studio
SPECIAL PANEL: The Decolonisation of Babywearing 3:30 pmVisy Theatre
Closing Remarks4:30 pmVisy Theatre
Conference CLOSE5:00 pmVisy Theatre
Accommodation

There are a number of hotels and hostels located within a short distance to Brisbane Powerhouse. Below we have provided a few options. For more information on travel and accommodation please visit www.visitbrisbane.com

Stayz: www.stayz.com.au

Edward Lodge: www.edwardlodge.com.au

The Johnson: www.artserieshotels.com.au/johnson

Tryp Hotel: www.trypbrisbane.com

Sofitel Brisbane: www.sofitelbrisbane.com.au

Kirribilli Riverfront Apartments: www.kirribilliapartments.com.au

Heal House: www.healhouse.com.au

Venue

ACCESSIBILITY

There is a drop off area in the Brisbane Powerhouse car park with level access to the Stores Building and lift access to the main building. All levels of Brisbane Powerhouse are accessible by lift.

If you need any assistance, please approach one of the friendly staff.

PARKING

Designated parking spaces are available for patrons with special needs. A lift operates from the Stores Building (car park level) to the Powerhouse Plaza where the main entrance to the Brisbane Powerhouse is located. For patrons who require assistance travelling from our car park to the theatres, Brisbane Powerhouse can make arrangements to accommodate your needs with 24 hours advance notice. A wheelchair can also be made available on request whilst the patron is visiting Brisbane Powerhouse.

ASSISTED LISTENING DEVICES (HEARING LOOP)

Please notify The Collective at the time of booking should you require a Hearing Loop. The hearing loop has an earpiece that sits over your ear and may be used without a hearing aid.

Please contact The Collective if you require an AUSLAN Interpreter.

TOILETS

Wheelchair accessible toilets are located on all levels.

EATERIES

Brisbane Powerhouse has two eateries on site.

Bar Alto is an award winning Italian restaurant located on Level 1 of the Powerhouse. It’s opening hours are 9.30am - late, Tuesday through Sunday. For further information on Bar Alto including its menu, please head to their website or contact them:

Ph: 61 7 3358 1063

Email: info@baralto.com.au

WATT restaurant is located underneath the Powerhouse and is situated on the river. WATT brings the outdoors in, with sun-drenched dining areas and outdoor seating. The new bar has become a star attraction offering craft beers, edgy cocktails and informal dining options. For further information on WATT restaurant including its menu, please head to their website or contact them:

Ph: 61 7 3358 5464

Email: enquiries@wattrestaurant.com.au

Speakers

Elizabeth Close

Elizabeth is as an Aboriginal woman; an Emergency Nurse, an Artist, an activist and a babywearer. She is a passionate advocate for babywearing as an inclusive and accessible parenting tool. She has made a notable contribution towards creating an inclusive and accessible community, both globally and here in Australia.

Elizabeth will be presenting the WATB Day 1 Keynote Session Inclusivity Downunder a discussion of creating & maintaining a safe space for everyone. She will also join us as a Special Guest for the Roundtable Session Reaching Out, Looking In a roundtable exploration of the accessibility of babywearing in the wider Australian community. Finally she will be a Panel Member for the Day 2 SPECIAL PANEL: The Decolonisation of Babywearing which will be a frank and open panel discussion about the politics of a culturally appropriated tradition.

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Clementine Ford

Clementine Ford is a feminist writer, social commentator and public speaker based in Melbourne, Australia. She recently published her first book entitled ‘Fight Like A Girl’, the concept of which she describes as ‘testament to how strong women are and how vigorously we fight just to exist day to day, with all of the violence that is enacted against us’.

Clementine began using babywearing as a parenting tool not long into her parenting journey, and has discovered its many benefits whilst travelling the country with her work, enabling her to keep her child close as she does so. She is excited to participate in the Conference to share her views on feminism and parenting.

Clementine has a regular column with Fairfax Media’s publication ‘Daily Life’. Her articles range from topics such as politics, sport, and social media, all written from a strong feminist perspective. She focuses on highlighting the inequality of girls and women, and is unrelenting in her demands that the world do better.

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Dr Aileen Traves

Aileen is a GP and educator in Cairns. Her special interests are in paediatrics, women’s health, sexual health, adolescent health and palliative care. ‘I love helping the next generation of doctors learn by passing on some of the things I have learned in my professional journey so far.’ Prior to becoming a parent Aileen had always loved the idea of the ‘fourth trimester’ and was always fascinated by the transition process of babies moving from womb to room. ‘I had also worked with a lot of parents and had seen some of the struggles that becoming a parent involved. Babywearing seemed such a natural tool to help babies and parents, and I was convinced long before I ever became a parent myself.’

Aileen will be bringing her knowledge and experiences to WATB as a Panel Member for the Health Professional Panel With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility - a panel discussion of public health and the role of the healthcare practitioner in babywearing advocacy.

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Alexandra Lyons

Alex has a passion for woven wraps and is co-owner of Ankalia, Australia’s leading woven baby wrap company. She is passionate about creating Australian made textiles which are both practical and beautiful. In 2015 Alex had a 12-Tone Personal Colour Analysis and this only deepened her designer’s obsession with colour. ‘Colour is my happy place. I’m at my best when I feel beautiful and bright, and having confirmation that I’m a Bright Winter has given me the ability to wear what I do, how I do. That directly translates into the wraps I design because I know how something so simple can make you feel incredible. I am a passionate advocate for finding out your season and working within your colour palette to be the best version of yourself possible!”

Alexandra will bring this passion to WATB by co-presenting the session The Drapes Don’t Lie, an introduction to the the glamorous world of personal colour analysis.

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Ann Walker

Ann’s babywearing journey began when she was a newborn, being worn on her mother’s back in a bath towel - or perhaps even generations before that, through an ancient line of African women and families. She is a 30 year old multiracial South African Australian immigrant, who has also lived in Hong Kong, China. Ann is passionate about social issues and seeks to share her unique perspectives and insights in the hopes that we can together create a more equitable and inclusive Australia for the next generation.

Ann will be presenting the WATB Day 1 Basics Pathway session Babywearing: An Essential Parenting Tool where she will investigate the concept of biological parenting as a foundation for healthy people, families and societies. She will also join us as a Moderator for two Inclusivity Pathway sessions: on Day 1, the Roundtable Session Reaching Out, Looking In, a collaborative exploration of the accessibility of babywearing in the wider Australian community; and on Day 2, the SPECIAL PANEL: The Decolonisation of Babywearing. This session will provide a discourse on the politics of Babywearing as a culturally appropriated tradition.

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Carolyn Hutchin

Carolyn’s babywearing journey saw her quickly moving into the world of handwoven wraps and with that, customs. Having had or been involved in over 20 customs, she has prolific knowledge of the process of working with a weaver to design a custom handwoven masterpiece. She has worked closely with nearly all established Aus/NZ weavers, as well as many overseas artists. When she’s not dealing with one of her four children (all under the age of five!), she admins several Facebook groups, including High End Babywearing FSOT Australia and New Zealand. Her dedication and commitment to handwoven wraps has seen her become one of the most respected and knowledgeable members of the community.

Carolyn will be joining ‘WATB’ as a panelist for the Design Panel The Designer’s Eye. This panel will give delegates a behind the scenes peek at the design process with a panel of local artists and enthusiasts. Carolyn will be giving her unique perspective of the design process as a custom enthusiast.

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Cassie Bunting

Cassie has now been carrying her twin baby boys together and separately since their birth in many types of carriers. She has done tandem carries with her twins in ringslings, stretchy wraps, woven wraps and a combination of carriers since their birth. She has researched tandem carrying safety and comfort from baby wearing support groups and online tutorials

At ‘WATB’ Cassie will bring this personal experience of tandem carrying to the workshop: To Infinity & Beyond! as a co-presenter. Participants will hone their knowledge of advanced babywearing techniques including plus sized wearing, tandem wearing & shortie skills. Cassie will be the presenter of the tandem wearing portion of this workshop.

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Cat Sareen

Cat is a married mum of a cheeky toddler, an early childhood educator, a keen sewer, and an experienced wrapper of a plus sized body. Cat is passionate about being an advocate for plus size wearers: ‘Not all people will fit the “normal” range. Plus sized people get shunned by society so readily, and I want to show plus sized people you can achieve all you want to in your life and wear your babies.’

At ‘WATB’ Cat will share this passion as a co-presenter at the workshop To Infinity & Beyond! At this session you will hone your knowledge of advanced babywearing techniques including plus sized wearing, tandem wearing & shortie skills, where Cat will present the Plus sized wearing portion of this workshop.

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Celeste Boonaerts

Celeste’s business AngelRock Baby was the first babywearing specific retail shop in Australia, and Celeste has used her babywearing consultancy qualifications to develop her business in order to work with families who have specific needs that require babywearing solutions; including families with multiple birth, disabilities or other health considerations, and plus sized babywearers. AngelRock Baby is the Australian distributor of TwinGo Carrier, and a supporter of the Australian Multiple Birth Association.

Celeste will share some of her extensive knowledge with us at ‘WATB’ by joining us as a presenter for the workshop sessions Building Your Toolkit: Part 1 & Part 2 where you will work with seasoned babywearing educators to learn how to hold your baby close in: stretchy wraps, ring slings, buckle carriers and a basic front carry in a woven wrap. Celeste will present the ring sling portion of these workshops.

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Christelle Barrere-Collet

Christelle has a wide life experience: from working in cultural advocacy and activism, as well as her lived identities as a dark-skinned, Queer Black woman. Moreover, she is an immigrant with English as a second language, and a person who has lived in poverty in Australia. She has endured classism, racism and colourism in the Australian Babywearing community. ‘Also, I am the daughter of men and women who have worn their babies for centuries, and kept the practice alive, but have experienced a complete overshadowing of Indigenous wearers in the community here. Decolonising babywearing, as well as reinforcing the presence of Indigenous wearers in the community is a personal goal of mine that I brought to the Babywearing Collective when I joined as a founding member. Decolonisation is something that I do beyond the babywearing community.’

At ‘WATB’ Christelle will be presenting the session Timeless: The traditional skill of Babywearing. This session puts the spotlight on an indigenous perspective on the art and techniques of holding your loved ones close. She will also join us as a panelist for the Day 2 SPECIAL PANEL: ‘The Decolonisation of Babywearing, a frank and open panel discussion about the politics of a culturally appropriated tradition.

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Danielle Mavor

Danielle is a Personal Colour Analyst on the Gold Coast, having trained with Amelia Butler of True Colour International in the 12 Tone Method of personal colour analysis. Her interest in PCA arose out of her desire to understand herself and others more completely. She feels the process and result of PCA is one way to learn more about who we truly are and can give us insight into how the world perceives us at first impression. The process and result of personal colour analysis can help people to know their authentic selves and Danielle enjoys helping people through this process.

Danielle will be co-presenting the WATB session The Drapes Don’t Lie, an introduction to the the glamorous world of personal colour analysis.

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Deborah Feldman

Deborah’s babywearing journey began when her son had reflux as a baby, and couldn’t sleep lying down. ‘One interminable night I googled ‘baby can’t sleep lying down’, and ordered a wrap and ring sling within the next hour.’ Deborah subsequently began to attend her local babywearing meet, and followed on by undertaking a peer educator course.

She now co-hosts monthly babywearing meets in St Kilda, Victoria. She enjoys helping caregivers to find and use a carrier they and their child love. She will share some of her extensive knowledge with us at ‘WATB’ by joining us as a presenter for the workshop sessions Building Your Toolkit: Part 1 & Part 2, where participants will work with seasoned babywearing educators to learn how to hold their baby close in: stretchy wraps, ring slings, buckle carriers and a basic front carry in a woven wrap. Deborah will present the front carry with a woven wrap (FWCC) portion of these workshops.

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Emma Archer

Emma is a Clinical Midwife and accredited Lactation Consultant, working in a group practice in regional Queensland. Her professional life revolves around pregnancy and childbirth. She uses babywearing in her professional life, in her work supporting new families.

Emma will bring her experiences with babywearing personally and professionally to WATB as a panelist for the session With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility, a panel discussion of public health and the role of the healthcare practitioner in babywearing advocacy.

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Jen Brown

Jen started babywearing 5 years ago and from there her skills, knowledge and passion expanded and she grew from a babywearer to a consultant and manufacturer. She created the Inoshi Baby Carrier and starting her business Global Tapestry, which offers Inoshi carriers, Ring Sling Conversions and Babywearing Consultancy Services.

Jen is an active member within the Australian babywearing business community and within the global Baby Carrier Industry Alliance (BCIA). She is the Co-Chair of the Australian BCIA Committee and will speak at ‘Wear All The Babies’ as their representative, presenting the session Professional Standards in the Babywearing Industry The BCIA Guidelines & Australia.

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Jo-Hanna Gordon

Jo-Hanna has a passion for what is affectionately referred to as the “geeky” side of baby wearing. In her time wearing, this has developed into a particular focus on textile and weaving design. She has been fortunate enough to trial a wide variety of fibres, but can’t stop herself coming back to cotton!

Jo-Hanna also applies this passion for textiles as an admin of the worldwide handwoven geekery group ‘Loom to Wrap,’ as well as adminning for several other Facebook groups devoted to handweavers.

Jo-Hanna will be involved in two sessions at WATB. Firstly, as an admin of Loom to Wrap, she will co-present L2W Presents: From Loom To Wrap. This session will showcase artisanal weaving and the making of wearable art. Secondly, with her extensive woven wraps experience, she will join us as the Moderator of the Design Panel The Designer’s Eye, a behind the scenes peek at the design process, with a panel of local artists and enthusiasts.

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Kellie Rakich

Kellie is the Managing Director and co-owner at Ankalia Textiles. Ankalia was established 3 years ago when Kellie and her business partners noted a gap in the market for an Australian made woven wrap company. ‘I’ve always loved fabric and woven textiles. Having experience as a hobby hand weaver before starting Ankalia Textiles, it was a natural progression to then work in sourcing yarns, and helping to develop an extensive variety of designs and wrapping qualities with the blends we have experimented with.’

Kellie will be bringing her knowledge of design as a panelist for The Designer’s Eye, a behind the scenes peek at the design process with a panel of local artists and enthusiasts.

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Krystal Tupi

Krystal began designing wraps that were fashionable and functional, stylish and safe for herself, then began to hand make a range of slings for friends, family, friends of family and then it progressed to everyone else! Her baby carrier label Chekoh was formally launched in 2015, specialising in stretchy wraps.

She subsequently studied babywearing consultancy via the School of Babywearing (UK) in 2016. Since establishing her business she has spent many hours perfecting her use of stretchy wraps and ring slings. ‘For the past 3 years I have attended many expos at a national and local level with Chekoh where I introduce and demonstrate both our carrier styles to new and expecting parents.’

Krystal will share this expertise with ‘WATB’ participants in the workshop sessions: Building Your Toolkit: Part 1 & Part 2: Work with seasoned babywearing educators to learn how to hold your baby close; featuring stretchy wraps, ring slings, buckle carriers and a basic front carry in a woven wrap. She will present the stretchy wraps portion of these workshops.

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Liz Taylor

Liz‘s passion for babywearing with a woven wrap has inspired her to complete a variety of wrap challenges to strengthen her skills and she has experience in all sizes of wraps for all styles of carries. Her passion for babywearing and her skills with words have combined in working for Ankalia Textiles, as the Editor for their Online Journal.

At ‘Wear All The Babies’ Liz will share her babywearing knowledge and skills as a co-presenter at the workshop To Infinity & Beyond! This workshop will allow participants to hone their knowledge of advanced babywearing techniques including plus sized wearing, tandem wearing & shortie skills. She will be the presenter of the shortie skills portion of this workshop. She will also present the workshop session Beyond FWCC, a chance to expand your knowledge of different carries and level-up your wrapping technique.

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Louise Macdonald

Louise has used a variety of carriers to wear both her children, and from there developed an interest in textiles and weaving. For the last 2 years she has been handweaving cloth under the business name ‘Muma Bear Handwoven’. She has a strong interest in fibre production and dye work.

Louise will be bringing her passion for weaving, textiles and design to WATB as presenter for 2 sessions. Firstly, as an admin of Loom to Wrap, she will co-present L2W Presents: From Loom To Wrap. This session will showcase artisanal weaving and the making of wearable art. Secondly, as a handweaver, she will join us as a panelist for the design panel The Designer’s Eye, a behind the scenes peek at the design process with a panel of local artists and enthusiasts.

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Mānsi Desāi

Babywearing has thus been an integral part of Mānsi’s motherhood journey, ever since her little one was born in 2013. She started learning about the various techniques of wrapping woven wraps and as a result developed a keen interest in handwoven wraps. ‘When I started researching more information on weaving, I learnt that handweaving craft is a 2600 years old tradition of my Indian culture. I had never imagined that the first stage in my motherhood journey would finally enable me to understand why was my mum always fascinated by the famous colouful silk handwoven kanjeevaram and banarasi sarees!’

Mānsi developed a focussed passion for babywearing with handwoven wraps. ‘I was fortunate to nurture this passion through custom experiences, along with trying and experimenting with various blends and brands of handwovens over the past 4 years.”

Mānsi will bring her passion for handwoven wraps to WATB as co-presenter for the session ‘L2W Presents: From Loom To Wrap’. This session will showcase artisanal weaving and the making of wearable art.

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Mary Fok

Mary’s babywearing journey began with an Ergo - she wore Kit until around he was around 18 months, but unfortunately he really didn’t enjoy being worn. Not to be discouraged, Mary was determined to wear for longer with Mae! Mary says ‘She pretty much lived in a stretchy until we moved on to wovens when she was around 5 months old - we haven’t looked back!’

Mary describes accessibility and social justice as being important concepts throughout her working life and her experiences as a Chinese woman who has settled in three different countries have given her a unique insight into the impacts of colonialism. Mary will bring this expertise to WATB as a panelist for the Day 2 SPECIAL PANEL: The Decolonisation of Babywearing, which will be a frank and open panel discussion about the politics of babywearing as a culturally appropriated tradition.

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Miriam Yates

Miriam is a Physiotherapist with an interest in community, paediatric and disability specialties. Her babywearing journey began when she purchased an Ergo Sport when her eldest child was just 4 weeks old. ‘Babywearing gives me comfort knowing my baby was safe on my chest, eased some of my anxious and overwhelmed feelings, and was something beautiful to cover my clothes and body.’

She has a strong interest in supporting other families learning to babywear, supporting therapy and other medical staff increase their understanding of the therapeutic benefits of babywearing.

Miriam will be bringing this passion for educating health professionals to ‘Wear All The Babies’ as a Panel Member for the Health Professional Panel With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility. This will be a panel discussion of public health and the role of the healthcare practitioner in babywearing advocacy.

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Nadia Poole

For a long time Nadia lived and worked amidst creative and artistic talent, although she considered herself more of a spectator than a creator. ‘I think everybody has an instinct towards creativity. With a longstanding love of textiles I quickly became smitten with woven wraps and dreamed of being able to make my own. It was a dream that I just couldn’t shake, and though I didn’t know the ‘how’, I did know the ‘what’ and the ‘why’. Somehow my passion for babywearing surpassed my hesitations over launching a business. Motherhood gave me a new kind of courage (it was already a new phase of life!) and not giving things a go just wasn’t a proper option. So ‘Aroha Textiles’ was born - and here I am!’

Nadia will be bringing her knowledge of design as a Panel Member on the Design Panel The Designer’s Eye, a behind the scenes peek at the design process with a panel of local artists and enthusiasts.

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Natasha Dickinson

Natasha’s professional experience with special education, her lived experience as a parent to a premature baby, and her work as a volunteer in the areas of both preterm family support and babywearing have combined to make safe babywearing for premature babies, and children with special needs, a particular interest of hers. Over the course of her various areas of work she has helped many caregivers with premature babies make decisions on safe babywearing of preterm infants.

Natasha will be bringing this wealth of experience to ‘WATB’ by presenting the session Precious Little Bundles which discusses navigating the challenges of babywearing in a hospital setting, including when baby is premature or pre-term.

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Olivia Franklin

Olivia recalls the first time she was given a woven wrap as a parent, by a next-door-neighbour who hoped to help her thrive as a parent. “Babywearing has been the most valuable tool in my parenting toolbox, it saved me. I had postnatal depression and a baby who fussed for 6 weeks. I was exhausted. I felt like I was about to break. A wrap was finally handed to me and life changed, I changed.”

Olivia has formally trained as a Babywearing Consultant with The Babywearing School Of Australia. She then continued on to complete her Advanced Certification, where she gained the skills and knowledge to empower caregivers to confidently wear their babies.

Olivia brings her 21 years of experience, her passion and her stories To Infinity & Beyond! At this session delegates can hone your knowledge of advanced babywearing techniques including plus sized wearing, tandem wearing & shortie skills. She will also present the session I Did It My Way! a pathway to finding solutions and adapting babywearing techniques when wearer or wearee has diverse and individual physical needs.

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Peta Wilson

Peta is an Aboriginal Australian woman, physiotherapist, babywearing mother and owner of the woven wrap company Moondani Australia. She started Moondani as a way to combine all of her passions and finds running her company very rewarding work: ‘Running a textile business is very hands on. From designing the artwork, to working with a range of different yarns and weaves to create the perfect wrap: fibre geekery is what I live and breathe all day long. I love it!”

Peta is incredibly excited to bring this love of fibres to ‘Wear All The Babies’ as presenter of the session From Fibre To Fluff a session dedicated solely to absolute geekery.

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Rādhikā Ram Tevita

Rādhikā knew throughout her pregnancy that she would babywear. She started with the basics of a stokke structured carrier and a water sling, it was when she witnessed a second time Mum looking confident in a stretch wrap and not lugging a capsule everywhere that a passion ignited that continues 4 years later!

Rādhikā’s love of babywearing led to an interest in supporting other babywearers, particularly those from marginalised groups. ‘As a migrant woman, borne of migrants, descended from forefathers taken from their home by colonisation, the fight to preserve culture and identity has occupied us for generations, even impacting the way we were able to raise our children and observe our customs. Reconnecting with traditional practices buried by time and colonisation is a part of reclaiming culture on our terms.’ Becoming a mother, babywearing, and the journey that has come with joining a global community, has shone a spotlight on many of the common themes of these issues and the impacts they have had on communities around the world.

At WATB Rādhikā will join us as Panel Member for the ‘SPECIAL PANEL: The Decolonisation of Babywearing’. This will be a frank and open panel discussion about the politics of a culturally appropriated tradition.

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Sarah Saunders

Sarah has been a NICU nurse for over 10 years, working closely with sick and premature babies. She started her babywearing journey when her son was 1 week old and critically ill in hospital - this was a crucial part of her son’s recovery. From here she found her local babywearing group and expanded her range of carriers. Sarah has now combined her professional experiences with NICU babies with her lived experience in babywearing with a newborn in hospital. These experiences have evolved into a passion for exploring babywearing as a tool to help unwell and premature babies transition to life outside the NICU and SCN.

At ‘WATB’ Sarah will be joining us as a Panel Member for the health professionals session With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility This will be a panel discussion of public health and the role of the healthcare practitioner in babywearing advocacy

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Sasha Houthuysen (Hill)

Sasha is a qualified social worker currently on maternity leave from her position as Aboriginal Senior Social Worker with the Aboriginal Infant Support Service. As an Aboriginal woman Sasha has lived cultural experience, Aboriginal cultural parenting experience and knowledge of traditional babywearing practices. She has also lived both remotely and in an urban setting and has witnessed the differences in babywearing within the Aboriginal community and empowerment that can come through this. ‘As a social worker and intersectional feminist I also have strong social justice views, in particular centering the value of equity over equality. I am a single mother so also understand the unique struggles/rewards associated with this journey.’

The Babywearing Collective is particularly honoured to have Sasha attend WATB as a panelist for the Day 2 ‘SPECIAL PANEL: The Decolonisation of Babywearing’. This will be a frank and open panel discussion about the politics of babywearing as a culturally appropriated tradition.

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Dr. Shauna Hoogland

Shauna is a GP Registrar who is passionate about improving education about babywearing as a parenting tool for parents, health professionals and the wider community, as well as improving the accessibility of babywearing carriers and education for all Australians. ‘Holding our babies close is the biological norm and babywearing is a parenting tool that helps us to do this - I believe this basic truth is something that can improve health outcomes for caregivers and children and I hope to be a part of making that happen for our wider community.’

Shauna will be joining us at ‘Wear All The Babies’ as the Moderator for the Health Professional Panel: With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility, a panel discussion of public health, and the role of the healthcare practitioner in babywearing advocacy.

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