In December, Gina Crosley-Corcoran CD(DONA), the advocate and author behind The Feminist Breeder, teamed up with Onya Baby to donate baby carriers to our community-based doula sites in Chicago and across the country. At HealthConnect One, we couldn’t be more thrilled! Families who rely on public transportation will especially benefit from the convenience and safety that baby-wearing provides.
Tikvah Wadley, HealthConnect One Program Coordinator and Community-Based Doula Trainer, shares her enthusiasm:
The Onya Baby Carriers? I like ‘em! They promote bonding. Mom can carry Baby around. Baby can hear Mom’s heartbeat and feel secure. As doulas, you always want to make sure bonding takes place – you want to facilitate that – and baby-wearing has Mom in continuous interaction with her baby.
Through this campaign, we were able to raise over $1,800 to purchase 24 baby carriers, and now the carriers have arrived!
We opened the box with anticipation:
The carriers were soft, flexible, attractive… But there were so many fabulous options, we weren’t sure how to put them on. We read the instructions:
And the fun began! We helped each other out. We made each other look good, too.
Really good. Right?
Stay tuned! Community-based doulas in New Jersey, South Carolina, Illinois, California and Michigan will soon be trained on baby-wearing techniques, and we’ll be sharing their stories – and the stories of their client families – right here on our blog in the months to come. Thank you to The Feminist Breeder, Onya Baby, and every contributor who helped to make this a reality!