Center for Babywearing Studies

Babywearing Educator Training



Foundations Course with Joanna McNeilly


May 9-12, 2016.  (Class only, lunch provided  $650) (Class with house share  $850)


Do you work with new parents, parents to be, or caregivers? The Center for Babywearing Studies Babywearing Consultant Training focuses on high-quality training specifically designed to create a well-rounded babywearing educator who has the ability to truly assist others. The skills of teaching and creating a positive environment are critical to the success of the consultant and we will prepare you for that journey.  Click here to register.

During the course you will:

  • Learn how to teach others to wear baby carriers: Pouches and ring slings, woven and stretchy wraps, mei tais and SSCs (soft structured carriers), plus a few knots.

  • Examine the physiological and the psychological aspects of infant carrying.

  • Identify how to assist someone in discovering what makes a good carry/carrier for themselves.

  • Discover and recognize the importance of a systematic approach.

  • Understand our core principles which will guide you as you meet each new parent.

  • Design your own concept for an individual consultation.

  • Explore sensitive listening and it’s importance in successful consultations.

  • Delve into incident data reports from the CPSC (reports of injury in baby carriers/while babywearing) to better understand what concerns exist with regard to babywearing.

  • Plus much more!


Class Details

The class will take place at a private residence: 2409 Jane St NE Albuquerque, NM 87112 .


Class hours are as follows:

May 9, 2016 1:00 pm – 7:00 pm

May 10, 2016  9:00 am – 6:00 pm

May 11, 2016 9:00 am – 6:00 pm

May 12, 2016 9:00 am – 3:30 pm


Street Parking is free at our location, carpooling is an option! Water, tea, light snacks and lunch will be included with your class fee (dietary restrictions can be mentioned in your registration form). There is no childcare on site, and childcare is recommended for babies who are mobile. If you will need recommendations for local childcare, please let the site host know and we can help you.


Should you choose to opt in for the house share, attendees will be sharing a house locally with each other. All attendees are welcome to attend an informal dinner out on Monday night,  and lunch provided on site Tuesday - Thursday.

What’s the story with the “Certification?”

As we wait for an industry-wide accepted certification we continue to ‘certify’ our participants.  We feel there are a few components that are necessary to consider a consultant competent to be ‘certified.’

There are 5 steps that must be successfully completed.

  • The “Consultation Concept” must be developed and finished by review time during the last day of class.

  • Consultant must show mastery of teaching technique for 15 carrying positions, plus knots during the “group skills assessment.”

  • Successful completion of the final quiz at end of class.

  • A valid AHA CPR card.  Why the American Heart Association?  Simple, their cards are valid for two years and it’s typically very easy to find classes that are affordable.  The AHA sets the standards for CPR trainings and we feel it is best to go straight to the source.

  • Valid insurance.  The insurance part scares people sometimes, but it’s very affordable ($60-$110 a year) and easy to buy.  During the class we will provide the information to make it easy.  For most Americans their home insurance will not cover them if they are outside of the home and this coverage is really about CYA.  Many people who already do postpartum work will likely have both the insurance and CPR card.

A few Nitty-Gritty details you might wish to know regarding our certification course:



  • This class has pre-work that will need to be completed in advance of the first day of class.

  • This class has home-work scheduled for each night of the training.

  • This class has scheduled breaks so you may plan for nursing and child interactions.

  • We reserve the right to cancel the class up to 10 days in advance, full refunds if we cancel.

  • You may put down a seat deposit of $200 hold your place. Remaining payments will be due January 15, 2016, and April 1, 2016.

  • We understand that things come up and that you may need to cancel. If you cancel 3 weeks in advance of class you will get a full refund minus a $75 processing fee. No cancellations within 3 weeks of class, but you may transfer your seat to someone else. There will be a $25 processing fee to transfer the seat.

  • If you need an accommodation based on the impact of a disability, you should contact us to schedule a conversation as soon as possible. During the conversation we can discuss the course format, anticipate your needs and explore potential accommodations.