I am Madeleine, my pronouns are she/her. I am a Slingababy and Trageschule trained Babywearing Consultant and BABI member (British Association of Babywearing Instructors) with over 6 years experience teaching parents how to use slings. Bet you’re wondering how do you get into something like that? Let me tell you my story…
My babywearing journey started at 8 months pregnant, February 2013, feeling totally overwhelmed by all the different types of carriers I went along to a sling library. I received some excellent advice and left with a really clear idea of what would work for me. The proof came just a month later when my son Tom was born and my stretchy wrap quickly became worth its weight in gold for all 3 of us; for Tom who wanted to sleep snuggled against one of his parents’ chests and definitely not in his Moses basket; for me who just wanted to make a cup of tea; and for my husband Dave who loved the freedom of being able to leave the house without being weighed down by a pram.
As Tom grew I attempted to return to the sling library to look at ‘next step’ carrier options but I found it had closed down. So I contacted the previous volunteer, did a lot of research and took the School of Babywearing’s Peer supporter course and reopened the NCT Kensington and Chelsea Sling Library a few months later in November 2013.
Within 18 months I had helped over 200 families in the local area, and decided to take my love of teaching babywearing further by formally training as a Babywearing Consultant with Trageschule UK (I completed the Foundation Level in April 2015 and the Advanced Level in August 2015). Then, fellow Trageschule consultant Melissa Branzburg and I set up Wear-A-Bye Baby, a successful babywearing consultancy and sling library in West London.
In January 2016 I moved home to Mortlake, and Sheen Slings was born a month later. Since then I have completed the 3rd and final stage of the Trageschule training; the Certification Level (October 2016), and trained with Slingababy too. We’ve added a new member of our family – Rachel – and Sheen Slings has gone from strength to strength. I am really enjoying getting to meet so many local parents and helping them start their own baby wearing journeys.
Before motherhood I gained a PhD in Immunology and worked as a research scientist looking at the role of the immune system and inflammation in chronic kidney disease. My scientific background gives me an evidence based approach to babywearing and all things baby in general.