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In a continuation of programs for babies and their parents, Healthy Families/IRC Healthy Start Coalition is expanding their horizons. The staff is currently being introduced to all the advantages of “babywearing” and how to teach their clients to safely babywear. With the help of Andrea Berry, interim Executive Director of Healthy Start and Jada Cyr, a Licensed Babywearing Educator and leader of the Treasure Coast Babywearing Group, the training was conducted over two days and covered everything from spinal cord development to how the sling becomes the tool to bridge and enhance the bonding experience between caregivers and an infant! There are several types of carriers used in babywearing including ring slings, soft-sided buckle carriers, and wraps. The non-profit has recently purchased Babylonia USA BB-Ring Slings that will be distributed to those clients who can benefit from them the most.
A parent who may be disabled or parenting multiple children would greatly benefit from wearing a sling. Babywearing is very useful in parenting, and is an effective tool to assist in bonding with the baby. It helps many different stages for many different reasons. Directly after giving birth the baby is not accustomed to being separated from the mother. After 40 weeks of growing in the womb and relying on her for oxygen, food, and warmth, it is a big change to be out in the world. This time just after birth is now referred to as the fourth trimester… when baby has an intense need to be near the mother. Babywearing allows the wearer to have free hands to complete daily tasks while simultaneously caring for the baby’s needs, it also facilitates breastfeeding.
Research shows many positives to babywearing and includes (but not limited to)
The Indian River County Healthy Start Coalition assures the establishment, implementation, and monitoring of a system of care for pregnant women and children from birth to age three for our community. The Coalition is an administrative office that oversees the funding and services for six programs; MomCare, Healthy Families, Healthy Start Care Coordination, Belly Beautiful, TLC Newborn and Parents as Teachers. The Healthy Families team will be introducing the concept of Babywearing to families who may be in need of support in breastfeeding, bonding and attachment or have any special needs that can be met with the use of a sling.
October 16, 2017
“The Mission of the Indian River County Healthy Start Coalition is to develop and support a local system of care to optimize the health of moms, babies and their families living in Indian River County.”
1555 Indian River Boulevard
Vero Beach, Florida