Keynote Speakers

We will shortly be announcing the line up of keynote speakers for the Second European Babywearing Conference, taking place in June 2015.

We know the line up will be just as exciting as at the 2013 Conference, which included:

2013 Conference Keynote Speakers

Dr. Henrik Norholt Ph.D. Chief Science Officer – Ergobaby, is a member of The World Association of Infant Mental Health. He holds a Ph.D. from the LIFE Faculty of Copenhagen University. He has been engaged in studying the effects of infant carrying on child psychological development through naturalistic studies since 2002.  Dr. Norholt is actively engaged in developing research into infant carrying through his large international network of family practitioners, midwives, obstetricians, pediatricians and child psychologists. He will be speaking on “An evolutionary perspective on the science of infant mental health and attachment theory – implications for the baby carrying movement” and “The subtle art of building a reasonably fair society – baby carrying relevant lessons from the feminist movement of a Scandinavian welfare country.” Read more.

Arie Brentnall-Compton is a public speaker, writer & business owner focusing her energies on improving public health through breastfeeding & babywearing.  Through her Canadian Babywearing School, she has taught at workshops & conferences across North America.  She is Vice-Chair of the Baby Carrier Industry Alliance as well as Advisory Board Member with EcoParent Magazine.  In addition to teaching Babywearing Educator’s workshops,  Arie has taught her sessions to hundreds of health & community workers, with a goal of creating a babywearing & breastfeeding culture in Canada. Arie will speak on “Babywearing For The Greater Good“: how babywearing affects community & public health outcomes.

Sarah Gregson, Consultant Midwife, and Jean Meadows, Infant Feeding Specialist, will speak on the use of kangaroo care in UK hospitals. The medical benefits of Kangaroo Care in low income countries and in Neonatal intensive care units in the West are well known. However, surprisingly it is has not become main stream practice within the postnatal wards of UK hospitals, despite the fact that is where more than 2/3 of the premature babies in the UK are cared for from birth.

In 2010 Sarah, Jean and their team embarked on a research study investigating the effects of Kangaroo Care using skin to skin “Kanga Wraps” for small and premature babies cared for in this environment. They found that the babies were well enough to go home earlier, there were improved feeding outcomes and parents loved the experience.

Their research project won 2 national awards and six other hospitals are now using the KangaWraps that were specifically designed for this purpose. Sarah and Jean will describe how Kangaroo Care benefits mothers and babies and will also tell us about their latest project to investigate Kangaroo Care for women having an elective caesarean section.

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