A study day run by The School of Babywearing in Bristol in September will look at the research behind babywearing and how these insights can be used in antenatal classes for expectant parents and/or in babywearing education and advocacy. This is an ideal CPD day for babywearing educators, and is suitable as a study day for anyone with an interest in attachment theory, baby development and infant carrying.
The course describes the evolution of modern child developmental psychology, leading to the most recent scientific advances in child psychology, drawing from the fields of mammalian and primate research, attachment theory, neuropsychology and studies into the effects of parent-infant physical contact/movement and infant carrying.
There is a growing medical and public health interest in improving parenting quality and child psychological health in the UK, due to mounting evidence of the effects on lifelong wellbeing and economic productivity. The practice of ergonomic babywearing has a strong potential role to play in achieving improvements, but there is currently limited understanding of this potential amongst medical, early years and public health professionals.
The workshop is facilitated by Dr Henrik Norholt, Chief Science Officer for Ergobaby. Dr. Norholt is a member of The World Association of Infant Mental Health, The Marcé Society for Perinatal Mental Health and the Society of Emotion and Attachment Studies. He holds a Ph.D. from the LIFE Faculty of Copenhagen University and is a resident of Copenhagen, Denmark.
Dr. Norholt has been engaged in studying the effects of infant carrying on child psychological development through naturalistic studies since 2004 and is actively engaged in developing research into novel attachment- and lactation-promoting interventions through his international network of family practitioners, midwives, obstetricians, pediatricians and child psychologists. He is a frequent lecturer at various midwives’ and early years practitioners’ universities, colleges, association meetings and conferences.
Ergobaby Inc. is one of the world’s leading companies within infant carrying equipment. In 2009, Ergobaby initiated a research strategy to stimulate international research in psychological and physiological aspects of infant carrying. The overriding ambition of the research is to strengthen infant and parental development. An international network of collaborators within midwifery, infant mental health, obstetrics and pediatrics has been established and is working towards this end.
The School of Babywearing™ is part of Babywearing UK, a social enterprise that runs a variety of training courses for parents, professionals, businesses and other interested organisations about wearing babies and children in slings and baby carriers.