BWI of Birmingham is an all-volunteer organization. Our volunteer educators are accredited by Babywearing International after taking a written exam and a skills assessment. Educators are continually learning more and adding to their own skills. We send educators to the International Babywearing Conference, use internet-based learning sources, and have small-group training sessions. After their initial accreditation, volunteer babywearing educators can earn the higher accreditation levels of Advanced Babywearing Educator and Master Babywearing Educator.
Meet Our Educators:
Susie Spence and Mandy Welch are both Master Babywearing Educators. Susie and Mandy have each participated in three International Babywearing Conferences and have each won awards for their babywearing advocacy. In 2009, Mandy, a registered nurse working in neonatal intensive care units, was named the Outstanding Babywearing Advocate in the Healing Professions in connection with International Babywearing Week. In 2013, Susie, who served as the first president of our parent organization, Babywearing International, Inc., received the Vijay Owens Babywearing Advocacy Award for Lifetime Achievement in Promoting Babywearing.
Crystal Knezek, a mother of three including a daughter and twin sons, is our resident expert on tandem babywearing and is an Advanced Babywearing Educator. She also serves on the Babywearing International Education Committee and helped developed BWI’s internal teaching materials concerning tandem babywearing. Erica Burkle, Amanda Boggan, Jackie Chapa, and Tonia Mayton are Volunteer Babywearing Educators.