The group that became Babywearing International of Central Missouri started in May of 2012 with meetings in a park. Megan Oberg and Sara Ihms Burns, founders and co-presidents, founded the chapter about a year later in April 2013. Over the past year, they’ve gotten to know their community and are amazed by the love and kindness that they’ve found.
They have found the work of running a chapter can be quite challenging, but worth it. They’ve added several Volunteer Babywearing Educators since they began and are really glad to have them on board. Some educators, like Brittany Wilson, work outside the home part time; some are stay at home moms; and others, like Jennifer Stone, a physical therapist with a specialty in pelvic floor muscles, work outside of the home. All of them have 2-4 children. Each educator brings different experience and knowledge to the group providing for a well-rounded chapter! Many, like Amy Wohlers, started out with a Moby Wrap and then continued their babywearing journey by exploring other carrier types. All of them love helping caregivers learn the skill of babywearing.
In addition to running a BWI chapter, Megan and Jennifer started the Remington Burns Memorial Fund, in honor of Sara’s son, to provide carriers to families who can’t afford them. If a carrier isn’t available to donate, then a membership to the chapter may be given instead.
When asked what carriers are popular in their lending library, they said, “Any of the wraps!” They also recently added a wrap conversion meh dai to the lending library and are very excited to share it with the caregivers in their group. The chapter has plans to grow and to offer more support to the greater Central Missouri area in 2015. They also plan on adding some new workshops in early 2015! Plans are forming for a tandem wearing workshop and a demo doll workshop – dates to be determined. Head to their website for more details!