Pediatricians, obstetricians, doulas, counselors, midwives, massage therapists, lactation consultants: care professionals who work with parents or young children are in a position to give their clients information about babywearing that can make a positive difference in their clients’ well being. Babywearing International offers resources to help care professionals help their clients, including PDFs to download.
Many of Babywearing International’s Resources for Educators are also valuable for care professionals, so be sure to view those as well.
Download “Hold Me Close: Encouraging Essential Mother/Baby Physical Contact,” an 8-page document summarizing several randomized controlled trials concerning the effects of physical contact, including babywearing, on mothers and babies. This document is excerpted from Blois, Maria. “Birth: Care of Infant and Mother: Time Sensitive Issues.” Best Practices in the Behavioral Management of Health from Preconception to Adolescence, edited by William Gordon and Jodie Trafton. Los Altos: Institute for Disease Management. 2007-8. pp. 108-132. (www.indiseasemanagement.org).
Dr. Blois is also the author of Babywearing: The Benefits and Beauty of This Ancient Tradition. She lectures across the country about responsive parenting and babywearing to parents as well as medical professionals.She can often be found wearing her own baby as she speaks. Dr. Blois also volunteers as a La Leche League Leader, providing information and support for women who choose to breastfeed. Learn more at drmariablois.com.
All these resources are print ready, and can be downloaded and printed by care professionals (or anyone else who might find them useful). We have updated our licenses for these resources to use the Creative Commons By-ND license, so anyone may use our resources as long as they are not modified and Babywearing International, Inc is credited. Share this link online, or printed cards in person, and spread the babywearing love!