Abby is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Psychotherapist at Burd Psychotherapy in San Diego, CA. She specializes in Perinatal Mental Health, which includes mood and anxiety disorders, trauma and loss. In her free time she occasionally blogs at Baby Bird’s Farm and Cocina, where she shares adventures in natural parenting, urban homesteading and seasonal cooking. She is the proud mama to two girls, born in 2013 and 2011.
Abigail Morgan, L.Ac, is a licensed acupuncturist and herbalist in private practice in the Los Angeles area, and the owner of Float Chinese Medical Arts. She specializes in Women’s and Men’s Health and the Childbearing Cycle, and is passionate about helping parents achieve balance during the process of getting pregnant, the childbearing year, and the postpartum period. She blogs about acupuncture, holistic health, fertility and pregnancy and mothering at Mama Float. Abigail lives in Northeast LA with her husband and their two children, who were born at home.
Afra, a Mommy Blogger & Influencer at "Through Mama's Eyes' is a wife & stay at home mom of 3 (aged 4, 2 & 4 months). She uses her experiences as a mother and an entrepreneur to connect with & support mothers in their journey as new moms, moms with young toddlers and moms who want to work from home. She loves keeping it REAL and talking about managing birth, breastfeeding, managing motherhood, toddler tantrums, teething, baby wearing, life as a work from home mom (previous corporate world workaolic), the best products for babies, to toddlers & moms.
Alexsandra Burt’s graduate work at Mills College included an independent study on the Feldenkrais Method. She was so intrigued she entered the four-year Feldenkrais practitioner training with the Feldenkreis Guild of North America (FGNA), participating in trainings globally. With the birth of her son in 1990, she began a close relationship as an apprentice with Jean Liedloff, author of the book, The Continuum Concept. After eight years of one-on-one training, Jean Liedloff requested Alexsandra begin acting as a professional Continuum Concept consultant. Alexsandra has a Feldenkrais Practice and has been offering Continuum Concept Consultations on Maui, in Hawaii since 1999.
Ali Owens is an international yoga and meditation teacher, mother, conservationist and retreat leader. It was her passion for dance that led her to discover yoga while studying in the World Arts & Cultures program at UCLA. Once a simple way to unwind from a busy lifestyle, yoga became the catalyst for Ali to live the life she always dreamed. She now lives in LA with her family where she teaches public classes and works individually one on one with clients. Ali's mission is to empower people to live their best lives and create a nurturing environment for all students to grow and thrive. Praised for her mindfulness and approachable technique, her passion lies in leading international retreats. She is the founder of MyOm, a retreat company that brings people to local destinations for a week-long immersion into the practice of yoga. For more information, click here.
Alyson Brown is a graphic designer and first time mom living with her husband and two bad cats in Bend, Oregon. She writes the popular lifestyle blog Unruly Things.
When she's not spending time snuggling her little boy Wolf, she enjoys the finer things in life like perfectly buttery pie crust, yoga in the afternoon, and napping with the windows open listening to the rain.
Amber Aaron-Mosley is an Oakland native, L.A. based wardrobe stylist and freelance journalist. As a full-time mompreneur, expecting her second child this year, Amber is learning the increasing value of maternal self-care and intentional living. Inspired by this, her family lifestyle blog #MeetTheMosleys, will launch this spring journaling marriage and entrepreneurship. In addition to her evolving career in fashion, Amber is mom to 4 year-old, Max; a budding jewelry designer and co-owner of branding firm with her husband.
Amy is an Australian chiropractor and a mother-of-two with a passion for baby-wearing.
Her aim is to help you make the best decision when choosing a baby-carrier based on numerous factors including how supportive the carrier is for you and baby, what will suit your daily activities and of course how it looks!
Dr. Andrew is a chiropractic neurologist who owns Valley Family Wellness & Chiropractic, where he specializes in care for expectant mothers, children, and families. He holds a Diplomate of the American Chiropractic Neurology Board, and he and his wife Nicole, along with their two children Luke & Josie, run Valley Babywearing Library in Staunton, Virginia.
Antje Heine, born in 1970, is a midwife and psychologist. She is head of the psychosocial department of the Mother-/Father-Child-Rehabilitation clinic, Ostseeklinik Boltenhagen. For nearly 20 years she has been studying the subject of “attachment,“ and, since the opening of her first midwife praxis in 1995, she has been an advocate for ergonomic carrying of children after birth.
Anya Clowers, RN, BA, is an independent nurse consultant (focus: customer experience), travel expert, and comfort specialist with a career and lifestyle spanning Fiji to Finland. Anya, her husband, and world-traveling son (32+ countries, 5 continents, around-the-world 8+month tour) call both USA (California) and Europe (Germany), "home". JetWithKids.com and JetWithComfort.com were created to help travelers of all ages ENJOY the Journey!
Ashley Wright is a Badass Breastfeeding, Babywearing, Attachment parenting, Pole dancing, Yogi Mama who inspires and motivates men, women and families HER WAY!
Autumn was blessed to grow up in an active family where she learned to love exercise. She created Tailored Fitness, an online fitness program, to help other moms live healthy lives and set an example for their kids. Autumn lives in San Diego with her surf-loving husband and sweet baby girl Sienna.
The Babywearing Institute is the oldest babywearing school in North America. It was founded when a young German mother, Beate Frome, married in the USA saw a need for better education on what constitutes safe babywearing.
Her philosophy is education rather than regulation. Europe has seen 0 incidents in the past 20 years. Because the European model has proven to be best practice, the Babywearing Institute is patterned after it, along with recognizing important differences in culture and preferences of carriers.
She studied babywearing with several German babywearing schools on top of all the information received from well known experts in the field. She also consults with many emerging experts in the U.S.A. on safe babywearing and how to educate parents better.
Babywearing International Inc. is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to promote babywearing as a universally accepted practice. BWI's Volunteer Babywearing Educators across the country provide free meetings and outreach in their local communities, sharing their knowledge and experience to ensure that babies are worn safely and comfortably.
Barbara Caioli began her dance training in her native Italy at the age of five. She holds a BFA in Dance Choreography and two personal training certifications. Barbara is the Artistic Director and one of the choreographers of 127th St. Dance Company, a professional company she launched in 2010.
Barbara Nicholson holds a master's degree in Education, specializing in learning disabilities. She has volunteered for over 20 years with La Leche League International, an educational and support organization for breastfeeding mothers. She is also trained as a facilitator in the Nurturing Parenting Program. Ms. Nicholson co-founded Attachment Parenting International in 1994.
She has spoken to a variety of groups -- including parent educators, psychology students, conference attendees, and juvenile probation officers -- about parenting as a prevention model for societal violence. Ms. Nicholson continues to work closely with API on fundraising and has served on the development committee for the Maternal Infant Health Outreach Worker (MIHOW) Program at Vanderbilt University. Barbara is the mother of four adult sons and resides in Nashville, Tennessee.
Carley Mendes is a Holistic Nutritionist and specializes in naturally nourishing fertility, pregnancy, mama & baby. The birth of her son in 2014 deeply reinforced her devotion to helping other women thrive during their journey into motherhood with knowledge and confidence. Find Carley at Oh Baby Nutrition.
Carly Zuffinetti earned a B.A. in Elementary Education from Ball State University, a Master's Degree in Special Education and has an Autism Authorization from Cal State San Marcos. She is a special education teacher and is currently on sabbatical to be with her new baby boy. She created her Instagram account, @ThePreggersPantry, during her pregnancy hoping to connect and share ideas with other health conscious, like-minded mamas. She is involved with Miracle Babies, SAY San Diego, and The Friends of San Pasqual charities. Carly lives in Rancho Santa Fe, CA with her husband Adam, son Rio, and 13 year old Brussels Griffon, Mayzie. She loves yoga, animals, and all things baby. Carly will soon launch The Preggers Pantry blog to help inspire women to have the healthiest pregnancies and lives possible.
Casey Wiegand is married to her best friend, Christopher, and mom to a 3-year-old boy, Aiden, a 2-year-old girl, Ainsleigh and a 5 month old, Apple. Casey is a freelance artist and also owns an art studio for kids called A Little Artsy. She blogs over at CaseyLeigh where you can expect pieces of her perspective on life, faith, kids, loss, marriage, with touches of art, creative inspiration, projects and things she loves along the way. Writing is a true passion of hers and being able to share her life and thoughts through this space has been an amazing journey so far. She also writes for Disney Baby. Casey is a free spirit and lives with her family in Dallas Texas.
Cashmere Nagano is a daughter, sister to three, mama to two and wife to one. She is the social media coordinator for Orbit Baby and Ergobaby and is a Registered Nurse in Southern California, where she and her husband Ron live and love raising their toddlers, Coen and Casen. She enjoys creating, crafting, helping the community and most of all, spending quality time with her family and friends.
Chelsea Nenni is an LA based writer, musician, and yoga teacher. Chelsea teaches for YogaWorks, has got a band called Late Slip, an Etsy shop called Rock n' Resistance, and a rescue pup named Benicio.
Christanne Smith Harrison has a bachelor’s degree in Dietetics from Brigham Young University and a Masters in Public Health from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. She has experience counseling pregnant women and children on good nutrition and writes nutrition training and curriculum for schools and child care centers. She teaches online college courses and speaks on a variety of child nutrition topics.
Christina is a mama, wife, conservationist, DIY'er, vintage fanatic, dog lover and the Ergobaby director of community.
She is passionate about babies, babywearing, birth, yoga, natural living and healthy eats. When not online reading and writing about all of the above, she can be found spending time with her partner and daughter, creating their family story in their home of Los Angeles.
Christy DeGallerie is a New York writer and performer, she has written for the Huffington Post, Pop Sugar and other various publications. Many of her articles include race, identity, parenting and the journey of motherhood. She lives a fast pace life north of Manhattan with her three-year-old daughter Ava. She went to school for theatre and continues to perform poetry and monologues locally and around the city.
Claire Kellerman, certified 'permaculture designer', artist, writer and photographer, has shared her work globally.
Claire attended Sarah Lawrence College, graduating from New York University with a BA in Music and Writing, with a focus on the classic texts. Claire served as a personal assistant to Karin Frost, Ergobaby’s founder.
Danielle Hampton is a writer and blogger enjoying small town life in the mountains of Northern Arizona with her husband Hank and their two boys, Henry and Charlie, and daughter Olive. She’s a former high school English teacher who now authors the blog Sometimes Sweet and does freelance writing, editing and social media consulting, contributing to a variety of sites.
David L. Hill, MD, FAAP is the chair of the AAP Council on Communications and Media, a member of the AAP Children, Adolescents, and Media Leadership Working Group, and a scientific advisory board member of the Institute of Digital Media and Child Development as well as a board member of the North Carolina Pediatric Society. An adjunct assistant professor of pediatrics at UNC School of Medicine, he served as the 2014 Media Visiting Professor at Duke University.
Dr. Hill is also the author of Dad to Dad: Parenting Like a Pro (AAP Publishing, 2012) and has appeared in Hank Azaria’s Fatherhood online series for Disney, AOL, and mom.me. David has been a commentator for National Public Radio’s All Things Considered and a regular contributor to NPR member stations WUNC and WHQR as well as RadioMD’s “Healthy Children Radio.” He appears regularly on news stations WECT and WWAY and has been featured on CNN Headline News as well as in numerous online videos about pediatrics and parenting. A humorist and (very) occasional standup comedian, David maintained a regular humor blog (“Needles”) for Pediatric News from 2011 to 2014. Dr. Hill has worked as a medical content advisor for parents.com, Sharecare, Inc., and Pediacare Brands. Dr. Hill graduated from Rice University and attended medical school at the University of Texas Houston before completing a combined internal medicine/pediatrics residency at the UNC School of Medicine. He practices at Coastal Pediatric Associates in Wilmington, NC, where he lives with his wife, three children, and two step-children. For fun he runs and practices Tae Kwon Do with his children.
David is International Accounts Manager at Ergobaby. He is a devoted dad to his three children, Neela, Esau and Haven and makes time to coach his two boys in baseball, football, and basketball.
Weleda’s Deanne Zirker is a wellness and skin care advisor with deep knowledge on how to care for the skin. With over 20 years in the natural products space, Deanne is passionate about the natural way of life and the benefits to raising children in a natural product focused environment. Her 16 year career at Weleda North America has given her the opportunity to travel the world and further her understanding of Weleda’s unique gardening principles and the distinct benefits of wild crafted plants and flowers used in Weleda’s products. She is considered a trusted expert not only on the products and their plant ingredients, but more importantly, on why caring about what we put on our skin (and baby’s skin!) truly matters. Deanne resides in Albuquerque, New Mexico with her son, husband and 3 rescue dogs – she loves to garden, hike and spend time with her family and animals.
Diana is Motherly's Digital Education Editor. She is a midwife, pediatric nurse and founder of Gathered Birth. She loves all things birth, and is passionate about empowering women to trust themselves and embrace their inner rockstar. Diana lives outside Philadelphia with her husband and 3 amazing, goofy kids.
Dr. Rosenberg has over 10 years of experience helping women & mothers overcome some of life’s toughest challenges and is passionate about creating a space for her clients that allows vulnerability, openness
Dr. Rosenberg is an expert in multiple women's mental health areas and has advanced training to treat anxiety, depression, eating disorders, weight loss, pre and perinatal issues (infertility, birth trauma, pre/postpartum anxiety and depression, early parenting), meditation, visualization for coping, stress reduction, relationship
issues, work/life balance, parenting, trauma, grief & mourning, sleep issues, sexual concerns, self esteem, and self confidence.
She empowers her clients with the tools to become their authentic self, and encourages them to grow by developing compassion for themselves, others, and life.
Dr. Dara Lynne DaCunha is a chiropractor, doula, and mother of two who practices in Arizona. She focuses on pregnancy, post-pregnancy, and infant care. She is known for her treatment protocol that solidifies nursing relationships. Her blog is focused on the 4th trimester and a mother’s healing body.
Dr. Evelin Kirkilionis studied Biology and Human Ethology and works on the topic of carrying babies and basic needs of children for more than 20 years.
She achieved her university qualifications by passing the Ketteler-College, Mainz, followed by the study of biology at the Universities of Kaiserslautern and Freiburg. She did her master thesis at the Albert-Ludwigs-University (Freiburg) and the Academy of Scientific of Geo-Medicine (Heidelberg). After that she collaborated in different research projects. 1989 she finished her doctoral thesis at the Albert-Ludwigs-University, granted by ‘Boehringer Ingelheim fonds’ (Heidesheim), with the subject ‘The human suckling as a parent-clinger - under special consideration of the prophylaxis against hip dysplasia’.
Dr. Suzanne Zeedyk is a research scientist fascinated by babies’ innate capacity to communicate. Based for 20 years at the University of Dundee (Scotland), in 2011, she set up an independent training enterprise to disseminate the science of connection to the public. She now works internationally with organisations, strengthening their awareness of how childcare decisions shape brain development, and how those decisions are integrally connected to our vision for the kind of society we wish to build.
Dr. Tracey Alys Wright is a licensed as a chiropractor in both Hawaii and Massachusetts. Since receiving her Doctorate in 2004, Dr. Tracey has chosen to do a significant amount of traveling to bring chiropractic care to children and people in impoverished areas of the world. She has provided free care while working with other like-hearted chiropractors in Jamaica, Bali, El Salvador, India, and Brazil. Dr. Tracey specializes in Bio-Geometric Integration (BGI), a chiropractic approach that embodies the discoveries of cutting edge science while honoring the ancient wisdom of the body. Dr. Tracey is also a certified birth doula. Dr. Tracey offers her chiropractic expertise during pregnancy and births and is able to provide adjustments during labor as well as to newborn infants soon after they enter the world.
As an instructor, Dr. Tracey has served at Masterpiece Training Camp and Making Love to the Spine Seminars. She is a member of the ICPA, International Chiropractic Pediatric Association. She is certified in the Webster technique — a specific chiropractic adjustment that reduces interference to the nervous system, balances the pelvic ligaments and muscles which in turn decreases constraint to the uterus therefore allowing the baby to get into the best possible position for birth.
Victoria Wilkins M.D., M.P.H. is a hospitalist* in Salt Lake City with current scholarly interests in the area of provider, parent and child communication and health disparities.
Dr. Wilkins received her undergraduate education and M.D. at the University of California, Davis, and a Master of Public Health degree in Infectious Disease at University of California, Berkeley. After completing postgraduate training in Pediatrics, she did a fellowship in General Academic Pediatrics at University of Washington.
For more than a decade, Elizabeth has practiced midwifery, expertly combining her diverse body of skills in pre and perinatal psychology, acupuncture and communications to passionately educate and inspire women to understand their bodies and birth experiences. With a degree in Child Psychology from Tufts University, Elizabeth is uniquely in tune with the full spectrum of family needs around birth and baby planning. In addition to serving Los Angeles based families as a practicing midwife - both at home and in her well established Silverlake Birthing Center, GraceFull Birthing Center, Elizabeth has been passionately dedicated to supporting and inspiring women for more than a decade, as celebrated by People, ET, In-Side Edition and CBS News. In addition to directly serving Los Angeles based families, Elizabeth is featured as a leading expert on shows including VH1’s Love and Hip Hop Hollywood and Tia & Tamera. Elizabeth serves on the Ergobaby Medical Advisory Board. Find Elizabeth’s birth planning guidance in the GraceFull Birth Plan at Best Ever Baby.
Elizabeth Pantley is the author of the now-classic baby sleep book, The No-Cry Sleep Solution, as well as The No-Cry Separation Anxiety Solution, The No-Cry Potty Training Solution, The No-Cry Picky Eater Solution and The No-Cry Discipline Solution and seven other successful parenting books. She is president of Better Beginnings, Inc., a parenting education company. Elizabeth is a regular radio show guest and frequently quoted as a parenting expert in newspapers, magazines and websites worldwide. She publishes a newsletter which is distributed in schools, doctor’s offices and parent programs everywhere. She is a veteran babywearing mother of four.
Frances Largeman-Roth, RD, is a New York Times best selling author and nationally recognized health expert. Frances was the Food and Nutrition Director at Health magazine for nearly eight years. Frances is the author of Feed the Belly: The Pregnant Mom's Healthy Eating Guide and her latest cookbook, Eating In Color: Delicious, Healthy Recipes for You and Your Family, was recently published.
She lives in Brooklyn, NY, and is a mom of three. Check her website for more recipes.
Gina is a former rocker-chick-turned-mom, a blogger, and a busy doula. She's also a passionate advocate for women's reproductive rights and is currently working on a Master of Public Health in Epidemiology and Biostatistics with an emphasis on Maternal Child Health. At home, she’s a mother of two boys and a baby girl and wife to a bilingual middle school teacher who laughs at all her jokes.
Hannah Sullivan was a contributor and co-editor for ERGOparent. She is a devoted mother of three, an avid enthusiast of babywearing, running, and vegetarian cooking. She is a working mom and lives on Maui with her husband and her children; ages 8, 5, and 2. Hannah looks forward to sharing her insights with other busy Moms.
Dr. Henrik Norholt is a member of The World Association of Infant Mental Health. He holds a Ph.D. from the LIFE faculty of Copenhagen University and is a resident of Copenhagen, Denmark. He has been studying the effects of baby carrying as it relates to child psychological and motor development through naturalistic studies since 2001.
He is actively engaged in the study of current and past research into baby carrying through his large international network of family practitioners, midwives, obstetricians, pediatricians and child psychologists and shared his insights with the subscribers to Ergobaby’s blog.
Jacqueline Smyth is a Los Angeles based proud mama, 500 hour certified yoga instructor, and writer. Her love of travel and adventure led her on a trip around the world throughout her pregnancy, eventually having her son in Bali. Follow Jacqueline on her Instagram , Facebook, or Twitter to stay connected!
Jamie Lynn Grumet writes about her experiences with adoption, attachment parenting, travel, marriage, and the global community her family has decided actively to take part in on her blog I Am Not the Babysitter.
Jamie has three goals for writing her blog. The first is to inspire other women to make the healthiest choices for their families (parenting for each individual child’s needs rather than society’s wants). The second is to encourage other women to have their own identity apart from their children. The third is to support and bring awareness to an HIV/AIDS children’s center in Awassa, Ethiopia, and through community provide assistance such as contributing clean water and cloth diapers.
Jay McMillin is a first time mom who has been wearing her daughter since her birth in 2012. Slow food chef turned Lactivist and Dragon Wrangler, Jay thrives when sharing her passions and politics through activism. Most days you will find her with her toddler on her back, darting back and forth between the numerous non-profits she spends her time volunteering with. Trained as a Babywearing Consultant through the Center for Babywearing Studies, she has also spent years teaching people to safely wear their children in her capacity as Volunteer Babywearing Educator with Babywearing International. Jay’s educational background has led her to have a particular interest in how other cultures have utilized baby carriers over time, which she enthusiastically incorporates into her teachings. You can follow her blog Modern Babywearing
Jennifer Lezak, RLC, IBCLC is an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant, Certified Babywearing Educator and is studying to become a Cranial Sacral Therapist. The proud mother of two boisterous young boys, she understands the fears that go along with becoming a new parent.
Jennifer loves helping new moms not only successfully breastfeed but to also manage the daily tasks of surviving motherhood. You can find Jennifer both through her outpatient private practice and at Cedars Sinai Hospital, where she works as an IBCLC in the post partum unit.
Jennifer hopes to nurture a community where families can find answers, become empowered and form lifelong friendships.
Julia worked in Advertising and Marketing before her daughter came along but now enjoys staying home with her 3-year-old daughter and newborn son. She blogs at A Little Bit of All of It about those things she is passionate about like cloth diapering, breastfeeding (past infancy), bedsharing/cosleeping, baby-led solids, natural childbirth, attachment parenting, natural living, Christianity and babywearing.
Kaelah Beauregarde is a Nashville-based blogger, doula, and single mama to her two boys, Toby and Linden. In addition to working with Music City Doulas, Kaelah is also a babywearing educator, newborn care specialist, and CPST. She enjoys sharing her motherhood (mis)adventures with others.
Karin Frost comes from a truly integrated Danish background. Her mother is Danish and her father’s parents were both from Denmark. She attended La Universite de la Sorbonne in Paris before graduating from the University of Minnesota in 1984 with a BA in French and Danish. She dreamed of designing clothes and returned to the University of Minnesota and obtained an MA degree in Design in 1988. Her travels eventually led her to Maui, Hawaii and she knew this was the place she wanted to raise a child. She and her husband read the Continuum Concept by Jean Leidloff while she was pregnant and were inspired by the attachment parenting concept. She was convinced that carrying her baby was the best way to usher him into the world and with her design background it was natural for her to create her own baby carrier…thus the Ergobaby was born.
Katrin Ritter has worked as a midwife since 2001. She obtained her midwife license from the University Hospital in Münster, Germany, and then studied to become a health care management assistant. She is a licensed babywearing consultant from the babywearing school, Trageschule Dresden, in Germany. Katrin works as a Health Expert Consultant for ERGObaby Europe GmbH.
She is committed to anatomically correct babywearing and attachment parenting. She is very active in the German health expert field and runs her own babywearing consultancy.
Katrin manages all inquiries from health experts at ERGObaby Europe, such as midwives, babywearing consultants and medical experts, as well as parents encountering any problems concerning babywearing. She is constantly on the lookout for ways to further educate herself, and regularly attends congresses and symposiums within her field of profession.
She used slings and baby carriers for her son for most of the first year and is impressed with its positive effects.
Kecia Healy is a mom of 2 boys, a Child Passenger Safety Technician-Instructor and one of the primary authors of CarseatBlog.com. She lives with her husband and children in the suburbs of New York City.
Keegan is a part of Ergobaby’s Customer Care Team and has been a Brand Ambassador for four years. She is trained as a babywearing educator, birth and postpartum doula, and car seat technician. She has been involved in community babywearing education and postpartum family support since her son was born in 2012.
When she is not in the Ergobaby office you can find her teaching private babywearing consults, gentle sleep solutions, and car seat education as The LA Baby Lady.
Kelli Stewart is the creator of The Babywearing Workout™. Before she got pregnant Kelli was overweight. Then she gained 50 lbs during her pregnancy! Through The Babywearing Workout™, Kelli shares how life as a babywearing mom was all she needed to lose the baby weight and now weighs less than she did before she became pregnant.
Kim Walls is an internationally recognized skincare expert focused on optimizing health through skincare. Leading child health advocacy groups and national media rely on Kim’s clinical expertise to help parents navigate the often confusing world of natural skincare.
Kimmie is a happy mama of three awesome kids. She is married to a Desi Arnaz look-alike whom supports her Lucille Ball tendencies. Together they reside in Orange County, California. She enjoys all things crafty, wearing flip flops 365 days per year, elephants of all sizes, talking about herself in third-person, reading, thrifting, and baking.
You can say hi to her over at her blog, Hello Mess.
Kirsten Metcalf is a writer, editor and mother to a hilarious but very strong-willed toddler and a beautiful baby girl. She started writing short stories in elementary school and years later became a sports reporter and editor. Now, she mainly writes marketing, religious and parenting-related blog posts. Even before she knew she wanted to be a writer, Kirsten knew she wanted to be a mom. She knows being a mom is one of the most rewarding but hardest jobs out there, which is why she loves being able to share parenting knowledge and support to other moms through her writing. When she actually wins negotiations with her toddler, Kirsten likes to reward herself by watching KU basketball, eating cheesecake, or going on a Target run by herself.
Kristie Rivers, MD, FAAP, is an Attending Physician, Assistant Medical Director of the Pediatric Hospitalist Program, and Director of Pediatric Medical Education at a children’s hospital in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. In her medical practice, she cares for hospitalized children and also teaches pediatric residents and medical students. At Bundoo, Kristie an original Bundoo Pediatrician and has been involved with the site, helping develop its editorial direction, since before its launch.
Laura is a first time mom, wife, blogger, chef of all things wholesome, etiquette teacher, cloth diaper fan, and wannabe crafter/DIY'er.
Cooking is her favorite past-time, which is good because she and her family follow a special diet for her husband who has Crohn's disease.
When she isn't blogging or cooking, she enjoys playing with her daughter, hiking, running, reading, and sometimes her husband convinces her to help with his home improvement projects too.
Website: Food Snob STL
Laura is the Educator + Community Outreach at Ergobaby. With almost a decade of experience teaching, Laura's warmth, passion and knowledge on baby carriers and their use is unrivaled. Her genuine, down to Earth nature will put any parent at ease, and leave them with the tools they need to keep baby close and comforted. In addition to being a Certified Babywearing Educator, she is also a Full Spectrum Doula, Lactation Educator and Car Seat Tech (CPST). Her varied experience and unique background building and creating communities, as well as mentoring educators and professionals, enables her to speak confidently on a variety of babywearing and postpartum related subjects at the consumer and professional level. Interact with Laura in our Facebook group "Love Carries On" or at a consumer event near you.
Lauren Hufnagl is a wife and mother of one (and one on the way!) living in Central Pennsylvania. She shares her adventures in renovating and decorating her tiny 1930's Tudor-style home, DIY projects, and favorite products for little ones over on her blog A Lovely Lark in addition to writing for Apartment Therapy.
Leah Forester Johnson is a mother of twins, stylist, and blogger. Blending her interests in parenting, wholesome cooking and style, Leah Forester's blog is an inspiring take on modern motherhood. Leah assists in facilitating RIE (Resources for Infant Educarers) parent-infant guidance classes in Los Angeles.
Lindsay Ingalls, a certified holistic health coach and new mom, began writing in 2006. She has been featured on Living Harvest, Meatless Monday and other online publications. To learn more about Lindsay visit her family naturallyfamily.com and her personal blog at runningwithtongs.com
Lindsey Shipley, RN, IBCLC is a mom of 2, Registered Nurse, Childbirth Educator and Board Certified Lactation Coach. She owns Lactation Link, a private practice offering breastfeeding support through her classes, website, and online support forum. Lindsey’s goal is to empower women through education to reach their goals, whatever they may be.
Lindsey is an environmental educator, her husband is a biologist. The outdoors seems to be infused into everything they do! Lindsey blogs at outsidemom.com, a blog for parents dedicated to taking full advantage of the experiences the natural world has to offer their family. When not blogging, she can be found relaxing at Lake Tahoe, biking the Sierras before dawn or making a serious batch of mud pies with her boys.
Lo is the Creative Director and Cofounder of Kid & Coe, a family-focused vacation rental website with properties around the world. When she’s not hunkered down at their NYC office you’ll likely find her and her 3-year-old son Henri running amok in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Follow Lo on Instagram @lolopetitpot.
Marcy Sauter is a postpartum doula in the Los Angeles/Orange county area. She provides support to mothers and families post birth for lactation and postpartum doula services. As a mother herself, she understands and is sensitive to needs of the new mother and family. She is an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) and DONA Certified.
Website: Rest Asssured Doulas
McLean is a Postpartum Doula, Lactation Educator Counselor, Prenatal & Postnatal Yoga/ Pilates/ Meditation Teacher, Nutritionist, Death Doula, Reiki Practitioner, Crystal Worker, Motherhood Coach and Podcast Host living in Los Angeles.
After the birth of her first daughter, McLean quickly realized that there was a great need for women to be supported on a deeper level, not only through pregnancy and birth but especially during the Postpartum shift. She made it her mission to show up for other women as the kind of loving support that she wished she’d had.
Becoming a Postpartum doula has led her to her truest passion- supporting women as they make their transition into Motherhood. To assist women as they empower themselves and activate their own healing.
McLean views the journey of conception through to postpartum as different points on one continuum. It is this holistic approach that helps women embrace all the parts of their journey with clear vision, strength and grace. She thanks her highest gurus- her daughters Jemima and Goldy Wolf for leading her onto this path and helping her find her true Self. It takes a village to raise a mother, not just a child.
Meriah Nichols is the travel-hungry pregnant deaf mother of two. She writes about disability, travel and parenting on her blog, “With a Little Moxie”. She is currently preparing for the birth of child #3 and traveling the Pan American Highway early next year, from San Francisco to Chile.
Today our friends at Monti Kids shared fun facts about baby development with us. This science informs the unique Montessori toy subscription program they have designed for children 0-3.
Nancy Mohrbacher, IBCLC, FILCA, fell in love with breastfeeding when she breastfed her three sons, Carl, Peter, and Ben, who are now grown. She began helping breastfeeding families in 1982 as a volunteer. Nancy became board-certified as a lactation consultant in 1991 and from 1993 to 2003 she founded and maintained a large private lactation practice in the Chicago area. She spent eight years working as a lactation consultant at a major breasst-pump company and two years helping mothers by phone through a corporate lactation program. Nancy is the author or co-author of several breastfeeding books for parents and professionals. Her most recent book, Working and Breastfeeding Made Simple, debuted July 2014.
Nicole Dodge is wife and mother to two children Luke (3) and Josie (1). Together with her husband Dr. Andrew Dodge, she runs Valley Babywearing Library and has a passion for helping new parents with natural parenting education and babywearing outreach! When she’s not teaching babywearing classes, you can find her behind the front desk at their family chiropractic office!
Nicole Makowka is the Director of Parenting Education at LOOM. As a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Parent Educator, with over a decade of professional experience, Nicole is committed to serving children and families in an educational and therapeutic capacity. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband, son, and two dogs.
'Rebecca Michi is an English gentle children's sleep consultant and author based in Seattle. Rebecca works with families who have children under 6 years old and uses only the gentlest techniques and encourages parents to use their instincts when helping their child sleep. Rebecca uses many different gentle sleep training techniques, and never uses cry-it-out. For more information or consultations, find her at her website.
Dr. Robert H. Cho is a pediatric orthopedic surgeon and Clinical Assistant Professor of Orthopedic Surgery at UCLA and a member of the Ergobaby Medical Advisory Board. He is actively involved in the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, Pediatric Orthopedic Society of North America, and the Scoliosis Research Society. He has presented numerous research papers, posters, and presentations around the world on outcomes of scoliosis and limb deformity surgery and improving surgical safety and efficiency. Dr. Cho lives in Los Angeles, California with his wife and two beautiful daughters.
Sandra Telep is a West Philly Mama (not born and raised, but she does spend most of her days on the playground). She is a former professional activist turned stay-at-home-mom. Sandra is happily married to her best friend; they have a precocious toddler and are expecting baby #2.
She blogs about parenting as a queer, Latina, feminist reclaiming family values at www.westphillymama.com
Stephanie Sheaffer is a writer and entrepreneur. In her spare time, you’ll likely find her on a hike with her family, taking pictures with her DSLR, running in a 5K, or with her nose in a book. In 2011, she and her family took a year off to travel around the country in an RV with the intent purpose of helping people. Her husband Tim wrote about their experience at: Give Every Day. Stephanie is well-known as an advocate for literacy, loving little ones, and living with less.
Sydney Seaver was a part of Ergobaby since 2004, first as Personal Assistant to the president and eventually as Administrative Assistant. She is a graduate of the University of Texas with a BA in Liberal Arts. Prior to coming to ERGO she had her own company, Ergonomic Resource Group. She is the mother of five including two sets of twins and grandmother of eight including a set of twins.
Tammy Jennings is a mother, writer/photographer and teacher. She has taught workshops and classes on women's wellness, parenting and childbirth education for over 20 years. Presently she is a University lecturer, and has put her "doula cap" away, but she has had the great honor of attending many births. She lives on Oahu with her husband and the last of three children left in the nest! Tammy has a Masters degree in Interdisciplinary Arts and is a certified Childbirth Educator/Doula, Massage Therapist and Nutritional Advisor.
Tana Baer is a writer and storyteller based out of Martha's Vineyard, MA. When she's not reading, traveling, gardening, or cooking, she can be found on a hike with her rather adventurous one year daughter strapped to her back.
A working mother and UCLA-trained pediatrician who practices in Southern California, Dr. Tanya Altmann is a best-selling author, network television parenting expert, and entertainment industry consultant. Dr. Tanya Altmann is an American Academy of Pediatrics spokesperson, approved by the national physician organization to communicate complicated medical issues into easily understood concepts.
Tiffany DeLancy is a mother to her sweet baby, Nora Jane. She discovered a more natural way of life when she began her yoga teacher training, it ignited a passion within her for a life of balance and harmony. She teaches "Buddha baby" yoga classes for mommy & me. She is an advocate for natural birth, breastfeeding, babywearing, cloth diapering, and gentle parenting. She hopes to find many different ways to share the benefits of living yoga.
Tiffany Field, Ph.D., is a member of the faculty of the School of Psychology at Fielding Graduate University. In her role as a member of the faculty in the School of Psychology, Tiffany teaches seminars on Research Design and Methodology, Developmental Bases of Behavior, Biological Bases of Behavior and Health Psychology. Tiffany’s most recent scholarly work has been the use of complementary therapies for preventing prematurity and helping preterm infants grow, for depression, pain syndromes, autoimmune and immune diseases.
Tracy Cassels obtained her B.A. in Cognitive Science from the University of California, Berkeley, M.A. in Clinical Psychology at the University of British Columbia, and is currently a Ph.D. Candidate in Developmental Psychology. Most importantly, though, she is a mother to daughter Maddy, stepson Desmond, and wife to husband Brian. She can be found at her website, Evolutionary Parenting.
Whitney is the Social Media Manager at Ergobaby. She is a former early childhood educator, teacher, and children and family yoga instructor with a love of wellness, health, and all things mind-body-soul. She loves to write, blog, spend time in nature, and adventure with her rescue dogs when not plugged into all things babywearing.