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Graduate Highlight: Casey Dynakowski

When/Where did you take Foundations? March 2016/Philadelphia, PA

Business name Wearing Every Baby

Are you on social media? Instagram: @wearingeverybaby

If someone random came up to you on the street and asked you "what do you do?" What would you tell them? I work at Cloth in South Philadelphia. I assist families with all things babywearing, cloth diapering, and breastfeeding.

What makes what you do/your business unique? I feel like my empathy and understanding makes me unique. I struggled with postpartum depression with my first child and because of that I feel like I have a very empathetic approach to teaching which includes a lot of listening and practicing patience.

What does a "day in the life of" look like for you? My favorite days are those when I feel I have made a real difference for a family. They come to me stressed, desperate, and looking for a break. They may try a few different carriers before they find the right fit. Then they leave confident, comfortable, and cuddly.

How did the CBWS training(s) play a role in your day-to-day "work"? I think my training has had the biggest impact on my listening skills. It has taught me to truly listen without needing to relate it to myself or my experiences.

Any thoughts/inputs you want to share about how you balance your "work like" with your "real life"? I feel blessed that I am so passionate about my work that most of the time it doesn't even feel like work. I feel empowered to do more and look forward to taking the next step.

What is one piece of advice you wish you could share with "pre-CBWS self?" Before my training I felt very ashamed of my struggle with postpartum depression. I never talked about it and just thinking about that time in my life made me cringe. Since my training, I have been able to move forward and felt empowered to use my experience to help others. Babywearing played a huge role in my recovery and that's the main reason I decided to become an educator.

Meet Amber and Meeshi from Groovaroo!

We are super excited to introduce you to Amber and Meeshi Anjali! Amber is a CBWS Graduate and her husband Meeshi is a dance instructor. Together they've created the concept of Groovaroo which has propelled dancing while babywearing into the mainstream and has sparked a viral sensation. 

Amber and Meeshy from  Groovaroo

Amber and Meeshy from Groovaroo

How did you get into R&B/Soul Line Dancing? What has your experience been like?

Meeshi first discovered R&B/Soul Line Dancing when a friend of his shared a line dance on his Facebook page in the summer of 2012. While he was already familiar with the three most popular line dances (Cupid Shuffle, Wobble and Electric Slide), he had no idea of the breadth and popularity of R&B/Soul Line Dancing in African American communities. Already a student and teacher of multicultural dancing for 20 years, Meeshi felt particularly drawn to this style of dancing for three reasons: 1) he loved how the structure of the dance perfectly fit the structure of the music, 2) he loved how playful, interactive and improvisational everyone was with the music and with each other, and 3) he loved how accessible and inclusive it was people of all ages and levels. Pure beginners danced side by side with advanced dancers sharing the floor as equals.

Primarily self-taught, Meeshi was able to teach himself to line dance by watching YouTube videos from Tamika Shipman of the Parkside Experience in Philadelphia. He then started attending line dance events locally in San Diego and across the country. He was excited about how welcoming everyone in the line dance community was to him, and in fact, they felt more open to him than almost any of the other cultural dance styles he had been training in over the past 20 years. He has been teaching R&B/Soul Line Dancing in San Diego since 2013 and has been fortunate enough to teach at national line dance events in Chicago and Philadelphia.

Who were your teachers?

As mentioned above, Meeshi was mostly self-taught using the Parkside Experience YouTube videos. These videos were a weekly line dance event in Philadelphia where Tamika Shipman filmed the dance instruction prior to the social dancing. The primary Parkside teachers are Chris Blues and Hassan Abdul-Rahim. He was also greatly inspired and influenced by four other Philly-style line dance teachers: Bernadette Burnette, Ray Boyd, Kenny Johnson and Ed Williams. Locally he has learned from SoCal teachers Patricia Murray, Ed Griffith, Jackie Rice and Youshia Berry.

How did you come up with the idea for a babywearing dance class? What was your experience with babywearing prior to the class?

Amber was introduced to babywearing through a family that she used to nanny for. She realized how much it helped to comfort the baby especially when going for walks. She saw a video of two people babywearing and dancing salsa in Spain and thought that babywearing and soul line dancing would fit perfectly together because most of the movements start with a gentle rocking of your hips, just as you would rock your hips to soothe your baby. 

What do you hope parents and families will get from taking this class? 

Our hope is that parents will discover that GroovaRoo Dance is not an exercise class to workout with your baby, but a movement class for new parents to feel good in their bodies again, bond with their baby and other families, and find the support of a like-minded community of parents going through the same challenges and triumphs. In cultures all over the world dance is an integral part of family life, however in America, dance is frequently viewed a performance art that is to be enjoyed but not participated in. When parents are attending a children's dance class they often feel compelled to watch rather than join in the fun. Dance should be an interactive social activity for the whole family/village to do together. Dancing with your baby is just the beginning of our larger cultural mission of normalize family dancing in America. Let's dance for LOVE!

Have you gotten any one thing out of teaching this kind of class that surprised you or was different from your expectations?

When we first started our classes we chose songs that seemed more "child-oriented" but over time we realized moms really wanted to dance to familiar pop music. They wanted to dance the way they'd enjoyed dancing in the clubs prior to baby. We subsequently have been labelled as the "Dirty Dancing" of babywearing dance. Along with bonding with their babies and other women, moms feel empowered to get their "sexy back" in our classes.

Filming the NBC Nightly News Report

Filming the NBC Nightly News Report

Graduate Stories: Austin Rees

Graduate Stories: Austin Rees


When and Where did you take CBWS trainings? 

Oct 2013 Foundations in Bethesda, MD and Oct 2015 Progressions in Baltimore, MD

Business name:

I'm the owner of Breast+Skin+Sling and co-founder of Sacred Milk  

What kind of work do you do?

  • Through Breast+Skin+Sling I prepare mothers, prenatally, with the foundations of Breastfeeding, Skin-to-Skin and Babywearing through the following options:
  • Private, customized in-person, or virtual prenatal consults
  • A four week Breast+Skin+Sling class series
  • A dynamic weekend Sacred Pregnancy + Sacred Milk retreat Through Sacred Milk. My partner, Sara Goff, and I create programs that inspire instinctual wisdom for mothers as they embark on their Milk Journey. We also share the Sacred Milk program with Sacred Pregnancy Instructors and Sacred Doulas at live retreats.


What makes your job or your business unique? 

I combine my background as an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant with Babywearing. I uniquely offer cutting edge information, along with in-person sisterhood, creative expression, and honoring within the classes/retreats I facilitate. Mothers gain the information on how to initiate their Milk journey, but also gain a circle of local support made up of peers and professionals. With this knowledge I have witnessed mothers step into motherhood trusting their bodies, their babies, and their Milk. Through classes or consultations mothers discover their innate instincts and wisdom so they enter their unique Milk relationship secure, confident, supported, and connected to their baby.


What does a "day in the life of" look like for you? What's a "good" day of work?

In my businesses I typically spend each day responding to emails in reference to an upcoming retreat or I communicate with businesses from whom we purchase products for our gift bags. I scan for articles to share on our social media or work on a Milk Monday post by searching for the perfect photo to complement the clip of information we have written for Sacred Milk. When I have a prenatal consultation I pack in the morning, making sure I add in my kit at least two of each type of carrier and two demo dolls. I review the pre-consultation form the client has completed beforehand and make sure I bring books and handouts to meet their needs. Then I pack up their unique client gift. Examples of gifts I have shared in the past were a pair of BabyLegs, a sculpture that represents motherhood and the Sacred Pregnancy or Sacred Motherhood book. When I arrive at someone's home I set up the space for the consultation and "catch up" with the client. I begin with teaching them how milk works and the impact birth and postpartum procedures have on milk. We move into skin-to-skin contact and the expectations of a newborn. Together we begin to create a core support team full of local peers and professionals. We end the consultation with a babywearing demonstration and practice. I enjoy meeting couples or families in their home because the space represents them. I am invited into their sacred space and share tools they can use in their space. We discuss where Mom will spend most of her day when baby is born and adapt that area to meet her needs. Many mothers have appointments late in pregnancy outside of the home so this is an opportunity for them to not have to leave their house but still meet their needs and prepare for their milk and babywearing journey.


How did the CBWS training(s) play a role in your day-to-day work? 

I learned more than just a set of technical skills in my CBWS trainings. Not only did we become proficient on carriers and carrying techniques, CBWS taught communication comprehension, which included positive and neutral language. We practiced how to empty ourselves and remove our convictions and meet clients where they are in the moment. These courses gave me the tools to create an individual outline for me. I can take each lesson and adapt it to be the most beneficial for my client.


Any thoughts/input you want to share about how you balance your "work life" with your "real life"?

I am a mother to four children ages 13, 11, 9, and 3. When I first started Sacred Milk I was homeschooling my older children. My Sacred Milk business partner is a homeschooling mother to six children and lives in another state. Together we must balance creating our program along with meeting the needs of 10 children. I created Breast+Skin+Sling after I moved to Baltimore, MD. Living in a new city and starting a new business presented challenges. Thank goodness I met a magnificent massage therapist in the area at a Sacred Pregnancy retreat earlier in the year. She introduced me to a tightly-knit and supportive birth community. I began to attend Birth Circles, and created a mastermind group of different professionals in the birth community. We met monthly for peer support, accountability, and business brainstorming.  


What is one piece of advice you wish you could share with your "pre-CBWS" self? 

When I registered for the Foundations course my husband was in the middle of retiring from the Army and interviewing for a new career. The government shutdown was looming and we had no extra funds. I was also in my third trimester of pregnancy and was feeling poorly. I reached out to everyone I knew to help support me financially to attend. Months later I was able to repay them. I was determined to take advantage of this course that was only about an hour away. I was stressed about finding the funds for the course along with feeling crummy due to my pregnancy. Thankfully, it worked out! Through this course I created some fabulous friendships and people I can network with in Virginia and Maryland.  

Connect with Austin on Social Media

Facebook Breast Skin Sling ❤︎ Instagram Breast Skin Sling ❤︎ Facebook Sacred Milk ❤︎ Instagram Sacred Milk 

Graduate Highlight: Meet Amber Kozak

Graduate Highlight: Meet Amber Kozak

I would describe myself as very passionate and empathetic. I have learned that this is what empowers me to be better, to do the right thing and inspire others. I have been told that it’s a weakness, it’s not, it is my greatest strength.
— Amber Kozak

Amber is a CBWS Babywearing Consultant, and works under her business' name Babywearing Unicorn. She works at a natural parenting store in Philadelphia called CLOTH where she does in store Babywearing consultations for customers and teaches a class on early infant bonding. She also volunteers with, and is one of the founders of, Philly Babywearing Group. 

Amber has a new Zine coming out in August called "Mom Punx" her first issue is called "Mommy Group Misfits" It can be a struggle to be accepted by other parents when you have dyed hair and tattoos or you don't fit the mold. In this issue Amber will be talking about body modifications such as tattoos and piercings in regards to pregnancy and parenting. There will also be an interview with a really awesome LGBT couple Shalee and Mallory Ellis.

Amber offers  home consultations in, and up to a one hour drive of, Philadelphia PA. 
You can contact Amber 

Instagram: @babywearing_Unicorn
Please like Amber's page on Facebook

I met Amber at Bond Conference in April,  when she posted about her recent volunteer work at a women shelter in Philly  I asked her if she can write a blog post about her experience. Please read her post below and lets keep on spreading the babywearing love. - Bianca

When I attended the BOND conference in April I was really inspired, not only by the speakers but, by all of the individual work done by all of the folks in the industry, from educators to brand reps. This industry is making big strides to change the way people view early infant development and creating lasting bonds between caregivers and their children. It really inspired me to do more.

At Bond there was a lot of talk about bringing the information back to our individual communities,  and I took that to heart. With the wealth of knowledge I received at BOND, the confidence and inspiration from my peers, along with my background in Babywearing I was able to create a full early infant attachment, kangaroo care, safe sleep (including Breastsleeping), and Babywearing class and teach it at my local shelter for new and expectant moms, as well as provide carriers with donations from two different companies whose reps I first met at BOND. BabyloniaUSA donated BB Tais and MOBY donated their original stretchy wraps, words can not express how much I appreciate their generosity. 

I enlisted the help of Erica Desper of Confident Parenting to assist with fit checks. An active member of Philly Babywearing Group named Kita Wolfe also volunteered to come and take photos. I really appreciate them taking their time to assist me with this project. Many of my peers in the Babywearing community also assisted me by helping me make sure my class presented as gently as possible and I really appreciate their support.


After my general presentation I spoke a bit about spinal development and Erica held up a visual while I used my beaded spine prop to explain progression of the developing spine, before going into general Babywearing.

Participating in this class was so fulfilling for me personally. I believe that every Mother needs a “village” and we as consultants can be such an important part of so many of them.
— Erica Desper

I announced they would be receiving 2 carriers and the 3 of us handed out gift bags. Everyone seemed really excited! I also did a demonstration of each carrier. 

After each demo the girls got into groups of two and I walked them through each step. Erica and I made sure everyone tried on each carrier with a demo doll and had it fitted properly. Some of the women started talking about their due due dates, their baby's genders, and how the anticipation of waiting for the baby to come can seem like a lifetime. For a moment it didn't feel like we were in a shelter. We were just a bunch of empowered women in a room talking about Babywearing. 

Helping other mothers is so important. I’ve learned that babywearing is an unspoken bond. It was great to help welcome those mothers into the family through this class
— Kita Wolfe

When we first arrived at the shelter I must say that my audience was less than impressed, many were uninterested in introductions, going in and out of the room and there was a general vibe of disinterest. Feeling a little disheartened I started presenting anyway and began my talk on attachment. About 1/3 of the way through that first portion, the women began participating a bit and asking questions. This was a big win! I thought deeply about how these women are lacking support that I take for granted every day and how they don't even have a home to go to. I also thought about how I would feel in that situation. Assessing my own privilege and trying to look at things from their perspective helped me understand why it took them a bit longer to warm up and engage. It is important to actively try to look at things from your Audiences perspective, if you are planning to do this type of work, you really need to put a lot of effort into being sensitive to your audience. You never know just what someone may have been through before coming into a space with you.

After class I stayed behind to help the 3 women who already had their babies get comfortable in their carriers. Helping women create stronger bonds with their babies is what my work is all about. Naturally this was my favorite part the end result, happy parents with snuggly babies.

I loved fitting them in their carriers and seeing how strong and confident wearing their babies made them feel it was very heartwarming. I hope to do this again soon.

A special thanks to Moby, BabyloniaUSA and Nova Natural for providing the carriers. 

Graduate Highlight: Meet Sean Bourke (Father's Day Edition)

Graduate Highlight: Meet Sean Bourke (Father's Day Edition)

Kiddos? Tristan 7, Caden 3

Where do you live? Valencia, Ca

How or why did you get into Babywearing? I got introduced to babywearing though my amazing partner Erin. She wore our older son and wearing just seemed like the natural thing to do with Caden. 

What is the best thing about working in the Babywearing industry? The best thing for me about being in the industry is being able help new parents feel confident in themselves when it comes to babywearing. Being a dad I feel like I am able to connect with other dads and  encourage them to follow there paternal instincts to care and nurture their child by babywearing. 

If you could only own one carrier which one would you choose? Now a days I would have to say a larger (toddler/Pre-k) SSC. Caden has become rather independent and wants to walk around most of the time. So having something that I can just have around my waist and put him up when he gets tired is the best option. If its a generic question about what kind of carrier I would probably choose a woven wrap because it is the most versatile from infant until they decide they are done being worn.

What are you jamming to these days? I have a wide variety of music I listen to these days. It varies from viking metal like Amon Amarth, folk metal like Eluveitie to folk/rock like mumford & sons

What's your favorite quote/mantra/inspiration? I don't have a favorite quote but on the fridge there is a dry erase stick on that Erin or I will write a quote that speak to us and change it every so often.

What's next for you? I plan on teaching some classes and getting more involved in my local community.

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Graduate Highlight: Meet David Brown (Father's Day Edition)

Graduate Highlight: Meet David Brown (Father's Day Edition)

Kiddos? Chandler 7 Matilda 5 August 3

Where do you live? Glendale CA

How or why did you get into Babywearing? We started wearing with our first and then my wife started BabywearingLA

What is the best thing about working in the Babywearing industry? Helping people

If you could only own one carrier which one would you choose? Kinderpack ciao because it has scooters on it. But we have a new one on the way and the Ergo Adapt can be used longer

What are you jamming to these days? Ska!  There is a podcast called 23 Minutes of Ska

What's your favorite quote/mantra/inspiration? My wife. She is awesome and an inspiration.

What's next for you? I am homeschooling our kids and that takes all of my focus.

Anything else you want everyone know about you: A few years ago I did some tutorials under the title "Yo Pax Daddy Wraps". I think they are funny, informative and a good introduction for dads that might be a little apprehensive. (Note by Bianca: Of course I had to find those videos and I posted them below.. enjoy!) 

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Graduate Highlight: Meet Ben Winton

Graduate Highlight: Meet Ben Winton

Kiddos? Will age 5,  Sam age 2, Third boy due in September 

Where do you live? Birmingham, AL

How or why did you get into Babywearing? I got into babywearing for two reasons. First is because we were having our second son and being hands free really helps. The second reason was for bonding. My wife has been very fortunate to be able to breastfeed both our sons and through it she is able to have a bond with our sons that I am not able to have. Babywearing and being on a hands on dad helps me create a similar bond with our boys. 

What is the best thing about working in the Babywearing industry?  I love the support of this industry. I don't believe there is another industry with this kind of support. 

If you could only own one carrier which one would you choose? A mei tai with a ring waist. 

What are you jamming to these days?  Honestly, I don't listen to music much I prefer books on tape.  

What's your favorite quote/mantra/inspiration? My inspiration is taking care of my family. Finding what helps us/them grow and flourish. Wanting to find what nurtures their best and mine keeps me growing personally both personally and professionally. And inspires to to encourage the same in others. 

What's next for you? Currently, I'm working on growing It Takes a Village Babywearing Consulting. I'm wanting to get more males babywearing and to show them that it's not just for females. 

Anything else you want everyone know about you:  Anything I do, I do because I love it. I love the bond babywearing creates between the wearer and the wearee as well as how wearing creates a village for so many and gives them that community where, for many, it didn't exist before. I want everyone to have the chance to experience what that is like.  

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Graduate Highlight: Meet Mat York (Father's Day edition)

Graduate Highlight: Meet Mat York (Father's Day edition)

Kid(dos) (age and name?) Daughter Baylor- 3.5 yrs    Son Miles- 1.5 yrs

Where do you live? Dallas, Tx

How or why did you get into Babywearing?  Acknowledging the extreme bonding experience my wife was developing  through breastfeeding as a new dad I knew I had to find a way to bond with my kids while they were in that early stage of life. Babywearing seemed a natural option to create that experience for myself. I would have never fathomed that almost 4 years later I would be an educator crusading for paternal Babywearing neutrality.  

What is the best thing about working in the Babywearing industry? Watching the families I work with not only enjoy Babywearing but seamlessly make it a part of their parenting style.

If you could only own one carrier which one would you choose? While I reach most often for a ring sling, I'd have to say if I could only have one a Mei tai would have to be it! 

What are you jamming to these days? Depends on my mood anything from acoustic singer songwriter stuff to dancing around to Taylor Swift and disco while cooking! And course the ever present Disney tunes that are always being sung or played to entertain the kiddos! 

What's your favorite quote/mantra/inspiration? "Well that could've been worse" #parentingtoddlers 

What's next for you? I'm really enjoying the path that I'm on as an educator. I find great joy in speaking to families about their Babywearing needs. My next speaking topic to tackle is Babywearing as a family unit: if we're not all participating, what message are we sending? 

Anything else you want everyone know about you:  As much as own my role as a father, I'm still really just figuring it out as I go. 

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