Over the last few years, we have enjoyed running several fundraisers for Maternity Worldwide, a charity close to our hearts, which works to save lives in low-income countries by training local midwives and medical staff. They help to empower women to become decision-makers about their own health and provide maternal healthcare to rural and remote communities. Each time we run a fundraiser, we’re overwhelmed with generosity from our wonderful customers!
This International Babywearing Week we will be supporting this wonderful charity again. With that in mind, we wanted to take a look at all the amazing things our customers have contributed to over the years.
Maternity Worldwide’s vision is:
A world in which all women and their babies can access safe and appropriate childbirth regardless of where they live.
Every day 800 women die during childbirth or pregnancy, 99% of these mothers live in low-income countries. Maternity Worldwide works in Malawi and Uganda promoting healthy childbirth through their support of maternal health services & community health promotion, while also developing local Emergency Obstetric Care centres and women’s groups.
We talked to Maternity Worldwide about their amazing work and they very kindly sent over some inspirational stories from the people they have worked with in Uganda.
Take a moment with your little one, find peace, unwind and bond with our Yoga flow. This sequence has been specially tailored by new mum & yoga instructor Emma Isokivi, together with Heather Burns Yoga to create a slow yoga flow made especially with parents & new mothers in mind.
Maria practicing with her little one in our Rei Motif baby wrap
Yoga can be a great way to relax and gently exercise while bonding with your little one. We spoke to our model & photographer Maria and yoga instructor Emma about their experiences of practicing with their little ones.
“When you become a mother, the world seems to spin faster and sometimes everything seems to be too much and somehow blurry. Yoga can help to slow down again, to breathe, to keep your thoughts together in this crazy circus, called life.”
“My yoga practice now all about supporting my family; my little one, myself and husband. Sometimes he crawls around between my legs, and when he was much smaller he often was in my arms or in a sling during most of my day- whether it be on my mat or walking around. It’s a special time to be connected to your child, wrapped in with you. And a yoga practice is so much more than just postures- it’s a whole life philosophy.”
One of the things I love most about wrapping my babies is experimenting with different carries and finishes. There are SO MANY fancy finishes out there for every carry and wrap size – just a quick YouTube search will get you dozens of tutorials!
For those just starting out – or are just in need of quick, easy finishes – then check out these 6 easy fancy finishes for double hammock carries featuring Oscha Slings’ Rei Electric Dreams!
My criteria for choosing these finishes are that they must:
Look complicated and pretty (obviously this is quite subjective)
Be able to get done quickly (with less that 3 steps for the finish before tying off – the basic Double Hammock steps are excluded from this, of course
Be easy to master (you should be able to do these without watching a video after doing them a couple of times)
Three of these (Freshwater, Saltwater, and Candy Cane Chest Belt) I do very often, but the other three (Sweetheart, Poppin’s, and Pond) I only tried for the first time for the purpose of this post. The fact they look so good in these photos is proof of how easy they are to do!