This post was created in 2015, when Austin Babywearing was under the national organization Babywearing International (BWI). Babywearing International filed for bankruptcy in 2018 and our local organization became its own non-profit organization, Austin Babywearing.
Each one of the Volunteer Babywearing Educators has performed the necessary training, passed at least one examination, and does continuing babywearing education.
Hundreds of babywearers are taught to use their own baby carrier and hundreds more are fitted to rent one of the hundreds of carriers from our library.
But it doesn’t stop there.
There are people who work behind the scenes, tracking down late rentals, managing our finances,branding, marketing events, fundraisers, outreach events, etc. There are looooooooots of spreadsheets and databases involved and enough math to make my head hurt.
That is in addition to the fact that we will do almost anything for FUNdraising…
AND the fact that there is a professional photographer at almost every one of our meetings to make sure those baby-snuggles are captured perfectly!
We’re lucky here in Austin that many of our leaders are also leaders at the National level and hold positions on various BWI National committees. On top of working, raising a family, maintaining a partnership, and volunteering locally, these babywearers then devote additional time, talents, and toil to make sure that the National organization grows, thrives, and runs smoothly.
All this to say that we are thankful for the members of our community that make Babywearing International Greater Austin even possible.
Sometimes when I think of the countless hours and personal sacrifice that goes into this endeavor, I wonder why we still do it… and the answer is that it’s the people with which we share this adventure that make it worthwhile.
Thank you, volunteers. On this Thanksgiving, we are profoundly grateful for you, your sacrifices, your family’s sacrifices, and the love and attention you pour into every worn baby here in Central Texas and beyond.