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A letter from the BoD, re:COVID-19

Hello Mid-Atlantic Babywearing Families and Caretakers,

We know by now everyone is in the midst of making arrangements for the current COVID-19 situation. The Mid-Atlantic Babywearing Board of Directors has been discussing the best solutions moving through the coming months. Our thoughts are with the healthcare providers, high-risk individuals, and their families.

At this time, all March 2020 meetups have been cancelled. We will monitor the situation and recommendations by the CDC and health professionals to make a decision about the April meetings. We will try to make the decision as early as possible so that caretakers can plan accordingly. Some of these decisions will be made by the meeting locations themselves; many of the locations where we host meetups have suspended all events for the time being*. 


All carriers that are currently checked out have been renewed through MyTurn, and there will be no “overdue” carriers. Should you receive a return message please email: library@midatlanticbabywearing.org and we will correct the return date. All carriers that are currently “out” will be cleaned and sanitized before returning to circulation. We will also extend each current membership an additional month.  

Our Volunteers and Educators are currently working on a plan to bring live videos, tutorials, and virtual meetings to our Facebook support group. If you need help with a carrier, please reach out to us and we will do our best to assist either via the Facebook group or a private chat. Please also remember that babywearing is a wonderful tool for helping keep sick kids close and keeping them out of reach of germy surfaces. It is also a great way to calm both kids and caregivers, and connect in times of stress. 

Sincerely, 

The Mid-Atlantic Babywearing Board of Directors

*Please note: St Luke Lutheran Church (our Chester County meeting location) is closed to all outside events until further notice. Most libraries, including the ones we regularly meet at, have suspended events and meetings until further notice. Please check with these organizations before attending previously scheduled events. 

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Board of Directors, MAB Update

A Letter from the President of the Board

Dear Mid-Atlantic Babywearing Membership,

Thank you all so much for your support as we get off the ground! We have been working diligently since going live in January 2019 to continue to move this organization forward to best serve our membership, and we covet your input as we continue to grow and change. Our mission is to support and promote the practice of safely carrying babies, toddlers, and preschoolers closely to a caregiver in a variety of types of baby carriers for all interested caregivers through education and other means of support.

We began with meet ups in seven locations, and we now have nine meeting locations and are working at further expansion. At this time, we are serving York, Lancaster, Montgomery, Berks, Chester, Cumberland, Delaware, and Philadelphia counties. If there are other communities in these areas we should be looking at serving, we would love for you to bring this to our attention. We have grown to 68 paying members, including our 26 incredible volunteers. Paid memberships, which allow members to check out carriers at our monthly meetups, help us to maintain our lending library and to pay our insurance premiums, and other activities to help further our mission. We have been building our libraries recently! All of our meeting locations now have an onbuhimo available for check out, we just got in a new Boba 4G carrier (if you’ve never tried one, they’re awesome!), we’ve added some great items to our ring sling collection, and we have been working at diversifying the contents of all meeting locations lending libraries. If there’s something you’d like to try, let us know!

Over the next several months we will be making some changes in our library and membership software, making some improvements in volunteer communication abilities, continuing to hold meetings, and will hopefully be training some new amazing educators to continue to better serve and support our community. If you are interested in training to become an educator, or in serving our community in some other way, please reach out to me and let me know you’re interested at gretchen@midatlanticbabywearing.org !

I’d finally like to take this opportunity to thank our incredibly dedicated volunteers for all of the hard work they have put in to get this organization up and running, and for their commitment to continuing to spread the babywearing love and support. Thank you all so much, I am so honored to be working alongside so many incredible people! And lastly, thank you so much to all our members. We are only here because of you, and we are so grateful for your support.

I am so incredibly proud of all the work we have done and have yet to do!

With gratitude,

Gretchen DiSciascio

President

Mid-Atlantic Babywearing