Babywearing International of Atlanta is Atlanta's resource for babywearing education. The group began originally as Koala Mommas, which met in Decatur. Over time the group expanded, changed leadership, and became Atlanta Babywearers. After a year, Atlanta Babywearers realized it needed to reach the entire Atlanta metro area, and so became Babywearing International of Atlanta in 2012.
BWI of Atlanta's parent organization, Babywearing International, is a non-profit 501(c)3 dedicated to babywearing education and normalizing babywearing. There are three levels of accreditation: Volunteer Babywearing Educator (VBE), Advanced Babywearing Educator (ABE), and Master Babywearing Educator (MBE). All chapters of Babywearing International must have at least two Volunteer Babywearing Educators. BWI educators all undertake a series of written and practical examinations in order to gain accreditation from BWI.
Babywearing International of Atlanta strives first and foremost to teach babywearing to all caretakers. The leaders believe in a come-as-you-are approach and ascribe to BWI's motto of "all babywearing is good babywearing." The general meetings are always free to the public and are open to all caregivers and children. Caregivers are welcome to try on all the carriers available at meetings.
Because BWI of Atlanta is volunteer-run, it relies on its members and donations to keep its services going. Members of Babywearing International fill out an application form and submit an annual dues of $30, which allows them access to the lending library and members-only events. Learn more about becoming a member here.
Michelle Li, MBE, is president and treasurer of BWI of Atlanta. She has been babywearing for seven years and brings to the table her many years of experience in education and pedagogy.
Michelle has two children, both of whom were worn from birth.
Aisling Schenck, ABE, is vice president and the Director of Education for BWI of Atlanta. She has been a babywearer for over seven years. AIsling has extensive experience in wearing twins and is BWI of Atlanta's go-to educator for moms of multiples.
Aisling has three children, all of whom were worn from birth.