Speakers

Dynamic, informative sessions for your event.

Becca Morse

Becca Morse

Becca Morse

Baby Carriers Provided founder Becca Morse is an experienced public speaker, who connects easily to both parents and professionals. Becca holds the following credentials: Lactation Consultant, Childbirth Educator, Child Passenger Safety Technician, and Certified Kangaroo Care. Her extensive background as a babywearing educator, retail store owner, lactation consultant, doula, and the facilitator for several parent-facing classes at St. Joseph's Hospital in Ann Arbor, Michigan, gives her a unique perspective into the intersection between parenting and public health.

Her most requested topics include:

  • Baby Carriers as a Public Health Intervention
  • Crying Prevention Practices, and Soothing
  • Public Health Outreach for Baby Carrier Educators
  • SIDS, Position Asphyxiation, and Suffocation: How to prevent the preventable, promote optimal safety, and empower parents to reduce the possibility of Infant Incident
  • Using Kangaroo Care and Baby Carriers to Support Nasal Gastric Feeding and Weight Gain in the NICU
 
Lela Rankin Williams, PhD

Lela Rankin Williams, PhD

Lela Rankin Williams, PhD

Lela Rankin Williams, Ph.D. is an associate professor and coordinator of the School of Social Work, Tucson at Arizona State University and has done her doctoral and post-doctoral training in infant/child development. She also is a certified babywearing educator.

Dr. Williams’ scholarship focuses on preventive interventions with children and families, including parent-child attachment and health. Her methodological expertise includes longitudinal, intensive-repeated-measure, and randomized control studies using surveys, videos, and qualitative methods across a variety of settings (schools, hospitals, in-home). She has statistical expertise in the analysis of developmental change and change associated with intervention studies. 

After Dr. Williams became a parent, she realized how beneficial infant carriers were to her personally, and the potential usefulness it had for other families struggling with mental illness and caregiver-infant attachment. She designed a randomized intervention study in the community to empirically test the benefits of infant carrying and found it had both health and mental-health benefits for young mothers and infants. She is currently collecting data on her second randomized study in a hospital setting for infants born substance-exposed. Williams’ work has been consistently executed through the establishment of strong ties with community partners.

Williams has widely disseminated her work. She has published two books, two book chapters, fifty peer-reviewed manuscripts and has presented over 80 times at national and international conference meetings.

Links:
https://www.facebook.com/MotherBabyBondingStudy/ - for updates on the Mother Baby Bonding Study and the Newborn Attachment and Wellness Study

http://kjzz.org/sites/default/files/baby%20wearing-show-030518.mp3?uuid=5a9dfeed084b7 – radio interview with NPR

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cAOFPHtlwtQ – interview with the College of Public Service and Community Solutions, ASU

Peer-Reviewed academic citations:

Williams, L. R. (2018, May). Can infant carrying improve mother-infant interactions? Evidence from a randomized study with teen moms. Paper presented as part of a symposium titled, To have and to hold: The importance of mother-infant physical contact for mothers, infants and their relationship, at the 16th World Association for Infant Mental Health World Congress, Rome, Italy.

Williams, L. R. (2018, January). Can infant carrying improve mother-infant interactions? Evidence from an intervention with vulnerable adolescent mothers. Paper presented at the Society for Social Work and Research, Washington, D. C.

Williams, L. R. (2017, June). The still-face paradigm: Babywearing as an evidence-based intervention for young mothers.Paper presented at the Society for Prevention Research, Washington, D.C.

Williams, L. R. (2017, April). The still-face paradigm: Babywearing as an evidence-based intervention for young mothers.Poster presented at the Society for Research in Child Development, Austin, TX.

Williams, L. R. (2017, January). Babywearing as an evidence-based intervention for young mothers. Poster presented at the Society for Social Work and Research, New Orleans, LA.

Invited Speaker:

Williams, L. R. (2018, March). Babywearing and skin-to-skin for substance exposed infants. Invited paper presented at the National Perinatal Association 39th annual conference, Loma Linda, CA.

Williams, L. R. (2018, February). Infant carrying as an intervention to promote caregiver-infant attachment and wellness.Invited speaker for the annual ASU Speaker Series, Tucson, AZ.

Williams, L. R. (2017, September). Can babywearing increase attachment? Invited paper presented at Up: Babywearing Conference, Ottawa, ON, Canada.

Williams, L. R. (2017, March). The Still-Face Paradigm: Evidence for Babywearing as a Tool to Promote Attachment.Invited paper presented at Wear: A Babywearing Conference, Chicago, IL.

Williams, L. R. & Kerr, S. (2016, July). Babywearing as an evidence-based intervention in vulnerable populations. Paper symposium presented at the International Babywearing Conference, Atlanta, GA.

Williams, L. R. (2016, May). Babywearing as an Evidence-Based Intervention for Young Mothers. Paper presented at Wear: A Babywearing Conference, Chicago, IL.

Cole Williams

Cole Williams

Cole Williams

Cole Willams is the creator of Cole Speaks LLC and the Project Director of The Evolution of a Son to a Father, a workshop series facilitated by Cole and his young adult son Nate. It is a moving and revelatory series of workshops and conversations that explores his journey from growing up fatherless, to becoming a single teenage father, to reuniting with his biological father, to fostering and adopting fatherless youth.

Cole is a parent, mentor, and community leader in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He has over ten years of experience working with adolescent males who come from abuse and neglectful backgrounds, and who have been diagnosed with ADHD, ODD, RAD, and many other Diagnoses.

In conjunction to "The Evolution of a Son to a Father", Cole Williams provides parent coaching to parents and families through the 17th District Family Court Division. Where he walks alongside parents who have children with challenging behaviors.

Cole Williams is also a Motivational Speaker, Keynote Speaker, and Trainer where he provides Professional Speaking Services through Cole Speaks, LLC. Cole produces trainings for organizations and agencies in the Child Welfare System who support and empower underserved communities and families.

Cole has also developed curricula that expore the journey of Fatherhood for incarcerated fathers, teen fathers, and fathers in re-entry programming. Cole's most recent work has been dedicated to providing Fatherhood training, support, and materials for the Michigan Adolescent Pregnancy and Prevention Program (MI-APPP), the Kent County Juvenile Detention Center, and the Michigan Department of Corrections.

Angelique Geehan

Angelique Geehan

Angelique Geehan

Angelique Geehan works to question and depolarize the many cultural beliefs and practices that can deprive individuals of needed connection with themselves, their families, their clients, and their communities. She offers lectures, consultations, and trainings on babywearing, cultural awareness, and community building for families, birth and health care professionals, and retail and manufacturer staff to help seed communities with as much unconditional compassion and authenticity as possible, while helping families get through their days more easily.

Through Interchange, she offers social justice and cultural competency consulting for individuals and organizations. She also serves as the non-board chair of the Baby Carrier Industry Alliance Educator Committee; on the Transcultural Committee for the National Perinatal Association; and as a training coordinator for BWI of Greater Houston, for which she is also a Master Babywearing Educator.

Topics List

  • Fundamental concepts in baby carrier mechanics: Optimizing safety, fit, and comfort for yourself and others

  • Teaching babywearing effectively: using language to boost inclusivity and effectiveness

  • Bridging business and community: An overview of models of babywearing education

  • Tying us together: Including babywearing in family and childbirth education

  • Babywearing Simplified: introduction to using fabric carriers safely and comfortably

  • Carrier-specific workshops or demonstrations: Using and troubleshooting stretchy or woven wraps of any length, ring slings, pouches, soft-structured carriers, bei dais, simple pieces of cloth, and any other fabric-based carrier in front, hip, back, and feeding-compatible positions

  • Handling Microaggressions

  • Why Understanding Social Justice Concepts Matters

  • Complete training modules for professional babywearing consultants and educators