President: Jessica Z.
Jess is the board president for BWHR and has been wearing her babies for 4 years. She enjoys using the convenience of SSC’s to help get her kids around from one place to another. She first came to BWHR to learn the ins and outs of wearing and to meet other new-to-wearingcaregivers in the area.
Director of Operations: Marc M.
Marc is the director of operations for BWHR and has been wearing for 3.5 years. He prefers using Asian style carriers with bigger kids in an Onbuhimo and babies in a Meh Dai carrier. His favorite part of wearing is that it helps to facilitate a bond between working caregivers and the children they look after. After moving to Hampton Roads in 2017, BWHR was the first community he sought out outside of work.
Secretary & Director of Technology: Megan K.
Librarian: Sara N.
Director of Education: Elyse M.
Elyse is the director of education for BWHR. She started wearing her first child in 2015 in a stretchy wrap, and has since greatly expanded her wearing abilities and passion for helping others to keep the children they care for close. She regularly uses ring slings, SSCs, and wraps, but occasionally uses an Onbuhimo or Meh Dai as well. She uses a carrier for most morning naps for her youngest, for hands-free nursing, for getting groceries and running errands without grabby preschooler hands, and for getting chores completed around the house. She searched for a local babywearing group even before moving to the area in 2017, and was excited to keep learning and having a community to help her wear her then-toddler as she was expecting a baby soon after. She loves that the BWHR community can, if desired, become a second family.
Director of Volunteers: Seantel B.
My name is Seantel Butler and I am the Director of Volunteers here at Babywearing of Hampton Roads. I have been wearing for 5 years, but would consider myself a frequent wearer for the last two years. I prefer different carriers for different stages: meh dai, woven wraps, ring slings, SSCs, and then onbuhimo. Babywearing has helped me wear my son when he was teeny tiny to get university work finished, to have him close at the store when people kept trying to touch him, and now for mostly hiking, but we still wear for everyday things too. I first came to BWHR without knowing much about the specific types of carriers or makers. It can be a lot of money to invest when buying carriers, so having the lending library helped me narrow down my options. I love the friendship and community BWHR provides, and am so happy to be a part of something like BWHR as I navigate parenthood. BWHR, particularly once becoming a volunteer, gave me something meaningful to do with my time that was for me, but that I could could bring my kiddo along with too, a “total win-win!”