Sabina Sadecka (Poland)

Psychologist and psychotherapist. She works in the field of therapy and commitment. Co-founder of the portal opsychologii.pl, where she has been writing about wise psychological books, psychology, therapy, trauma and therapy of acceptance and commitment for years. She conducts psychology classes for SWPS and CDV students in Poznan. She is a frequent guest of Wanda Wasilewska in her broadcast The Problem of Heads in Radio Poznań. She writes about psychology for many portals and magazines, including Newsweek Psychology, Psychology in practice, HR Benefit.

During this year’s conference, she will prepare a lecture for you:

Childbirth trauma as an aspect determining the occurrence of postnatal depression

During my lecture I would like to tell you about difficult births from the perspective of psychology and interpersonal neurobiology. We will define what trauma is and whether everything that is difficult and unpleasant during delivery meets these criteria. We will also describe how our bodies react to trauma and whether it is possible to speak to them in words. We will also reflect on how to support mother who went through postnatal trauma (long ago or literally a moment ago). I invite you to this lecture!

Agnieszka Słoniowska (Poland)


Graduate of the Warsaw University of Physical Education rehabilitation department. Working with children from the beginning was her passion, which is why she continued her interest in functional PNF (2003) and kinesiotaping in pediatrics (2010, 2018) courses. She completed sensory integration courses (2004) and NDT- Bobath Baby (2007, 2013). Since 2009 she has been training Shantala Special Care massage instructors. Over the years, she gained experience working with children with very different challenges. Working in the Little Child’s Home, in addition to purely physiotherapeutic aspects, she had the opportunity to observe the impact of the relationship on the child’s development. In the counseling offices, Promyk and Orticus watched more about the development of visual processes and the development of small motor skills. For a longer time, she supported her parents during home visits, which allowed her to see the child not as a “neuromotor unit” but a specific person in a specific family system. She has been running her office in Warsaw since 2016. In 2018, she completed her training in early detection of autism in young children. She constantly reads and trains in the field of self-reg, mindfulness and development of learning processes. As she says about herself: Because I have the enormous privilege of creating a family and accompanying our four children, experiences related to their different challenges and effort in developing our relationships have had a huge impact on understanding other parents, prioritizing therapy and perceiving the child as one of the elements of a larger system. That is why I’m very focused on supporting my parent in my work and it is as important to me as the guidelines for strictly physiotherapeutic work with a child.
More information about Agnieszka, can be found at:
www.fizjoterapia.waw.pl
www.shantala.com.pl

During this year’s conference, she will prepare a lecture for you:

Babywearing and Sensory Integration

During my lecture we will together discuss the course of sensory integration processes on the external and internal senses. We will define overreactive and overrefactive children. I will present to you the influence of the basic senses (tactile and vestibular-proprioceptive) on the development of regulation processes. How does the meaning of touch change in relation to another person versus a touch with the help of: a cover, a recliner, a heavy quilt? How does the role of atrio-proprioceptive stimulation change in relation to another person versus stimulation with the use of equipment (a cradle, cradle, swing, hammock)? Can a Wraps be a tool that supports gathering experiences to develop parent-child relationships and autoregulation of an infant? As you probably know, opinions regarding the start of babywearing are divided: some people promote carrying the child from birth, and part from the 6th week (after the period of physiological adaptation after positive communication in the child and after finishing the mother’s puerperium).What to pay attention during teaching babywearing in the first weeks of an infant’s life (for whose needs a child is worn, parent’s level of stress, quality of bonding – is it a priority)? What is the support of a baby’s parent? We will also lean on these issues. I’m counting on your lively discussion on this topic. I invite you to participate in my lecture!

Paweł Zawitkowski (Poland)

NDT-Bobath therapist (several NDT-Bobath Basic and NDT-Bobath Baby courses). Multiple participant and trainer of AFE respiratory therapy courses; A graduate of postgraduate studies “Ethics of medical practice and medical care”, courses: SI-Ayres (Sensory Integration-Ayres), Quality assessment of global movements according to Prechtl; NBAS (Brazelton’s New Behavior Assessment Scale); NLS (Newborn Life Support); Halliwick (therapy and swimming for the disabled); many workshops and improvement courses. He works, among others in the Department of Neonatology and Intensive Therapy of the Newborn, Institute of Mother and Child and in the Neonatology Clinic, Subunit of Intensive Care of the Newborn of the Bielany Hospital in Warsaw. A devotee of medical provocations. Author of many publications on child development support, frequent guest of many television programs. He runs his office in Warsaw – Całkiem Fajni Terapeuci.
You can find more about Paweł here:
www.mamotatocotynato.pl
www.youtube.com/mamotatocotynato
www.facebook.com/pawelzawitkowski

During this year’s conference, he will prepare a lecture for you:

Wearing and position of children in the context of the functioning of internal organs. How does babywearing help and when can it be problematic?

Marta Mróz (Italy)

For many years she used to be a post-doc researcher at the italian university in field of photonics.  Now she switched just to the lecture mode. When she is not at the university, she tries to be a “sufficiently good mom” for my two-years and fiveyears old daughters. Since 2015 she is a babywearing consultant of Italian babywearing school “Portare I Piccoli”, and in 2018 she has finished a two-year master in “Art of maternage” at “la Scuola dei 1000 giorni” (School of 1000 days) of Melograno, Center of Information and Birth. She likes to merge those two worlds and she is plying by applying physics to babywearing. Her final thesis at the babywearing school was “Babywaring, between tradition and science”. She lives and works in Italy, Milan since 2006, originally from Malbork, Poland.

During this year’s conference, she will prepare a workshop for you:

Babywearing. It is also a question of physics.

The relation between physics and babywearing will be the subject of the talk. The forces that are present when we carry, the pressures to which we are exposed and the center of mass of both the baby and the carrier, and how they change when we carry our child, will be discussed. Also the distribution of the forces in different ties will be explained. Moreover few types of tying will be shown to see the differences. It will finally be shown how the physical pressure against the bearer body depends on the different type of carriers (such as sling, ergonomic and non ergonomic baby-carriers) and how such pressures can both influence the comfort of being carried (and carry), and affect the pelvic floor.

This workshop will be lead in Polish only.

Francesca Anna Praga (Italy)

I’m an experienced nurse, I’ve got a Master degree in Human Resources Coordination and Management. I’ve been working with the University of Milan as a co-supervisor for a few degree thesis; I have written several scientific articles, published in sectors’ magazines and spread out the philosophy of babywearing through training activities. I worked for many years in ICU departments and other operating units, as first in two different Hospital. My organizational and studying oriented skills (acquired, nothing innate), along with an endlessly curiosity and learning by experience attitude, have allowed me to accumulate extensive knowledge about the subject motherchild. The study of coaching and of the best educational methods is opening up new vision on how to relate to offsprings and how to support other people, especially mothers. Since 2015 I am a babywearing consultant for the Italian babywearing school “Portare I Piccoli”. I have always been interested in babywearing and its power to bring the baby-mother dyad, especially in difficult situations. I am 39 years old, three children, aged 6, 4 and 1 year and a husband, who is also an experienced nurse.

During this year’s conference, she will prepare a lecture for you:

Babywearing and clubfoot foot: a possible combination

Often, when the “real child” happens to be very different from the “dreamed baby”, the tie between mother and child starts slowly. Moreover, when the child shows a “diversity” compared to most children, as parents we do not know how to relate with this “diversity”, thus babywearing is the last of our priorities. On the contrary, because of its power to “strengthen the bond”, babywearing becomes a very powerful tool, flying over words and images, speaking to the heart through body contact.

Even as operators, however trained, it may happens not to be able to offer a correct support to these families, which is fundamental.

Just a few ingredients are enough to carry a child with the twisted foot: the respect of the child’s position, which must always be compatible with the brace; the right back support; a watchful eye not to exceed time of wearing; a tense ear, listening to your baby signals.

Dr Henrik Norholt (Denmark)

Chief Science Officer, Ergobaby Inc. Dr. Norholt’s primary research focus is the effects of extended parent-infant contact. He is engaged in developing research into novel parent-infant interventions through his international network of researchers and clinicians within psychology, pediatrics, orthopedics, obstetrics, breastfeeding medicine, health visiting and midwifery.
He is a frequent lecturer and external academic thesis supervisor at various early years practitioners’ universities, colleges, association meetings and international conferences. In November 2018, he will give a unique plenary lecture on links between breastfeeding, babywearing and attachment at the Pan-German IBCLC conference in Vienna. He is a member of The World Association of Infant Mental Health, The International Association for the Study of Affective Touch as well as The Society of Emotion and Attachment Studies. He holds a Ph.D. from the Faculty of Life Science at Copenhagen University and is a resident of Copenhagen, Denmark.

During this year’s conference, he will prepare a lecture for you:

Fathers’ attachment and neurobiological processes during their partner’s pregnancy and early fatherhood and their unique contributions to child development. Can babywearing play a supportive role in developing a strong fatherhood?

Ulrike Höwer (Deutschalnd)

Trainer and owner of Die Trageschule®, is an author, life coach, master coach as well as a nurse and holds a master in Philosophy with a major in family ethics and medical ethics. She has been working with young families for over 20 years and is also a volunteer in Breastfeeding Consultancy.
Since 1998, Ulrike Hoewer has trained more than 2500 Babywearing consultants all around the world in different countries and cultures. She is the mentor and trainer of Die Trageschule® trainers in Germany, Austria, Slovenia, UK, Ireland and the Netherlands.
Ulrike has four children and lives in Dresden, a beautiful old baroque city in Germany.

During this year’s conference, she will prepare a lecture for you:

It all makes sense

Apart from the mother child connection there is also the BW Consultant – Mother connection. We have to learn how to communicate with children in many ways. The fact that the parent / teacher must be aware of each of his movements. That it is very important. I will talk about the new insights we gained writing our book (“Babys im Gleichgewicht”) on child development and Babywearing.

And a workshop:
Concept, dokumentation and evaluation as part of professional BW consultancy