About the Librarians

Cornwall Sling Library is run by 3 mum’s who are passionate about babywearing

Rachel PowerRachel Power

Originally from London, I moved to West Cornwall 7 years ago with my Cornish partner for a short break from city life but have never looked back.

I’m a work at home mum to 1 year old Rocco and I was lucky enough to discover the world of babywearing before he was born; so I’ve been using slings with Rocco from birth. A few years ago I would have thought it impossible to manage having a baby without a pram or pushchair but I have yet to own one.

I joined the Natural Mamas forum while still pregnant and was overwhelmed by the choices. As there were no Slingmeets in the county at the time I made some less than ideal purchases. Luckily Cornwall Natural Parenting & Slingmeet was set up in April 2012. A month later I found the group which at the time consisted of around 40 like-minded parents who met in parks, cafes and anywhere else they could eat cake and chat about slings.  I became the main Admin of the group 2 months later with 2 aims in mind, finding a suitable indoor venue and setting up a Sling Library, something we all agreed there was a very real need for.  Less than a year on with lots of help from our enthusiastic and generous group (who now number almost 300 members) we have a number of very popular monthly meets around the county and now a Sling Library!

As of March 2013 I am a School of Babywearing Trainee Babywearing Consultant. I plan for this new venture to run separately to but help facilitate the Sling Library and Slingmeets in the future.  I will be offering consultations and workshops in West Cornwall under the consultancy name Wrapped In Love Babywearing Consultancy.

I’ve carried my son almost every day of his life because I love babywearing; it plays such a big part in the way I choose to parent. I’m passionate about helping others to enjoy carrying their babies too.

Kate PennaKate Penna

My name is Kate and I am mum to two girls, one 8 year old and one 1 year old.  I have worn both of my babies from birth and love babywearing with a passion.  I have used most kinds of carrier over my carrying years, starting with a ring sling when my eldest was tiny, then moving on to a home made mei tai as she got older.  Before my youngest was born I decided that I wanted to try woven wraps and have definitely found the wrapping love!  I first carried her in a woven wrap at 19 hours old for our first trip out into town following her birth at home and carry her daily in one of my wraps or self made carriers.

I am a qualified primary teacher, but when my youngest daughter was born I realised that having a baby and working as a teacher, with all of the extra, home working was just not going to be compatible with the natural, attachment parenting approach that I employ.  I decided not to take on a teaching position after her birth and have enjoyed being a stay at home mum and spending time just being with my baby.  Now that she is over a year old, I am ready to take on some new and exciting challenges which are compatible with my parenting style and fit in with my family.

I have recently undertaken a Babywearing Consultancy course with the School of Babywearing to qualify as a Babywearing Consultant.  I will be offering consultations and workshops in the Penzance-Truro area under the consultancy name, Gwiska Baban Babywearing Consultancy.  I am very excited to be able to share my love of babywearing and enable more people to choose comfortable, ergonomic carriers which work for them and allow them to keep their babies close.

I also have a love of sewing, and have started a small Work at Home Mum (WAHM) business, Little Piskies, making and selling beautiful embroidered nappies, sanpro, babywearing accessories and custom embroidery.  I am also able to offer a wrap chopping and ring sling conversion/making service.

Another random fact about me is that I can sign British Sign Language and would be delighted to help any Deaf parents out there select carriers for their children.

I am delighted to be a librarian of the Cornwall Sling Library and am looking forward to working with local parents.

Kate CollinsKate Collins

I have lived in Cornwall for 9 years after moving down from north Somerset to live with my now husband. I studied horticulture at the Duchy College and soon after started a small but happy gardening business. We unfortunately didn’t fare well in finacial hardtimes and folded the business in 2009.

When I got pregnant I already had a small knowledge of babywearing and slings as my sister carried both her children and it was something that instantly struck me as something I would want to do with my children. So I spent the first half of my pregnancy researching slings and the second half wrapping a poor stuffed toy in my newly acquired stretchy wrap and the Wilkinet my sister had passed on.

Poppy was 5 days old when I first wrapped her in the stretchy and there have been very few days since then (she is 13 mths) that I haven’t carried her in a sling of some sort. I truly believe that babywearing is a parenting tool that can make life easier and happier for parents and children and am passionate about sharing the love I have for it with others.

My involvement with Cornwall Natural Parenting and the sling library has led to my training as a Babywearing Consultant which I will soon be able to offer as a service to parents. I hope to spend the next few years gaining the skills and experiences necessary to become a Doula and feel that slings are a vital part to this.

Cheers, Kate x