Spotlight on a Slingababy Consultant: Marta Mróz
Can you give us a quick introduction as to who you are?
I’m Marta, Pole living in Italy (since 2006) with my family: two girls born in 2013 and 2016, husband nerd and two cats (polish one, that made 1700km from Poland 15 years ago in a car).
I’m a physicist, in a previous life I was a researcher, now I am just a lecturer. I love to find common points between the science, and in particularly physics, and babywearing. I started to work as a babywearing consultant in 2015 collaborating with different local associations.
Since 2018 I am a part of “Oasi delle Madri” project.
I collaborate with associations and the maternity home, running “on road” sling library.
Can you tell us more about your journey from carrying to becoming a consultant to now?
All started with 3 different stretchy wraps given to me by friends and my sister. My first girl was carried almost all the time, she had had reflux and it was our safe habour. I feel so good and confident with carrying that when she was 3 month old I took a train to Paris to reach my husband.
When she was 4 month old we bought our first woven wrap, a neobulle, and a baby carrier, a manduca. I found local consultants that guided us through.
We could not immagine our lives without slings!
In 2015 I did my first consultancy training course with Portare I Piccoli.
In 2016 I started a 2 years master in the art of parenting and gave birth to a preterm girl. She showed me a different meaning of babywearing, which was mostly that I was not trained and everything was not as expected.
I felt that I still needed to learn a lot! It took me a while to find the path that feels mine but as proverb says: “good things come to those who wait…but better to those who search for them”…in 2020 I did my Slingababy consultancy and Feeding and Carrying course.
These courses gave me a boost!
What is your favourite part about being a consultant?
The smile on parents /family’s faces, that is coming from very deep in their heart….to share moments both with laughters and cries (cries)….
This incredible feeling when few years after their consultation, parents are writing and sharing their new babywearing journey with their new child.
Would you share a special memory that sticks out for you?
Presenting a workshop in 2018 at a babywearing conference, where I could merge my two passions: physics and babywearing. Linking physics with babywearing and making physics accessible and fun to all participants…I was presenting in both Polish and English “simultaneously”… and by the end my brain was muddled up and I added some Italian. But it was marvellous experience full of discussion.
I was invited again the following year and it was great experience.
What tip would you give yourself if you could get back to the time before you were a parent?
Do not be so hard with yourself. Ask if you need help. Learn a little bit more about a being a parent before becoming one.
Why did you choose to train with Slingababy?
I was searching for a while for a new training to learn something new, something different, to get something more than technique…I was hungry :-) I was searching and…then Slingababy website catch my eye – Lorette’s SMILE!
I FEEL that this is something that gives me butterflies. It was the best choice I have done!
Do you want to say a few words about your Slingababy experience?
The course was very intense…and full of caffe!
After those 4 full days, I needed time to settle all the information, feelings and experience.
This experience encourages you to a different way of thinking, out of the box thinking. It leads to long term conscious changes.
Being a part of Slingababy community is like a being in a big, open loving non-judgemental family.