This past month has been such an exciting time for us. As we’ve launched this non-profit, we’ve been overwhelmed by the response that has poured back to us. We love how many people are as excited as we are about what Lift Me Up can do for families who have children with special needs. We have been shown so much support, and so much interest, we know this is truly the right path for us three mamas.
In our blog, we’re committed to bringing you more information about us, and we want to answer your specific questions. Some of you have been inquiring about our process, and want to know how we do what we do.
First of all, everything begins with the application. On our website, you can find the application under the “Apply for a Carrier” tab. Here is where we learn about each family that’s applying for a babywearing carrier. We take the time to learn about their babywearing experience (if any), the child’s diagnosis, developmental concerns, and any current therapy the child is receiving. We also encourage applicants to tell us about how they think babywearing can help their family. Each applicant must agree that they do not already own an ergonomic carrier. This is extremely important as we are a non-profit organization trying to bring babywearing to new places and benefit new families.
As we receive each application, Sarah takes the time to contact each applicant individually. As a doctor of physical therapy who specializes in pediatrics, she learns about each child and their individual needs. Depending on their size, age, and abilities, different carriers work better for different children and their families. In some situations, Sarah knows that a soft structured carrier with buckles for easy-on/easy-off would be the best solution, and in other cases, a woven wrap might be the best choice to provide a custom trunk support. Thankfully, there are many options to choose from in helping these families find the perfect carrier!
After the application is assessed and Sarah has decided on a carrier that meets the family’s needs, we do our best to provide that ergonomic carrier as quickly as possible. While we are blessed to already have a few companies donating carriers to us, we are fundraising the rest so we can purchase carriers to send to these families that we have such a strong desire to help.
Once we have acquired the proper carrier for each applicant, we ship them to each family and send those carriers on their way! With each new carrier, we include the manufacturer’s instructions, a safety and information pamphlet from the Baby Carrier Industry Alliance, and a list of babywearing meeting locations that are local to them. In shipping, even a $10 donation can be extremely beneficial to Lift Me Up, because it’s with YOUR help that these carriers get to their families!
(Pictured above: Boba carriers and woven wraps are about to find their homes- they are being shipped with love from Lift Me Up to families with children with special needs)
Because each family is so important to us, we send each recipient a feedback form 30 days after they’ve received their carrier. We want to know how babywearing has helped them in their day to day lives and how it has benefited the child with special needs. It’s important to us that each family is benefiting from their carrier.
(Pictured above: Amanda with her sweet boy, Noah, who has osteogenesis imperfecta. We are so glad they are enjoying their new Boba babywearing carrier!)
We love to hear feedback from families who have received carriers from Lift Me Up. As we are already receiving thank you notes and pictures of children in their new carriers, it warms our hearts to see these families benefiting from being able to wear their child with special needs. This is our mission coming to life. These families are not only babywearing. They are babywearing to thrive.
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Posted on Wed, May 28, 2014