Mastung Hannah grew up in Belgium and met her husband who is British in France. She has a background in pedagogics and working with children and adults with disabilities. After a few years of living in Belgium together and having her first daughter there they moved to the UK in 2010.
Bakri When her eldest daughter was born, she dipped her toes into babywearing, but didn’t really get on with it. Babywearing support was almost non-existent in Belgium.
When she was pregnant with her second baby, she wanted to give it another go, and bought a baby carrier at a baby show. Sadly her second daughter died during pregnancy.
Losing her daughter also had a profound impact on her subsequent pregnancy and the need to keep her third daughter close after she was born, made carrying her almost a necessity. It was the only way to do the school run and babywearing became a way of life. Hannah also started volunteering at sling meets in Cambridge.
Just before having her fourth daughter, she trained as a babywearing peer supporter with Born to Carry.
In 2016 Hannah completed her Slingababy consultancy course and started Hold Me Close Consultancy, so she could support parents and carers to use slings and carriers as an excellent parenting tool.
In the summer of 2017 Hannah joined the team at East Kent Slings, helping out and running sling meets and workshops in the Ashford area.
In December 2017 her fifth daughter gave her the chance of practising all her consultancy skills with a newborn all over again and 2 and half years later they are still enjoying the wonderful world of carrying.
Hannah is also a director at the Association of Carrying Educators and Sling Libraries CIC and is hoping this new organisation to be a great benefit to the whole carrying industry to improve safety standards and increasing public confidence in safe carrying.