Originally from England, Jess has lived in Scotland since 2005. As a mum to two boys who both had severe reflux, Jess found carrying to be the only thing that soothed. She saw a need for parents to be able to try carriers on in person, not just at group sessions, but in the comfort of a home – and so Close and Calm was born. Jess trained first as a consultant with the School of Babywearing (2016), then did a Born to Carry peer supporter course with Anne McEwan (2016), and most recently attended the Slingababy Consultancy Course (2017) too.
Jess, via Close and Calm, offers private consultations, baby carrier drop in sessions, postal hires, online support and peer supporter training through Born To Carry. She has also worked locally with her MSP and the NHS, in light of the new Baby Boxes that parents in Scotland will be receiving. Jess writes for the Close Enough to Kiss Babywearing Magazine, for Oscha Slings and her own website. Jess occasionally works as a consultant for Oscha Slings, demonstrating their wraps and carriers to customers at events.
Jess also runs an UP Project Local Library ‘Carriers without Barriers’ ensuring that all families can access a carrier and has worked with Social Services to implement this scheme.
As well as being a Baby Carrying Educator, Jess is passionate about seeing families getting the support and encouragement they need, and works hard in her community to help create that support, running a Parent and Baby Group, offering a Supported Space service and being involved with a local social action charity supporting her City.
Jess is able to offer tailored training by request, and has a particular interest in training nurseries, childminders and local healthcare practitioners.