Our Medical and Professional Advisors

Our Medical Advisors

(Listed in alphabetical order as per their surnames)

Dr Ewald Fettweis:

Born in 1926, he lived through the terror of the 2nd World War and many hardships of the post war period. He started studying medicine in 1946 and specialised in orthopaedics.

For 19 years he was the senior physician at the Orthopaedic Hospital of the Vinzenzheim in Aachen which also has rehabilitation facilities for physically disabled/challenged children and young people.

The fate of the children who suffered from congenital dislocation of the hips, treated after Lorenz by ‘frog positioning’, influenced him into researching the condition further.

He found that in tribes who carry their children close to their body, congenital dislocation of the hip was rare.

Leading on from that, he developed treatment in the Spread-Squat Position. This method replaced the treatment after Lorenz after a while and made the numerous operations that were neccessary until then, superfluous and the condition lost its horror.

Through his own research and by taking exisiting research into account he clarified the condition of hip dysplasia/congenital dislocation of the hip and its causes, which are delayed or disturbed ossification of the originally cartilaginous hip joint.

He contacted another orthopaedic specialist, Dr J. Bueschelberger from Dresden.

He had researched the biomechanics in the hipjoint when children are carried close the body, using as foundation the theories of Prof Pauwels about conditions during ossification of cartilage.

This research found that hip joints are constructed perfectly for the seated position taken up when children carried close to the body and that this position provides the ideal conditions for transforming cartilage to bone in the head of the femur and therefore also in the acetabulum. This enabled the examination by ultrasound from as early as birth.

Dr Fettweis’ scientific pathway can be followed by reading his publications, listed on his website . *

Deborah Neiger: “I have been a registered midwife in the UK for 12 years,  9 of which have been spent practicing as an independent midwife with Yorkshire Storks Independent Midwifery Practice, which has enabled me to truly meet parents’ needs.

I am also a mother of 2 children, both of whom I wore for several years after birth in a variety of carriers.

I believe babywearing makes the parenting journey easier and more joyful….it also helps us stay connected with our individual instinct and intuition so we can take care of our children in the most positive way.”

Lois Shiow-Balster Lois is a paediatrician, and a Medical Doctor (MD) in the USA. She has a wide range of relevant clinical and teaching experience, extensive range of knowledge and skills, and a lot of experience working with parents and babies.

Did you know that, since her graduation as a Medical Doctor from The Ohio State University in 1999, Lois has:
— worked in a private paediatrics practice
— taught medical students and residents (including at the newborn nursery wards!) at Ohio State University
— developed a breastfeeding curriculum for pediatric residents
— become member of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP)
— become an IBCLC
— been a member of the International Lactation Consultants Association (ILCA),
— been a member of the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine (ABFM)
— been a Medical Associate member of the La Leche League International (LLLI)

What’s more, Lois has used baby carriers and slings with all her three children, since her first child was born. She found the slings and baby carriers indispensable when in 2004, her second child was born prematurely and with gastroesophageal reflux.

Lois has also been a valued member of the babywearing community: she has been a Medical Advisor for Babywearing International (BWI), was a Moderator at TheBabywearer.com and has been a part of her local Babywearing community.

Kate Simpson: “I’ve been a doctor for 16 years and a GP for 10 years. I qualified in London, then moved to West Yorkshire 8 years ago. I became a mother 5 years ago and have three children. I have worn all my children, starting with one of the more «mainstream» carriers, then discovering better options with my younger children. I am a staunch supporter of babywearing and breastfeeding, not only for the benefits to the child but also to the physical and mental health of the mother.»

Rosie Knowles, MRCGP MRCP: «I’m a GP in the UK with a particular interest in holistic medicine as well as children and women’s health and medical ethics. I began my career in hospital medicine but switched to general practice because of its flexibility with family life and the opportunities it presents to be more closely involved with communities, from cradle to grave. I am a strong advocate of sling use, not just for convenience, but also for the great advantages babywearing can provide to the whole family, such as improved bonding, reduced reflux or colic, better muscle development and avoidance of plagiocephaly, for example.

I have two children of my own, who are both carried happily, I help to run a busy and thriving sling meet in the north of the UK — and am collecting babywearing training courses!»

* Both Dr Fettweis photo and the biography are used with a permission of our ‘sister’ and another Die Trageschule Dresden ® Affiliate, Die Trageschule Austria and Switzerland . Thank you Michaela Lehner and the team! And huge thanks to Deborah Neiger for translating his bio from German!.