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Wednesday, October 14, 2015

What membership can do for you!

If you're new to the group or have been lurking for awhile you've probably seen posts about membership, reservations, check outs, workshops, and donations. It may sounds complicated or exclusive but membership with Babywearing International of Middle Tennessee is truly for everyone. Your donation not only results in the awesome perks of library carrier checkouts and access to specialized workshops but also supports our chapter and our overall mission of making babywearing a safe and accepted practice available to all.

So, what is membership?

Annual membership is a $30 tax deductible donation. That's right, a $30 donation to our chapter means you're a member with us for the entire year.

Why should I consider donating?

Your donation goes towards growing our Learning Library of carriers (available at every meeting), helps our volunteer-run group ensure we have meeting spaces available to the community, and helps us provide goods for attendees such as business cards. Donations directly support the success and expansion of our chapter and enable us to make ourselves as beneficial to the community as possible.

How do I become a member?

You can become a member with us at a meeting by filling out a short form and donating with cash, check, or card. We also process memberships online. You can use our membership form and donate via Paypal to You'll receive a welcome email with membership information and library policies shortly afterwards.

Can I gift a membership to someone?

Absolutely! Membership is the best kind of gift- thoughtful, useful, and takes up almost zero space. You can specify gift membership preferences on our membership form.

Now that I'm all signed up, how do I check out a Learning Library carrier?

First, plan on attending one of our monthly meetings. At the meeting you'll have access to our Learning Library as well as the expertise of our Educators. All attendees are welcome to try on any of our library carriers, regardless of membership status. As a member, you have the option of taking one home for the month as well as reserving a carrier of your choosing ahead of time. As long as the carrier you've chosen is unreserved you can check it out with a volunteer and sign that you'll return it to the following monthly meeting.

What if I want to reserve a carrier?

If you have an idea of which carrier you'd like to check out you can utilize our reservation form. This form goes live several days before the meeting date and stays live until about forty eight hours before. If you haven't already, join our Chatter page where we post an update when the form goes live. You can also find it here. You'll receive an email confirmation once your request has been processed. It may be at least twenty four hours before you receive your confirmation. If the carrier is already reserved we will get in touch. It's helpful to have a second choice ready.

Please note that you do not need a reservation to check out a carrier at a meeting. It's simply a useful tool, especially if you're pressed for time or are interested in a high demand carrier.

What are some other perks of membership?

Besides endless gratitude from our Educators membership will give you access to specific workshops and events throughout the year. In the past we've covered topics such as Newborn Wearing 101 and Advanced Back Wrapping. We're gearing up for some exciting workshops this Fall... feel free to request that we cover a topic that interests you! These classes can be especially beneficial to attendees as the educator:caregiver ratio is much lower than our monthly meetings, allowing for specialized instruction.

We often do an annual membership drive with prizes and goals like specific library carrier additions. This is a great time to renew your membership (it applies towards another year from you current expiration date) so keep your eyes on our social media pages.

As a member there will be lots of opportunities to participate within the community as well. For example, our regular Member Monday posts where everyone posts a recent babywearing photo are often full of squishy goodness and are a great chance to see other Library carriers in action.

For further questions our Educators are available on our Facebook page, in our Chatter group, and via email. To learn more about our meetings this blog post is a great place to start. As always, we're glad you're here and happy babywearing!

Your donation helps us add gorgeous woven wraps like these to our Learning Library!

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