Carrying consultant scope of practice
The scope of practice for carrying consultants will be applicable in any city, province, state, country, or setting where Post-partum and Carrying Professionals (PPCP Group) consultants practice. PPCP Group consultants will only practice within the boundaries of her or his training.
Requirements for certification:
- Pass the certification exam.
- Maintain their minimum number of practice hours annually.
- Maintain their education through continuing education.
This is to ensure that all PPCP Group certified carrying consultants’ skills are maintained, enhanced, and that their skills and knowledge are current.
(idea that the longer they have been in practice, the fewer hours they need for training, like at ten years or something.)
Defining the client
A client is any of the following:
- The mother.
- The father.
- The child’s guardian, be it aunts, uncles, grandparents, foster parents, etc.
All caretakers are to be included in this definition.
Defining the carrying consultant
The carrying consultant is the professional who has been trained to work with parents find the best carrying solution for their baby.
It can be a man or a woman who works direct with anyone in the post-partum period:
- A consultant who takes the training.
- Retailers selling baby carriers.
- Lactation consultants.
- Doulas and post-partum doulas.
- Massage Therapists.
- Any other medical professional or post-partum support worker.
A carrying consultant is required to pass the certification exam, and has attained the experience set out as part of their training process. The carrying consultant is also responsible for maintaining their education and minimum hours of practice to keep their certification.
Babywearing is the act of using a baby carrier to hold their baby on the client’s body.
A babywearer uses a baby carrier to hold their baby on their body. Babywearing is the active use of a carrier to hold the baby. Here we refer to babywearing as carrying.
Babywearing can be used to carry preemies, infants, babies, toddlers, or young children who become easily fatigued on long walks.
Respect the principles of Informed Choice
Informed choice can only occur when the carrying consultant provides full and accurate information to their clients, to empower them to make the best decisions that respects their lifestyle, and is consistent with their values. This can only happen if carrying consultants intentionally provide information without colouring or influencing how it is presented.
A carrying consultant will:
- Respect the client. Carrying consultants help in the journey, we do not travel in the client’s shoes.
- Advocate appropriately. We provide information to help in decision making.
- Be culturally sensitive.
- It is not our child.
A carrying consultant’s job is to provide the most up-to-date evidence-based information to the client to help them make the best decision possible for their situation.
Carrying consultants will provide information about:
- Proper carrying techniques which are evidence-based and safe.
- Early childhood development & attachment.
- Skin-to-skin or kangaroo care.
- Adult attachment.
- Impact of containerization on infant development.
- Community resources.
Carrying consultants will be able to evaluate:
- The baby’s needs in light of their temperament, family, and culture.
- The client’s needs in light of their temperament, budget, family support, and culture.
- The parent’s goals.
- The stresses faced by the family.
- The events from pregnancy and giving birth that may impact carrying.
- The injuries and able to make necessary changes in carrying techniques to make carrying possible.
- How to create a positive carrying experience.
- A family’s skill and level of readiness to use and apply different carrying positions
Carrying consultants will:
Acknowledge when a client’s needs are beyond the scope of their skill and training and refer appropriately to other resources and professionals.
Will NOT diagnose injury. Consultants will work with information provided by the client and the client is responsible for providing all the relevant information to the consultant to ensure the best solutions possible.
Use their other trainings, education, and licenses to work with clients outside the scope of the practice of the PPCP Group certification.
Carrying consultants understand:
- The regulatory and liability constraints of providing carrying advice.
- They are subject to the code of ethics of the PPCP Group.