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My sister is having a baby soon.  We both agree she needs a baby sling, but which one? It needed to fit her personality, be easy enough to use and be acceptable for her husband to use as well.  And really, there are so many choices.  Were do we begin?

We began by deciding any mass produced or marketed sling wouldn’t do.  Her sling needed to display her personality.  So we jumped on the phone (we live 1000 miles apart) and searched online for the perfect fabric. It is soft, colorful and has images of the members of the Beatles throughout. You see, my sister adores the Beatles. I ordered the fabric and started to make some plans.

My first thought was to hire a local sling seamstress to turn the fabric into a wonderful gift of sling and matching bag.  But I don’t really have the time right now to dig further than the hour I have already spent looking for someone. School has to come first.  So the fabric is on the shelf waiting and my sister is going to have this baby soon.

I will be visiting her over the Holidays, and though I had hoped to be bringing her a sling I will be bringing her fabric instead.  Good news is we both sew.  We can pick the “sew-your-own-sling” directions we like the best from a Google search and make her a sling in a few short hours of too much fun and laughing.

Which got me to thinking.  If you are looking for a way to market your services or expand the work you do, why not add special order slings?  You could even do it as a sewing class if you are skillful enough.  What a fun way to help a group of expectant moms meet each other and prepare for their new baby.  I’m sure you would get lots of questions about your other services, which could lead to more work. But even if it doesn’t, it is still may be a great addition to your birth business.

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Jennifer Vanderlaan CNM MPH is the author of the BirthingNaturally.net website. She has been working with expectant families since 2000, training doulas, childbirth educators, and midwives. She has worked with midwives in Central America and Sub-Saharan Africa. Her interest in public health grew in 2010, and she is now a PhD student learning to become a producer of knowledge.

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