Babywearing Conference

Welcome to the 1st Italian Babywearing Conference!

APRIL 28th – 29th – 30th  2018

Holiday Inn Rome Eur Parco dei Medici | Viale Castello della Magliana, 65 | 00148 Roma | Italia

Tel (+39) 06 65581 ext. 820 | Fax (+39) 06 6537 637 | Mobile (+39) 328 2395201

The Studies Centre SCUOLA DEL PORTARE ® welcomes you to the first Italian Babywearing Conference in Rome 28th /29th/30th April 2018, with national and international guests, workshops for professional and families, exhibition hall with the most important babywearing producers .


Newborn and children have always been carried by their parents. Many cultures all over the world continue to carry them nowadays, in Europe the interest towards the babywearing culture has developed around the 70s.

This interest wasn’t due to a lack of choice but because carrying our children has been recognized as a way to improve the parents’ children relation being at the same time practical and efficient. Thanks to William Sears’s book “ The Baby Book” we are now experiencing a global rapprochement and a rediscovery of parental care who trough the contact develop and reinforce children’s affectivity and help their mothers to get in touch with their babies practicing an empathic listening of their needs and granting them a sane and an harmonious development even in difficulties.

This conference wants to be the beginning of a process of consciousness about the good carrying practice and its advantages on parents’ children relation, the mothers’ wellness in post-partum, and an input for public and private medical care to rediscover and application of the good practice of contact, even during birth hospitalization.


  • Babywearing, the good practice of carrying our children as instrument to get in touch (in relations) for parents and babies growing them on a strong sense of confidence.
  • To raise professionals and parents’ awareness on babywearing as a preventive and promoting wellness tool in childhood problems and difficulties.
  • To follow and support who carry their children.

There will be workshops and lectures by respected eminent personalities in babywearing researches and kangaroo-therapy such as Evelin Kirkilionis and Prof. Agostino. There will also be demonstrations, working groups, exhibitors coming from around the world and representing the most popular babywearing brands. Artistic exhibitions and a temporary exhibition during the conference.

Firmly believing that:

“our children’s care and growth are the starting point for a better tomorrow”.

Antonella Gennatiempo

Holiday Inn Rome Eur Parco dei Medici

Viale Castello della Magliana, 65 | 00148 Roma | Italia

Tel (+39) 06 65581 ext. 820 | Fax (+39) 06 6537 637 | Cel (+39) 328 2395201

Car Parking Available. Complimentary Daily Self-Parking is available. Shuttle bus to/from Downtown, Fiumicino Airport, subway EurMagliana and Fiera di Roma. One way €10 per pax. From the FCO Airport to hotel is free. Children under 16Y are free. Free parking available on site. Dedicated buses parking for coach available.


Dr. Evelin Kirkilionis

Dr Evelin Kirkilionis has a background in Biology and Human Ethology. Her book ‘Ein baby will getragen sein’ was first published in 1999, translated in English and published by Pinter & Martin in 2004, “ A Baby Wants to be Carried. Everithing you need to know about baby carriers and the benefits of babywearing”

Dr. Rocco Agostino

Honorary president of “La cicogna frettolosa – ONLUS”.

Member of ethics committee at the pediatric hospital “Bambin Gesù”.

UOC director, neonatal diseases and T.I.N. 2002-2013 Fatebenefratelli Isola Tiberina.

Willi Maurer – emotional and corporal work – Doné – Suisse – was born in 1945 in German Suisse, actually lives in thr Canton Ticino. Since 1981 follows groups and individuals in the development of their inner potential by promoting the Emotional and corporal Work. He has created a particular methodology to refresh and restore all the lost emotions of our life elaborating and internalizing them. He has spent part of his life studying different psychological approaches both humanist and therapeutic (Gestalt, Primal Screen, Bioenergy, Feldenkrais) leading him to an “intravision” (a word he created to describe the vision of all nets) of the origin of individuals and groups’ conflicts. In the last ten years he is responsible of the Italian and German department of Holon.

Guido Viola – majored in Neuro Psychomotor developmental therapy and a degree in Osteopathic medicine and kinesiology: has always had a holistic and integrated approach to evolutionary aspects and a Master in Natural Medicine. His experience has always been focused on human aspects of development, in particular neonatal disease and rehabilitation and homeopathic medicine. He collaborates with several hospitals and rehabilitation centers to promote the prevention of adult disease due to an undiagnosed neonatal disease. He applies the homeopathic principles to the use of the woven wrap and babywearing as support and aid in dysfunctional pattern solving.

Giorgia Amicizia – graduated with honors in the Neuro and Psychomotricity of the age of development therapy: she’s long been collaborating with the most qualified halfway houses in Lazio, working on the diagnosis, care and rehabilitation process from neurological, neuro-psychological and/or psychiatric pathologies in infantile. She has always been sensitive to social issues: in 2010, together with EFO and AWA Onlus associations was named responsible for “ AmiciziAbili” project – friendship makes able- working on cooperation and development to integrate Senegalese disabled children. Thanks to this experience she came into contact with carrying culture and decided to study further about the use of wove wraps in rehabilitation process, with great attention to emotional and relational aspects with attention focused on the parent-child dyad. She has enriched her experiences and knowledge all along the years paying attention to infants and organizing courses at the Bratelton Center of the pediatric hospital Meyer in Florence. She also started a graduation as infant massage instructor (awaiting graduation C.I.M.I.)

Francesca Furino – counsellor and psychosynthetic professional; individual and groups psychosynthesis, planning, training. After studying as interpreter and translator and a long experience as project assistant for the development of food safety by FAO’s , she becomes a professional in the support relation according the psychosynthesis: an integral vision of mankind to grow and develop his potential values, ideals, consciousness and creativity. A solid qualification in Human Psychological Astrology according Jungh’s models, a pioneering mixture between the depth psychology and the transpersonal and spiritual consciousness of the human being. Trainer in communication, orienteering, corporal expression techniques, (psychosomatic mindfulness). By the use of a severe method intends to promote the self- trans – formation of experiences, restoring the centrality of individuals and their Here and Now. She promotes training courses and works with groups on theoretical and practical experiences to let consciousness grow , paying great attention to female universe all along the self-individuation process, aimed to an integral understanding of personal experiences – on a bio – psych- spiritual level.

Antonella Gennatiempo – Doctor in Psychology, Trainer, facilitator for female activities. The interest for themes as contact and primary needs is at the bases of her long lasting work in a restored project for parents’ “in contact” culture. Since 2001 supports parents, in particular women /mothers. In 2002 started her training in babywearing attending several different European schools and joining conferences (England, Germany) in a continuous training. After her degree thesis about “ the carried child: from kangaroo therapy to wellness promotion”, in 2008 she founded the “La Scuola del Portare®” to promote Babywearing in Italy. Since she was 21 she started a long personal pathway from a spiritual and educational point of view, exploring and integrating in her job the Family Constellations, Holding therapy. She firmly believes the human being as in a continuous changing and as a part of it she is always in continuous learning of changing knowledge with three basic centers: head – hearth- belly. Recently she is working to Willi Maurer’s emotional and corporal practice. Nowadays she also works with women’s groups in a path of psychic awareness of female sanctity and menstrual cyclicity thanks to “ Moon circles” and “Red Tents”.

Conference Schedule

Scientific director: Dr. Antonella Gennatiempo

Continuous Training for Babywearing professionals

The first Italian Babywearing Conference wants to gather and brief professional as hospitals, neonatal and obstetrics units, doctors, educators, nurses, instructors, physical therapist, doulas and raise their awareness.

There will be workshops and lectures by respected eminent personalities in babywearing researches and kangaroo-therapy such as Evelin Kirkilionis and Prof. Agostino. There will also be demonstrations, working groups, exhibitors coming from around the world and representing the most popular babywearing firms. Artistic exhibitions and a temporary exhibition during the conference.

  • Informational meetings for all those who want to know and experience babywearing: parents, relatives, pediatric nurses.
  • Informational meetings for Healthcare professional.
  • Training courses to learn the good practice of babywearing for parents and relatives: how to carry with a stretchy wrap, how to carry with a woven wrap, how to carry with a ring sling, mei tai, pounch sling, carrying supports.
  • Training courses for kangaroo therapy for Healthcare professional and baby nurses, ECM credits recognized.

If we reach 50 requests, the sessions on April 28th will be also available in English.




Minerva + Venere Hall

(Ground floor)


Catullo Hall

(Ground floor)

Nursery hall – Oxytocin space
During the whole Conference you will profit of a comfortable, warm, sweet, cozy, restoring and very friendly space. A place where adults and children can take their time, relax themselves, have any assistance and information, play together and join activities. Not a simple baby friendly space, but a place where children and adults can experience the pleasure of being together, or join activities and live new spontaneous ones. A place where children can play, mothers can breastfeed, fathers can participate, any adult is invited to relax, take time, read a book, have a break, in a safe place.

Peace will be granted by space keepers and it will be supported by all participants with a free donation for this inclusive and hosting action aiming to promote the event and welcome participants.

Diana + Flora Hall

(Ground floor)

Sessions and Workshops


Aprile 28th



Diana + Flora

Ground floor

09.00 – 09.30 Welcome and guests registration
09.30 – 10.00 Dr. Antonella Gennatiempo, PhD – Conference Opening 1st Edition 2018 – Greetings
10.00 – 11.00 Dr. Rocco Agostino M.D. – Sling Therapy: (Cangaroo Method) hosting and screening
11.00 – 11.45 Coffee break
11.45 – 12.30 Round Table: Dr. Rocco D’Agostino M.D., Dr.Antonella Gennatiempo PhD, Dr. Guido Viola PhD
12.30 – 14.00 Lunch time
14.00 – 15.30 Dr. Alessandra Bortolotti M.D. – Caregiving: a good practice of Salutogenesis confirmed by PNEI (Psiconeuroendocrinoimmunology) and epigenetic despite of culture’s prejudice
15.30 – 16.15 Coffee break
16.15 – 17.15 Dr. Willi Maurer, M.D. – Imprinting: a key to wellness
17.15 – 17.45 Closing Theatre plays by Marika Cazzaniga: “Solo Io Tua”
19.00 End of works

General Scheule

April 29th

09.00 Conference Opening
09.30 – 10.15 Workshop
10.15 – 11.00 Coffee Break
11.00- 11.45 Workshop
12.00- 14.30 Lunch Time
14.30- 16.00 Dr. Evelin Kirkilionis M.D. – “Babywearing: a neonatal handling model and its influence today.”
16.00-16.30 Coffee Break
16.30-17.15 Workshop
17.30-18.15 Workshop
19.00 End of Works

From March 1st you’ll be able to book the workshops. We kindly remind you that the workshops have limited seats.

You will receive instruction on the email you used to register.


April 29th

Halls: Diana + Flora

Ground floor

9.30 – 10.15 Dr. Guido Viola M.D. – Skin to skin as a “love” means: reseraches and experiences
11.00 – 11.45 Dr. Paola Andrisani, PhD – Babywearing in Migratory Contests
14.30 – 16.00 Dr. Evelin Kirkilionis M.D. – “Babywearing: a neonatal handling model and its influence today.”
16.30 – 17.15 Dr. Veronica Ghiglieri PhD – Synaptic Plasticity & Babywearing
17.30 – 18.15 Dr. Antonella Gennatiempo PhD – “Babywering as an opportunity of Re-Bonding. Thinking and Experiences


April 29th

Hall: Ovidio

Ground floor

9.30 – 10.15 Emanuela Petrotto – “Online Babywearing: pros and cons of digital communication
11.00 – 11.45 Dr. Guido Viola M.D. – Babywearing and Special Needs:Neonatal Osteopathy approaches Babywearing
16.30 – 17.15 Emanuela Petrotto – Brand Identity: Strategies to create own digital identity.
17.30 – 18.15


April 29th

Hall: Properzio

Ground floor

9.30 – 10.15 Nayelli Zabaleta – History of Rebozo – Exibithion of different kind of Rebozos (from original to modern types)
11.00 – 11.45 Dr. Carlotta Pino – Babywearing and Gastroesophageal Reflux
16.30 – 17.15 Susanne Greiner (Scuola ClauWi®) – Babywearing and physics elements
17.30 – 18.15 Noemi Garavagno – Babywearing & Perineum


April 29th

Hall: Tibullo

Ground floor

9.30 – 10.15 Noemi Garavagno – Babywearing & Posture: Exercises for a good and longer babywearing
11.00 – 11.45 Selene Militello and Giorgia De Antonio – Wrap Library: what, how, why. How to arrange information meetings
16.30 – 17.15 Noemi Garavagno – Babywearing & Perineum
17.30 – 18.15 Arie Ann Brentnall (Compton, Canadian Babywearing School) – Public Healthcare and social impact of Babywearing


April 29th

Hall: Aristotele

Firts floor

9.30 – 10.15 Selene Militello – “Ring Ring” – how to use: Limitations and Resources
11.00 – 11.45 Chiara Venturoli – Half Jordan’s Back Carry technique
16.30 – 17.15 Dr. Francesca Furino phD – The importance of Communication during a Babywearing Counselling
17.30 – 18.15 Stefania Eckstein – Hamburg Tragheschule: Kangaroo Carry clip on


April 29th

Hall: Cicerone

Firts floor

9.30 – 10.15 Chiara Venturoli – Shephard’s Back Carry Technique
11.00 – 11.45 Sabrina Pietrini e Adele Ricci – Meitai World
16.30 – 17.15 Sabrina Pietrini – Poppin’s technique
17.30 – 18.15 Susanne Greiner (ClauWi® Trageschule) – Evolution of Ergonomic Babycarrier


April 29th

Hall: Omero

Firts floor

9.30 – 10.15 Petra Wilhelm (ClauWi®) – Kangaroo Carry
11.00 – 11.45 Elisa Valzan – “Ring Ring” – how to use: Limitations and Resources
16.30 – 17.15 in definizione
17.30 – 18.15 Dr. Francesca Furino phD – The importance of Communication during a Babywearing Counselling

April 30th

work in progress

The last day of the conference will be entirely devoted to parents, offering them a big exhibition choice and several activities to join.

The Conference is an occasion to meet directly babywearing carriers producers, brands and sellers, we expect a mass participation.

PARENTS WORKSHOPS: (not yet defined)

  • Theatre representations
  • Yoga and ballet with the woven wrap
  • Technical workshops to learn how to carry
  • Poppin’s hip carry
  • Double hammock
  • Robin’s back carry
  • Rings endings

And much more …

Technical Workshops need your own educational doll. If you don’t have one we inform you that we have the pleasure to host “Renate Puppenstube” exhibitor from Germany which whom we collaborate from 2008. Renate Puppenstube.

Technical Workshops are available only to those with an advance level in using babywraps 

Admission and more

Consultant and Professional admission: April 28th and 29th.

4 (limited seats) workshops included to be chosen in the next days and 4 open sessions.

15 ECM credits are included in the ticket for Professionals and optional for Consultants (+30€).

One parent admission or Family admission on April 30thWorkshops will be available in the next days.

You can book the lunch for free and pay 20€ in cash per person upon arrival at the conference. 

Children up to 3 yo: Free.

Children from 4 to 10 yo: 10€.

Children from 11 yo: 20€.

(In case you want to book a dinner, you can book it directly at the hotel desk.)

If you choose to sleep at the hotel Holiday Inn Rome Eur Parco dei Medici, there is a special price reserved to the Babywearing Conference participants. You’ll receive a discount code for your online booking on the hotel website. This discount is valid from April 25th to May 1st.

When you buy your Babywearing Conference Admission, please enter the accommodation details: check-in and check-out date, number of people, room type (single or double).

You will have to book your room on the website hotel, the data we collect are not valid as a reservation. 

  • Max 2 adults e 2 children per room
  • Rooms have two Queen Size beds.
  • Children (up to 12 years old) in the same room with parents: Free
  • From 12 to 18 years old: + € 10,00
  • Complimentary breakfast

If you want to know more about the Babywearing Conference, please write an email to

Press information

Journalists and mass media interested in participating to the Italian Babywearing Conference can ask for their credentials to join the Conference throughout its entire duration.

Please fill in the following form with participants’ credentials and press affiliation. The organization reserves the right to verify any journalistic activity declared.

During the conference interviews and video footage will be granted. Please schedule in advance day and time of your interview or video with our press office.

Feel free to contact us for any further information!

Blogger information

Do you manage a blog on sustainable and contact parenthood and you wish to witness the event? Please send us your media kit and a short presentation, tell us why would you like to participate and how would you like to refer what happens during the event.

Press office Scuola del Portare

Silvia De Bernardin

mobile. 340 29 15 847