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Nurturing Across Cultures (formerly The Rebozo Way Project) closed its doors at the end of 2011. The projects listed here are no longer active or updated. This site remains online as a resource for the global community, in the hopes that the work and information exhibited here will be an inspiration and resource to others.

BAC Collaboration Program

November 2010

Dear Friends of Nurturing Across Cultures,

for the past few months we have been bringing you updates about the current regulatory climate in the US regarding slings and other baby carriers. We have just finished our annual accomplishments and fundraising letter and included in it is a recent history of events about this topic and NAC's participation. We are working on uploading this document to our website and will provide a link to it as soon as possible.

At this point, we realized that the best uses of our resources would be an outreach and education campaign about the benefits of babywearing, our first venture in our newly established BAC (Babywearing Across Cultures) program; we have partnered with Babywearing International and the Baby Carrier Industry Alliance to move this forward. We are calling our venture the BAC Collaboration Program. Volunteers will be writing and re-writing articles and brief press releases that each highlight one aspect of the benefits of babywearing, crying less, for example. A PR team will review and fine tune the articles and press releases and channel them into the news outlets that will give them the best exposure. We are committed to informing the general public about the many benefits of babywearing to balance possible misconceptions that may have recently appeared in various media sources. Well-researched statements from the BCIA position paper will be used as the jumping off points of the news articles and press releases. You may want to read the position paper if you have not yet done so; I am reposting the link so you do not have to search for it.

What we really need now to make this a reality are the funds to place the articles and press releases in the news agencies. If you have benefited from babywearing, if you understand the importance of keeping babywearing in the US culture, of the benefits to families and to babies and to the greater culture, please donate to this program. We need you more than ever. I cannot stress the importance of taking action at this point in time. As well as channeling the articles into the mainstream news, we will be posting articles on our site and linking to them so that our followers and contributors will see the results of your generosity. When donating, please designate that you want your fund to go to the BAC Collaboration Program. Nurturing Across Cultures will send 80% of each donation directly to those who are serving us by finding the correct media outlets for this information, and keep 20% for admin costs of the program within our organization.

The easiest way to donate is by clicking on a Make a Donation button on the left sidebar on any page of the NAC website. On the donation page for our organization on the Network For Good website, there is a space where you can write in a specific program that you want to donate to. You may choose to donate on a on time or recurring basis.  We thank you in advance for your generosity. Your donation is tax deductible in the USA.

For the babies, and for those who love them,

barbara wishingrad, founder and President of Nurturing Across Cultures

Vesta Garcia, Secretary

Shelly Best, Treasurer

Jen Gordon, Trustee at Large

Arie Brentall-Compton, Trustee at Large

PS As we were preparing this appeal for our website and other venues, we received the latest  news about regulations of slings and other baby carriers in the US.  Our BAC Collaboration Program is exactly what is needed now! Follow the links to read more :

CPSC Educates New Parents on Safe Babywearing
Infant suffocation deaths in slings prompt renewed effort to warn moms and dads

Baby Carrier Industry Alliance Pledges to Work with the Consumer Product Safety Commission on Safe Babywearing Education Campaign