Meet the team

Meet the team


We are very fortunate at New Forest Slings to have a truly amazing team of passionate professionals Be it doing demos, making cuppas, helping promote the Facebook page, offering advice and support in the group, doing printing, running the sling library  and many many other crucial and important tasks. So here’s a little about us all.


Emily Wilding

Founder and Director

Emily is a mum of four and an international trainer of parenting and carrying educators. Emily is a highly qualified specialist with over 20 years experience working with families and studying child development. As the founder of New Forest Slings, Emily advises the other directors, provides ongoing training to the team and continues to support parents in the New Forest.

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Kathleen Pearson


A mum of two, Kathleen is a Certified Parent Coach specialising in babies and toddlers, helping parents with day to day challenges and to create long term calm and nurturing relationships. Kathleen joined the New Forest Slings leadership team in August 2019 as a director and will be on hand at meets and behind the scenes supporting parents to use slings in their own family.


Roxana Prior


Roxy is a mum of three (the third is a very recent addition) and started her babywearing journey almost seven years ago when her eldest was born. She is passionate about empowering families to make informed choices on their parenting journeys. She is also a breastfeeding peer supporter with numerous years in supporting families.

Supporting volunteers

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Erica Deakin

Carrying supporter

Erica is a mum of three children living in Southampton. She has been volunteering for New Forest Slings for almost 6 years and is our woven wrap specialist. Erica had her third baby a few months ago.


Tamsyn Crane

Neonatal nurse specialist

Tamsyn is a mum to two children, and works at the Princess Anne Hospital as a trainer of Neonatal nurses. She is also a carrying supporter, and is trained as a Baby Specialist Consultant with CalmFamily.


Helen Robinson

Carrying supporter

Helen is a mum of two who after getting support from the sling library with her first, contacted us whilst we were not running, desperate for support and to support us when we started back. She has great passion to love other humans.


Amy Burgess

Carrying consultant

Amy is a mother of three children, a trained carrying consultant and a neonatal nurse, and is on maternity leave at the moment in the north of England spending much needed time with family.