There is a whole team of people working to keep the Sheffield Sling Surgery supporting over 300 people each month.

There is a lot of behind the scenes activity to keep it all running; many hours of work beyond the public open sessions. The library’s focus is strongly on supporting families to build bonds, and all our volunteers are parents who have loved (and still love) carrying their children and want to share their experiences with others. Some of our supporters are highly trained professionals themselves, to consultant or peer supporter level, or committed administrator staff. You can read more about some of the people involved below. They are all worth their weight in gold!

Want to get involved as a friend of the Surgery or train as a peer supporter and volunteer at sessions? Just get in touch!

Rosie Knowles

Rosie Knowles

Founder, Director, Babywearing Consultant

Rosie founded the Sling Surgery in 2013 and has lovingly nurtured it into a valuable Sheffield resource for parents and children. She and Rob opened Sling spot in 2015. The Carrying Matters website and the Why Babywearing Matters book arrived in 2016. She trains babywearing peer supporters through Born to Carry and remains a working medical doctor three days a week.

Rob Knowles

Rob Knowles

Director

Rob is the man behind Rosie herself and has been there from the beginning. A vital part of ensuring the service runs smoothly, he works mostly behind the scenes; admin, phoning, answering queries, heavy lifting, maintenance, website admin, supporting Kiri and the team, and will often be found at the shop counter! He has carried both children; mostly in his arms, rarely with a sling.

Kiri Porter

Kiri Porter

Babywearing Consultant, Manager (Library and Shop), Breastfeeding Peer Supporter

Kiri has been with the Sling Surgery for many years, becoming part of the management team in 2017. She has a great passion for babywearing and has been carrying her own children from birth. She is an experienced consultant and sees most of our one to one clients.

Jess Yarborough

Jess Yarborough

Babywearing Consultant, Retail and Library Assistant

Jess is currently on maternity leave and we miss her!

Sophie White

Sophie White

Babywearing Peer Supporter, Retail and Library Assistant

Sophie hails from Stocksbridge and has a three year old son. Sophie has been involved in peer supporting and the running of the Stocksbridge Sling Meet for Sheffield Sling Surgery from her son being small - first visiting as a bump and becoming a permanent fixture shortly after. Sophie also works in the shop and central library and thoroughly enjoys her days, always busy and always has a smile for everybody!

Sharon Pearson

Sharon Pearson

Babywearing Peer Supporter, Retail and Library Assistant, Breastfeeding Peer Supporter

Sharon has been a volunteer for many years and joined the team in 2018. She has runs her own business (Ronnie's Creative) working with creative print designs and makes jewellery, toy slings and keepsakes from wrap scrap materials. She helps Rosie with a lot of the Carrying Matters posters!

Danielle Fortier

Danielle Fortier

Babywearing Consultant, Volunteer

Danielle is a trained babywearing consultant and also one of the Directors of the Building Bonds Project. She has been volunteering with the Sling Surgery for nearly three years. She has a three year old son and one year old twins. She fell in love with babywearing when her first son was a small baby, as it helped them bond after he had a hospital stay when born and since the twins have come along, can't imagine her hectic life without babywearing!

Anna Nham

Anna Nham

Babywearing Peer Supporter, Volunteer

Anna has been carrying her lil' one since he was a tiny prem baby and volunteering at the sling library almost as long. She runs the My Baby My Mind Antenatal workshop with Rosie.

Amelia Bond

Amelia Bond

Babywearing Peer Supporter, Volunteer

Amelia has found slings to be an invaluable part of being a parent to her son: so she wants to help others have this useful tool for themselves. She volunteers at the library and with the Building Bonds Project; which focuses on supporting families at difficult times in their lives.

Anne McEwan

Anne McEwan

Babywearing Consultant, Administrator

Anne is Dutch and lives in Scotland with her husband and 4 children. She has volunteered and worked in the carrying industry since 2005 . Anne is one of the trainers, directors and the founder of Born to Carry and works with Autistic young people as a business support worker.

Hannah Speed

Hannah Speed

Babywearing Peer Supporter, Volunteer

Hannah found her way into the Snug volunteering team when she started helping out at 4th Trimester. She has since moved on to leading the Zest satellite meets and arranging socials. She is an engineer by profession, also helping out at Light (peer support for PND) and heading up the South Yorkshire Nappy Library. She loves to carry her toddler in all sorts of carriers in different ways, making the most of the library's selection.

Alix Riches-Barber

Alix Riches-Barber

Babywearing Peer Supporter, Volunteer

Alix has been carrying her two year old since birth with lots of help from the sling library, and now loves to share her enthusiasm for slings with others!

Jana Smith

Jana Smith

Babywearing Peer Supporter, Volunteer

Jana started volunteering in Feb 2019. She's been carrying her son since the beginning. You can meet her and her son on weekdays library session. She loves helping others and being a part of this wonderful community.

Lucia Amber

Lucia Amber

Babywearing Peer Supporter, Volunteer

Lucia came to volunteer at the sling library because she recognised it was a safe space for her when her child was small. She hopefully contributes to that feeling through welcoming families and helping them create a safe space for their little ones to grow up close to their parents. She is confident that this feeling of safety will always be a central part of the library service.

Mariclaire Svo

Mariclaire Svo

Babywearing Peer Supporter, Volunteer

Maz started volunteering early 2018. She has carried both of her children, her youngest from birth, thanks to Sheffield Sling Surgery and Library. This made her want to help other families to carry their children as it made such a positive impact on her family life. Maz still carries her youngest daughter who is nearly 2 and a half (although the carries are getting less frequent, unfortunately). They both love the closeness and special connection that carrying brings them. She volunteers for the Building Bonds Project.

Darelle Patterson

Darelle Patterson

Babywearing Peer Supporter, Volunteer

Darelle has been volunteering since late 2019. She has two sons, a three year old and a five month old, both have been carried since birth. She has found Sheffield Sling Surgery a valuable source of care and support over the years - she loves passing this feeling on by helping parents to carry their children.

Helen Stonebridge

Helen Stonebridge

Babywearing Peer Supporter, Volunteer

Helen has been volunteering since early 2018 and also volunteers with the Building Bonds Project. She has a 5 year old son and a 3 year old daughter and has used slings since her oldest was a baby. Finding Kiri's former sling library in Barnsley and the Sheffield Sing Surgery when she was pregnant with her daughter was a total game changer as it opened her up to a whole new world of comfortable slings in so many varieties. Helen wants to help parents find the right sling the way volunteers helped her and she loves the buzz that comes with helping families find a sling that works for them.

Jane

Jane

Infant Feeding Peer Supporter, Babywearing Peer Supporter, Volunteer

Jane is a Sheffield GP who started volunteering after she had her third child, having carried all three of her children. When she came to the sling library, she always felt sure of a warm welcome (and patience when she took a while to get the hang of something). She wanted to pay that back, and contribute to the sense of a supportive community that so many new parents find here. She is a mother supporter with the ABM (infant feeding peer supporter) and training to be a breastfeeding counsellor, as well as a babywearing peer supporter at the sling library.

Alice Bartlett

Alice Bartlett

Babywearing Peer Supporter, Volunteer

Alice has been volunteering as a peer supporter for a few years. Carrying has allowed her family to enjoy many outdoor adventures together and was an invaluable source of solace during a recent spell in hospital. She loves helping families find a carrier that works for all caregivers.

Beth Goodband

Beth Goodband

Babywearing Peer Supporter, Volunteer, Retail and Library Assistant

Beth is a former teacher and now full time mum of 2. She discovered slings with the arrival of her second very refluxy baby! She found the sling library and after a consult developed a love for carrying which did wonders for her mental health! She says she found a family and friends for life at the sling library and encourages anyone with a baby to get involved in the community! She still carries her 4 year old and 2 year old when asked and will happily borrow any baby to carry too. She can sometimes be found behind the Sling Spot counter.

Laura White

Laura White

Babywearing Peer Supporter, Volunteer

Laura was introduced to the Sheffield Sling Library by a friend just before the birth of her son. Baby wearing has meant they have been on adventures big and small. They've been up mountains, got muddy in the peak district, walked parkrun countless times, been to beaches, festivals, fancy galleries, weddings and even shopping malls. Laura has been a scientist, marketing manager, fundraiser, secondary school teacher and is currently a full time mum and volunteer for various charities.

Sarah Briggs

Sarah Briggs

Babywearing Peer Supporter, Volunteer

Sarah has been carrying her children for 5 years and started out volunteering with the Barnsley sling library soon after. You will now find her helping out at the Stocksbridge sling library and happily carrying her youngest whenever she will stay still long enough and occasionally her eldest when he needs reconnection. Sarah's favourite feeling in the world is carrying her children, just don't ask her about it - you'll never shut her up.

Theresa Hurst

Theresa Hurst

Babywearing Peer Supporter, Volunteer

Theresa first found the sling library almost 7 years ago attending sessions at Rosie’s house and continued to be a regular user of the services. She started volunteering and trained as a peer supporter soon after her third baby was born in 2017 and hasn’t looked back. Fast forward to 2020 and the busy working mum of three boys can mainly be found at the Stocksbridge sessions and when I can find time I do love to get the the Snug and catch up with the ‘family’.

Katlin Cookney

Katlin Cookney

Babywearing Peer Supporter, Volunteer

Katlin has been volunteering at the library for 3 years. She fell in love with the sense of community and support she found as a new mother far from home. Her favourite thing is seeing parents get 'the look,' as they snuggle their child against their chest or back. Both her and her husband are avid sling users and credit the ability to keep a child close and bond with it for helping their mental health as new parents.

Stacie Edwards

Stacie Edwards

Babywearing Consultant, Volunteer

Stacie is a babywearing consultant and mother of three young children. Having close age gaps between all her children, carrying was not only a way of caring for each of their needs but also a practical necessity. She soon discovered a passion for enabling other families and assisting them on their carrying journeys. She volunteers for the Building Bonds Project. Stacie's 'day' job is running her small sewing business Stacie's Handmades, making children and adult clothing, accessories, reusable wipes, breast pads and menstrual products.

Lindsay Snow

Lindsay Snow

Babywearing Peer Supporter, Volunteer

Lindsay was one of the first babywearing peer supporters trained by Rosie in 2014 and together they co-founded the 4th Trimester group in 2015. Lindsay originally got into slings because they allowed her family the freedom to visit otherwise inaccessible climbing locations. In addition to hosting the weekly 4T sessions, Lindsay provides consultancy, training, and support for parents, caregivers and professionals interested in developing responsive relationships with babies and children. Her Facebook group, Understanding Kids, is highly regarded as a non-judgemental learning space for discussing any and all parenting challenges.

Jasmine Heaton

Jasmine Heaton

Babywearing Peer Supporter, Social Media Co-ordinator

Jasmine is a mum to two small boys, and has been enjoying trying out lots of the library carriers as part of her role coordinating the Library and Sling Spot social media!