Dr Henrik Norholt PHD

Our list of speakers keeps growing! The excitement of having all these great minds in one space for so many days isunbelievable. Take advantage of this opportunity to hear what the research shows about how children benefit from bonding with their caregivers, discuss what trends you have noticed when working with your community, and share your stories.

Please give a warm welcome to Dr. Henrik Norholt, PHD.


Henrik Norholt, Ph.D.

Chief Science Officer, Ergobaby Inc.

Dr. Norholt’s primary research focus is the effects of extended parent-infant contact. He is engaged in developing research into novel parent-infant interventions through his international network of researchers and clinicians within psychology, pediatrics, orthopedics, obstetrics, breastfeeding medicine, health visiting and midwifery. Outcomes for the research include attachment and long-term parental and child physiological and psychological health. The research spans a wide range of scientific topics, including amongst others child and adult brain and hormonal adaptation, attachment theory, perinatal stress and resilience processes, child socio-emotional regulation and pediatric orthopedics.

He is a frequent lecturer and external academic thesis supervisor at various early years practitioners’ universities, colleges, association meetings and international conferences. He is a member of The World Association of Infant Mental Health, The Marcé Society for Perinatal Mental Health and The Society of Emotion and Attachment Studies. He holds a Ph.D. from the Faculty of Science at Copenhagen University and is a resident of Copenhagen, Denmark.

Meet Baby Tula, BOND Conference Diamond Sponsor

In order to offer an amazing conference experience, we at BOND have been on a mission to partner with companies that offer products that get to the heart of our mission: helping families BOND for life! BOND would not be here without the help of our amazing sponsors. Today, we would like to begin introducing you to the people helping to make BOND happen. Please help us give a warm welcome to Baby Tula!

We are so excited to have Baby Tula join us here at BOND. BOND Founder Joanna and Baby Tula Founder Ula met for the first time at the 2015 ABC KIds show. Ula instantly understood the importance and impact of what the BOND Conference was all about, and a beautiful relationship began to bloom! 

Here's what the Tula Team has to say about why they decided to sponsor BOND:

At Baby Tula, we are truly excited about the unique concept of bringing multidisciplinary professionals and industries together to explore the facets of connection. We feel the BOND conference will bring together leading edge research and poignant experiences that will surely bring new ideas and inspiration.

So you might be wondering 'who is Baby Tula?'. We asked Team Tula to tell us about their company:

We are a babywearing company that provides comfortable carriers which support the bond between caregiver and child while promoting optimal positioning. Tula Baby Carriers, which include soft structured carriers, ring slings, and woven wraps, are made of high quality materials and have intuitive, easy to use, designs. We have differentiated ourselves by offering a variety of stylish prints that can provide unique self-expression and meaning to each babywearer.

We also wanted to know a bit about how Baby Tula came to life, we asked Team Tula to give us a bit of history on their company!

Company founders, Ula and Mike, are avid world travelers. Their first notable experience with babywearing came while traveling through South America where they saw women carrying their little ones in beautifully colored fabric. They admired how both mother and baby were content while life’s work continued. Their true “aha!” moment came while traveling between their two home countries of Poland and Vietnam with their own daughter.

Their search for the perfect baby carrier came up short so, they sought the help of their “Ba Noi” (Vietnamese for Grandma). She hand-crafted a carrier to their specifications. Soon, they had friends and family asking if they could have the same carrier. After one long family visit to Poland and a lot of determination, Ula and Mike created a product that would help many families keep their babies close as they enjoyed their own parenting journeys.

So what keeps the Tula Team going each day? We wanted to know what brings them the most joy in their business

We are extremely honored by the passion and love our community of loyal fans shares with us daily! We get many photos and hear personal stories of how babywearing has brought joy to parents all over the world. It warms our hearts to know that we play a small part in helping families continue to do what they love!

We cannot wait to introduce you to Baby Tula in person in April! We leave you with their message about why the BOND Conference is important.

We feel that babywearing is still very much a new industry and practice for families in the western world. So, it’s important that we have opportunities, like the BOND conference, to ignite: discussions, research, and new developments. We hope that BOND will bring new advances to babywearing and other methods of support for bonding.

Driving to Bond Conference?

The best way to get to the Paper Factory is by Subway. The M and R train stops right in front of the hotel (36th Street exit) 

We know some of you are driving into Queens and may need a parking spot or garage. There are two garages close by the Hotel and here are the addresses. 


IZ Parking 30-30 Northern BLVD,  Long Island City, NY 11101  (917) 995-7848

PV Parking Location I 34-11 41st St, Long Island City, NY 11101 (718) 609-1200

FAQ for Conference

We will update this post as more questions arise

I would like to book a room at the Paper Factory Hotel. Are there any codes available for booking? Yes the room block code is 6110 and you can book at the following link https://bookings.ihotelier.com/Paper-Factory-Hotel/bookings.jsp?hotelID=95097&groupID=1552759

Can my child attend the conference with me?  While the conference will not have any baby specific accommodations, in arms infants are welcome if a caregiver would like to attend with a smaller baby.  For older infants or children, our Facebook chat group  is a great place to connect with other attendees who may be looking to share childcare in the surrounding area. 

Is there a single day registration option? Due to the way the conference is structured, we are not offering single day registration. 

Are you offering CEUs? We are currently applying to the following organization. We will update once the CEU get approved.

  • American College of Nurse-Midwives
  • International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners
  • DONA International
  • American Association for Respiratory Care
  • Lamaze
  • Certified Health Educator Specialist

Introducing Another Amazing Speaker

When we began to explore who we wanted to present at BOND Conference, we were hopeful this gentleman would join us! We just got word that BOND attendees will have the incredible opportunity to listen to him speak, pose their questions, and incorporate his research into their plan of action. We are elated to introduce him as a part of the experience you will have at BOND! Please help us welcome....

Dr. James McKenna, Ph.D.


Dr. James J. McKenna, Ph.D. is recognized as the world’s leading authority on mother-infant cosleeping in relationship to breastfeeding and SIDS. In recognition of his work in 2009 he was admitted as a Fellow into the select body of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the world's most prestigious scientific society. That same year and in recognition of his extensive work with television, radio, and print media he received from the American Anthropological Association the “2008 Anthropology In The Media Award” one of the top three awards presented to anthropologists by the association in recognition of his distinguished work in educating the public to the importance of anthropological concepts. 

He received his undergraduate degree in anthropology from the University of California, Berkeley in 1970, his Master's Degree from San Diego State University in 1972, and his Ph.D. in biological anthropology from the University of Oregon, Eugene, in 1975.

After teaching anthropology at the University of California, Berkeley as a Visiting Assistant Professor for two years, he accepted a tenure track position (in anthropology) at Pomona College in Claremont, California, where he was awarded an Endowed Chair and received numerous teaching awards, and remained an active member of the faculty for twenty years. Dr. McKenna was recruited by the University of Notre Dame in 1997, and since then has won every teaching prize he has been eligible for including most recently, the College of Arts and Letters’  highest teaching award, the Sheedy Award, in 2008. 

Initially Dr. McKenna specialized in studying the social behavior of monkeys and apes but following the birth of his son in 1978 he began to apply the principles of human behavioral evolution to the understanding of human infancy. At the University of California, Irvine School of Medicine, Department of Neurology his research team pioneered the first studies of the physiology and behavior of mothers and infant sleeping together and apart, using physiological and behavioral recording devices.

Dr. McKenna has published over 139 refereed scientific articles in diverse medical and anthropological journals on co-sleeping, breastfeeding, evolutionary medicine and SIDS, and both here and abroad. He also regularly gives lectures on over 20 specialized topics relating to cosleeping and breastfeeding especially to pediatric medical professionals and parents. Here in the United States he remains a primary spokesperson to the media on issues pertaining to infant-parental sleeping arrangements, nighttime breastfeeding and SIDS prevention. 

He has also published two monographs on SIDS and infant sleep, and co-edited two books: Evolutionary Medicine (published by Oxford in 1999) and Evolutionary Medicine And Health: New Perspectives, also with Oxford University Press. His first trade book for parents was published in 2008 entitled: Sleeping With Your Baby: A Parents Guide To Co-sleeping, and was recently translated and made available in Spanish and Dutch, as well as other languages.

As a welcome to our newest speaker and as an apology for a few hiccups with our registration system, we have decided to extend our Early Bird Registration until January 31st. Tickets are becoming more limited, so grab yours while they are still available!

Introducing more speakers

There is such an amazing line up of speakers, don’t miss your chance to listen, network, and contribute to the year’s most unique and interactive conference you will attend!  We are blown away by the response of registration, and humbled at your belief in what we are doing.  With only 123 seats left they are going to move fast during this early bird period.


Check out this impressive list of Speakers, also we will continue to add speakers over the next week!

ANN BIGELOW, Ph.D award winning Professor of Psychology at St. Francis Xavier University in Antigonish, Nova Scotia, Canada, received her BA in psychology and history from the College of Wooster, her MA from the Institute of Child Behavior and Development at the University of Iowa,  and her PhD from Simon Fraser University, British Columbia.

A fellow of the Canadian Psychological Association, a member of the Society for Research in Child Development, and of the International Society for Infant Studies, she has published numerous journal articles and book chapters on infancy and early childhood development. Dr. Bigelow has received local, regional, and national awards for outstanding teaching. Her research interests include infants’ early understanding of self, mother-infant social interaction, mother-infant skin-to-skin contact, as well as the effects of blindness on development.


RAYLENE PHILLIPS, MD, IBCLC completed her pediatric residency and neonatology fellowship at Loma Linda University Children's Hospital in Loma Linda, CA, and is currently an attending neonatologist in the NICU at the same hospital as well as Medical Director of Newborn Nursery at Loma Linda University Medical Center-Murrieta. After raising three children as a stay-at-home mother, Dr. Phillips received a Masters degree in Developmental Psychology, became NIDCAP certified as an Infant Developmental Specialist, and then attended medical school at University of California, Davis, graduating in 2004.  She is an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant and is a Fellow of the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine.  Dr. Phillips is the current President of the National Perinatal Association.  Her primary areas of interest are mother-infant attachment, breastfeeding education and support, and Family-Centered Neuroprotective Care of premature infants in the NICU.  


And in case you missed our last update on our speakers meet:

As you can see from their accomplishments, our speakers have spent their lives deeply investigating the science and chemistry of bonding. Their knowledge and expertise is invaluable to the study and understanding of infant health, identity and family bonding. 


Join us and you will go home with a PLAN OF ACTION to put everything into practice, immediately. Remember you will help lead the discussion and frame the path forward as we all work together to Bridge the Gap from Research to Practice!




Did you know that Queens, the site of the BOND Conference in April, 2016, is home to more than five museums, including the Queens Museum, The Louis Armstrong House Museum, MoMA’s PS 1, the Noguchi Museum and The Museum of the Moving Image? If you’re into sculpture, there are also the nearby Sculpture Center and Socrates Sculpture Park.



Museum of the Moving Image (MOMI)

 Just minutes from the Paper Factory Hotel in Long Island City, Queens, you’ll find the famous Museum of the Moving Image. Museum of the Moving Image (MOMI) is the only museum in the country dedicated to the moving image in all its forms, exploring every aspect of the production, technology, art and promotion of moving images in an interactive and highly engaging way. 



 A ten minute subway ride will take you to MOMA PS1. Housed in a 19th century schoolhouse, MOMA PS1 contains an exhibition space for the most current art available in NYC, where, new and experimental art in all media is displayed throughout the unique space.



Nine minutes by train will take you to The Sculpture Center. Similarly to the Paper Factory Hotel, The Sculpture Center utilizes an old industrial space, in this case, a former trolley repair shop renovated in 2001. Originally founded in 1928, the Sculpture Center is a not-for-profit arts institution dedicated to experimental and innovative developments in contemporary sculpture. The Sculpture Center has a long and rich history of supporting developing sculptors as the former Clay Club, and currently commission new work and present exhibits by new and established artists.


The Noguchi Museum

If you’re up for a walk, just 28 minutes away, you’ll find The Noguchi Museum, devoted entirely to the works and philosophy of the sculptor and artist, Isamu Noguchi. In yet another transformed industrial space, the museum makes its home in a former printmaking plant and gas station. Noguchi’s famous work with stone is on display, along with designs, drawings and works in metal.

Introducing our First Speaker

Now that Early Bird registration is open, we want to start introducing you to the top researchers who will speak on topics such as infant development, separation, sleep, and the importance of infant contact! 

We are beyond honored to introduce you to: Kerstin Uvnäs Moberg MD, Ph.D. Dr. Moberg is widely accepted as the worldwide authority on oxytocin. An author of over 400 research papers and multiple books, her work has impacted multiple fields, including obstetrics, psychology, pediatrics, and child development.

Dr. Moberg has studied the physiological mechanisms involved in birth and breastfeeding, as well as the physiological and behavioral maternal adaptation that occurs during birth and breastfeeding. She continues to expand her research which takes place at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, and at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences in Uppsala, where she is a Professor of Physiology. 

Besides being fantastically knowledgable about all things oxytocin she is exquisitely articulate on how to help new families understand this information and why they might be interested in adding more oxytocin to their lives. The best part?  You will go home with a PLAN OF ACTION with which to put everything you've learned into practice immediately. 

We have more to announce soon, so stay tuned to the BOND blog for weekly updates on the amazing things you can expect at BOND!

Joanna and the BOND Team


Bond.... weekly update!

So, has everyone had a chance to check out the website?  There is a lot of important information about BOND.  The team has been working hard, and we can't wait to show you what we have lined up. 

Angelique made the trip to NYC to check out the Paperfactory Hotel and work on some important scheduling with Joanna.    

Angelique made the trip to NYC to check out the Paperfactory Hotel and work on some important scheduling with Joanna. 


We are currently working on getting registration ready, expect it any day now.  There is going to be a super incentive to sign up as soon as possible, so keep your eye out on our Facebook page and for our newsletter.

Coffee -  check, macbook, iPhone and iPad - check, tons of paper to write notes on - check! Cookies (sugar!? heheh) to stay awake. Essentials to conference planning. 

Coffee -  check, macbook, iPhone and iPad - check, tons of paper to write notes on - check! Cookies (sugar!? heheh) to stay awake. Essentials to conference planning. 

Have you taken a look at the topics for the conference?  It will be so hard to pick a favorite...all are going to capture your interest!  We have several speakers already and you can expect to hear about them soon as well.

And what about the Paper Factory Hotel?  Did you see how cool it is?!  The BOND Team met there last month and was just blown away by all of the details that were incorporated into the building.  The hotel has so much character...a perfect place to relax and learn about how families can BOND.

What can you expect while at BOND?  LOTS of learning, for sure.  We have a fantastic line up of speakers ready to share their knowledge and converse with you.  We will have a large and diverse group of professionals who work daily with families in the perinatal and postnatal period for you to expand your network.  

We have dedicated manufacturers who believe strongly in the importance of the family BOND and they will not only have their products elegantly displayed in the BOND BOUTIQUE for you to use and explore, but who will also be part of group discussions about how to best help families BOND.  

You can expect to be inspired and motivated, and you can also expect to have a wonderful time.  We are taking everything into consideration, making sure that no detail is left unaddressed. BOND Conference will truly be as unique as NYC itself!