Our History

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Our Original Waterbaby

Waterbabies really began with my fourth child Rose; the original Waterbaby.  My husband and I were living in Australia at the time, and during the pregnancy with Rose we read Frederik Leboyers’ book, “Birth Without Violence”, which cemented our commitment to make her entry into this world as gentle as possible.  We partnered with a labor coach in Melbourne doing pre-natal water classes, and immediately after Rose’s birth we floated her in a warm bath where she relaxed, coming home as it were to the aqueous environment."

When Rose was old enough, we joined baby swim classes.  The family bonding we experienced with our infant daughter was profound for us and led to many hours of family playtime in the pool. During this time I increasingly wanted to create an opportunity to share the beauty and joy of baby swimming with others, which propelled me to begin an apprenticeship with Huguette (Cookie) Harkin, a world renowned baby swim expert, and my mentor.

Shortly after completing the internship, we moved back to the United States where I began my teaching career.  After a few years teaching in other programs and continuing my education, in 1997 I opened Waterbabies Aquatic Program, beginning with 25 students.  My partner and I never imagined that our journey into Infant Aquatics would become one of the most successful programs in the United States, that we would one day be responsible for teaching over 1200 children each quarter, or that I would become and expert presenter at the World Aquatic Baby Conference's in Hawaii and New Zealand.

It was my intention, all those years ago, to give back to others what had so greatly enriched my life, and that is exactly what we’ve done with Waterbabies. It’s been an amazing journey, and that journey continues with each new family that joins Waterbabies.

Vera Garibaldi
Owner, Waterbabies Aquatic Program 

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