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Our Story

Universal Baby was established following personal and professional experiences in global public health implementing child development programmes and services. We wanted to create alternative resources to the traditional top-down approach in child and family service delivery to one that centered community-level responsive caregiver practices.

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We believe in sharing the existing knowledge of parenting practices around the world and deepening our understanding of child development

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We believe that partnerships are strengthened when they engage from a place of positivity, mutual respect and cultural relevance.

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We believe that the power of video, when locally sourced can inform and motivate behaviour

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We believe caregivers are the drivers of change for a better future for the world's children

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Meet The Co-Founders

Alice Tenjiwe Kabwe, Ed.M

Alice is passionate about human development across cultures, and creating inclusive environments. She has over 15 years of experience working at the intersection of health, early learning, responsive caregiving, and disability inclusion across several countries in Africa and in the United States. Alice has collaborated and partnered with global and Africa regional entities to enhance nurturing care for all children and inclusive practices for children with neurodevelopmental challenges. She established a clinic for children with developmental concerns/disabilities at the Paediatric Centre of Excellence in Lusaka, Zambia. She has designed and implemented curricula to support disability inclusive programmes and supported organisations and companies in fostering inclusion and belonging.  Alice is co-founder of at the Forefront, a black women's collective.

 

She holds an Ed.M from Harvard University Graduate School of Education in Human Development and Psychology.

Martha Vibbert, PhD

Martha is a licensed clinical psychologist at Boston Medical Center (BMC) in the USA, with expertise in early childhood neurodevelopment, psychotherapy, developmental research, and program leadership. She has over 35 years of clinical experience in diagnosing and treating early learning, emotional, behavioral challenges in children, and providing behavioral health consultation, advocacy and guidance to parents, early education and (childcare) providers, medical clinicians, and emerging mental health professionals. She is former Executive Director of the SPARK (Supporting Parents and Resilient Kids Center) at BMC.

 

Martha is co-founder and community advisory faculty member of Boston University’s cross-disciplinary Institute for Early Childhood Well-Being.

 

She is currently Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Pediatrics at Boston University School of Medicine.

Martha holds an Ed.M in Counseling and Consulting Psychology from Harvard University, and a PhD in Clinical Psychology from New York University. 

Christa Griest Nehil, Ed.M

Christa Nehil has 20 years of experience supporting children and their families as a director, consultant, researcher, resource specialist, interventionist, and teacher. Her career passion is to turn what we know about the science of early childhood into practice, by helping parents and communities create environments that nurture and protect a child’s brain development during the first years of life.

Christa has worked in a variety of education and public health organizations. Such as, managing the Strategic Data Project at Harvard University as well as the Global Leaders for Young Children program at the World Forum Foundation. She has consulted for the Early Childhood Family Learning Collaborative at the Somerville Public School District and most recently served as a program evaluation specialist at the Center for Early Relationship Support at JF&CS in Boston.

Christa holds an Ed.M in Education Policy and Management from Harvard Graduate School of Education.