Founder and Inventor
Caroline Christensen is the founder of CABEA, llc and inventor of the Babybellyband. Caroline studied Exercise Science and Kineseology as an undergraduate at University of Massachusetts and then went on to earn her M.Ed in Science Education. She was a dedicated science educator for many years designing and implementing curriculum to eager learners. Her life path was changed when she had children who helped inspire the Babybellyband innovation while in the womb! One was such a big baby (10.5 lbs) that during pregnancy Caroline developed painful inguinal hernias. At the time there were no products on the market so she developed a solution to relieve her pain. The Babybellyband concept was born and helped her through her next pregnancy when the hernia once again emerged! Having a background in anatomy and physiology, science innovation and experience with sewing (thanks to Mom), the innovation process was natural. The Babybellyband product was introduced to midwives and doctors who have been recommending it as the leading pelvic wellness product on the market since 2007.
The name CABEA (an acronym for all the members of her family) was inspired by all the help, support, and energy her family members contributed to the creation of the company. In 2009 she resigned as a Science educator to dedicate all energy to the Babybellyband and Women’s Health. At that time she manufactured all products in her house with industrial sewing and cutting machinery. Soon, half the house was overrun by the Babybellyband and it was time to move. Whiting Mills a business, artists and craftsmen center in Winsted, CT became the new home of CABEA,llc and still remains the headquarters.
Our Real Mom Models
Erik Christensen has a long history of entrepreneurship owning a successful Garden Design business for 25 years. Erik as changed the course of his expertise in management and design as the Babybellyband Vice President of Operations and Product Development. He has watched and supported the Babybellyband adventure since it’s inception in 2007 so has detailed insight into the progression and evolution of each product. He is also has plenty of experience in the pregnancy and child rearing realm as his is the loving Dad to 3 creative and whimsical kids.
Interview with Caroline
My name is Ellaine. I am originally from the Philippines. I met my future husband in 2010, then I came to United States after I graduated college with a degree in Hospitality Management, to unite with him. We got married and we were fortunate enough to have our first child, William, in 2012. We are expecting our daughter to be born in September 2018. My experience as a young mother will guide me through raising our second child. As a side note I’ve worked in a daycare center with children of all ages and went on to work for two professional family that have two young children. I feel this has help me to improve my motherhood skills, focusing on my compassion to help children.
I am a 31 year old mom with a 20 month old son named Cash. My daughter, Isla is featured in the photos that were modeled for Baby Belly Band. I have recently chosen to be a stay-at-home mom for my two kids and I love having the opportunity to be with them in this most special time in their lives. I am so thrilled to be able to see every moment as they grow up and focus on what I believe to be the most important things in life, the moments that make the memories.
My journey to motherhood began at just 18 years old! At such a young age I was thrown into the world of being a mother quickly, and experienced two years of postpartum depression and anxiety. This was not an easy transition especially with my husband being military and our family moving across the country. Fortunately, I was gifted with my amazing partner at a young age and together, along with a group of amazing military wives, we fought my PPD and we were able to confidently become pregnant with our second child just two years later! We are excited to meet our new addition and see our son be a big brother to his sister. All thanks to the loving support of our family and the amazing community we have become a part of!