2016 Conference Program

2016 Conference Program

May 20, 2016:Breastfeeding Success Day
(jump to May 21, 2016: Father Involvement Day)

Time: Main Hall Speaker: Main Hall Presentation: Main Hall Time: Room 2 Speaker: Room 2 Presentation: Room 2
9:00 – 10:00 am Débora Rodrigues Opening Remarks & Speech: It takes the village
10:15 – 11:30 am Stephanie George Breastfeeding our children for the health of our nations
11:30 am – 12:45 pm Lunch
1:00 – 2:00 pm Kathy Venter Supporting Maternal Confidence 1:00 – 2:00 pm Danielle Stehr Post-partum doulas help you find your groove
2:30 – 3:30 pm Débora Rodrigues & Diane Pepin Breastfeeding and Babywearing 2:30 – 3:30 pm Diane Dauphinais Attachment and Infant Sleep
4:00 – 5:00 pm Rick Goodwin Counting us in: The case statement for fathering 4:00 – 5:00 pm Panel Breastfeeding mothers
5:00 – 5:30 pm Débora Rodrigues Closing remarks

It takes the village.
By Débora Rodrigues, President & CEO, Babywearing in Canada Inc.

We all know what happens when you have a baby, the mother and father find themselves in a new reality that people rarely talk about. You have now entered “parenthood.” Please leave yourself at the door, right? It’s all about the baby. Most mothers feel a great sense of beauty, joy, and wonder at the arrival of their new child. And yes, what few acknowledge is that they also feel isolated during their maternity leave. But that’s okay. Afterall, isn’t the mother the natural biological environment for the baby? Doesn’t she simply have to set her mind on what she wants, and just do it? We pretend like the community doesn’t matter. We act like our neighbourhood resources have little impact on the success or failure of the family, from big moments to small.

Let’s stop leaving it just to the mother. We have had 15 years of a shared one year maternity leave in Canada. SHARED. It takes the village to raise a child. Let’s stop ignoring the value that fathers can bring to breastfeeding, and family attachment. In Débora’s speech, we’re going to acknowledge the importance of family support, community resources, and public policy to a family’s success. Babywearing is about connection: To community, to friends, to family, to the village. And should be done in support of the family by anyone who cares for them and makes them feel safe.

Post-partum doulas help you find your groove.
by Danielle Stehr, National Capital Doulas

Post-partum doulas are often the lesser known side of support that we can find in our communities. What is a post-partum doula, what benefits do they bring, to both mother and father as they more from birth and beyond. The type of support families need can vary widely and is often dictated by their birth experience, older siblings, partners work schedules and of course the mother’s postpartum recovery. Having a professionally trained doula can help with breastfeeding support, family relationships, as well as the mother’s postpartum recovery.

Breastfeeding and Babywearing.
by Diane Pepin, owner at Mother’s Helper and Débora Rodrigues, President and CEO, Babywearing in Canada Inc.

Keeping baby close helps the breastfeeding relationship enormously. Reading your baby’s cues is much easier when the baby is held closer to the mother, and father. In this session, Diane and Débora will discuss proper positioning, what the baby is capable of at different ages. When to use a cradle carry, when to nurse tummy to tummy, and finally, tips and tricks to keep it safe.

Anna Godbout Pinck
Bernadette Betchi
François Lavallée

Attachment and Sleep.
by Diane Dauphinais, Sound of Sleep

Diane will talk about how sleep looks different for each family. There is a journey each of us chooses for valid reasons, and they include bed sharing, room sharing and independent sleep. To understand which is your journey, Diane will start with how newborn sleep works, identify the various reasons that families seek their own path to sleep which may include helping with postpartum depression and when parents return to work. Diane will also discuss one family’s decision-making and journey.

Breastfeeding panel.
moderated by Diane Pepin, Mother’s Helper

The panelists were chosen to reflect a wide variety of breastfeeding experiences. In this panel we will hear from a variety of mothers and discuss their breastfeeding journey. Was it easy? What complications did they face? Were they able to access the resources they needed during the tough times, and what was it that helped them make it through. Also on our breastfeeding panel, is a father. We will ask him about his wife’s journey, what he felt was his role, and how he feels he contributed to his family’s breastfeeding success.

May 21, 2016: Father Involvement Day.

Time: Main Hall Speaker: Main Hall Presentation: Main Hall Time: Room 2 Speaker: Room 2 Presentation: Room 2
9:00 – 9:20 am Débora Rodrigues Opening Remarks
9:30 – 11:30 am Brian Russell The Father Factor 9:30 – 11:30 am Diane Pepin Effective latch and making a difference in the first days
11:30 am – 12:30 pm Lunch
12:30 – 2:00 pm Rick Goodwin All father’s are sons: Examining the integrity and legacy of fatherhood 12:30 – 2:00 pm Krista Lynes Post-partum recovery
2:30 – 3:30 pm Panel Dad’s panel 2:30 – 3:30 pm Daniela Pueyo Grand Happy Family: The benefits of dance, music & babywearing
4:00 – 5:00 pm Débora Rodrigues & Jen Wadleigh Babywearing for Fathers 4:00 – 5:00 pm Gesa Harmston Parenting without guilt
5:00 – 5:30 pm Débora Rodrigues Closing remarks

Effective latch and making a difference in the first days.
by Diane Pepin, Mother’s Helper

Breastfeeding, it should be easy right? It’s natural and it should all come together easily, except that it’s not always that simple. That is why Diane will take us through some important factors to consider in the early days, such as examining our breastfeeding expectations, the importance of touch, and skin to skin contact. From there, Diane will discuss how to overcome difficulties in the first days after having a baby and a baby should be held in order to get a more effective latch. This includes a discussion of the stress of birth on mom and baby and how birth impacts the breastfeeding relationship. Therapies like chiropractic, massage and osteopathic therapies will also be discussed.

Post-partum recovery.
by Dr. Krista Lynes, Chiropractor

Dr. Krista Lynes go over how the body works, and teach participants how to strengthen and protect the low back while recovering from pregnancy and labour. The goal of this session is to teach different ways in which baby carriers can be used to protect the low back during day to day activities. Participants will learn simple abdominal and core strengthening exercises that can be performed while carrying a baby in ones arms or in a carrier.

Dad’s panel.
moderated by Débora Rodrigues, President and CEO, Babywearing in Canada Inc.

Débora will admit that she is quite excited to get her burning questions answered on the topic of fatherhood. Like did these dads take parental leave and what influenced their decisions? How did these dads help in the raising of their new babes? Did they really just sit around and lift their feet when the vacuuming needed doing? How were they viewed by their community and what comments have their heard in their parenting journey? Which are the things they have enjoyed the most, and liked the least. And finally, how do these dads feel like they helped their partners learn through the parenting journey, and how do they feel they were supported in turn?

Chris Farley Ratcliffe
Matthew Ryan
Ivan Petrov

Babywearing for Fathers.
by Débora Rodrigues, President and CEO, Babywearing in Canada Inc. with help from Ivan Petrov from Kallababy.com

A baby carrier has to be thought of as not just a parenting tool, but as something akin to clothing. It fits one person very differently than another. And what works for the mother may not work for the father. We will take a look at what influences comfort for dads when babywearing, and how their shape and size will impact their babywearing experience. Proper positioning will also be addressed.

Happy Family: The benefits of dance, music, and babywearing.
by Daniela Pueyo Grand, Dancing Mama

Description: Movement and music are so important to our well-being, and can be used to develop the bonds between all members of the family (not just for moms and babies). Daniela will show how dance, music and babywearing can help increase the overall wellness of a family, both physically and mentally, during pregnancy, postpartum and the childhood years. Daniela’s presentation will have a particular focus on mom’s wellness during the pre and postnatal stages. More importantly, there are ways to integrate music into our parenting skills for mom, dad, and baby.

Parenting without guilt.
by Gesa Harmston, Life Coach

Becoming a new mother is one of the most wonderful and rewarding changes in life, and it also happens to be one of the most overwhelming. In between the moments of joy can hide feelings of isolation, exhaustion, and self-doubt. Far too many women suffer from postpartum depression and anxiety.

In this presentation Gesa will discuss the importance of postnatal depletion and the need for self care, boundaries, embracing change, reconnecting with ourselves and our community. The amount of physical and mental support that is needed to bring the mother through the stages of pregnancy, birth and postpartum recovery is greater than we realize. With more resources focusing on the mother’s recovery as the number one priority, the whole family and entire community wins.

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