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2018 BWICAwards – Nomination time


It’s time to CHOOSE your favourite babywearing educators for this year’s awards!

Have you been helped by someone in your babywearing journey and you’d like a chance to thank them? Nominate them for the 2018 #BWICAwards!!!

Submit your chosen favourites for any of the following awards using the contact form below!

  • Best babywearing educator.
  • Best Canadian group: In your opinion, which is your favourite babywearing group? One that holds the best meetings, offers the best support, or the most interesting conversation?
  • Best Canadian babywearer on the internet.
  • Best Retailer.

Nominees will be chosen by committee using these criteria:

  • How they have helped people in their community.
  • If they have behaved with complete professionalism.
  • Have actively worked or supported the babywearing community in the past 12 months within Canada.

BWICweek 2018 is COMING

BWICweek is full of fun this year, and includes the return of the Babywearing in Canada educator awards – do you have an event you’d like to register? Register it today! Events must take place between May 18-26, 2018, to qualify.

Check out last year’s official events: 2017.

By registering an event that takes place anytime between May 18 to May 26, 2018, you are entered into our prize draw.

Events can include:

  • A walk or hike
  • A picnic
  • Going to a community event or festival
  • Playgroup
  • Group gardening
  • and anything that has you enjoying your community with a group of like-minded babywearers.

Officially register an event  using the contact form below, up to three events are allowed per planner, and each event will qualify you for an entry into our giveaways.

Your Name*

Your Email*

Province, territory or region of the event

Babywearing group or business name, if applicable

Event date*

City* (write internet if internet only event

Event name

Event location & time (small events with friends count!)

Details about your event!

Website or event link

Last minute shopping

Are you still looking for that last minute gift to give? Or something to suggest to someone else?

Consider taking a look at these carriers I explored this past year that are new to the babywearing world.

Looking for something unique in Canada? The LennyLamb Up is perfect, a blend between their baby and toddler sizes, this will meet your needs through out your entire babywearing life. See the featurette I did below while attending the Babywearing Conference in Poland. Want to learn more about LennyLamb, read this article about my visit to their homebase! Lenny Lamb can be purchased in Canada at Lollipop Sky, specializing in many baby carrier brands.


There’s also the Sleepbelt or JoeyBand. Though not a baby carrier, it is a great gift to give to new parents who are expecting, and can be easily added to the birthing bag for home, hospital or birthing centre. Perfect to keep the baby on you while seated, it is also very useful to help attach the baby to the mom after a c-section.


Here’s the Flexia by Babylonia Slen. It is a structured carrier with an interchangeable body so it can grow as your baby grows. Extremely innovative and comes in some classic colours. It can be ordered from any of their stores, like from in the Netherlands or directly from Babylonia itself.

Or know someone who is expecting twins? Consider the innovative twin carrier by MiniMonkey.

And finally, the newly redone toddler flip by Kokadi.


2017 Award winners

You know what I realized during this whole process? Canadians really love and appreciate the support they’ve received from others in their community. First there was the nail biting vote for Canadian Babywearing Educator of the year, which came down to only a difference of a few votes for this year’s winner.


Canadian Babywearing Educator of 2017

Congratulations to Cindy Larrivée, this year’s recipient of this award. Cindy has won a manduca brown baby carrier from our GOLD sponsor.

Cindy was nominated by several people in her community for this award, and you could tell they really appreciated all they did for her.


The award for best babywearing group brought out everyone. We received a total of over 19,088 votes. What I learned? Canadians love their babywearing groups and see them as an essential part of their parenting journey. To all those who volunteer to help parents, I would like to thank you.

Best Babywearing Group in Canada of 2017

Congratulations to the Renfrew Babywearing Group. You have won a manduca brown baby carrier from our GOLD sponsor for your learning library.



Official 2017 #BWICweek events

Babywearing in Canada week takes place from May 19, 2017, to May 27, 2017. Have you registered your official event? Fill out our form here!

These are the official events for 2017. Join our events page on facebook for all the latest news. 🙂

Event planners qualify entry into our giveaways – which include manduca carriers from our GOLD sponsor.

Gatineau QC
Event planner: Julie Caron
16 rue Bériault, Gatineau (J8X 1A3)
Date: May 19, 2017
Time: 9:30 am – 12:30 pm
Business: Les Mamatinées

Il vous sera donc possible de discuter entre mamans autour d’une collation, d’en apprendre plus sur le portage à travers des échanges avec les mamans, de magasiner un porte-bébé neuf ou de seconde main et même d’expérimenter un cours de Danse Portage! Une quinzaine de porte-bébés seront disponibles pour l’essaie. Entrée pour chaque adulte est $5.

(English translation: Come and snack with us while we talk babywearing! We will talk about how the various ways you can get a baby carrier trading, buying new, or even second-hand. Various carriers will be available for you to try to see what is best for you, and we’ll even try our hands at babywearing dance. Entry fee per adult is $5

Lien de l’événement (event link).

Ste-Thérèse QC
Event planner: Catherine de Montigny
Centre Culturel Thérèse de Blainville
Date: May 20, 2017
Time: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Business: Salon du Portage

3ième édition du salon du portage

Le Petit salon du portage is a group of 4 moms Who organise babywearing events twice a year.  Our events include classes with babywearing instructors, vendors (such as Chimparoo, Dahlia Wrap, and many more), rallye, photography, Zumba babywearing dance classes, a carrier swap, a baby carrier fasion show and more! All of this happens in just one day -be sure you don’t miss it.

We have about 5oo visitors on each édition.  This Will be the third 🙂

Petit salon de portage link

Grand Prairie AB
Event planner: Teresa Donnessey
Muskoseepi Park
Date: May 21, 2017
Time: starts at 12:00 pm
Business: Momma Luvz and Carry Me Mommy

Come join Teresa from Momma Luvz and Jessica from Carry Me Mommy for a Babywearing walk around Muskoseepi park to celebrate Babywearing Week in Canada! Bring your own carrier and let’s get to know each other. If you don’t have a carrier and would like to join please send Teresa at Momma Luvz or Jessica at Carry Me Mommy a message and we’ll provide as many as we can. The weather should be nice, hope to see you there, older children welcome! Meet us at the Pavillion at noon 🙂

Event link.

Ottawa ON
Event planner: Daniela Pueyo Grande
Lansdowne Park
Date: May 21, 2017
Time: 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Business: Salsa Babies & BWIC Ottawa Babywearing Group

Join Salsa Babies Ottawa for its 2nd Annual Family dance and picnic at The Great Lawn in Lansdowne Park from 10 am to 12 pm. This year we are teaming up with Babywearing in Canada to celebrate the 6th annual Babywearing in Canada week too!! Come and meet other Salsa Babies Ottawa parents and BWIC Ottawa Babywearers and their kiddos, while enjoying the ourdoors and the beautiful tulips. Bring your blanket and snacks, we will bring carriers, the props and the music to play and dance! If you have never attended one of our classes, or gone to a BWIC babywearing group meeting this is your chance to learn more about what we do. Feel free to invite your family and friends, as this is a faily event open to anyone! See you there, Dani & Débora.

Event link.

Saskatoon SK
Event planner: Fred Berry
Kinsmen Park
Date: May 22, 2017
Time: 10:30 am – 1:00 pm
Group: Saskatoon Babywearers

Enjoy a great day of babywearing!

Saskatoon Babywearers is hosting an event to celebrate Babywearing In Canada Week. We will meet in the picnic area of Kinsmen Park at 10:30 am for a babywearing demonstration from Saskatoon Babywearer’s certified babywearing educators. There’s always something cool to learn at a demo, even for experienced wearers! A few minutes past 11, we will cross Spadina and walk eastbound on the beautiful Meewasin Trail. Walks are a fun way to talk with friends and meet other babywearers.
We will return to the park around 12 for a picnic lunch. Bring your lunch and picnic blanket! Stay as long as you’d like to have fun at the park with your family. Don’t forget your sunscreen, hat, and water! Strollers are also welcome. If your kids are past the wearing stage, just come on out for a walk and picnic with friends. We’d love to see you! If you have a specific babywearing question or concern you would like help with at the demo, or would like to borrow a carrier for the walk, please message the page to make arrangements.

Saskatoon Babywearers is a volunteer organization, independent of any commercial business.

Event link.

Richmond BC
Event planner: Rachel Pang
Private home (Claudia Chan)
Date: May 22, 2017
Time: 10:30 am – 1:00 pm

Small playdate to discuss new carries, wraps, and trying different things.

Thornhill ON
Event planner: Inna Chesnokova
Golden Line Gymnastics, 55 Glen Cameron Rd. unit 3 (L3T 1P1)
Date: May 23, 2017
Time: 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Business: Dancing Mom and

Celebrate it with us to our 2-hour event!

  • Mommy and Baby Barre Class: Put your little one in a sling and imagine you are a real ballerina! Babywearing Barre is a great workout that will wake up your muscles, make you feel great, and help you prepare your body for summer! Challenge your body, get ready to move, sweat like a dancer, and loose lots of calories.
  • Mommy and Baby Salsa Class: Enjoy great music and comfortable moves of Salsa that will bring your baby back to the time she spent in your belly. Combine a great time with your baby and your new amazing workout.
  • Babywearing Consultations and Chat: Whether you are a practicing babywearer or just a beginner, you are welcome to socialize with like-minded parents, chat about kids, try some slings, ask any questions.

Limited spaces, registration is required. Event link.

Rockland ON
Event planner: Erin Vanasse
Morris Village Park
Date: May 23, 2017
Time: 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Business: Salsa Babies & BWIC Ottawa Babywearing Group

Babywearing in Canada is hosting their “6th Annual Babywearing in Canada Week”, so what better time to host another babywearing meet-up!?! Super excited to host another Babywearing Meet-up in Rockland for all the local moms (and Dad’s!) to come out and chat about the benefits of babywearing! This event will be held at the Parc in Morris Village (weather depending). Bring your picnic blankets, little pop up tents, whatever you like! It will be a potluck, so please comment in the event to let us know what you would like to bring. People had a great time trying on different wraps and carriers at our last meet-up, so please bring whatever you think pepole might like to try out!

Event link.

Charlottetown PEI
Event planner: J.C. Martin
Date: May 23, 2017
Time: 10:00 am
Group: PEI Babywearing

PEI babywearing play date. We’ll go for a walk, head to the playground and have a picnic if you want to hang out longer. The ice cream shop will be open. I’ll bring all the carriers so we can geek out. Prizes pending. Raindate May 24th

Event link

Grande Prairie AB
Event planner: Jessica Matwiiw
Muskoseepi Park
Date: May 25, 2017
Time: 10:00 pm – 11:30 pm
Group: Grande Prairie Lending Library

Grande Prairie Babywearing Lending Library will be hosting our 3rd Babywearing in Canada Week play date. Come out to Parent Link on May 5th from 10:00am-11:30am and join in on the fun. Grande Prairie Babywearing Lending Library will be giving away a year membership at our play date. Everyone is welcome to join us!
Come out and learn all about Babywearing. Try out all the carriers the library has to offer, get help with your personal carriers or just come out and meet new people.

Event link

Milton ON
Event planner: Cindy Black
Centennial Park, 50 Martin Street
Date: May 25, 2017
Time: 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
Business: Birdies Room

Come and celebrate Babywearing in Canada week by joining us for a social in the park followed by a walk along the pond and trails. We will meet at the gazebo off of Martin Street at 10am. Bring your blankets and partake in a casual social from 10am-11:30am where you can see, feel and try on Didymos carriers. We will then hit the trails around the pond at 11:30am-1pm. We hope to see you there!

Event link.

Orangeville ON
Event planner: Jill Bailey
Rotary Park
Date: May 26, 2017
Time: 9:00 – 11:00 am
Group: Orangeville and Area Babywearers

May meet up and hike. Event link.

Brighton ON
Event planner: Carrie Hutchinson
15494 County Road 2
Date: May 26, 2017
Time: 11:30 – 1:00 pm
Business: Eco Kids

Eco Kids Babywearing Picnic. Lets celebrate Babywearing In Canada Week by having a babywearing potluck picnic and enjoy the company of other fellow babywearers!

Event link.

Chatham ON
Event planner: Teresa Corso
36 Parkview Court N7M 6H9
Date: May 26, 2017
Time: 10:00 – 12:00 pm
Business: Bear Bums

It’s Babywearing Week!

Join Catherine O’Halloran of Mama Connection and Tamara Corso of Bear Bums for an informative introduction to babywearing. We will take you through different types of carriers and great options for various ages and stages.

Come on by to chat and connect with local mamas, and bring your carriers with you if you have questions about the size or fit. We are not babywearing educators, but we can guide you through the basic fit of ring slings, soft structured carriers, mei tais and wraps.

Take advantage of Bear Bums Babywearing Week in Canada Sale and get 15% OFF ALL CARRIERS! Tamara will have Tula, Chimparoo “Trek”, and Beco “Gemini”, “8” and ring slings available to try on or for purchase!

You won’t want to miss this!

Event link.

GOLD Sponsor – BWICweek 2017

Babywearing in Canada is very proud to announce that manduca1 is the GOLD sponsor for the 6th Annual Babywearing in Canada week which is from May 19 -27, 2017. Have you registered your event yet? Do it today – follow this link.

The company behind manduca was founded in 2002 and is located in Germany. From the very beginning manduca’s focus has been to inspire parents to wear their children by offering practical, beautiful products that parents enjoy using.2 manduca has always striven to be innovative in their carrier design. Starting with their first carrier, their original soft-structured carrier:

  • It allows babywearing right from birth because of the infant seat (baby insert).
  • The insert is thin and minimizes the amount of material between the baby and the parent’s body, increases the benefits of wearing. It is also easily rolled up and tucked away.
  • Their SSC has an innovative panel extension, allowing parents to have as long of a babywearing journey without needing to rely on upgrading as their child grows and changes in size. Easy to use, you simply unzip and voila! You have a larger carrier.
  • It was the first carrier to include so many features to adjust the carrier, from the dual adjustable straps on the bottom, the three way buckle at the waist, increased adjustability on the straps just above the panel to reduce or prevent stress on the parent’s body from babies who like to lean out.

Parents choose manduca because they also want a baby carrier made of organic fibres.  Sustainability, organic materials and fair production continue to take priority in everything they make. Nearly everyone who works at manduca is a parent, they are mums and dads, too. They know exactly how important it is to master the challenges parents face every day, all while keeping your hands and minds free of worry. Safe babywearing is their ultimate priority, as is peace of mind. manduca products are designed with all this without sacrificing beauty, comfort, or the environment.

The manduca baby carrier enables parents to keep their hands free, is made sustainable, offers ergonomic positioning for the parent and child, is extremely comfortable and versatile without sacrificing style.


1. Visit the manduca website to see more of their collection. And like their Facebook page!
2. More information on manduca can be found here on their blog.

2016 Conference FAQs


When and where is the second Babywearing in Canada Conference?
It is part of Babywearing in Canada week and takes place Friday May 20, 2016, to Saturday May 21, 2016, at the Ottawa Birth and Wellness Centre (OBWC).  The OBWC is at 2260 Walkley Road, at the St. Laurent intersection.

Purpose of the conference?
The conference is part of Babywearing in Canada Week (#BWICweek) which runs from May 21 – 28, 2016, and its focus is on community support and the idea that it takes a village to raise a child. The first day’s theme, breastfeeding, will feature speakers who will speak to the importance of what families need for breastfeeding success. The second day’s theme is father involvement and focuses on the importance of including both parents in the raising of the baby. Geared toward professionals, service providers, and parents hoping to improve their baby carrying skills, attendees will participate in understanding the impact of birth on women and families post-partum in a uniquely Canadian context. To see a full copy of the program, click here.

How long will it be?
Seminars will be offered all day. Registration starts at 8:30 am and closing remarks are at 5:30 pm.

Is there parking available?
Yes, there is parking on site both in front, and alongside the building. Parking is free.  Parking is also available along St. Laurent Boulevard.

Is the site accessible?

Yes, the Ottawa Birth and Wellness Centre is wheel chair friendly, there are no steps, the doors are automated and no special accommodations are needed for you to participate.

What buses pass by?
You can take the 112, 114, and 148.  Nearest transit station is at Elmvale Mall, which is roughly a 20  minute walk in good weather.

How much does the ticket cost?
Early bird passes are on sale until April 23, 2016. HST is extra.

  • Early bird rate: 2 day pass May 20-21, 2016 will be $240.00
  • One day pass May 20 or 21, 2016: $130.00

Ticket prices increase April 24, 2016. As of April 24, 2016, prices are as below. HST is extra.

  • 2 day pass May 20-21, 2016 will be $265.00
  • One day pass May 20 or 21, 2016: $145.00

It is a great deal – during the conference you will be able to choose from 16 different seminars – for a maximum of 10 total. At only $26 a seminar, that is a steal!  Not only do you get expert babywearing technique and healthy & wellness information for the post-partum period, you get to meet and network with other members in your community.

Are meals included and are there restaurants nearby?
Yes, meals and snack breaks are included as part of the conference fee.  Should you like anything extra there are lots of options near St. Laurent and Walkley: A pizzeria, a Chinese take-out, and a Metro grocery store with hot and cold counter.  A bit further down the way is the Elmvale Mall, which also has quite a few options.

Can I bring my baby?
Yes, babies and nurslings are welcome.  There are some great benches just outside the main rooms where you can take care of their needs in case you need to duck out for a little break.  We ask that babies older than 6 months and that toddlers stay at home because they might not let you listen in and enjoy the full conference experience. It also impacts the recordings for those tuning in through the webcast.


I bought a ticket and changed my mind. Can I request a refund? A partial refund can be provided up to May 14, 2016. A processing fee of $40 will be retained. Tickets can be resold to someone else, as long as you tell us who will be replacing you before May 19, 2016.

Are there giveaways and a conference kit?
Yes, they will be announced starting in May. Those who plan #BWICweek events also qualify for giveaways.  Sign up here to become an official celebrant.

How can I find out more information?
Stay-tuned and use the #BWICweek hashtag to follow us on all social media.  Also check back in regularly as more information is posted to the website.


Webcast tickets STILL available. Webcast is posted until Saturday May 28, 2016
Internet broadcast (webcast) agenda is here.

WEBCAST ONLY: HST is included. The webcast is available for viewing for ONE week after the end of the conference.

  • TWO day pass: will be $240.00 (approx. $186 US dollars, 165 Euros)
  • One day pass May 20 or 21, 2016: $140.00 (approx. $110 US dollars, 96 Euros)

Full conference
BF day
Father Involvement


Thank you to our sponsors:
GOLD: Pure Natural Newborn Photography
BRONZE: BCIA,, KneadedTouch, and Boutique Bummis

IN PERSON attendance:

  • 2 day pass May 20-21, 2016 will be $265.00 + HST
  • One day pass May 20 or 21, 2016: $145.00 + HST

Babies in arms are more than welcome to attend with their parents, but if you have a toddler, please consider attending via webcast. Thank you.

For more answers, like how to get the conference site, please visit our FAQs.

Thank you to our current sponsors:
GOLD: Pure Natural Newborn Photography
BRONZE: BCIA,, KneadedTouch, and Boutique Bummis



Kathy Venter – BWIC Conference

kathy bio picKathy Venter is a registered nurse and a retired midwife, and has been certified as an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) since 1990.  In 1991, Kathy became a WHO/UNICEF trained BFHI assessor through IBFAN Africa. Come and listen to Kathy speak at the Babywearing in Canada Conference – tickets available here.

She was also the past Chair for the Breastfeeding Committee for Canada (BCC), as well as working as the past chair of the BFI assessment / education committee of the Baby Friendly Initiative in Ontario.

Currently Kathy works as a :

  • BFI Lead Assessor – BCC Baby Friendly Initiative (BFI) Assessment Committee
  • Lactation consultant at the breastfeeding clinic, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre in Toronto.
  • Breastfeeding educator and BFI consultant.

Kathy has received the Canadian Lactation Consult Association Award for Clinical Excellence first in 2010, and then again in 2013.

Come listen to Kathy speak at the Babywearing in Canada Conference at the Ottawa Birth and Wellness Centre. Ticket are available here. Follow this link for more information about the conference program.

May 21, 2016, at 1:00 pm.
Supporting Maternal Confidence

There are many factors which can influence successful outcomes in a breastfeeding relationship. Factor like what is normal in your community of support which can include:

  • What stories have you heard about breastfeeding success, and failure?
  • Resources in your hometown, like breastfeeding clinics.
  • Medical professionals who can provide good and timely help, or know where to send you to get it.
  • The community of support available to the parent.
  • Advertizing influences, and more.

In this presentation, we will look at the factors for breastfeeding success by examining one family’s journey through pregnancy and breastfeeding.

For more information about the conference, our program is here.

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

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.