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2016 Conference FAQs

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.

Refunds

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.

TICKETS NOW ON SALE

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, WithMyBaby.com, 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, WithMyBaby.com, 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 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.

Brian Russell – BWIC Conference

image13Brian Russell is the Provincial Coordinator for Dad Central Ontario, which is devoted to promoting responsible father involvement in Ontario and has acted as a catalyst for other provinces and territories within Canada to form their own regional father initiatives. He is speaking about father attachment at the Babywearing in Canada Conference – have you bought your tickets?

Brian is also a Parent Education Worker with the LAMP Ontario Early Years Services in Toronto, ON where he strives to encourage and support families with young children. His main focus is on working with fathers, encouraging them to be responsibly involved with their children.

Having a background in Marriage and Family Therapy, Brian brings an important
perspective to the couple relationship in families, where trust and respect are key
elements to building strong families.

He is married with three teenage daughters.

Follow Dad Central on twitter, facebook, or visit their website today.

Come listen to Brian speak at the Babywearing in Canada Conference at the Ottawa Birth and Wellness Centre. Tickets available here. Click here for more information about the conference program.

Presentation – The Father Factor

May 21, 2016, at 9:30 am

Babywearing in Canada Conference
Ottawa Birth and Wellness Centre

Dads bring something special into a child’s life – and it starts from the very first day. How dads parent and having everyone in the family pitching in from day one is incredibly important. Throughout the Father Factor seminar, Brian will highlight the experience of fathers today, describe the attachment between baby and dad looks like, and talk about how to support that early attachment, and how dads involvement helps support the breastfeeding relationship.  Engaging fathers from the very beginning is essential to all who work with parents and in this seminar we will discuss factors that influence father involvement and the strengths in helping men father as best as they can.

Presentation announcements

Buy tickets here.  Full conference program is posted here.

Rick - 2016-smCount us in: The statement case for fathering

Presented by Rick Goodwin, MSW, RSW, Principal, Men and Healing

To read more about Rick’s biography, please follow this link.

May 20, 2016, at 4:00 pm
Babywearing in Canada Conference
Ottawa Birth and Wellness Centre

Since time immemorial, the domain of parenting has fallen to women.  We are now at a time when both fathers and mothers can readily handle the workload of parenting, just like the role of being the breadwinner.

Or is it?

In Counting Us In, Rick will explore the perceptual and practical barriers still with us in order to help articulate the path of full father involvement. Delving into his personal reflections as a father, his clinical role in managing Ottawa’s Fathering program, and examining key issues in the public discourse, Rick will weave a compelling case statement on how we can remove the obstacles for full fathering involvement.

Rick is also another session, listed below.

All Father’s are sons: Examining the integrity and legacy of fatherhood

May 21, 2016, at 12:30 pm
Babywearing in Canada Conference
Ottawa Birth and Wellness Centre

In order to understand how boys become men, and how men become fathers we need to examine how does the role of one’s past, particularly the relationship with one’s father, influence how a man takes on the narrative of being a father? How does the work of historic integrity (resolving the issues from our past) interplay with emotional integrity (our relationships in the here and now) as well as emotional legacy (what we gift to our children).

Utilizing key themes from male-centred psychology and demonstrating its components through selected readings from literature, participants will be encouraged to reflect on aspects of their own narrative.  Recognizing that our vulnerability is strength, and that we can all transcend our personal histories no matter what they may be, this workshop will argue that meaning-making that can strengthen men to embrace their role of fathers -the best job on the planet.

kathy bio picSupporting Maternal Confidence

Presented by Kathy Venter, IBCLC

To read more about Kathy’s biography, please follow this link.

May 20, 2016, at 1:00 pm
Babywearing in Canada Conference
Ottawa Birth and Wellness Centre

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.

 

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The Father Factor

Presented by Brian Russell

To read more about Brian’s biography, please follow this link.

 

May 21, 2016, at 9:30 am
Babywearing in Canada Conference
Ottawa Birth and Wellness Centre

Dads bring something special into a child’s life – and it starts from the very first day. How dads parent and having everyone in the family pitching in from day one is incredibly important. Throughout the Father Factor seminar, Brian will highlight the experience of fathers today, describe the attachment between baby and dad looks like, and talk about how to support that early attachment, and how dads involvement helps support the breastfeeding relationship.  Engaging fathers from the very beginning is essential to all who work with parents and in this seminar we will discuss factors that influence father involvement and the strengths in helping men father as best as they can.

 

Breastversion 1feeding Our Children for the Health of our Nations

Presented by Stephanie George, Oneida Nation, IBCLC, Aboriginal Midwife

To read more about Stephanie George’s biography, follow this link.

May 20, 2016, at 10:00 am
Babywearing in Canada Conference
Ottawa Birth and Wellness Centre

 

Description:

In Native Culture, to heal a person, you must first heal the family. Using latest research in areas of lactation and trauma, she will discuss how inter-generational trauma affects First Nations Communities today. Looking at Social Determinants of Health as a base for the inequalities of health in Canada and the constant uphill climb First Nations Women constantly battle, it will be shown that Breastfeeding can help heal women, children, and families from inter-generational trauma.

Stephanie George – BWIC Conference

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I am very pleased to announce Stephanie George as our keynote speaker for the opening day of the Babywearing in Canada Conference. To read about her presentation, follow this link or scroll down below. Attend this session virtually or in person – tickets on sale here.

Stephanie is an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant and an aboriginal midwife from the Oneida nation. She holds a B.A. Honours from Trent University and her biography includes:

  • involvement on the BFI Strategy Implementation Committee.
  • BSRC Key Messages Prenatal Advisory Committee Member.
  • Speaker on First Nations Breastfeeding Issues.
  • Speeches include Inaugural ILCA Lactation Summit.
  • Numerous publications as writer, advisor or photographer.

Happily Married to Dave, mother of four children, two stepchildren, and in her spare time, Steph enjoys reading and taking her family to the theatre.

Read her article about Canada’s need to adopt the WHO code regarding formula advertizing, and follow her on twitter!

Come and listen to Stephanie speak at the Ottawa Birth and Wellness Centre. Tickets available here.

May 20, 2016, at 10:00 am
Babywearing in Canada Conference
Ottawa Birth and Wellness Centre

Breastversion 1feeding our children for the health of our Nations

Presented by Stephanie George, Oneida Nation, IBCLC, Aboriginal Midwife

To read more about Stephanie George’s biography, follow this link.

 

Description:

In Native Culture, to heal a person, you must first heal the family. Using latest research in areas of lactation and trauma, she will discuss how inter-generational trauma affects First Nations Communities today. Looking at Social Determinants of Health as a base for the inequalities of health in Canada and the constant uphill climb First Nations Women constantly battle, it will be shown that Breastfeeding can help heal women, children, and families from inter-generational trauma.

Conference tickets go on sale Easter weekend. Stay-tuned for more details.

CLOSED to applications

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Thank you to everyone who applied!!

The second Babywearing in Canada Conference is taking place at the Ottawa Birth and Wellness Centre May 20 & 21, 2016.

May 20, 2016: Breastfeeding
Keynote speakers include Kathy Ventor and Stephanie George

May 21, 2016: Fathers
Keynote speakers include Brian Russell and Rick Goodwin.

If you are chosen, you will receive:

  • A write-up about your session
  • Free entrance the day you present (lunch and snacks are included)
  • Several conference bags to take home and share with family or friends
  • $15 coupon if you decide to put your information in the conference bag (non-transferable)
  • $30 off the cost of registration for the second day of the conference (transferable with notice)

Presenters will be notified by mid-April if their sessions have been chosen.

 

 

First BWIC Conference Seminar descriptions

Please see the detailed descriptions of the conference seminars.  Have you purchased your tickets yet? Space is limited. Get them here today!


9:00 am – 10:30 am:
Conference welcome & Babywearing in Canada parenting redux presentation
Speaker: Débora Rodrigues, President and CEO, BabywearinginCanada.com

Description: I have been working in the field of babywearing since August 2008, and in that time I have seen many parents try to fully adopt all the principles of attachment parenting and fail.  I believe it is because attachment parenting is an incomplete parenting modality, and even undermines some of the benefits gained through babywearing. It is past time to reframe AP, to put it into its cultural perspective, and develop something different.


11:00 am to 12:00 pm:
Room one: Babywearing and Breastfeeding
Speaker: Britt Pegan, Owner of Milkface Nursingwear, & Chair of the Baby Carrier Industry Alliance

Description: Breastfeeding is important.  It is the best food for your baby.  It is portable, and just the right mix as it changes throughout the day, including as your baby grows to meet its particular needs.  The best thing about it, is its convenience and portability. Which makes it a perfect thing to combine with babywearing!  Britt will explain at what age you should be able to comfortably start to wear and nurse your baby, explain what is a proper latch, what adjustments you might need to make to move your child from a nursing position and back again – depending on the carrier you are using.


11:00 am to 12:00 pm:
Room two: Babywearing and the Pelvic floor
Speakers: Karyn Jacobsen-Hughes, Owner of Kneaded Touch Clinics; and Débora Rodrigues, President & CEO, BabywearinginCanada.com

Description: Being pregnant is hard on the body.  As your hormones prepare you for birth, they cause the pelvic floor to loosen & weaken, making recovery can be challenging for some women.  Karyn, from Kneaded Touch, is presenting jointly with Débora from Babywearing in Canada.  This presentation will make excellent use of Karyn’s knowledge of anatomy as she explains how the pelvic floor works, how it is supported by the muscles through to the abdomen, and how it can be weakened by placing too much stress by bearing weight in the front. Débora will then detail impacts in selecting the proper baby carrier.


1:00 – 2:00 pm:
Coping after a c-section
Speaker Jennifer Gillean, Ottawa Chapter Leader for ICAN, & Owner, Chelsea Retreats & Birth Story Healing

Description: C-Sections, even planned ones, can be extremely hard on a family trying to welcome a new baby into their fold.  Not only is the mother uncomfortable & in pain, needing help with simple tasks upon release from hospital, but their spouse is also needing to cope with transitioning to parenting all while taking care of the mother and the babe.  It can cause a significant amount of stress. Learn the issues parents face after a c-section.


2:30 – 3:30 pm:
Babywearing after a c-section
Speaker Andria Bell, Owner of Bell’s Babies

So how can babywearing assist new parents who have also undergone a c-section?  Andria will describe the impacts of a c-section on a mother’s body, both drawing from her own personal experience and from her experience as a post-partum doula & babywearing educator.  Andria will discuss realistic carrying after a c-section, and go through a variety of carriers to allow you to care for  both your body and your baby in this period.


4:00 – 5:00 pm:
Room 1:
Losing a child: Coping today, tomorrow, and forever
Speaker: Lorraine Rigby-Larocque, Owner of Birth to Breastfeeding

Losing your child is one of the most heart-breaking things a parent can experience.  It happened to Lorraine 20 years ago and she still thinks of that child everyday.  Lorraine has also survived many miscarriages (8), and cervical cancer.  Yet, you can find a way to move through it.  Lorraine will talk directly on this very sensitive topic while drawing for her own personal experiences, as well as an expert in pre-natal and post-partum care.


4:00 – 5:00 pm:
Room 2:
Kickstarting your Canadian baby carrier company
Speakers: Jenna Kelly & Bernadeth Betchi, Owners of TieLark

Jenna had a dream to transfer her love of fibre and artistry into a wearable piece of art that could be enjoyed by parents and their babes in one of the most touching ways imaginable, through babywearing.  Joining her in this venture is her good friend Bernadeth.  Come and learn of their journey, from planning their kickstarter, to learning how to weave, and how they arrived at their final wrap Prism with which they have launched their company.  Learn the highs, the lows, and about all the places in between.

 

BWICweek giveaways!

Have you registered an official BWICweek event?  If not, consider adding one here. Up to three entries allowed per event planner.  Winners are responsible for paying shipping costs.  Want to check if there is something happening in your community?  Here’s what’s coming up soon.

Bumbini is our Silver Sponsor for the First Babywearing in Canada Conference.bumbini gift packOne of their gift packages is an absolutely wonderful three pack of Ulat wool dryer balls.  Look at how lovely they are!  They are made in Vancouver from 100% Canadian wool – using these real wool balls in the dryer speeds up drying time and eliminates static from your clothing by providing the right amount of space and lift throughout the drying process.  And they are NOT noisy, unlike the other silicone and plastic based ones out there on the market.To check out these wool dryer balls, visit Bumbini’s website.
Little Luv ring sling.Owned and opeLittle Luv donationrated by Desiree Beattie in Ottawa, Desiree has been helping here and there with the conference and also donated this gorgeous ring sling, photo credit to Sara McConnell Photography. This sling made with a double layer cotton and features a symmetrical fan shoulder.  Not only really pretty, but very supportive and would make a great contribution to anyone’s carrier collection!
Hoppediz Curacao 4.6 m wrap with bag, and extra pinny.hopp bwicweek giveawayThis is a 100% cotton wrap, brand new in box, is 70 cm wide new and a great carrier.  Donated by Crown of Dreams Babywearing.