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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.

 

 

Small business owners make Canada stronger

Make Cda Stronger

How do Canadian small business owners make our country stronger?

Let us count the ways:

  • They rent or own property in your home town.
  • Pay federal Employment Insurance, and Canada Pension Plan (or QPP in Quebec) for each of their employees
  • They pay provincial taxes.  These taxes fund our schools, highways, health care, social network system just to name a few.
  • They pay for municipal taxes. These fund our city services like our roads, infrastructure, emergency services, police, libraries, social services just to name a few.
  • They shop local themselves: To clean their stores, equipment and cleaning supplies, purchase computers, office supplies, and other things you need to run a business
  • They use our postal system.
  • They vote and care about issues that affect your community.
  • Their kids have attended the same schools as yours, they care about the quality of education, the quality of their school community and contribute to bake sales, go to the shows and cheer on your kids as much as their own
  • They belong to local hobby groups, support local causes, you name it.

Now why in the heck wouldn’t you want to continue to support people who do all that?

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.

 

The Wonder of Madder Roots

Have you ever been to Northern Ontario?  There is a babywearing wonder up there called Madder Roots.  It is a small hand woven wrap company started by Jenna Dahl, a lovely, well-spoken Madder_Roots_LogoCMYK-01woman with a passion for art in fabric form.

Jenna has been an artist for as long as she can remember.  But she truly discovered her passion for weaving while completing her degree in design at the Ontario College of Art and Design, for everything about the process of making cloths is fascinating and beautiful to her.  The math needed to preparing the threads, as well as setting up the loom are incredibly labour intensive processes. Yet, there is a meditative flow and beautiful symmetry to the process that captures the weaver each and every time.

Jenna likes to work collaboratively on all of her projects with her clients in order to create a one of a kind woven baby carrier that is unique, each and every single time.

Her enthusiasm for weaving, her love of working with the entire creation process from start to finish, and her excellent customer service and client skills is one of the main reasons she was hand chosen to work on this year’s exclusive Babywearing in Canada wraps, which will be up for auction during #BWICweek, which runs from May 19, 2015, to May 21, 2015.  There are two wraps to be auctioned off this year, a three metre custom and a four metre custom twill.

Let me tell you all about the #BWICweek custom wrap creation process.

11080316_958130779128_982973844003484726_oFirst, she creates a series of computer mock-ups with your colour choices.  BWIC colours are red, white, and black.

I was provided with this and immediately told the First Babywearing in Canada Conference planning group all about it.  They got to choose the colourways for this year’s custom, and boy did the group ever explode with chatter that day!  Everyone was so excited.  Can you spot the two colourways that were chosen?

on loom 4Watching this whole process is utterly fascinating because Jenna photobombs you with every single step of the process.  From counting the threads, to getting the loom ready.  It is one wrapswoon after another.
And just when you least expect it, a message saying the wraps are off the loom, ready for washing, and on their way to you.wrap 3 on loom  This is the 3 metre long custom she designed for #BWICweek.  One is to be raffled off to any conference attendee. Have you bought your ticket yet?
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Here are the wraps fresh off the loom.  Doesn’t it look neat.

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And here is one of our customs after it has had a nice wash.

all doneMadder Roots created two custom wraps for #BWICweek auctions 2015. A three metre wrap in one colourway, which is seen here on the left. A second four metre twill weave with a completely different colourway is seen here on the right. Both to be listed during #BWICweek.
To see more of our Babywearing in Canada custom wrap journey, or to learn more about the wonderful work that Jenna does, visit her website.

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.

2015 #BWICweek Official Events

Babywearing in Canada week takes place from May 19, 2015, to May 25, 2015.

Here are the official events registered to date.  Each event will qualify the planner for entry into our giveaways – and you can register up to three.

Algoma ON
Event planner: Megan Deresti
Bellevue Park: Playgroup and playdate to kick off #BWICweek
Date: May 20, 2015
Time: 11:00 am
Group affiliation: Babywearing of Algoma

Brockville ON
Event planner: Courtney Gauthier-Cooper
Brockville Babywearing Group Picnic
Date: May 23, 2015
Time: 12:00 pm, meeting downtown
Group affiliation: Independent babywearing activity

Candiac QC
Event planner: Laura Therrien
Rencontre de portage Parc-André-J-Côté
Date: May 20, 2015
Time: 1:30 pm
Group affiliation: Independent babywearing activity

Grand Prairie AB
Event planner: Jessica Matwiiw
Muskoseepi Park Amphitheatre Play date
Date: May 22, 2015
Time: 10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Group affiliation: Grande Prairie Babywearing Lending Library

Ottawa ON
Event planner: Stacey Ste.Marie-Caldwell
Vanier Muséopark Sugar Bush Walk
Date: May 20, 2015
Time: 1:00 pm
Group affiliation: Independent babywearing activity

Halifax NS
Event planner: Amanda Sabean
Point Pleasant Park Walk & Picnic
Date: May 21, 2015
Time: 11:00 am
Group affiliation: Independent babywearing activity

Prince George BC
Event planner: Donna Andrews
Prince George Forth Park Walk
Date: May 21, 2015
Time: 11:00 am
Group affiliation: Northern BC Babywearing

Renfrew ON
Event planner: Meaghan McGavok
ONE CARRIER and be DONE
Why is the RCBWG is doing this challenge? Sometimes it’s easy to become excited about the new second, third, seventh baby carrier we get. We may loose sight at what is important in the RCBWG; supporting all those around us and encouraging them to wear while making all here feel at home, welcome, and that they belong regardless of what they wear, and how many carriers they have. Personally I don’t care if you have a tablecloth, DIY, Pavo, Bjorn, Chimparoo, Boba, Natibaby, Ellaroo, or a Rope!!! As long as you are wearing your baby safely!!!!! So let’s WEAR ONE CARRIER and WEAR ALL THE BABIES!!!!  Visit our group.
Group affiliation: Renfrew County Babywearing Group

Victoria BC
Event planner: Claire Perrin
Cedar Hill Golf Course Walk
Date: May 19, 2015
Time: 1:00 pm, meet-up at the South end of the Parking lot at the Rec centre
Group affiliation: Independent babywearing activity

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Print qualityAbout Jennifer Walker, Insurance Advisor

Jennifer Walker helps families protect themselves with appropriate insurance solutions. As a broker she has access to quotes from multiple providers in the areas of life, health, disability, critical illness and long-term care insurance. Jennifer welcomes clients at her accessible, child-friendly office and can also visit clients at their home or place of business.

FPWM_LOGO2Her favourite carrier for her two children (now ages 5 and 2) is the Ergo. Website & facebook page.