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A journey to Canadian
Sunmi studied sports medicine in her undergrad, and was already looking to study in the United States, but then she met a Canadianâ¦.
â¦ And then she fell in love…
Tell me about yourÂ journey.
I was working at the time, for a company that hires English language instructors to send them to Samsung, LG, Humex, Coca Cola, we’re dealing with big companies. I got a job there to learn English before I could come to study in the US. So one of the coworkers that was working there, she was Korean Canadian. She saw me working every weekend because I wanted to make as much money as possible for my studies. Working there was good because I could study at the same time, so she saw me working and she said,
âYou are a fine looking women, why are you working every weekend? You have no boyfriend?â
âNo, I have no boyfriend.â
âI have a really cute friend. He’s from Toronto, he’s very good looking, he’s very sweet, he’s very cute. But he’s white.â
Â So I was like, âUh, no.â So she was very persistent for a few months, telling me and showing me his picture. She organized a gathering in a big izakaya, she invited 15 friends of hers. This would be a good opportunity to practice my English, it wouldn’t be one on one. I met Tom and he said he was going back to Canada in a couple of months, and I said there is no way I am dating this guy. He messaged me, and I messaged him back three days later and I was so not interested. But at the time, I was lonely, and I wanted to practice my English. Also I was telling myself, Sunmi, you don’t have to meet a guy who you can only get married to.You can just meet guys just for fun, even just for the short period of time. Who cares? Who knows about the future? Just let it be, just let yourself go, just go hang out with him.
Yeah, you can just go out for fun. It’s scary though, still.
I started hanging out with him for about two months, then he left to Canada. But he was visiting his family for a month, but the whole month I was waiting for him. I missed him. I was counting the days, counting the time, and then when he came back, I said okay. This is okay, it’s okay to fall in love this way, even if he is going to leave, let it be. The period of time that I am going to meet him, if I feel love, if I make good memories with him, that’s all that matters. I had two boyfriends before when I was in university and it didn’t go well even though I thought I was going to be married to them. I didn’t get married to them. We broke up. Even married couples they divorce.
That’s the thing, you’re right, you cannot predict life.
Exactly. That’s the moment that I said, let go, just don’t get obsessed with it, just enjoy, you love him now, so let’s see where this takes you.
And now you’re Canadian. Look at what happened!
Yes, now I am Canadian living in Ottawa. And then he was very interested in this health field actually, so he brought up this school of naturopathic medicine.
âWhat is that?â I had no idea about this.
He said, âThere’s a clinic there where you can practice after you finish, you know, the school teaches you how to become a doctor without using pharmaceutical medicine.â
âOh that sounds amazing.â
We applied together, we got accepted together, we came together, but he didn’t start. But I did.
He had an opportunity to start the business, so I said let’s put the eggs in a different basket. The school is not going anywhere, if the business doesn’t go well you can start the school anytime. To do that he moved away to Montreal and I was left in Toronto. I was so lonely, I was crying every day, I was calling him, âI don’t want to do this,â you know because it was so stressful.
We learned everything the medical school students learn on top of that, we learn all the natural remedies, botanical medicine, acupuncture, homeopathic is one of them and a lot of intensive nutritional courses. My English wasn’t 100%. I think I only understood 70% of what everything was said in class.
So you had to try that much harder.
So I recorded every lecture and I subscribed after and I typed the notes again. I had to work twice the amount of time that everyone else. I would miss out so much, I would think, âWhat did she say?â So I recorded every single lecture. And reading takes way longer time than everyone else, these guys would read 20 to 30 pages in one hour, I would take 5-6 hours. One period of time, I was sleeping with this recording file on so my subconscious brain records what is said.
Somehow, I got through it. It was four years. I don’t know how many times I cried.
And his business it didn’t go well, it didn’t go as he expected so after a couple of years, he came down to Toronto.Â You start something, it doesnât work well, there is a cost to it.
You paid because of the distance between the two cities, the effort to stay in contact. The cost of energy to work so much on a small business because you put in more time than at a regular job and then the actual money.
You spend your own money to survive. It costs money to maintain, for my practice, I have to pay for things that come out regularly out of your bank account.
And then he got a job at Costco and that’s why we moved to Ottawa. I finished my school and he was promoted, so he transferred to the headquarters. Timing was good, but we had to move from Toronto to Ottawa
Tom was like, âUm Sunmi, we have to move to a different city, are you okay with it?â
I told him, âI flew half the globe following you. Moving from this dot to this dot doesn’t make any difference to me.â
Even the marriage, a lot of disappointment comes from expectations about your husband or your wife. I formed that expectation in my own head without telling anyone. My husband is not a mind reader, he does not know what kind of expectations I am forming in my own head with my own laws and experiences, he is living in a different world. He is a man, he has different experiences, different expectations, different logic. When you form the story of your life with your own logic, but I expect him to know what I want without telling him âYou should know what I want. Why donât you do this that I really wanted you to do, that I never told you to do, so you should do this.â This is a conflict. I keep telling myself, âexplain to him if this is what you want, explain to him. Donât form unfair expectations in your own head and expect him to know.â Expectations forms a lot of conflicts in different types of relationships thatâs why I was telling myself.
What you need to do when you come to a new situation when there is a misunderstanding is just accept thatâs who they are.
What was it like to decide to babywear, was it even a question of doing otherwise?
I just feel like he wants to be carried, thatâs how he sleeps the best, I feed him to sleep and I try to put him on the bed, time for me. But then he wakes up in Â½ an hour, but if I carry him, he sleeps for 2 to 3 hours no problem. There must be a reason he feels more comfortable on me, thatâs what I was thinking.
That is a Western thought. That you need to grow up. In order to be strong, you need to impart strength from a very early age.
That is way too early, they just came out of the womb.They trust the world better, it shapes their brain in a different way.
And what about other things, what was hard to get used to in Canada?
Metric system is a real struggle. In medicine, I use EMR an electronic medical recording system. And then would record weight in kilograms and height in inches. Stuff like that. And I donât have sense in miles and inches and pounds.
And buying. Okay I am a big online shopper. When I was in Korea I was buying the stuff online and there you buy online, it gets to your door the next day. If it takes long, the longest time would be three days. People would get mad because Korea is such a small country. The whole size of Korea is 1/3 of Ontario, like a Giant Toronto. We have 55 million people living in a tiny country, it has good logistic systems like high speed internet because land is so small, population is so concentrated those infrastructures are so easy to layout. Subway system is like a spider web. Here I order something and âWOW it take a two weeks to get here, sometimes a month!â
What things did you find were weird about Canada and Canadians?
Not saying things that you see. I mean things that even you see obviously, like someone walking around with something on their face, you wouldnât say anything because you were afraid of offending that person. That would be very rare in Korea, someone would definitely come up to you and tell you had something on your face and then they would just walk away. You would say, âOh thank you!â That would be the end of it. We wouldnât think twice, if I say this would that person be ashamed.
So the person receiving the comment, they would not get offended about that.
Some people complain about that culture too because we can be very blunt and very frank. First thing, if I gain weight, then you saw me and itâs been awhile, âOh I see that you gained some weight!â Some people hate that. âWhat happened to your face, you have some acne going on. What happened.â Here they never say it, even if you have a zit right on your forehead, they donât say a word. Thatâs the biggest difference I felt.
I like learning about my country through the eyes of others. Thank you very much for bringing me into your home, Sunmi, and telling me about your journey.
Sunmi and I originally met October 15, 2016, and we spoke for about four hours. This article is a condensed and edited version of our interview. Her story, like many, was so interesting it became a three part series. The first is called Growing up Korean. The second article is called Becoming Canadian, where she shares how she moved to Canada and then stayed.
Sunmi Cha is a full trained and license naturopathic doctor in Ottawa. Visit her website here.
A generation ago, the idea of bringing a baby to a museum would cause even the most daring of parents to break out in a cold sweat. All those priceless artifacts and tight rooms! But the world of curation has come along way and modern museums are now being designed around the needs and interests of young visitors, including tiny ones. And even heritage properties are being refurbished to make challenging spaces more user friendly for all visitors. The shift from âsee and donât speakâ to âtouch and talkâ is perfect for babywearing parents, who can take advantage of their free hands to help children interact with exhibits, confidently explore outdoor exhibits with uneven terrain, and introduce babies to a new world of learning, stimulation, and entertainment.
Here are some of Canadaâs most remarkable, child friendly museums – perfect places for celebrating Canada Day or just for passing the time on a quiet afternoon.
Pregnancy and Infant Loss – today, tomorrow, forever
As Motherâs Day approaches, it is important to remember the mothers who are not able to hold and care for their children.Â Although the majority of pregnancies end with the birth of a healthy baby, it is estimated that one in four pregnancies1 ends in miscarriage (loss up to 20 weeks of pregnancy), and approximately 7 in every 1,000 pregnancies end in stillbirth (loss after 20 weeks of pregnancy).2
With this level of frequency, it is very likely that either you or someone close to you have experienced this traumatic event in their lives.Â Other families and individuals experience the devastating loss of a newborn.Â Mothers come in all forms â the ones who are able to hold their children on earth and the ones who can only hold them in their hearts.
My husband Rob andÂ IÂ decided to start a family in 2013.Â We experienced a miscarriage at 10 weeks with our first pregnancy.Â This loss made me realize that becoming a mother happened the moment I found out I was pregnant. The plans, dreams and hopes for the future were dashed at our dating ultrasound when we were told that our baby had no heartbeat. We were fortunate to become pregnant again and I gave birth to a healthy, happy son named Gabriel in 2014.Â In 2016, we decided to add again to our family. We passed the 12 week mark and I breathed a sigh of relief.Â After a routine ultrasound at 19 weeks, we found out that our son Aaron had no kidneys and that there was no chance that he would survive after birth. We were devastated, but after hearing his strong heartbeat and seeing his profile that looked so much like Gabriel, we decided to continue the pregnancy.
Lorraine Rigby-Larocque spoke at the first Babywearing in Canada conference that took place May 2015. During her session âLosing a child: Coping today, tomorrow and forever,â Lorraine shared her personal experience with loss. Lorraine’s son Kevin was stillborn at 29 weeks gestation over 20 years ago, and she also experienced eight miscarriages and survived cervical cancer.Â Â Lorraine experienced contractions early into her pregnancy with Kevin, who was her third child, and was in and out of the hospital.Â At 29 weeks, Lorraine went to the hospital because she could not feel her baby moving.Â Sitting in the ultrasound room alone, Lorraine heard the dreaded words, “I’m sorry, there is no heartbeat.”Â From the session, Lorraine said, “I needed to give this baby the same effort that I gave to my other babies.”Â So she decided to give birth to Kevin without medication as with her other babies.
Lorraine’s story of loss, though 20 years ago, is achingly familiar to anyone who has experienced pregnancy or infant loss.Â The universality of loss really struck me as I listened to Lorraine’s story of loss from over 20 years ago.
When we decided to continue our pregnancy, we were referred to the Perinatal Hospice at Roger NeilsonÂ House.3Â Like Lorraine, I wanted to give Aaron a similar experience that Gabriel had while I was pregnant and during his birth.Â Lorraine’s words in the session are the words of a mother who knows the intertwining joy and sorrow that occurs during the birth and loss of a much-loved child.Â It’s the loss of dreams for the future, when you find out that your baby has slipped away during pregnancy.Â It’s a moment of such joy when you meet your baby, but also a moment of such sorrow when you know that the moment is fleeting.Â It’s meeting your beautiful baby, counting their fingers and toes and trying to memorize every little detail.Â The moment you meet your child is something that you never forget.
Our son, Aaron Isaiah Robert Peters Samulack was born four weeks early on Fatherâs Day, June 19th 2016. We spent 100 precious minutes with Aaron. It was sad and it was hard, but it was beautiful.Â He was a beautiful little boy with strawberry blonde hair and lovely lips.Â One of the things that Lorraine said in her presentation aboutÂ after the birth of KevinÂ that really stuck out to me wasÂ “My body felt empty, and my arms felt empty, I just felt empty.”Â Lorraine arranged a funeral service for Kevin, as we did for Aaron.Â She described having to go to a music store to pick out just the perfect music for the service only a few days after birth.Â Her breasts were leaking milk; her body was empty and longing for her baby.
I remember walking around the cemetery with my dad, only two days after I gave birth to Aaron, looking for a plot in the baby section.Â It was a beautiful day, the sun was shining and the birds were singing in a tree that overlooks Aaron’s final resting place.Â My breasts were swollen with milk and I still looked very pregnant.Â On the inside, I felt so empty.Â I look back at photos from the funeral and internment and I still don’t know how I am making it through the dark days that have followed Aaron’s birth and death.
Lorraine said that one of the things that helped her most after the loss of Kevin were cards and messages from friends that acknowledged the loss of Kevin and her subsequent pregnancy losses.Â Sending a card on a special date like Motherâs Day to acknowledge that our babies existed is sometimes the best thing that you can do to help heal our hearts. Â Â There are no magic words that you can say that will make the pain go away.Â However, acknowledging our losses is not going to make us sadder.Â We have not forgotten about our losses and we hope that our friends haven’t either.Â One of our biggest fears as bereaved mothers is that our babies will be forgotten.Â Though their voices do not echo in our homes, our babies will live in our hearts forever.
Just like with our family, Lorraine has keepsakes that she treasures to this day:Â ultrasound photos, a clipping of hair, handprints and footprints tenderly captured by a compassionate nurse.Â These are the things that transcend time, things that bring us closer to our babies. These items we can hold and cherish remind us over and over again that our babies were here if only for a moment.Â In the Ottawa/Gatineau area, volunteer photographers from Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep (NILMDTS) do an amazing job of capturing these moments for individuals/families facing the loss of their baby at birth.Â Veronique Lalonde, the NILMDTS coordinator for Ottawa/Gatineau was contacted by the palliative care team at Roger Neilson House take photos when Aaron was born. She was so kind and compassionate and captured photos that mean the world to me.Â I look at these photos often and they help me remember what Aaron looked like â his beautiful lips and his tiny feet that danced so often while I was pregnant.
It was important for Rob and to take our experience and use it to raise awareness of pregnancy and infant loss in our community when we learned out about The Butterfly Run. The Butterfly Runâs purpose is to remember our children, and for parents who experienced pregnancy and infant loss. It was created by three bereaved mothers in Quinte, Ontario, in 2016 to raise awareness and help other individuals/families who have experienced pregnancy and infant loss. The Butterfly Run is growing; it has already taken place in Belleville andÂ Peterborough this year, and will take place in Ottawa in October.
OnÂ Saturday, October 14th 2017, we will be walking or running to raise awareness for all types of pregnancy and infant loss at Aaronâs Butterfly Run Ottawa/Gatineau. There will be a 1 mile family walk/run and a 5 km walk/run. All proceeds from Aaronâs Butterfly Run will go to theÂ Perinatal Loss programs atÂ Roger Neilson House through the Ottawa Senators Foundation.Â This run is for anyone who has experienced pregnancy or infant loss and for those who support them. Thank you to the women who have come before me like Lorraine who are bringing awareness to pregnancy and infant loss.Â Our babies will not be forgotten.
Rachel Samulack, Aaronâs Butterfly Run Ottawa/Gatineau Organizer. All proceeds from Aaron’s Butterfly Run will go to Roger Neilson’s House.
Rachel would like to thank DÃ©boraÂ Rodrigues and Babywearing in Canada for her support and her sponsorship of Aaron’s Butterfly Run.
1. Bill-141 was passed in the Ontario legislature to provide $1 million dollars to train health care workers in bereavement loss, and conduct research. One in four pregnancies ends in miscarriage. For more information on Bill 141, read this article.Â â©
2. This article by Maclean’s illustrates how important grieving is to the parents as attachment begins in utero. Seven out of 1,000 babies born in Canada are stillborn. Read more here.Â â©
3. Roger Neilson House is an eight-bed pediatric residential hospice which offers compassionate care and bereavement services in collaboration with the Children of Eastern Ontarioâs (CHEO) palliative care team. This amazing facility is located on the grounds at CHEO and provides a home-like environment to children who have a significant risk of dying before reaching adulthood. Perinatal hospice is also offered to families or individuals whose babies are likely to die before, during, or shortly after birth. Individuals and families who receive the heartbreaking news that their baby may not survive very long after birth may choose to continue their pregnancy and celebrate their babyâs short life. Â Specialized care and support at Roger Neilson House is offered that includes counselling and emotional support; assistance with making medical decisions about their pregnancy, delivery and their babyâs care; assisting with memory making (such as photographs) and ongoing bereavement care. Roger Neilson House also offers a Perinatal Loss Support group, which is for families and individuals who have lost a pregnancy over 20 weeks or a baby shortly after birth. Visit their website to learn more. â©
In 2017, we held Canadaâs very first Babywearing Educator Awards.
Best Babywearing Group â sponsored by manduca
Renfrew County Babywearing Group
Nominations also included:
Babywearing of Algoma
Windsor Babywearing group. This submission was received after the nominations closed, but the replies were so heartfelt for the work this group does in their community, I decided they deserved a shout-out here.
2017 we held Canada’s very first Babywearing Educator Awards.
Best Babywearing Educator – sponsored by manduca
We had over 20 nominations for best babywearing educator for the 2017 awards and choosing the best of them was a challenge! I was hoping to have three strong contenders and instead ended up with four – there are so many helpful people in Canada!
Cindy LarrivÃ©e, Portage Double
Meet the other 2017 nominees:
Diane Pepin, Mother’s Helper
Dr. Jill Bailey, member of Orangeville Babywearers
Jennifer Wadleigh, Calgary Babywearers
Corwyn Warwaruk, West of the 4th
Sunmi Cha is a Canadian originally from Korea. I was privileged enough to be invited into her home and hear her story. She wore her siblings growing up, to read about it click here.
What is it like to start babywearing again?
I was actually surprised that there’s a school of people that invest themselves in all these wraps. I did not know much about it.
I have watched a Korean documentary called Secret of traditional parenting.1 It was talking about how good it is to wear their baby. So the baby can observe the environment, learn social interaction from you, from being on your back all the time and it gives you lots of mobility. And you know babywearing, we all know how many benefits it offers. So it talks all about it. And the documentary was talking about how popular the podaegi is in Europe right now. How a lot of moms are looking into podaegi. After watching the documentary, I thought it is the best carrier in the world that’s why other people are looking into it.
In Korea sometimes there is propaganda happening. They try. By telling you that this part of our culture is the best, we are smart people, what we have is blah-blah-blah.
I think the podaegi is genius. It’s very practical. You took a blanket and put a strap on it. It is practical because it offers torso support instead of relying on the strength of the shoulders.
This comes in different length. There is a shorter one, this is a medium length one. Because every woman is of different height. Because some women are pretty petite.
Itâs the height of it, I didnât know, oh what I am learning!
It hides your figure, mothers feel more comfortable they donât have to worry about what they are wearing underneath. And traditionally, Asian women they donât wear revealing clothes, they are very conservative. For that it really helps, you donât have to worry about whatâs showing, about whatâs not showing.
So you found it insulated against the hot weather?
Yeah, so he loved it. He was falling asleep in it. I couldnât use the other, the Boba wrap. It [the podaegi] was so easy, put it on and wrap tight, thatâs it.
Now there are many different versions, you can attach the strap on an angle and wrap it around your shoulders.
The thing is that these are really cheap. I paid $35.
Thatâs really affordable. So you came to Ottawa, set up your practice and started your family. So he’s four months old?
Yes, he’s four and a half, he’s 20 weeks.
When I got pregnant, my sister wanted to give me a gift, what could it be? So I told her to send me a baby carrier. I saw my sister carrying the baby all the time, she used the Ergo hip seat. My sister was using it and she found it very useful for a toddler especially because the hip seat part is so convenient. So I searched Amazon and they didn’t sel lthis specific one here and I read that they only released this in Korea.
I didn’t know Ergo made them, it must be only for Asia. They have products that are not available here.
Only for Korea. I thought, âIs it because it is less safe?â Is this why they don’t release in Canada?2
It’s perception. It’s a different market.
But the podaegi isnât expensive, so why so few use it?
Itâs the fashionable perspective. I was wondering why donât they use better looking fabric?
When I was looking to buy podaegi. I searched hard to find something neutral, no bears or dots, or super colourful. Like bright blue, or bright pink I didnât like it. I still couldnât get rid of the monkey, but this is acceptable. I didnât like the ones that are made of so infantile looking fabric, I chose this one because of that.
I sometimes write on Korean online community. I asked there why people donât use podaegi much. People said that it is partly because of the look and some said they found that structured carriers are easier to use. There were lots of new carriers were on the market that I wasnât aware.
So people use more of their structured carrier. Ergo is very popular.
Ergo is everywhere. What about wraps?
That was another thing versus a wrap. Wraps are so beautiful, they use different colours. A lot of moms collect the wraps because of its beauty.
I got the woven wrap, the purple one. I was surprised at the price! It was over $200 for a long strand of fabric. I sew, so I tried to make it on my own and went to a fabric store. I tried to search for fabric that was similar to what I saw. I read online that I am supposed to look for jacquard woven and diamond woven. I asked the people at the store but they had no idea. Every fabric is woven was what they said!
Every fabric is woven. Except for knit. Exactly.
It wasn’t very helpful, but they had lots of items in the sales stash, rayon, 100% cotton. It was summertime and I had a Boba wrap, it was too hot. I was looking for something that was lighter fabric for the wrap and also that it breathes. I was looking at rayon, though I realized that rayon is synthetic, even though it is made from natural pulp. Okay so no rayon.
I wanted to buy something with a one way stretch like Wrapsody hybrid. So I bought 5 meters of fabric with a one way stretch. I made half of it into a ring sling and then I tried to wrap him with the other half. This fabric was too slippery and wasn’t easy to pull, it was awkward to put it on. It wasn’t as soft as a woven wrap, it was bulky, so I made the rest of the fabric into a pillow cover.
Oh that looks beautiful!
I also got this carrier cover from my sister.
Oh whoa – look at that! It’s got ears on the hood! It’s so cute, I love it. It’s got little pockets for your hands.
This attracts good attention when I put this on him and go out. It’s a whole set with ergo hip seat. I use the cover all the time.
Sunmi and I originally met October 15, 2016, and we spoke for about four hours. This article is a condensed and edited version of our interview. Her story, like many, was so interesting it became a three part series. The first is called Growing up Korean. The next article is called A journey to Canadian, where she shares how she moved to Canada and then stayed.
Sunmi Cha is a full trained and license naturopathic doctor in Ottawa. Visit her website here.
1. The first installment of the documentary of The Secret of Traditional Parenting can be found here. Here is the link to the second and third installment.â©
2. The Ergo hip seat is available for sale on Gmarket in Korea.â©
Out in Red Deer, Alberta, there is a little wrap company known as West of the 4th Weaving. This year, I was extremely lucky to have West of the 4th Weaving agree to create a custom colourway for Babywearing in Canada. Working with them was amazing, West of the 4th is made up of the husband and wife duo of Nancy and Corwyn Warwaruk.
Corwyn soon began with talk of weft by sending me pictures — pictures of spools!! — asking me if I wanted to do a cotton or flax weft. The flax weft is a light grey, imparting a bit of silver twinkle to the final wrap, and the cotton brings a brightness in with the white.
TWO gorgeous choices, how could I even decide?Â So I chose BOTH. Yep, that’s how things run when you just can’t resist babywearing porn.
Soon after, Nancy started working on the wrap’s design based on Babywearing in Canada’s colours, red, white and black. When I asked what was her thought process, this is the answer I received:
“Nancy looked at the elements of your logo and dissected out the primary elements. She wanted to design the wrap to be truly Canadian so that when some one saw the design they would immediately think of our country. The red back ground represents the red of the maple leaf, and the general placement of the white makes one think of the blend of red and white of the Canadian flag. The black element represents the outline of the babywearing person. The blend of the white and the black makes one think of the babywearing person in the logo.”
With this thought in mind, Nancy’s design quickly moved from conception to reality.
There is something just magical about working with a weaver on a new carrier. It’s a combination of your vision, and their interpretation. It can be pretty overwhelming to see your baby brought to live in the caring hands of a weaver — especially with a pair like Nancy and Corwyn at the helm. The communication was fabulous and to receive pictures of Nancy looking meditative and zen as she readies the loom to create a piece of wonder, is beyond words.
There’s nothing better than being than wearing a baby wrapped and keeping them close through our hot Canadian summers and cold winters. What do you believe you should call such a wrap? That sums up this country, warm summer days and cold winter nights.
Can you picture yourself wearing your babe in this wrap?
The winner of the naming competition gets first right to purchase. There are only EIGHT wraps available, four flax blend, four cotton.
Each wrap comes with a Babywearing in Canada Conference bag, and a limited edition certificate stating which wrap you have purchased, and in which length.
Babywearing in Canada week takes place from May 21, 2016, to May 28, 2016.
Here are the official events registered to date.Â Each event will qualify the planner for entry into our giveaways – and you can register up to three.
Prince George BC
Event planner: Char Duncan
Lheidli T’enneh Memorial Park: Just a walk in the park for fresh air and Babywearing!
Date: May 21, 2016
Time: 11:00 am to 12:00 pm
Medicine Hat AB
Event planner: Holly Mitchell
Echo Dale Regional Park
Date: May 28, 2016
Time: 11:00 am
Join the event!
Grande Prairie AB
Event planner: Jessica Matwiiw
Date: May 26, 2016
Time: 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm
Group affiliation: Grande Prairie Lending Library
Event planner: Dauphin Babywearers
Date: May 26, 2016
Time: 10:30 am – 11:30 am
Group affiliation: Event in closed group on FB
Event planner: Laura Rice
Date: May 25, 2016
Time: 2:30 – 3:30 pm
Event information: Come on out for a special meet up for all care givers. Big thank you to Naledi Stones from Georgian Bay Area Salsa Babies for setting up this event as well as teaching us how to Salsa dance with our little dance partners snuggled close.
Event planner: Melissa Nadeau
Mer Bleue Conservation Area
Date: May 26, 2016
Time: 10:00 am
Event information: We’re a bunch of moms who had their babies at roughly the same time, and have been getting together weekly for walks before heading off to a local coffee shop.
Event planner: Andria Patterson
Private home, Orleans ON ( a borough of Ottawa)
Date: May 27, 2016
Time: 1:00 pm
Event information: A bunch of moms with April Due dates getting together to share stories and learn about babywearing.
Rick Goodwin is the founder of Men & Healing, and has worked as a social worker, educator, program manager, and has previously taught social sciences and social work at the college and university level. In addition to managing Men & Healing, he conducts training workshops for professionals on issues of male sexual trauma, family violence and trauma recovery across Canada, and in the USA through the organization 1in6 Inc. He will be presenting at the Babywearing in Canada Conference – have you purchased your tickets?
Rickâs accomplishments include:
Come listen to Rick 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.
Presented by Rick Goodwin, MSW, RSW, Principal, Men and Healing
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.Â 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 Ottawaâs 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 offering another session, listed below.
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 oneâs past, particularly the relationship with oneâs 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.Â 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.