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Webcast Conference Schedule 2016

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

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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
2:30 – 3:30 pm Débora Rodrigues & Diane Pepin Breastfeeding and Babywearing
4:00 – 5:00 pm Rick Goodwin Counting us in: The case statement for fathering
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.

Breastfeeding and Babywearing.
by Diane Pepin and Débora Rodrigues

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.

May 21, 2016: Father Involvement Day.

BUY tickets here.

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
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
2:30 – 3:30 pm Panel Dad’s panel
4:00 – 5:00 pm Débora Rodrigues & Jen Wadleigh Babywearing for Fathers
5:00 – 5:30 pm Débora Rodrigues Closing remarks

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?

Babywearing for Fathers.
by Jen Wadleigh, Calgary Babywearing Group; and, Débora Rodrigues, President and CEO, Babywearing in Canada Inc.

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.

Calling all Canadian volunteer babywearing group leaders!

Calling all educators

SCHOLARSHIP WINNERS HAVE BEEN ANNOUNCED.
Congratulations to Samantha from Regina and RC from East Coast Babywearers!

Do you work tirelessly as a volunteer group leader in Canada?

I would like to recognize the work that you do by offering ONE free full day pass to the Babywearing in Canada Conference.

Also to be raffled off to our hardworking educators, a one day pass for only $80 (a savings of $65). Taxes are extra.

SIGN up for our newsletter and please fill in the form. Only valid volunteer educators will be considered.

Winners have been announced on our facebook page.

2016 Bronze Sponsors

A big thank you to these companies and organizations who are supporting us for the Babywearing in Canada Conference and #BWICweek.

WithMyBaby logo-banner

Motherhood is a new and challenging stage of your life. There are too many new things, too many new responsibilities. Your perfect time management is ruined by one little creature, your dearest one… Yet this is certainly the happiest time too! Take your time to enjoy this short period. We are here to make your new life easier and more beautiful, with baby carriers, maternity clothes, nursing outfits, outerwear, and outfits for the family. Offering a wide selection of everything you need when pregnant, and after the baby’s birth, WithMyBaby will ship worldwide.

 

bcia square logoEstablished in 2010, the Baby Carrier Industry Alliance (BCIA) is passionate about babywearing. It is an international non-profit trade organization representing manufacturers, retailers, distributors and educators who work in the baby carrier industry.  Their role has been to propagate standards across this industry. The BCIA works hard to promote educational outreach, participate in research, and help small baby carrier businesses comply with existing standards. In advancing the well-being, growth, and interests of their members and they have increased awareness of quality baby carriers because they care about the well-being and growth of the entire industry, both large and small.

 

 kneaded touch logo

Women are often caregivers for everyone else, and sometimes our health falls by the wayside. Working, taking care of your family, and being parents, are all barriers to finding time for self-care. At Kneaded Touch we have a passion for Women’s Health. We have 3 locations including our new Women’s clinic in Barrhaven. Our therapists have taken extra training in pre and post natal care, infant and child massage, and continue to develop our skills in these areas. At Kneaded Touch, understand the challenges that women face on a daily basis and our goal is to offer a safe place for you to heal and regroup.

 

 

bummis logo

Boutique Bummis in Montreal has one mission – to help facilitate attachment between parents and children. They accomplish this by offering products and resources that facilitate a natural approach to life, items to help parents keep their child close thus facilitating better communication and attachment between parent and child.  Bummis wishes to help the parent create a new parenting paradigm to transform and change in the way we raise our children from this moment forward.

 

 

Rick Goodwin – BWIC Conference

Presentations: Counting us in & All father’s are sons

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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?

Rick’s accomplishments include:

  • Founder of Men & Healing.
  • Past co-founder and Executive Director of The Men’s Project.
  • National Manager to 1in6 Canada from 2012-2015.
  • Facilitator of a group trauma treatment program for men.
  • Various speaking engagements at national and international conferences on men, violence against women, and trauma recovery.
  • Co-authoringMen & Healing: Theory, Research and Practice with Male Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse, a guidebook (2009).
  • recipient of theAttorney General’s Award of Distinction for his work in “developing and implementing innovative victim service programs” (2007).
  • Awards recipient fromThe Canada Council to the Canadian Mental Health Assocation.
  • Serving on the National Victims of Crime Advisory Committeeof Justice Canada as an Advisory Board Member to 1in6 Inc. (USA).

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.

Count us in: The statement case for fathering.

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.  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 offering 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.

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.