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.
Ticket prices increase April 24, 2016. As of April 24, 2016, prices are as below. HST is extra.
It is a great deal – during the conference you will be able to choose from 16 different seminars – for a maximum of 10 total. At only $26 a seminar, that is a steal! Not only do you get expert babywearing technique and healthy & wellness information for the post-partum period, you get to meet and network with other members in your community.
Are meals included and are there restaurants nearby?
Yes, meals and snack breaks are included as part of the conference fee. Should you like anything extra there are lots of options near St. Laurent and Walkley: A pizzeria, a Chinese take-out, and a Metro grocery store with hot and cold counter. A bit further down the way is the Elmvale Mall, which also has quite a few options.
Can I bring my baby?
Yes, babies and nurslings are welcome. There are some great benches just outside the main rooms where you can take care of their needs in case you need to duck out for a little break. We ask that babies older than 6 months and that toddlers stay at home because they might not let you listen in and enjoy the full conference experience. It also impacts the recordings for those tuning in through the webcast.
I bought a ticket and changed my mind. Can I request a refund? A partial refund can be provided up to May 14, 2016. A processing fee of $40 will be retained. Tickets can be resold to someone else, as long as you tell us who will be replacing you before May 19, 2016.
Are there giveaways and a conference kit?
Yes, they will be announced starting in May. Those who plan #BWICweek events also qualify for giveaways. Sign up here to become an official celebrant.
How can I find out more information?
Stay-tuned and use the #BWICweek hashtag to follow us on all social media. Also check back in regularly as more information is posted to the website.