2016 Babywearing in Canada Conference
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.