Presentation announcements

Presentation announcements

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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.



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



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.

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