When and where is the First Babywearing in Canada Conference?
It is part of Babywearing in Canada week and takes place Thursday May 21, 2015, 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 19 to the 25, 2015, and its focus is on technical babywearing expertise and health & wellness, specifically relating to the post-partum period. 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.
How longwill 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.
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?
Ticket will cost $125.00 for the entire day. It is a great deal – during the conference you will be able to take up to five different seminars – at only $25 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, a shawarma restaurant, 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 toddlers stay at home because they might not let you listen in and enjoy the full conference experience.
Are there giveaways and a conference kit?
Yes, a full list will be announced May 1, 2015, and some of our sponsors have already started posting on their facebook pages from you what you’d like to see in their giveaways! 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.