What to Expect on Your Birth Partner Journey: a workshop for non-birth parents and birth partners

Date: Monday, March 6, 2023
Time: 12:00 – 1:30 pm
Location: The Zoom link will be shared with you via email prior to the session start time.

The Family Care Office is excited to present this new workshop for non-birth parents and/or chosen family who will be supporting the birth parent in the birthing process. We’ll discuss:

  1. some things the non-birthing partner can expect during the birthing process and beyond
  2. ways to care and support the birth parent during pregnancy, the birthing process and beyond
  3. self-care when caring for others in the family
  4. ways to bond with the new baby


The workshop will be an informal conversation between Natasja VanderBerg (a Family Care Advisor and non-birth parent to one child) and Kelly Carrington, Registered Massage Therapist and a Certified Birth Doula. Kelly is the first male doula certified through DONA International in Canada in 2014. Kelly is a father of three boys and a partner. Read about why he became a doula.

Registration required. University of Toronto students, staff, postdoctoral fellows and faculty are welcome. Partners and family members (including chosen family members) who are co-caregivers with U of T students, staff, postdoctoral fellows and faculty are also welcome to attend. If you have any access needs to ensure your full participation in this event, please contact the Family Care Office and we will try our best to work with you and make appropriate arrangements.