Supporting Birth and Postpartum: A Workshop for Fathers, Partners & Supporters

Date: Wednesday, April 17, 2024
Time: 12:00 to 1:30 pm
Location: The Zoom link will be shared with you via email prior to the session start time.

Join this workshop designed for dads, partners, and birthing support persons! This interactive session is crafted to empower you with essential skills and knowledge to actively participate in the birthing process. Discover effective ways to support the birthing person through every stage of labour, decision-making, and interventions. Gain valuable insights and practical tips to maintain your energy levels during the birth marathon. Additionally, delve into the postpartum period, where you’ll learn key strategies for assisting with baby care, infant feeding, and fostering a strong bond. Be an integral part of your transformative parenting journey with this workshop!

Facilitator: Bronwyn Addico (she/her) is the owner of Balancing Birth to Baby, a support company for expecting and new parents that offers prenatal education and Doula support in Southern Ontario, Canada. She has been a Childbirth & Early Parenting Educator since 2015 and a Birth & Postpartum Doula since 2016.

After a difficult birth experience in 2013, she embarked on a journey to become a Birthing From Within childbirth educator and doula. Bronwyn has been deeply influenced by this program’s view of birth as an initiation into parenting and how to examine your fears of birth and parenting. She uses the tools that she learned in this program within all aspects of her professional career and has developed them into a coaching program to help birthing people prepare for birth and work through a difficult or traumatic birth experience. She has supported more than 500 families during their births and early parenting journey and has attended over 100 births.

Bronwyn is a single mother to two wonderful kids.

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.

Hidden in Plain ‘Site’ Preventing Online Sexual Exploitation Together

Description: The risk of online sexual exploitation of youth is rising, especially in the context of the #COVID19 pandemic. White Ribbon is pleased to offer a free webinar to parents on preventing all forms of #onlinesexualexploitation and #sextrafficking.

In this webinar, parents will learn more about:

  • Warning signs of sexual exploitation and sex trafficking
  • How to engage youth in practicing online safety
  • How to prevent this issue from happening through learning about healthy relationships, consent, allyship and equity
  • Help and resources available.

Facilitator: Taylor Demetrioff is the Bilingual Program Manager at White Ribbon. With over a decade working in the mental health field, Taylor has worked hard to bring positive programming and education to Canadian teens and adults.

Starting in his career, Taylor developed a mental health and music program for teens struggling with their mental well-being called “Let It Out!” while studying at l’Université de Saint Boniface on Treaty 1 land. More recently, Taylor has focused his efforts on fostering meaningful relations with Elders and Indigenous leaders across Canada to work collaboratively to challenge colonialism while maintaining a deep love, respect and appreciation for Indigenous cultures.

As a father, Taylor strives to work towards a future free from all forms of gender-based violence and discrimination while promoting healthy masculinities, gender equality and a healthier way of living for all.

Planning for Pregnancy & Beyond


Join us for this webinar to find out how to make healthy choices that lead to a healthy lifestyle and promote wellness during pre-pregnancy, pregnancy and postpartum. The session, created by Dr. Yolanda Kirkham, will address participants’ specific concerns on a range of topics including: questions around conceiving, health concerns and risks during pregnancy, health care provider options, antenatal care and screening tests, and post-partum issues.

Facilitators: Dr. Shannon Brent, MD MPH, Resident Doctor in Obstetrics & Gynecology (PGY4); Dr. Meghan McGrattan, MD, FRCSC, OBGYN, Advanced Gynecologic Surgery Fellow at Mount Sinai and Women’s College Hospital

Navigating Ontario’s Health Environment

Description: Gain a better understanding of where and how to access healthcare in Ontario. Whether you are from out of town or were born and raised in Toronto, knowing how to access healthcare when you need it may not always be the easiest decision. By the end of this session, you will understand where and who to go to when you need health care. Learn the major players in the system and how pharmacists can help you at each step along the way.


Facilitators: Jonathan Nhan, RPh, BScPhm, CDE (he/him), Pharmacist Lead, LESLIE DAN FACULTY OF PHARMACY, UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO

Women’s Wellness Series

Date: March 6, 20, & 27, 2024

Time: 9:45am to 12noon

Location: 30 Charles Street (3rd Floor Activity Room), University Family Housing
(additional location details will be shared with registered participants a few days prior to the event)


Women’s Wellness is open to all women –  trans and cis – and nonbinary people who want to participate in programming that centers women’s experience who live in 30 or 35 Charles Street, University Family Housing.

Take time out of your busy schedule just for you! Enjoy a breakfast and a weekly interactive session with on-site childminding provided. The Women’s Wellness series is an opportunity to pause and pay attention to your physical, mental, emotional, and social wellbeing.

The 2024 series weekly interactive sessions will be:

  • March 6
    Wen-Do Women’s Self Defence
    In this Wen-Do workshop, participants will learn simple, powerful physical self-defence skills, explore effective verbal self-defence strategies, develop their ability to recognize and deal with threatening situations, increase their confidence, and have fun!
  • March 20
    Empower Her
    Empower Her is a transformative women’s wellness workshop designed to empower women to cultivate healthy relationships through effective communication. This interactive workshop will provide participants with practical tools and strategies to enhance their communication skills, deepen connections, and foster healthier relationships in all areas of their lives.


  • March 27
    Mindfulness Yoga
    This session will begin with mindful moments and yoga practice to support students’ holistic wellbeing and to provide new skills for developing life-long healthy habits. Yoga will be followed by an opportunity to meet one another as well as the FCO’s peer mentors (upper-year student caregivers and parents). Peer mentors will share their experiences of: i) Meeting others and forming community at U of T and in Toronto, ii) Living in Toronto and supporting a family on a budget, and iii) Navigating Toronto’s childcare, schools, and children’s programs.

Registration Required:

To register, please email and include the sessions you are registering for, your name, U of T status (or status of your partner), and the names and ages of your children if you require free childminding.

Please note childcare spaces are very limited.

Organized by the Family Care Office, in collaboration with the University Family Housing, and the Community Safety Office.

Preparing for Early Years Child Care

Date: Tuesday, March 26th, 2024

Time: 12:00 – 1:00pm

Location: The webinar link will be shared with you via email prior to the session start time.

In this session, parents will learn how they can prepare themselves and their child before starting child care.Find out what an average day at child care looks like. Gain insight into how children’s learning and development is supported in group care/play based environments. Learn some practical tips on how to support your child’s transition into child care.

Facilitator: Wen Li, RECE, MEd, Assistant Supervisor at the University of Toronto’s Early Learning Centre

Registration required. Current University of Toronto students, staff, faculty, postdoctoral fellows, and their partners are welcome. 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.

Choosing Childcare that Works for your Family

A practical session to help you choose the child care option that will best meet the needs of your family. At this session you will:

•            Find out what are the childcare options available
•            Learn what factors to consider when looking at options, choices, and caregivers
•            Learn how to find a childcare centre and individual caregivers
•            Learn about the latest changes in the system
•            Find out about the financial assistance available and waiting lists

Facilitator: Helen Reddy- Katz, Family Care Advisor

March Break Family Event: Pellet Percussion

Date: March 13th, 2024

Time: 10am – 12pm

Location: East Common Room, Hart House

This March Break, come make maracas and learn about nurdles that were saved from the environment!  Nurdles are a contributor to plastic pollution and we will have the U of T Trash Team on site to tell you all about them. After assembling and decorating your maracas, our music instructors will teach you some beats and rhythms to play with your new instrument!

Plastic pre-production pellets are 1- 5 mm in size and can be a choking hazard. Parents or caregivers must accompany children and there will be volunteers present to manage the distribution of pellets.

Register via this linked online form by March 10th, 2024.  Spaces are limited. 

Age requirement: Junior Kindergarten and up.

March Break Family Event: All About Eclipses

Date: Tuesday, March 12th, 2024

Time: 2pm – 4pm

Location: Rm. 118, McLennan Physical Labs, U of T

A solar eclipse is a rare and awe-inspiring celestial event. On April 8th, Southern Ontario will have a chance to experience this phenomenon, as the moon’s shadow is cast on the Sun. In this interactive workshop, you will have the chance to explore different aspects of this cosmic event through hands-on activities. You will learn about and make your own pinhole projector, explore the Earth-Sun-Moon system to learn about how eclipses work, and, weather permitting, view the sun through our solar telescope.

This event is now full.

To be placed on the waitlist, register via this linked online form by March 10th, 2024.  

Open to children grade 2 and up.  Only one parent or caregiver per family please.

Pregnancy and Parental Leave Planning Webinar for Postdoctoral Fellows in CUPE Local 3902 (Unit 5)

This workshop provides an overview of Pregnancy and/or Parental leave options. We learn about the Employment Standards Act, Employment Insurance as well as the University of Toronto’s top-ups. The workshop will also cover practical preparations that one must do before taking a leave and immediately following the start of the leave. These tasks include filling in the Notification of Leave form (to be submitted to U of T three months before the start of the leave) and applying for Employment Insurance. We will also provide resources to help you prepare for the arrival of your child and will discuss returning to work and balancing working and parenting.

Facilitator: Natasja VanderBerg, Faculty Relocation and Family Caregiver Leave Specialist, Family Care Office