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.

Supporting Children in French Immersion and Multilingual Learning Environments

Date: Wednesday, October 25, 2023
Time: 12:00 – 1:00 pm
Location: The Zoom link will be shared with you via email prior to the session start time.

In this workshop, we will focus on children’s language and reading development as multilingual learners. We will discuss how children may be supported in their language development both at home and in school. Evidence based language learning resources for parents/caregivers to support their decisions around French immersion and other language-learning opportunities will be featured. Participants will come away with a better understanding of the language learning environment, educational opportunities and supports for multilingual learners.

Facilitators:
Krystina Raymond, Zein Abuosbeh & Shelley Rafailov
Multilingualism and Literacy Lab
OISE, U of T

Please note that registration for this event is now full.  New registrants will be placed on the waitlist.

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.

Single Parenthood By Choice – Part II

Date: Thursday, October 5, 2023Time: 12:00 – 1:30 pmLocation: In person – location will be emailed to registrants

If you are thinking about single parenthood, have already decided to become a single parent by choice, or are already a single parent by choice, this session is for you! This facilitated session is an opportunity to create connections with others. Come to share and hear others’ stories. Discuss and explore feelings, information, and considerations related to single parenthood by choice. This is the second session and will focus on important themes that were not covered in the first session due to lack of time. Even if you missed the first session, you are welcome to come to Part II.

Facilitator:Jan Silverman is a health educator, fertility counsellor and group therapist. Jan has worked in the area for 30 years, including work with CReATe Fertility Clinic and Women’s College Hospital. Jan facilitates a monthly, in-person gathering for singles who are exploring single parenthood at Create Fertility Clinic – everyone is welcome to attend this group, even if you are not a CReATe patient.

Single Parenthood by Choice

Date: Thursday, June 22, 2023
Time: 12:00 – 1:30 pm
Location: 215 Huron, 6th floor

If you are thinking about single parenthood, have already decided to become a single parent by choice, or are already a single parent by choice, this session is for you! This facilitated session is an opportunity to create connections with others. Come to share and hear others’ stories. Discuss and explore feelings, information, and considerations related to single parenthood by choice.

Facilitator:
Jan Silverman is a health educator, fertility counsellor and group therapist. Jan has worked in the area for 30 years, including work with CReATe Fertility Clinic and Women’s College Hospital. Jan facilitates a monthly, in-person gathering for singles who are exploring single parenthood at Create Fertility Clinic. Everyone is welcome to attend, even if you are not a CReATe patient.

Keeping our Kids Safe: A seminar discussing children’s safety

Date: Wednesday, May 3, 2023
Time: 12:00 – 1:30 pm
Location: The webinar link will be shared with you via email prior to the session start time.

Parents and caregivers want to do the best they can to ensure that the children and youth in their care are happy and safe. This workshop is for everyone who is interested in learning the concepts of helping to keep children and youth safe from harm (including physical, sexual, emotional harm, community violence, bullying, and technology assisted abuse and violence).

Participants will be updated on:

  • the current trends in violence and abuse prevention (learning about offender grooming tactics, secrecy, what to say to kids, and how to get help);
  • the assumptions that have been made about children/youth and safety;
  • the mixed messages children/youth have received in the past (stranger danger, street proofing);
  • appropriate messages for staff, parents and caregivers to give to children and youth;
  • practical safety tips; and
  • how to talk to children and youth about personal safety,
  • how to build a positive healthy relationship with kids.

Facilitator: Boost Child & Youth Advocacy Centre

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.

Self-Care for Caregivers

Date: Friday, April 28, 2023
Time: 12:00 – 1:00 pm
Location: The Webinar link will be shared with you via email prior to the session start time.

The last thing caregivers need is another item to add to the to-do list and another thing to feel guilty about. In this interactive session, we will consider the complex experience of caregiving and all the feelings that come with that. Together we will discuss and practice simple strategies that don’t take much time at all and that can be easily incorporated into everyday life. We will reframe self-care and affirm what participants are already doing to care for themselves while caring for others.

Facilitator:

For two decades, Rebecca Higgins has worked in community and social services in a variety of capacities. Since 2010, she has specialized in mental health education. Rebecca has designed and facilitated workshops and webinars for a wide range of groups, including library staff, helping professionals, security guards, customer service professionals, children, youth, educators, and parents.

Rebecca has served as a panelist and presenter at many conferences and has provided consultation support to various community mental health initiatives. She worked for the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) and the Canadian Mental Health Association in both Ottawa and Toronto before starting her own business in 2018.

Rebecca has a Master’s degree in Social Work and a BA in English. Her first book, a collection of short stories called The Colours of Birds, was published by Tightrope Books in 2018 and re-released by Iguana Books in 2020.

Find Rebecca at www.mentalhealthworkshopstoronto.com.

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.

Parenthood through Surrogacy

Date: Friday, March 31, 2023
Time: 12:00 – 1:00 pm
Location: The webinar link will be shared with you via email prior to the session start time.

Join us for an informal information session for prospective parents led by experienced legal and mental health experts specializing in the field of fertility. During the session, we will discuss some of the following issues:

  • Legal steps involved in growing a family through surrogacy
  • Legal landscape for surrogacy in Canada (i.e., the laws pertaining to legal parentage of the child and reimbursement of the surrogate’s expenses)
  • Pitfalls and trouble spots to keep in mind when considering surrogacy
  • Emotional and social considerations of intended parent(s) embarking on surrogacy for family-building
  • Factors that gestational surrogates need to consider when deciding on a match with intended parent(s)

Facilitators: Michelle Flowerday, LL.B. and Dr. Lila Z. Hakim, C.Psych

Michelle Flowerday, LL.B. is a fertility lawyer in Toronto, Ontario.  She is a passionate advocate for and works closely with couples facing infertility, with LGBTQIA people/couples wanting to start a family, with single people looking to grow a family alone, and with surrogates, and egg, sperm, and embryo donors assisting in the process.  Michelle’s expertise includes negotiating and drafting agreements related to surrogacy, co-parenting, egg, sperm, and embryo donations, making court applications for declarations of parentage, and advising on other legal issues related to third party reproduction.  Michelle works with clients in the Greater Toronto Area, across Canada, and internationally.  She speaks at conferences on the topic of fertility and surrogacy law and provides legal advice to fertility clinics and hospitals on laws related to contracts, consent, and compliance with Canadian assisted human reproduction laws and regulations.  Michelle is an Officer of the Board of Fertility Friends Foundation and a contributing member of fertility clinic ethics committees, the Canadian Fertility and Andrology Society, and the Law Society of Ontario.

Dr. Lila Z. Hakim, C.Psych. is a Registered Psychologist and conducts psychological assessment and treatment with adults and couples in private practice. She is a Partner of the Centre for Interpersonal Relationships (Toronto, Canada) where she supervises psychologists and graduate students, and is active in research with publications and presentations in the areas of infertility and psychotherapy research. She has served on the Executive Committee of the Counselling Special Interest Group of the Canadian Fertility and Andrology Society.

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.

Navigating Special Education in the Toronto District School Board (TDSB)

Date: Monday, March 27, 2023
Time: 12:00 – 1:30 pm
Location: The webinar link will be shared with you via email prior to the session start time.

The workshop will focus on development of the Individual Education Plan (IEP) and the Identification Placement Review Committee (IPRC) process. It will also look at how learning challenges identified in the IEP are addressed in the classroom, and provide a brief overview of the gifted program. Participants will come away with a better understanding of the language and process of Special Education in the TDSB.

Facilitator: TDSB Special Education Inclusion Consultant & Special Education Inclusion Coordinator

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.

Baby & Toddler Talks: Sleep Issues (Toddlers)

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

In this workshop, you will learn about your toddler’s (1-3 years old) sleep patterns. Healthy sleep habits will be discussed including:
• The importance of bedtime routine
• How to deal with frequent night waking
• How to cope with early morning risers
• How to encourage your toddler to sleep in their own bed.

Facilitator: Dr. Robyn Stremler, RN, PhD, Professor at Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing and Adjunct Scientist at the Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids).

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.

Baby & Toddler Talks: Sleep Issues (Infants)

Date: Thursday, January 26, 2023
Time: 1:30 – 3:00 pm
Location: The webinar link will be shared with you via email prior to the session start time.

In this workshop, you will learn about your infant’s (0-12 months old) sleep patterns. Healthy sleep habits will be discussed including
• The importance of sleep for infants and parents
• Expected changes in sleep across the first year of life
• How to cope with frequent night waking

Facilitator: Dr. Robyn Stremler, RN, PhD, Professor at Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing and Adjunct Scientist at the Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids).

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.