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    • July 17, 2024
    • 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    • Zoom
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    Learning objectives, by the end of this session we will:

    • To recognize the risks and signs of birth trauma and secondary trauma and assess options for support.
    • To identify and appraise supports for pregnancy and infant loss.
    • To offer suggestions to members of the care team for communication with clients around trauma and loss
    • To direct members of the perinatal care team to resources around reducing vicarious trauma and to provide some skills for trauma-aware debriefing and case review. 
    Presenter: 

    Sarah Hilbert-West, Registered Midwife, MEd - Counselling 


    Sarah Hilbert-West is a registered midwife and counsellor practicing in Prince George, BC.  Born and raised in northern bc, she is passionate about compassionate, comprehensive, client centered care, delivered close to home.  Her interest in maternal mental health is focused around reproductive trauma, perinatal loss and secondary trauma in health care, as well as general reproductive mental health.    


    • July 23, 2024
    • 9:00 AM
    • July 24, 2024
    • 2:30 PM
    • Zoom
    • 7
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    BCAPOP’s Executive Director, Heather Cameron RN, BScN, will use both her professional and personal lived experience combined with up-to-date best practices, research and resources to offer professionals and peers the knowledge and know-how to support pregnant, postpartum and newly parenting people who use substances. This training workshop will provide you with the insight, evidence-based information, increased confidence and comfort to implement useful tools, approaches and strategies to help you engage, support and maintain the supportive relationships necessary to offer gold standard care to your clients, participants or patients.

    This 2-day training workshop is limited to 30 participants to foster an intimate, engaging and safe place to reflect, share and grow in your professional practice in meaningful ways. All participants will receive printed resources to help build their own best practice toolkit.

    These sessions will not be recorded to ensure the privacy of attendees.

    Registration Fees:

    BCAPOP Members: $350.00/registrant

    Non-Members: $425.00/registrant

    Group of 4 or more? Contact us to access a savings of $25/registrant. Simply email Jenna at jenna@bcapop.ca to access this discount. 

    Registration is non-refundable; however, name transfers are allowed.  


    Day 1 Overview:

    -Opening roundtable introductions

    -A basic introduction to:

      • Language matters
      • The effects of substance use in pregnancy
      • Withdrawal management in pregnancy
      • Opioid Agonist Treatment (OAT) in pregnancy
      • Chest/breastfeeding, substance use & harm reduction

     

    Day 2 Overview:

    -A basic introduction to:

      • The importance of wrap-around support and building a village
      • Approaches and tools to provide best practice support that aims to be trauma-informed and culturally safe
      • Supporting through transitions in and out of acute care, institutions and through engagement with child welfare
      • Province-wide resources for professionals and pregnant, postpartum and newly parenting people
    -Closing roundtable sharing

      Facilitator: Heather Cameron, RN, BScN 

      Heather Cameron is honoured to work, play and live on the ancestral, traditional and unceded territory of the Secwepemc Nation.  Heather is a Registered Nurse with a Perinatal Specialty Certificate who has been working with pregnant people in a variety of settings since 2005.  Her experience includes program planning, public speaking, and spearheading community development events. As a Registered Nurse, Heather has worked in several fields including withdrawal management, labour & delivery, and maternity.  

      Heather has a proven track record of being able to bring communities together with her experience organizing conferences, creating grass-roots programs, and influencing system changes at the local, regional, and provincial levels.  Two projects that Heather is most proud of include a peer-based recovery support group for birth parents affected by substance use, Mothers for Recovery, and the Healthy Care Pregnancy Program that supports perinatal people who use substances.  Heather may be most well-known for her Perinatal Substance Use Training that she created and has been presenting since 2007 throughout BC, Canada and beyond.  Her volunteer involvement on a variety of committees including Foundry Kamloops, Make Children First, Perinatal Connections, Raise-a Reader, and S.W.A.T. (Sex Workers Accessing Treatment) has influenced Heather’s knowledge base and ability to create impactful change within communities.  Heather’s experience, passion and credentials all contribute to her drive to guide BCAPOP as Executive Director. 

      • July 31, 2024
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      You will have access to the video as soon as you register.

      This recorded video will be available until July 31 2024. 

      Through this recorded presentation we will cover Two-Spirit history, challenge the binary, and work together to create pathways to support a non- binary birthing experience.

      This recorded video will be available until July 31 2024. You will have access to the video as soon as you register.

      Presenter:  

      Jessy Dame (He/Him) -  RN(c), MSN, Two-Spirit Program Manager

       is a very proud Two-Spirit, Métis, Certified Registered Nurse. Jessy’s family is from Treaty 1 and 2 territory, which is known today as Winnipeg and St Rose-du-lac. Jessy has worked within Neonatal/Postnatal health. He currently works casually within a queer sexual health clinic in downtown Vancouver. Jessy is the Indigenous Sex and Gender Leader within the Indigenous Wellness team and the Two-Spirit Program Manager with the Community Based Research Centre. Through these roles Jessy is able to work with and for the Two-Spirit community to create resources and advocate for services.

      • July 31, 2024
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      You will have access to the video as soon as you register.

      This recorded video will be available until July 31 2024. 


      Through this recorded presentation we will cover Discrepancies between prenatal social support expectations and experiences could lead to a high risk of postpartum depression in primiparous women. Assessment and implementation of support system during pregnancy is crucial in supporting mothers mental health and physical wellbeing. Postpartum depression has been undermined for years which resulted in creating more barriers for pregnancy and parenting women. Our support system plays a vital role in influencing positive environment for the nourishment of the baby and mothers health. This presentation will highlight the challenges faced by primiparous women leading to postpartum depression and significance of social support to enhance mental health and well being of mothers.

      This recorded video will be available until July 31 2024. You will have access to the video as soon as you register.

      Presenter:  

      Ammy Kaur, Maternal Child Health Worker

      • July 31, 2024
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      You will have access to the video as soon as you register.

      This recorded video will be available until July 31 2024. 


      This recorded video will focus on adoption options in BC, as well as the support services the Adoption Centre of BC provides to birth parents considering adoption. This webinar will also include information regarding the process of adoption, the birth parents' rights and how other professionals can help support birth parents who are considering adoption as an option.

      This recorded video will be available until July 31 2024. You will have access to the video as soon as you register.

      Presenter:

      Linette Sandor, BA, BSW, RSW

      is the Birth Parent Coordinator with the Adoption Centre of BC, where she has worked since 2011. Linette has been a social worker since 1998. She spent the first ten years of her career in Alberta working in child protection and then worked for a number of years with Child and Youth Mental Health after moving to BC. Linette has a strong passion for working with birth parents across the province who are considering adoption.

      • July 31, 2024
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      You will have access to the video as soon as you register.

      This recorded video will be available until July 31 2024. 

      This recorded video will focus on how technology entered our lives so quickly that we did not have a chance to prepare for how to balance our time on screens with our time with children. This campaign was designed to highlight the importance of everyday interactions while drawing attention to the impact that parental screen use and overuse of baby equipment can have on children's development. Learn how a community came together with an innovative approach to respond to the growing concerns seen in playgrounds, coffee shops and homes everywhere!

      This recorded video will be available until July 31 2024. You will have access to the video as soon as you register.

      Presenter:  Cora Boecker -  Supervisor, Langley Infant Development Programme
      • July 31, 2024
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      This recorded video will be available until July 31 2024. 

      This recorded video will focus on SmartMom, which is a prenatal education program delivered by text messaging.  Women receive three text messages per week, linked to their gestational age to ensure that the messages are timely and relevant. Each message has a link to online or local information, including links to videos, quizzes and other interactive modalities.


      Presenter:

      Patricia Janssen, Professor, UBC School of Population and Public Health

      • March 05, 2025
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      This recorded video will be available until March 5 2025. 

      Explore the latest, evidence-based insights in perinatal nutrition with our nutrition experts.

      This recorded video offers a deep dive into the nutritional needs during pregnancy, chest/breastfeeding, and the postpartum period, focusing on evidence-based best practices. We'll cover key topics such as macro and micronutrient balance, managing special conditions like gestational diabetes, and infant nutrition basics. Attendees will be engaged with case studies and further resources to support their participants, clients or patients. Designed for perinatal professionals and helping peers, this webinar offers an up-to-date and inclusive approach to offer best-practice perinatal nutrition support. 

      • An In-depth Overview of Nutrition's Role in the Perinatal Period
      • Exploring the Role of Dietitians in Perinatal Care
      • Comprehensive Guide to Nutritional Needs Before, During, and After Pregnancy
      • Addressing Special Dietary Considerations: Morning Sickness, Gestational Diabetes, Food Allergies and Intolerances, Plant-Based Diets
      • Consideration and Selection of Nutritional Supplements
      • Essentials of Infant Nutrition: Chest/Breastfeeding and Formula, Managing Allergies and Intolerances, Introduction to Solids
      • Navigating Food Accessibility Challenges: Considerations for Infant Formula, Baby Food, and Supplements
      • Case Studies: Real-World Applications and Outcomes
      • Concluding Remarks and Additional Resources

      Amy Chow (She/Her), Registered Dietitian, Founder of Chow Down Nutrition & Find BC Dietitians Inc.

      Amy is a Registered Dietitian with a focus on pediatric nutrition, food allergy management, and eating disorder recovery. She respectfully acknowledges her practice on the traditional lands of the q̓ʷɑ:n̓ƛ̓ən̓ (Kwantlen), q̓ic̓əy̓ (Katzie), Máthxwi (Matsqui), and Se'mya'me (Semiahmoo) First Nations. Practicing as a dietitian in British Columbia since 2011, she has honed her skills in diverse clinical settings, including BC Children's Hospital and Healthlink BC.  As a SOS trained feeding therapist and a mother to an adventurous 8-year-old, Amy brings a unique blend of professional knowledge and real-life experience. Her passion lies in empowering families with confidence in nutrition and reinstating the joy of eating.  As the founder of Find BC Dietitians, she is committed to connect individuals with nutrition experts and to promote evidence-based and harm reduction nutrition messaging across healthcare professionals.





      Lillian Yin (She/Her), Registered Dietitian, MPH Candidate, Health Promoter, Certified Diabetes Educator

      Lillian is a registered dietitian, certified diabetes educator, health promoter, food advocate and a humble settler on the lands of the Coast Salish Peoples including the lands of the  kʷikʷəƛ̓əm (Kwikwetlem), xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish) and səlil̓wətaʔɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) peoples. She is currently working towards a Master’s in Public Health at Johns Hopkins University. In her practice at Vancouver Coastal Health’s Youth Pregnancy and Parenting Program for the previous four years and now in her private practice, she takes a client-led approach, focusing on strengths, identifying barriers, cultural safety, and trauma-informed, compassionate support. She is grateful to walk alongside so many transformative perinatal journeys. 

      • March 05, 2025
      • Recorded Video
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      You will have access to the video as soon as you register.

      This recorded video will be available until March 5 2025. 


      This recorded video is a conversation with MCFD about the improving approaches to supporting people, including a better understanding of the supportive, trauma and violence informed approach/practice that the MCFD is embracing. Increased collaboration with community partners helps us achieve better outcomes for pregnant people, infants, children, youth and families.

      Presenter:

      Kerry Shinners, Director of Practice, MCFD


      Originally from Montreal, Kerry completed two undergraduate degrees at the University of Ottawa and started her career “aiding children” at the Hastings County Children Aid Society in Ontario in 1992, with no knowledge of the world of child protection.  In 1996 following the Gove Inquiry, Kerry headed west, to Quesnel and has worked in the North ever since. Earning a BSW from University of Victoria in 1997 and working in various MCFD positions and offices across the North has supported a well-rounded experience and continued passion for her work. Kerry values collaboration and partnership in this hard and heart work.


      • May 30, 2025
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      You will have access to the video as soon as you register.

      This recorded video will be available until May 30 2025. 


      This recorded video will use case examples to illustrate how diverse approaches to ethics (feminist, intersectional, narrative and relational approaches) can help in supporting patients at the intersection of perinatal care and substance use care to help advance justice, equity, diversity and inclusion.

      Learning objectives, by the end of this session we will:

      • Expand our understanding of what ethics means and why it is important in our practice.
      • Identify key ethical considerations related to perinatal substance use services and care.
      • Increase our ability to apply an anti-oppression ethics lens to our practice.
      Presenter: 

      Alexandra Olmos Pérez, LL.B, MSc, PhD (she/her)  Ethicist, PHSA Ethics Service 

      Ale is a healthcare ethicists at PHSA, where she provides consultation for teams, patients and families. She is originally from Mexico City, where she completed her education. She has a Law Degree, a Master's degree in Science, specifically in the area of Bioethics, and a PhD also in Bioethics from the National University of Mexico, UNAM. Ale is passionate about anti-oppression work and education, and tries to incorporate that lens into her daily practice. Before coming to Canada, Ale worked for the National Human Rights Commission in Mexico and the National Bioethics Commission. She also taught Bioethics, Law and Human Rights theory in various private and public academic institutions.



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