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    • May 14, 2024
    • May 15, 2024
    • 2 sessions
    • Westin Wall Centre, Richmond BC
    • 30

    This two-day conference will feature speakers on current perinatal topics from pregnancy through early parenting. 

    Get your ticket today!

    Interested in registering groups of 4 or more? 

    Please contact Jenna for a discounted group rate at


    with Erin Fulton RN, BScN, IBCLC, MSN

    This session will provide perinatal professionals and helping peers who support lactating people with the basic knowledge and understanding of the properties and health benefits of chest/breastfeeding, as well as, demonstrating effective and sensitive counselling skills.  Understanding how lactating bodies are designed and how to use effective counselling skills will enhance therapeutic relationships and the outcomes of our families and their infant feeding journeys.

    Click here to read our Conference Program

    You asked for more networking opportunities at the conference…you got it!  With Perinatal Services BC's (PSBC) gracious sponsorship, we are excited to present our first-ever Networking Reception the afternoon prior to BCAPOP ‘s 25th Annual Perinatal Conference on Monday, May 13th from 4:30 – 6:30pm. 

    Conference registrants are invited to join us anytime during the reception for an assortment of delicious canapes and to try our signature alcohol-free refresher beverage that will be served in the Airport Ballroom lobby.  The PSBC team will be on-site with exciting resources, updates and a chance to hear about their latest projects.  In the tradition of all BCAPOP events, there will also be fantastic prizes to be won!  

    Pre-registration for the conference will be available during the reception, so it’s the perfect opportunity to pick up your conference package, re-connect with previous acquaintances and meet new attendees.  We cannot wait to see you there!

    We are pleased to offer a safe space for everyone by offering this alcohol-free event.  All registrants will be offered a list of local harm reduction resources for those who wish to access them.

    Conference Reception Sponsor:

    We are grateful to our sponsors for supporting BCAPOP's 25th Annual Perinatal Conference.





    We have a number of sponsorship opportunities still available! Learn more about the sponsorship opportunities at our 25th annual BCAPOP Conference by clicking here

    You are responsible for your own travel expenses and/or hotel accommodations, which are not included in your ticket price.

    The Westin Wall Centre, Vancouver Airport in Richmond, BC.

    If you want to speak to guest services at the Westin directly to make your reservations, please email or call the hotel at 604-331-6565.

    We will be providing a continental breakfast & lunch as well as plenty of coffee/tea & snacks during the morning & afternoon breaks

    We are so excited to announce our 25th Annual BCAPOP Conference Exhibitors!  Please click on the logo's below to view our exhibitors website.







    This conference is for perinatal professionals and helping peers:  pregnancy outreach workers, nurses, physicians, child welfare workers, family support workers, social workers, health/social service students, outreach workers, shelter workers, detox workers, treatment centre workers, midwives, doulas, birth workers, child birth educators, peer support workers and anyone else who supports perinatal people.


    Substitutions are permitted, please email for any substitutions!  

    Registration is not complete until payment is received.


    Registrations between August 1st 2023 - April 15th 2024  

    Payment on pending registrations must be received within 30 days of registration and at least 30 days prior to the event; otherwise pending registration will be cancelled. 

    Reminder: Only individuals listed under a member profile are eligible to receive member pricing. You must be logged in to your BCAPOP account BEFORE REGISTERING for a paid event in order to receive discounted member pricing, as pricing cannot be adjusted after registration. Member accounts must be in good standing to receive discounted member pricing.

    • May 17, 2024
    • June 07, 2024
    • 4 sessions
    • Live/Online (Zoom)
    • 21

    Are you looking for an opportunity to make a lifelong difference in the health of your community? A well-informed, client-centered supporter has the potential to influence the initiation, exclusivity and duration of chest/breastfeeding. Acquire practical skills to share with families on their chest/breastfeeding journey where learning and practice build confidence.

    • Set the scene for success – key prenatal information and preparation
    •  Starting strong – early initiation of chest/breastfeeding, skin-to-skin care and hand expression
    • Support self-efficacy – effective positioning, latching and thriving
    • Staying out of trouble - early challenges, feeding difficulties, how to manage low and abundant supply

    Participants must attend online/live (classes will not be recorded). Only participants with full attendance will receive a Certificate of Completion for 10.75 hours of education.

    Registration is limited to 30 people. 

    Who should attend?

    Professionals and helping peers who support pregnant, postpartum & newly parenting people.

    Facilitated byMarianne BrophyIBCLC

     Marianne Brophy is a lactation consultant (IBCLC, 1990) working with breastfeeding families, peer supporters, doulas, and health care professionals. She has a private practice and facilitates a busy family resource centre-based breastfeeding and postpartum group. She is the recipient of the 2017 Catalyst of Change Award from the BC Association of Family Resource Programs.

    She is a part-time instructor in the UBC Faculty of Medicine Midwifery Program. She is co-author of Breastfeeding: Making a Difference Courses for Health Professionals and “train the trainer” courses for clinical educators in Canada. She taught the breastfeeding component for the BC Aboriginal Doula Pilot Program.

    As a Baby-Friendly Initiative Consultant and Lead Assessor, Marianne supports systems level transformation and the implementation of evidence-based best practice. She leads hospital and community health facility Baby Friendly Initiative (BFI) accreditation teams nationally, and is a past chair of the board of the Breastfeeding Committee for Canada (BCC) and representative to the WHO/UNICEF Network for Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative (BFHI) Coordinators in Industrialized Countries.

    Marianne’s passion is providing accessible information to enhance confidence and self- efficacy in breastfeeding women and their care providers, thus promoting optimal breastfeeding and health outcomes for all families.

    Payment Deadline
    Due to limited space availability, payment must be received at the time of registration; otherwise, your pending registration will be cancelled.  If credit card payments create a barrier for access this educational opportunity, please email for alternative arranngements. 

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    • May 22, 2024
    • 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Zoom

    This interactive session 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.

    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.

    • July 31, 2024

    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.


    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

    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.


    Ammy Kaur, Maternal Child Health Worker

    • July 31, 2024

    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.


    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

    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

    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 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.


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

    • March 05, 2025

    You will have access to the video as soon as you register.

    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
    • 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Recorded Video

    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.


    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.

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