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   Annual General Meeting June 17th (Saturday) 10:30 - 12:00   (virtual)                                          

There is still time to register! 

This will be followed by our regular Board of Directors meeting from 10:30-12:00. This will be an opportunity to connect and learn about the issues and initiatives the BCLCA is working on. We are looking to elect a new Co-President and are also eager to welcome new members to the Board of Directors.
No need to make it in person! Join us online!

Register here to join the zoom meeting 

   Honouring Indigenous Women's and Family's Pregnancy Journeys- Recorded Presentation

A presentation of PSBCs new Indigenous Perinatal Practice Resource by Lucy Barney, Statlimx Nation, RN, BSN, MSN‎

This resource supports improved perinatal care, created by aunties, mothers, grandmothers, sisters and daughters. 

Date of Presentation: July 29, 2021

"The perinatal period—the period of pregnancy through labour and delivery and the early weeks after birth—is a sensitive time for all women and pregnant individuals. However, it is particularly challenging for Indigenous Peoples for whom discrimination, racism, dehumanizing interactions, and a loss of autonomy in the healthcare system are everyday experiences.(1)

This guide will raise awareness of these challenges and will assist healthcare providers to ensure clinical perinatal care is respectful and safe. Practice shifts must be undertaken at both the individual and organizational levels, in collaboration with Indigenous Peoples, recognizing and respecting their cultural needs, preferences and priorities." PSBC 2021

Link to recorded presentation  Passcode = tKr!4!8L 

Many thanks to Lucy for sharing her wisdom with us. 

   Prenatal Breastfeeding Classes (Virtual)    - no further classes planned in the immediate future

A Personalized Start to Your Feeding Journey is a new approach to prenatal breastfeeding classes.  BCLCA has designed a curriculum and format to support families in meeting their own goals.  This on-line prenatal breastfeeding series, consisting of 3 sessions, is a place where pregnant parents will have a chance to explore values, wishes and questions related to feeding in a safe, small group setting, guided by two international board certified lactation consultants (IBCLCs).  Next series is for parents in the Lower Mainland and starts April 11 at 3 p.m.  The format is virtual and consists of 3 sessions, future sessions to be held in other regions across B.C.

The full series will cost just 15 $CAD and with registration each participant will get:

  • a curated list of high quality, evidence based resources, including links to videos, infographics, patient handouts, sent prior to each session
  • a list of reflective questions inviting you to explore your heart/mind knowledge related to your goals and wishes for feeding your newborn
  • the opportunity to have discussion, guided by your learning goals, in a safe, respectful environment with two knowledgeable IBCLCs
  • a chance to connect with other parents in your region and build your support network, even during times of social distancing

Parents are invited to have their support person attend.

Participants will need the ability to download Zoom on your device and have a stable internet connection.

Cancelling registration will generate a credit and is available up to one week before the first session.

Questions about the program?  Contact us.

Ongoing events for BCLCA members:  

BCLCA Member’s Café - no cost for BCLCA Members!

This is a forum where members can:

-discuss topics that matter to members using our free, on-line, accessible computer platform

-connect around successes, challenges, issues, and opportunities, across the province

-decide how BCLCA can move forward issues

Notice for the events can be found via the BCLCA newsletter and the closed, members only Facebook group

(please email us if you have not already joined the FB group).

The cafés will be offered via computer using the online platform Zoom

If you have not yet used this platform, please download the software for free here.

We are always looking for topics of interest and members willing to co-lead a discussion.  

All members are invited to email Tina Revai, President, their ideas and suggestions.

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