"Birthing Resources Fair 2013 and Quintessence Breastfeeding Count"

Posted On: 2013-10-06 00:10:03 UTC

On Saturday, October 5th, the Comox Valley Doulas, VIHA Public Health and Vancouver Island Regional Library co-hosted a successful Global Quintessence Breastfeeding Count event and Birthing Resources Fair at the Public Health center, in Courtenay. At 11:00 AM sharp, twenty two mothers and infants bonded in blissful breastfeeding moments and were counted for this global event designed to bring awareness to the benefits of breastfeeding.

About thirty families attended in total, enjoying various demonstrations including “Baby massage” with Kirsten Werner from Cumberland Therapeutic massage, an interactive “Story time” with Mary from Vancouver Island Regional Library, and an introduction to home birthing by Plum midwifery with Emma Gledhill. Attendants had the opportunity to meet these and other birthing related supports in our community.

The Comox Valley Doulas wish to thank their community partners Healthy Babies, La Leche League, Public Health Nurses, Options Pregnancy Care Center, Birth Tides Midwifery and Plum Midwifery, along with Baby Talk, and the Wachiay Friendship Center for supporting mothers and families with various birthing and parenting related services.

Over 16 attendees won a variety of donated door prizes geared toward expecting and young families, including gift certificates and products from local businesses. Thanks to Podlings, Laughing Oyster bookstore and several doulas for your generous donations of gifts, and special thanks to Thrifty’s for delicious cookies and Starbucks for a mega tub of coffee!

To learn more about The Comox Valley Doulas and their community partners, visit Comox Valley Doulas facebook page or website at www.comoxvalleydoulas.com. To learn more about the Global Quintessence Breastfeeding counts, see http://www.babyfriendly.ca/ or VIHA’s http://www.viha.ca/children/baby_and_you/breastfeeding_nutrition.htm.

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