Special Workshops

2018 Workshop Information

Yoga: Mindful Movement for Mental and Physical Calm

Presented by Cheryl Urbanczyk

Saturday, 11:00 AM – 11:45 AM, Gemini Room West

Yoga is for everybody and everybody! Come to find out how and why.

This workshop will have a short introduction describing yoga and its benefits, followed by a breathing and gentle movement practice. All ages and fitness levels welcome to share an experience of body-mind connection and self-acceptance.

Hormones: Regaining Control

Presented by Zainab Farahmand

Saturday, 2:00 PM – 2:45 PM, Gemini Room West

Women are amazing, their bodies even much so! One of the major concerns with women’s healthcare is the lack of effort put into understanding how our body responds to hormones and subsequently the treatment of these imbalances. A study published a few years ago cited that although women do seek medical attention more than men, they are often brushed off; their concerns are not taken as seriously as males. Put these two together and you have a big problem going on- the amount of unnecessary pain and confusion could easily be eliminated for most women.

Hormones affect so much – and often times when we have no other explanation for our symptoms we blame them. Mood, energy, fatigue, migraines, poor sleep, anger, frustration, body aches and pains, breast tenderness, PMS, periods- all this and so much more we blame on our hormones- and more often then not they are to blame. Symptoms of a hormone imbalance can be mild and some so debilitating that it affects our ability to functions. It does not have to be this way and it is time to take your hormones back into your own control.

This workshop will help provide you with the tools necessary to figure out when your hormones are out of balance and what to do to best support your them- and most importantly when to seek help for more specific treatment and understanding what is going on.

Prenatal and Postnatal Maternal Mental Health

Presented by Raniya Syed

Saturday, 3:00 PM – 3:45 PM, Gemini Room West

It’s just as important to look after your mental health and well-being as it is to look after your physical health. This is even more pertinent for women pre- and post-natally given the many emotional, physiological, relational, and situational changes that big life events like pregnancy and a new baby bring about. Being in a healthy place mentally puts mothers and new-moms-to-be in a better position to manage these challenges.

In this workshop, we’ll learn some of the ways maternal mental health effects and is affected by pregnancy in addition to exploring diverse self-care strategies and techniques. We’ll also create a safe space where women can share their personal stories and feel validated in their unique experiences related to mental health, pregnancy, and motherhood.

Choice vs. Consent: Do You Really Have a Say?

Presented by Salimah Moffet

Saturday, 4:00 PM – 4:45 PM, Gemini Room West

Pregnancy and birth are one of the most significant times in a woman’s life. The birth experience is one that lasts for a lifetime and can potentially affect the way a mother perceives her role as a new parent and in turn her interaction with her family. When women feel engaged with their pregnancy and birth, they tend to have a positive outlook on their postpartum experience.

Health equity plays an important role in the choices that women make and the experiences that they have during pregnancy and the postpartum period which can have a positive or negative impact on their perceived birth experience.