Shaping Parenthood - Ten Oaks Project

Shaping Parenthood

After months of dreaming, planning, and collecting feedback from our communities, we are partnering with Kind and launching a new project called Shaping Parenthood, a discussion group for 2SLGBTQ+ communities in Ottawa to explore and reflect on the possibilities, challenges, and appreciation of queering family-making and child-raising!

Our hope is to support reflection and connection to resources for both the planning (“how to…”) and puzzling (“how come…”) aspects of parenting and building family which reflects people’s values while exploring the intersections of parenting and social justice.

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On the second Wednesday of each month, Shaping Parenthood will be meeting at 25One Community (251 Bank Street, Floor 2, Ottawa, ON) to talk, connect, share, and learn about a specific topic related to shaping 2SLGBTQ+ families. Unless otherwise specified, meetings are open to everyone and run from 6:30-8:30 PM.

June 12, 2019 – Doing it For OurSelves: Queering DIY Conception

Thinking of getting pregnant and want to try the DIY route? This workshop is for you! Learn about predicting ovulation, maximizing fertility, and hear from others who’ve been successful in conceiving through DIY methods. This workshop will centre 2SLGBTQ+ home experiences of conception.

July 10, 2019 – Into the Wild: Navigating Assisted Reproduction

Navigating assisted reproduction can be a daunting and overwhelming experience! Whether that’s selecting donor sperm and choosing intrauterine insemination or in vitro fertilization, or seeking care for fertility preservation before, during, or after transition, there are a lot of questions and challenges along the way. Join our panel of Ottawa folks who will share their experiences navigating towards parenthood.

August 14, 2019 – Lean on Me: Exploring and Navigating Surrogacy Supports

On the path to parenthood, some parents-to-be will need an egg donor and gestational carrier. This workshop will focus on how to access surrogacy supports in Ottawa and internationally, and will feature a panel who have explored this path to parenthood.