Schedule

We have an excellent line-up of professionals speaking about topics for mom’s health and self-care.

The Main Mom Event is a drop-in event (not a full-day event) so plan your event experience based on the speaker(s) you would like to see. 

10:15 AM 

Maternal Mental Health – Dr. Zoe Sehn

11:15 AM 

Postpartum Body & Pelvic Health – Melissa Dessaulles

12:15 PM

Communication Skills – Kirsten Siggins

1:15 PM

Panel Discussion – The Many Facets of Modern Motherhood

2:15 PM

Nutritional Health – Sandra Thies

3:15 PM

Sex & Parenting – Lucy Snider

View the presentation topics and speaker bios below: 

Schedule

We have an excellent line-up of professionals speaking about topics for mom’s health and self-care.

The Main Mom Event is a drop-in event (not a full-day event) so plan your event experience based on the speaker(s) you would like to see. 

10:15 AM

Maternal Mental Health – Dr. Zoe Sehn

11:15 AM

Postpartum Body & Pelvic Health – Melissa Dessaulles

12:15 PM

Communication Skills – Kirsten Siggins

1:15 PM

Panel Discussion – The Many Facets of Modern Motherhood

2:15 PM

Nutritional Health – Sandra Thies

3:15 PM

Sex & Parenting – Lucy Snider

Speakers & Topics

Topic

Maternal Mental Health

‘Work like you don’t have children and parent like you don’t have a job’: an exploration of the current state of maternal mental health.

This presentation will explore the diverse and often competing demands on mothers in a post-pandemic Western culture. We will discuss how social issues have been misunderstood as issues of mental health while also providing an overview of the most common maternal mental health concerns from pregnancy through parenting adult children. Strategies to support and improve women’s mental health and well-being will be offered. 

Speaker

Dr. Zoe Sehn, RCC, CCC

Dr. Zoë Sehn holds a PhD in Counselling and Psychotherapy. She is a Registered Clinical Counsellor, a Canadian Certified Counsellor, and a maternal mental health specialist. She is also a mother to two small children.

Her business, Hopeful Pathways Counselling, is a mental health service dedicated to all aspects of creating families, which emerged from her own experiences and an inability to find the support she needed. 

Topic

Postpartum Body & pelvic Health

Have questions about your postpartum body and pelvic floor? Join Melissa as she explains, normalizes, and dispels myths about five common symptoms after baby; incontinence, prolapse, diastasis, pain with sex and a body that feels foreign. 

Speaker

Melissa Dessaulles, Physical Therapist

With 15+ years experience as a physiotherapist, Melissa’s mission is to help clients adopt a proactive approach to their pelvic health so they can feel empowered as they weather the changes that come with aging, pregnancy, childbirth, menopause and living an active lifestyle.

Host of the pelvic floor project podcast.

Topic

Communication Skills

Ready to end power struggles? Want to cultivate an easier and more connected relationship with your children and/or partners? Learn the fastest and easiest way to stay calm and connected in emotional or challenging situations so you can deepen connections and turn your blind spots into strengths.

Speaker

Kirsten Siggins, Certified Executive Coach

Kirsten helps parents, professionals, and teams confidently have the conversations they want to have and feel awesome about it. It’s not easy to have a difficult or uncomfortable conversation at work or home. Whether you’re trying to get your point across in an argument or having a hard time asking for what you want, our unique, proven, conversation framework ensures you stay calm, confident, curious, and connected no matter what life throws at you. Our Curiosity Skills ensure you never feel powerless or uncertain in a conversation again. With her mom, Kirsten is co-founder of the Institute Of Curiosity, Certified Executive Coach, TEDx Speaker, and co-author of Amazon’s best-selling book The Power Of Curiosity: How to Have Real Conversations That Create Collaboration, Innovation, and Understanding.

Topic

Nutritional Health

Are you always wondering what you should or shouldn’t be eating? Are you one to jump on the next food trend and find yourself overwhelmed with the amount of nutrition information out there?

Join Sandra as she dives into women’s health, digestive & hormone health, and some simple tips and tricks to bring the pleasure back to eating again!

Speaker

Sandra Thies, Registered Dietician

As a Registered Dietitian, Sandra works with women to help them gain confidence in their nutrition and feel good in their bodies. She helps her clients build healthy and sustainable habits for the whole family, in a realistic and doable way. Sandra takes the ‘guessing game’ out of nutrition and will work with you to find strategies that work for you. She focuses on digestive health, perinatal nutrition, intuitive eating, and general women’s health.

Topic

Sex and Parenting

Join Lucy for a journey navigating through the stages of parenting and maintaining (or not!) sexual intimacy in your relationship. This presentation will look at sexual intimacy during conception, pregnancy, post-partum, and into parenthood.

Explore the emotional impact of becoming a parent and how this might influence your relationship with sex, intimacy, your body, and your partner. Learn and bust myths about sex, while understanding that how you feel is very common and normal. Leave the presentation with advice and tools for introducing sexual intimacy back into your relationship.

Speaker

Lucy Snider, Sex & Relationship Psychotherapist

Lucy Snider is an experienced Psychosexual and Relationship Psychotherapist and Sexual Health Educator. Lucy specializes in helping couples and individuals who are experiencing relationship or sexual difficulties by providing a safe, non-judgmental space to freely explore these sensitive issues as well as practical help and advice to overcome the problems. 

She can provide treatment for sexual dysfunction where no organic cause can be found and is experienced with helping people explore their sexual and gender identity. She is an approved hormone and surgical assessor for TransCareBC.

Check out her podcast about sex and relationships called Naked Exchange which you can find on most streaming platforms.

Topic

Panel Discussion: The Many Facets of Modern Motherhood

Bringing the conversation of motherhood off-line, this panel discussion will showcase a few mothers balancing parenting and working (paid or not paid) in different ways.

Creating a safe, non-judgmental space, the conversation is geared at providing a space to learn, relate, and hopefully alleviate some of that mom guilt.  

Speaker

A Variety of Okanagan Moms