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Old 11-26-2008, 12:56 PM   #1
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Nurse-In At Queen's Park in Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Toronto-area mamas-I am helping to spread the word for this (even though I live in CA ) I am also posting in the Current Events Forum.

Dr. Newman's clinic has been a fantastic resource for me and he helps so many women and babies!

Cynthia

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"Breast is Best". That's what they tell us, yet what is our government
doing to provide the best start in life to it's newest citizens?

Right now in Toronto, The Newman Breastfeeding Clinic & Institute,
considered a world leader in breastfeeding education research and
support, is pleading for donations. Because with out new funding, the
Clinic is in serious danger of closing down. NBCI helps over 2500
mothers every year, and is place of last resort for mothers who aren't
able to find help from other clinics or from private lactation
consultants, doctors, or public health nurses.

Though hundreds of people have written our Government in the past,
voicing their concerns over the lack of support available to
breastfeeding mothers, their letters have been answered with empty
words and even emptier promises. In September of this year we wrote a
letter to the Government of Ontario telling them that their so called
"support" is seriously lacking and asking them what initiatives are
being developed by the Ministry of Health to address breastfeeding
support and education and also, the time lines for those initiatives
to be implemented. We asked everyone to please send a copy of this
letter to their local MP, and to the Minister of Health.

...and those letters are working!

We have organized a quiet Breastfeeding Rally at Queen's Park For
December 3rd. We are working with and have the support of the NDP
party. NDP Member France Gelinas has organized a press conference that
day at 10am, followed by the Question period in Parliament at 10:30 am
where Ms Gelinas will call for a provincial breastfeeding strategy and
encouraging the government to support hospitals going baby friendly.
It is during this Question period that the Nurse-In will take place in
the Viewing Gallery. Please note: This Rally is a quiet show of
support, as formal protests are not allowed within the buildings, so
we ask that no one bring signs, placards or banners. We are hoping to
fill the viewing gallery and NEED a huge turn out, so Please spread
the word- this is an opportunity to make history!!! And if you are
planning on coming to the GTA to do some Holiday shopping.... you may
want to consider the first week of December!!

Please RSVP to Helen or Dani by December 1st, as spaces in the viewing
gallery are limited and the NDP are asking anyone wishing to
participate to add their names to the list of guests as they will have
to go to the security desk to give their names in order to get in.

For a copy of the original letter to our Government, and updates on
our progress, please go to:

www.naturalmothering.ca

or contact:

dani@naturalmotheri ng.ca
or
helen@naturalmother ing.ca
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