Planned activities for 2017 include:
On-site henna artwork done by Tucson Henna
10:00am - 2:00pm
Lending Library of baby carriers presented by Babywearing International of Tucson
10:00am - 2:00pm
Open playgrounds and other play areas for toddlers and preschoolers
10:00am - 2:00pm
Demonstrations of various baby products at vendor booths
10:00am - 2:00pm
Storytime for Baby presented by the Pima County Public Library
10:30am and 11:15am
with playtime in between
Baby and Me Yoga presented by Yoga Beginnings
Puppet plays presented by Tucson Waldorf School
The Night Before My Birthday Book storytime by the author, Joni Rubinstein
Various raffles and giveaways
And more - stay tuned for the exact schedule!
Who should attend the Natural Birth and Baby Fest?
This event is for anyone who is thinking about having a baby, expecting a baby, about to birth a baby, just had a baby, is feeding a baby, or supporting someone else who is. We also welcome people who just love talking about births and babies. And we especially love to see pregnant bellies, babies, and toddlers. After all - they're what this event is all about!
What does it cost to attend?
There is no entrance fee to attend the Fest. However, food, products, and services will all be available for purchase during the event. And don't forget to bring some spending money for raffles!
What if I'm not planning on or didn't have a "natural" birth or I'm not "crunchy"?
We call it a natural fest because many of our supporters, agencies, and attendees prefer a naturally-leaning birth experience or lifestyle. But even if you don't personally identify as granola-y, you'll still find useful information and a wide range of options represented at the Natural Birth and Baby Fest. It's all about showcasing a variety of options and resources available to Tucson families. We truly support all choices and types of births and parenting!
What's the parking situation?
There will be free parking lots and off-street parking available.
Will there be food? I am pregnant/nursing after all!
Yes, we've got you covered! There will be a variety of snacks and lunch options (vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, and non-GMO flexibility too!) available for purchase from EnjoyaBowls Food Truck and A Slice of Heaven.
Come explore, learn, and play at these free presentations and demos. All presentations are baby- and toddler-friendly! Check back soon for the complete schedule & room locations.
presented by the Volunteer Babywearing Educators at Babywearing International of Tucson
Come learn from nationally certified volunteer babywearing educators with Babywearing International of Tucson how to safely use at least 5 different types of baby carriers with newborns, infants, and/or toddlers. If you already have a baby carrier(s), feel free to bring it/them for assistance from our educators! And, of course, if you are a pro babywearer yourself, you are welcome to join the fun, as there will also be time for meeting other babywearers.
Storytime for Baby
presented by Meg Beer, Children's Librarian at Pima County Public Library
10:30am and 11:15am
Learn about the many ways you can nurture a strong foundation for reading in your baby, toddler, or preschooler while having fun together. Engaging stories, memorable songs, and lively activities plus a raffle drawing at 11:00!
Cloth Diapering 101
presented by Ileana and Charles Swanson of Sun Sprout Cloth Diaper Service
Cloth Diapering is finding new popularity as the environmental concerns of the production and disposal of single-use diapers is becoming evident. Sun Sprout would like to help you discover the myriad of alternatives available to you. You can choose Sun Sprout’s cloth diaper delivery service or opt for the many other possibilities available in stores and online. Cloth Diapering 101 will introduce you to the styles and folding methods that can get you started. You’ll be able to try out various diapers that will be on hand and have all of your cloth diapering questions answered.
Chiropractic Care in Pregnancy and Childhood: What's In It For You?
presented collaboratively by Dr. Michelle Switzer of Switzer Family Chiropractic and
Dr. Emil Tompkins of Tompkins Family Chiropractic
You probably know that chiropractic care can help relieve a hurt back, but how can it help you during pregnancy and early parenthood too? The benefits may surprise you! Come find out how this type of treatment may help you have a more comfortable pregnancy and an easier birth. Plus, we'll reveal how a chiropractor might be able to help your baby from infancy throughout childhood in a variety of ways.
Comfort Touch for Labor
presented by Penny Bussell Stansfield
This presentation will reveal tips and tricks from an experienced doula and massage therapist. Participants will learn some basic comfort measures for labor including effleurage, counter pressure, double hip squeeze, petrissage, and a hand massage. Hands-on practice will be included.
What's the Point in Getting Poked?
presented by Forever Able Wellness
Acupuncture can be used to balance energy flows throughout your body, which can be a helpful therapy to address emotional or physical needs and it can be especially useful for the special needs of pregnancy. In this presentation, you'll find out how acupuncture works, what you can expect, and how it could help you.
Nitrous Oxide in Labor
presented by Tricia Nast, CNM
Nitrous oxide (aka laughing gas) is a safe, simple alternative to epidurals and narcotics for pain management in labor and birth. It has been used in childbirth for decades in many parts of the world but is still rare in the United States. Luckily Tucson mothers now have the option to choose nitrous oxide in labor at St. Joseph's hospital. In this talk, Tricia Nast, Certified Nurse Midwife at St. Joseph's, will teach you everything you want to know about nitrous oxide. You'll learn about its risks and benefits, how its use in labor differs compared to other uses like dentistry, and hear Tucson women's experiences using nitrous oxide in their labor.
Baby and Me Yoga
presented by Calley Steel, Yoga Beginnings
Please bring a mat (if you have one) and your pre-walking babies for a gentle, baby-friendly yoga practice designed to promote bonding, relaxation, and gentle strengthening and stretching of postpartum bodies. Moms, dads, grandparents, and supporters are all welcome!
Now in its third year, the Natural Birth and Baby Fest has come to be known as Tucson's go-to event for all things pregnancy, birth, and babies. Dozens of local professionals and vendors will be available to offer support, answer questions, and showcase their products and services. Local experts will hold presentations and demos on topics of interest to pregnant people and families. This is a family- and baby-friendly event with entertainment for young children throughout the day, food trucks, snacks, and hundreds of dollars worth of raffle prizes and giveaways. Tucson's Natural Birth and Baby Fest free and open to all but is especially geared toward new and expectant families or those considering starting one.
The Natural Birth and Baby Fest 2017 is presented by
Wisdom Within - Empowering Childbirth Preparation and is hosted by Tucson Waldorf School.
Join us Saturday, November 11th, 2017
Doors open 10:00am - 2:00pm
at Tuscon Waldorf School
3605 E. River Rd. Tucson, AZ 85718
The Natural Birth and Baby Fest is presented and organized solely by Wisdom Within - Empowering Childbirth Preparation and is not associated with any other business or group. For additional questions or media inquiries, please contact Elizabeth Mendoza at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (520)891-5417.
More than 40 relevant local vendors will be on hand to help navigate services and products available to new and expectant families.
Vendors for 2017 include:
Wisdom Within - Empowering Childbirth Preparation
Tucson Waldorf School
Pima County Public Library
The Night Before My Birthday Book
Penny Bussell Stansfield
ICAN of Tucson
Tompkins Family Chiropractic
Forever Able Wellness
Mindful Hypnosis Center
Heartsounds: Mother and Infant Care
Jen's Organic Home & Baby
Pinch & Dash
Switzer Family Chiropractic
Wellness Key Chiropractic
Babywearing International of Tucson
Sun Sprout Cloth Diaper Service
Desert Bloom Doula Service
Sharon Hodges-Rust LM,CPM home birth midwife
Tucson Medical Center
Me Too Sessions
La Leche League of Tucson
Designs By Em, LLC
Jessica Alden Photography
The Barefoot Momma
El Rio Birth & Women's Health Center
Tricia Nast, CNM
Melon Head Beanies
Sacred Sprouts Cloth Diapers
University of Arizona Child Cognition Lab
Milk and Honey Specialized Breastfeeding and Postpartum Support Center
A Slice of Heaven
For vendor registration, please email Elizabeth at email@example.com.
The Natural Birth and Baby Fest would not be possible without an incredibly supportive community. We are so very grateful for the generosity of the following people and organizations.
Asa Lader - Nested Doula
Ashley Garrett - Mother Doula
Shelby Abramson, RN IBCLC
Skie Fortier, doula/photog
Stacy Post, doula