Tucson Natural Birth and Baby Fest, Tucson Baby Fair

The fourth annual Natural Birth and Baby Fest is Tucson's go-to event for all things pregnancy, birth, babies, and postpartum. 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 and there are hundreds of dollars worth of raffle prizes and giveaways. 


This is a family- and baby-friendly event with entertainment for young children throughout the day, food trucks, snacks, and more. Tucson's Natural Birth and Baby Fest is free and open to all but is perfect for new and expectant families or those considering starting one. 

Where is this place?
Tucson Waldorf School is at 3605 E. River Road in Tucson. It is on the north side of River Road, east of the intersection with Alvernon Way. Entrances to school campus and event are off Sutton Lane, which is on the west side of the school.

What's the parking situation?
There will be free parking lots and off-street parking available. You'll find parking lots and street parking on Sutton Lane (west of the school). 

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 Tucson birth worker community, including the following people and organizations, who helped bring together this year's event successfully. 


A La Carte Rentals

Ashley Garrett - Mother Doula

Shelby Abramson, RN IBCLC

Vanessa Wingerath of The Wildrose Project



Join us Saturday, November 10th, 2018

Doors open 10:00am - 3:00pm

at Tucson Waldorf School

3605 E. River Rd. Tucson, AZ 85718

Come explore, learn, and play at these free presentations and demos. All presentations are baby- and toddler-friendly!


Comfort Touch for Labor
presented by 
Penny Bussell Stansfield

11:00am - 11:45am

Room 7
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, "shake the apple tree", and a hand massage. Learn more about a rebozo and a TENS unit too. Hands-on practice will be included!



Fear, Unresolved Grief, & Trauma: How they Impact Your Pregnancy, Birth, & Parenting & Ways to Bring about Healing
presented by Beth J.Keil of Hypnosis for Life Break Throughs
11:00am - 11:45am

Room 8
Whatever you do, your past experiences, feelings, and what you’ve learned come along with you. When it comes to pregnancy and birth fears, unresolved grief and trauma can turn-up; affecting your birth and your postpartum experience. Learn from a former Labor & Delivery Nurse, Board Certified Hypnotherapist, and current HypnoBirthing Practitioner what the impact can be and ways to bring about healing so you experience the positive birth and postpartum period you deserve!



Cloth Diapering 101

presented by Ileana and Charles Swanson of Sun Sprout Cloth Diaper Service

12:00pm - 12:45pm

Room 7

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.



Wait, No One Told Me There’s a 4th Trimester!

presented by Rhonda Anderson, CLD, CBEd and Judy Vastine RNC-OB, IBCLC, RLC,

of Tucson Postpartum Depression Coalition

12:00pm - 12:45pm

Room 8

There is, and it’s a time of tremendous growth and change for everyone. Join us in this interactive workshop to learn what the 4th Trimester is all about. There isn’t a lot we control around birth...but we’ll help you figure out what you might have some control over, how to make the best of that knowledge, and what tools you can use for an optimal 4th Trimester.



Nitrous Oxide in Labor
presented by Tricia Nast, CNM and Becky Rivera, CNM at Desert Blossom Women's Care
1:00pm - 1:45pm

Room 8
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.



Bengkung Belly Binding for Parents and Professionals
presented by Carolyn Reece of The Barefoot Momma 
2:00pm - 2:45pm

Room 8

Join a certified postpartum doula and Bengkung trainer to learn the benefits and how-tos of postpartum Bengkung belly wrapping. This mini-workshop provides basic hands-on learning of proper wrapping to support the body postpartum in rehabilitating the pelvic floor. Bengkung is the hug each postpartum momma deserves. 

For 2018, these local vendors were on hand to help navigate services and products available to new and expectant families. 


Wisdom Within Empowering Childbirth Preparation

Tucson Waldorf School

Sun Sprout Diaper Service
Tucson Doulas
University of Arizona Child Cognition Lab
Tucson Placenta Encapsulation
ICAN of Tucson
Astral Mamma
Penny Bussell Doula Trainings
Mother Doula LLC
Sharon Hodges-Rust LM, CPM
El Rio Health - Midwifery, Family Practice, & Birth Center
Tucson Style Hive - LuLaRoe with Serena McRae

La Leche League of Tucson
Diaper Bank of Southern Arizona
Hypnosis for Life Break Throughs

Tucson Postpartum Depression Coalition
Desert Bloom Doula, LLC
Heart whisperer consulting 

Om Yoga Tucson

Roots to Bloom Prenatal Massage

doTerra Essential Oils

The Night Before My Birthday Book

Kate Sage, NMD

Barrio Bodywork

Tucson Babywearers

The Barefoot Momma

Bodycentral Physical Therapy

Arizona's Tiny Thinkers

TMC Breastfeeding Support Program

Kins & Kay

Sacred Sprouts

Nurse-Family Partnership

Jen's Organic Home & Baby

Kindermusik at Sing With Nancy

Tompkins Family Chiropractic

Matilda Jane Clothing


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 elizabeth@wisdomwithinbirth.com or call (520)891-5417.

Tucson Natural Birth and Baby Fest, Tucson Baby Fair

The raffle drawing will take place at 2:30 pm at the raffle table, which is located on the west side of the stables.

These generous organizations will all have fabulous items represented. Stop by and see what you could win!


Astral Mamma
Hypnosis for Life Break Throughs
Penny Bussell Doula
Trainings
Heart whisperer consulting
Kate Sage, NMD
Mother Doula LLC
Oat Mama
The Night Before My Birthday Book
Desert Bloom Doula, LLC
Tucson Placenta Encapsulation
Tiny Treasures Consignment
Sun Sprout Diaper Service
Moo and Cookies
DoTerra Essential Oils
Children's Museum of Tucson
Diaper Bank of Southern Arizona
Tucson Style Hive
Children's Museum of Tucson
Tucson Postpartum Depression Coalition
TMC Breastfeeding Support Program
The Barefoot Monma
Indigo Willow Breastmilk Jewelry
Nurse-Family Partnership
Barrio Bodywork
Desert Blossom Women's Care
Jen's Organic Home & Baby
MotherLove Herbal Company

Tompkins Family Chiropractic

​Matilda Jane Clothing


Planned activities for 2018 include:


Open play areas for toddlers and preschoolers

Toddlers and preschoolers are welcome to explore Tucson Waldorf School's unique and fun Quail's Nest Room, which is perfectly designed for little people and their unique developmental needs. Lap games and interactive activities will take place throughout the event. Parent supervision is required in the Quail's Nest Room.

located in the classrooms at the north end of the event (behind the Tucson Waldorf School tent)
10:00am - 3:00pm  


Breath: An Experience for the Very Young

presented by Parachute Theatre for the Very Young

A performance about change, flight, and growth, Breath transports you and your baby to another world. Breath is a nurturing sensory experience for pre-crawling babies and their caregivers inspired by stories of airplanes. Join us for this one-of-a-kind performance made to be a shared artistic experience for you and your baby. Wonderful and full of wonder, this experience is calming and serene.

located in the presentation rooms, Room 7

10:15am - 10:45pm 


Prenatal yoga
presented by Vanessa Wingerath of The Wildrose Project 
This yoga class is designed specifically for pregnant people. It will include breathing exercises, gentle yoga postures appropriate for each trimester and close with a deep relaxation and gentle reiki touch. Yoga during pregnancy can help you relax, reduce stress, and ease discomfort often associated with pregnancy. Building strength through yoga can help pregnant people prepare for an easier and more comfortable labor and delivery. And best of all, yoga can help you connect with your growing baby and other parents-to-be. This class is open to all levels of experience - even brand new beginners! Please bring a yoga mat with you if you have one.
located in the activity room, Room 6
10:30am - 11:30am


Kindermusik class
presented by Sing with Nancy
Kindermusik is the world’s leading provider of music-based education for children from birth through age seven. We use the power and joy of music-making to help children learn and grow during the years most critical to brain development. Join Nancy for a modified Kindermusik class involving singing, dancing, and plenty of fun!
located in the courtyard activity tent
10:45am - 11:15am


The Night Before My Birthday Book storytime and activity

presented by the author, Joni Rubinstein

"The moon will soon rise, and the sun has just set, But it’s still not my birthday yet..."
Enjoy this magical children's 
poem read interactively by author Joni Rubinstein. It captures the feelings felt by children as they are tucked into bed with dreams of waking up a brand new age. The Night Before My Birthday Book can become a cherished and anticipated tradition for years to come.

located in the courtyard activity tent

11:30am - 12:15pm


Baby Love Group

presented by El Rio Health - Midwifery, Family Practice, & Birth Center

Parents and caregivers are invited to bring their infants (newborn to crawling-stage) to The Birth Center’s Baby Love Group. The facilitated discussion is a resource for support and information in the transition to parenting; with a focus on socializing, peer support, and education. Topics often include newborn sleep, breastfeeding, baby-led weaning, baby-wearing, and more! This is an open format group and you are welcome to come and go when you need to.

located in the activity room, Room 6

12:30pm - 2:30pm


Kindermusik class

presented by Sing with Nancy

Kindermusik is the world’s leading provider of music-based education for children from birth through age seven. We use the power and joy of music-making to help children learn and grow during the years most critical to brain development. Join Nancy for a modified Kindermusik class involving singing, dancing, and plenty of fun!

located in the courtyard activity tent

12:30pm - 1:00pm


Babywearing Lending Library

presented by Tucson Babywearers

This Lending Library is an opportunity for anyone to try this group's 50+ various baby carriers and/or bring your own carrier and get tips from their experienced Volunteer Babywearing Educators (no need to be a member to do this). Members of the group can take home and borrow one of their carriers for a month until the next Lending Library. New members are always welcome at the cost of $30 per year (cash only at this time please).

located in the presentation rooms, Room 7

1:00pm - 3:00pm


Raffle winners drawn

Win one (or more) of many fabulous prizes or packages donated by generous local businesses and vendors. 

located at the raffle table, at the west end of the stables

Tickets will be sold throughout the event and winners will be drawn at 2:30pm


Rest stop and diaper changing station
sponsored by Sun Sprout Cloth Diaper Service

Enjoy a safe, convenient space to change your baby's diaper, nurse your little one, or simply rest as you need to while at the Natural Birth and Baby Fest.
located in the courtyard near the vendors
10:00am - 3:00pm


Demonstrations of various baby products at vendor booths
located in the courtyard and vendor tents
10:00am - 3:00pm

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 (hello, partners and grandparents!). 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 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. This event is all about showcasing the many different options and resources available to Tucson families.


We truly support all families, all choices, and all types of births and parenting! 


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!


Will there be food? 

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 FoodTruck.