Come explore, learn, and play at these free presentations and demos. All presentations are baby- and toddler-friendly!
Milk Supply: The Ups and Downs
presented byMama's Latte
What determines breastmilk supply? Do you have any control over it? How does your birth experience influence later milk supply? How do you know if you're making enough milk? Can you increase or reduce your supply? Feel confident in your knowledge about milk supply - and all of its ups and downs - after this presentation.
Options Around Birth: A Closer Look at Home Birth and Water Birth
presented byAmy Zenizo, LM
In this presentation, participants will talk about home birth and what is provided and expected from a midwife's perspective. Plus, explore ways to stay low-risk throughout pregnancy and birth, how to encourage a breech baby to turn, how to avoid a posterior birth, and the benefits of being in water during labor or birth. Hear about the experience of a home birth family and get your own questions answered.
Comfort Touch for Labor
presented by Penny Bussell
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.
Embracing Bliss After Childbirth
presented byAfterbirth Bliss
Participants in this talk will discover ways in which women can have a balanced mood through essential oils and placentophagy. Evidence for these practices will be explored, as well as demonstrations of helpful essential oils during the postpartum period.
Cloth Diapering 101
presented bySun 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.
5 Keys to a Stress-Free Mama
presented byWellness Key Chiropractic
Dr. Utash will talk about how stress can affect the health of both mom and baby. He'll cover the three "T's" of stress and five natural action steps to take control of your health, so you don't become a slave to it.
Mindfulness-Based Childbirth and Parenting
presented by Mindful Birth Tucson
Learn what mindfulness is, what it isn't, and the science behind it. This presentation is tailored to new families and how they can include mindful moments in their daily activities with their children. By the end of this presentation, attendees will have a greater understanding of mindfulness, utilize short mindfulness practices, and identify applicable resources available.
presented byBabywearing International of Tucson
Parents may be aware that wearing a baby in a carrier has many benefits for both parents and babies, but what does the evidence and research say about it? How can babywearing help you and your entire family?
The Natural Birth and Baby Fest is presented 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.
10:00am - 2:00pm
Tucson Henna will be on site, doing live henna designs. Check out her work!
Two presentations at
10:30am and 11:00am
The Turnip: A puppet play for young children presented by Tucson Waldorf School's early childhood teachers
The Turnip is a cumulative tale, originally from Russia, in which the turnip planted by an old man grows so enormous that everyone must help to pull it up. They pull and pull again, but will they ever pull that turnip up?
Two presentations at
11:30am and 12:30pm
Storytime for Baby presented by Meg Beer, Children's Librarian, Pima County Public Library
Bounces, nursery rhymes, songs, and finger plays. Learn many fun ways to play with your baby that will nurture a foundation of literacy and learning. Fun for the whole family!
10:00am - 2:00pm
Keep your eyes open for other children's activities available throughout the event!
Raffle winners will be drawn. Check your tickets!
Who is the Natural Birth and Baby Fest for?
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 babies, toddlers, and children - after all - they're what this event is all about!
What if I'm not "crunchy"?
We call it a natural fest because many of our associated agencies, supporters, and attendees prefer a more naturally-leaning birth experience or lifestyle. But even if you don't identify as "granola-y", you'll still find useful information and options at the Natural Birth and Baby Fest. It's all about showcasing a variety of options and resources available to Tucson families. We're truly do support all choices and types of births and parenting!
What's the parking situation?
There will be free lots and off-street parking available with volunteers to guide you.
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 too!) available for purchase from booths and Truck 54.
The Natural Birth and Baby Fest 2016 is presented by
Wisdom Within - Empowering Childbirth Preparation and hosted by Tucson Waldorf School.
More than 40 relevant local vendors will be on hand to help navigate all the services and products available to new and expectant families.
After Birth Bliss
Babywearing International of Tucson
Bonnie Polnaszek, CBE
Carol Holman, CNM
Cloud Nine Flotation and Relaxation
El Rio Midwifery and Birth Center
Forever Able Wellness
Heartsounds: Mother and Infant Care
ICAN of Tucson
La Leche League
Levity Flotation and Wellness Center
Light and Love Doula
Lu La Roe - Serena McRae
Macaroni Kid - East Tucson and Northwest Tucson
Milk and Honey Specialized Breastfeeding and Postpartum Support Center
Mindful Birth Tucson
The Night Before My Birthday Book
Nurse-Family Partnership - Pima County Health Department
Penny Bussell LLC
Pima County Public Library
Pinch & Dash LLC
Please Read One More - Usborne Books & More
Sacred Olla Panoxa Productions
Sharon Hodges-Rust, midwife
Sugar Blossom Doula Services
Sun Sprout Cloth Diaper Service
Tompkins Family Chiropractic
Tucson Waldorf School
Wellness Key Chiropractic
Wisdom Within - Empowering Childbirth Preparation