Join us Saturday, November 16th, 2019
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 workshops. This is not yet a complete list of all presentations - check back soon as more are added for 2019! All presentations are baby- and toddler-friendly.
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.
How to Get your Baby or Toddler to Sleep: A Magic Lesson
presented by Dr. Kate Sage, NMD of Intuition Wellness Center
We all know sleep is absolutely critical for babies, children, and adults alike. There are so many methods, philosophies, and opinions regarding how to best get your young one to sleep that is truly overwhelming. Dr. Kate Sage is a naturopathic physician who specializes in pediatrics and knows a thing or two about getting babies to sleep. She struggled with her first daughter not sleeping through the night until well after her first birthday and learned a lot. With the lessons realized from this challenging experience as well as her own research about many techniques and philosophies, Dr. Sage wants to give you some practical information and methods at this talk to help your baby or toddler sleep. She understands that there is no one-size-fits-all approach for any baby or family. Her goal is to give you the knowledge you need to personalize your own sleep method so your family can get the sleep they need.
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
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!
Vaginal Steaming for Post-Birth Healing
presented by Kayla Levine of Nourishing Her
Join us for a fun and interactive workshop to talk about vaginal steaming. Emerging research shows that vaginal steaming can have a positive impact on post-birth healing. In this session, we will talk about what the evidence says, plus we will see a demonstration on how steaming works and how you might be able to integrate it into your life. Satisfy your curiosity and get your questions answered!
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).
How Can a Physical Therapist Help You After Birth?
presented by the physical therapists at BodyCentral Physical Therapy
In every other developed country, it is a standard of care to see a physical therapist after birth except for the U.S. Find out what physical therapy can do for you and your recovering postpartum body - from reducing pain and speeding healing, to promoting overall pelvic health.
Bengkung Belly Binding for Easing Postpartum and Menstruation Cycles
presented by Carolyn Reece of The Barefoot Momma
Join a certified postpartum doula and Bengkung trainer in a mini-workshop to experience the benefits of Bengkung Belly Wrapping for rehabilitating a postpartum body and easing menstrual duration and aches involved. Learn the basics with hands-on demonstrations of effective wrapping to feel the hug of support Bengkung provides. One participant will leave the workshop with an organic Bengkung bind from The Barefoot Momma's exclusive collection!
The 5th annual Natural Birth and Baby Fest is Tucson's go-to event for all things pregnancy, birth, babies, and postpartum. Dozens of professionals and vendors will be available to offer support, answer your questions, and showcase their unique products and services. And because an educated parent is an empowered parent, local experts will hold interactive presentations and workshops throughout the day. Plus, there will be 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.
The Natural Birth and Baby Fest is presented by Wisdom Within Empowering Childbirth Preparation.
For 2019, these local vendors will be on hand to help navigate services and products available to new and expectant families. Check back soon, as new vendors are added frequently!
Wisdom Within Empowering Childbirth Preparation
Tucson Waldorf School
La Leche League of Tucson
Sharon Hodges-Rust, homebirth midwife
Sun Sprout Diaper Service
Mother Doula LLC
Hypnosis Services for Life Breakthroughs
Roots of Wellness Birth Services
Little Cardboard Rocket LLC
Kindermusik at Sing with Nancy
Pima County Health Department- First Smiles Matter
University of Arizona Child Cognition Lab
Evidence Based Birth®
The Night Before My Birthday Book
Milk and Honey
Usborne Books and More
Three Bees AZ
Isabel Oroz Photography
El Rio Health
Easterseals Blake Foundation
Yoga with Bonnie
Shooting Star Doula Services
Kiwi Maternity Services
Passiflora Healing Arts
Your Whole Baby
Levity Flotation & Wellness
DoTerra Essential Oils
Mama Luna Organics
Intuition Wellness Center
EnjoyaBowls Food Truck
Spun Light Cotton Candy
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 is presented and organized solely by Wisdom Within Empowering Childbirth Preparation and is not associated with any other business or group.
The views, opinions, and information expressed by the vendors and presenters at the Natural Birth and Baby Fest are those of the exhibitors and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of Wisdom Within.
For additional questions or media inquiries, please contact Elizabeth Mendoza at email@example.com or call (520)891-5417.
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.
Ashley Garrett - Mother Doula LLC
Shelby Abramson, RN IBCLC
Vanessa Wingerath of The Wildrose Project
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 not about creating division; it's all about showcasing the many different options and resources available to Tucson families in a supportive, nurturing environment.
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 yummy food options (vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, and non-GMO flexibility too!) available for purchase from EnjoyaBowls FoodTruck. Snacks from the delectable Spun Light Cotton Candy and students of Tucson Waldorf School will also be for sale.
Check back soon as more activities are added for 2019!
Breath: An Experience for the Very Young
presented by Parachute Theatre for the Very Young
A parachute 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 a calming and serene way to start your morning.
located in the activity room
Algorhythm Fitness: Baby and Me
presented by Viola Grant of Algorhythm Fitness
This fitness class incorporates fun, dance-based, body conditioning exercises that allow you to play and interact with your child while you get a great workout. We will finish with a mindfulness piece that will allow you to spend a much-deserved few moments in quiet reflection with your baby. This demo class will last 20-30 minutes total and is designed for adults and babies up to age 2 years.
located in the activity room
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
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
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. Adult supervision is required in the Quail's Nest Room. The Quail's Nest classroom and outdoor play area for very small children is located at the south end of the property (near the food truck)
10:00am - 3:00pm
Open play area for older children
A playground for older children is located at the north end of the event (behind the Tucson Waldorf School tent). Adult supervision is required at all times on the playground
10:00am - 3:00pm
Parent/baby 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. Nursing is also accepted and encouraged anywhere during the Fest and on the school campus.
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