The MidValley Birth Network will hold its third annual Babies, Birth, and Families Wellness Fair on Saturday, July 9 from 2 to 8 p.m. at Bruce Starker Arts Park. The fair is a free community event, featuring 30 vendors to date, with applications still open. Though sponsors must be Network members, vendors may include any relevant local business.
Activities throughout the day will include a free yoga event at 5 p.m. and a children’s area. The first 100 visitors will be gifted reusable bags filled with coupons, samples, and information from the Network’s featured vendors. The Network will also raffle away prizes worth over $50 from vendors, with free entry.
According to founding member Melissa Meyer, “There are two goals of the MidValley Birth Network. The first is to educate our community on their options in pregnancy and postpartum; the second is to help our members network with each other, and also to help with their businesses.”
MidValley Birth is a nonprofit network composed of providers and medical health care professionals. All members must adhere to the CIMS, or Coalition for Improving Maternity Services, Care Initiative.
Meyer explained, “This initiative respects the mother, respects the family, and respects the baby.”
Put simply, “It all goes back to education.” Meyer continued, “Some women don’t know what their options are in pregnancy and birth. We at the MidValley Birth Network are trying to provide more information to the community.”
The fair will be an invaluable opportunity for expectant parents as well as parents of small children to interface with providers of services.
By Ariadne Wolf