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LOVES PARK, Ill. — The local ICAN (International Cesarean Awareness Network) chapter of the Rock River Valley will host “LABORfest: Learning About Birth Options in Rockford” from 1 to 5 p.m., Sunday, April 28, at Casey’s Pub, 7307 N. Alpine Road, Loves Park, Ill.
The event is open to all ages and is being held to raise awareness about available birth options and maternal care in the local area.
Tables will be set up where people can meet local care providers and vendors, including midwives, a massage therapist, talented artisans and more.
Try a zero-gravity chair and bio mat, have your partner get massage tips, learn about midwives and doulas, check out cloth diapers, and see beautiful birth art quilts.
Admission to LABORfest is $10 (kids 3 and younger are free) and includes all-you-can-eat pizza and pasta. All money raised will be used to support the nonprofit ICAN organization.
Bid on favorite items in a silent auction, including a breast pump, $80 of Rockford Park District passes, baby clothing and blankets, cloth diapers, hair bows, art quilt, pregnancy books and more. A $270 Joovy playard will be given away as a door prize.
Registration for this event is requested at http://laborfest.eventzilla.net, or tickets can be purchased at the door.
Following is a list of local vendors and sponsors: Local midwives; Green Lil’ Bums cloth diapers; Birth Art Quilts: Karen Bachman Kells; Lillian Emi Designs: Tiffany Messenger; Pregatory author Terri Milner Tarquini; Anna Dylan Kids: Stephanie Grimm; Shabby Little Sparrow: Victoria Allen; Joovy ($270 playard); rd Artistry; Baby Goodies: Erin Gray; Rockford Park District; Thirty-One: Angie Sakolari; Shaklee: Amberle Simon; Drea’s Designs: Ondrea Crosser; Pink Tree: Sarah Jakymiw; A Beautiful Touch: Del Sanchez; The Essential Connection: Heidi Jost; and Imagine cloth diapers: Kellie Black.
ICAN is a nonprofit organization with more than 30 years of experience. Its mission is to improve maternal-child health by preventing unnecessary cesareans through education, providing support for cesarean recovery and promoting vaginal birth after cesarean (VBAC).
Posted April 25, 2013