‘LABORfest’ to explore birth options April 12

Online Staff Report

The local ICAN (International Cesarean Awareness Network) chapter of the Rock River Valley will hold its second annual “LABORfest: Learning About Birth Options in Rockford” from 1 to 4 p.m., Saturday, April 12, at the Discovery Center’s Kresge Hall, 711 N. Main St., Rockford.

The event is open to all ages and is being held to raise awareness about available birth options and maternal and newborn care in the local area. Snacks and a silent auction will also be featured.

Local care providers and vendors include midwives, doulas, a lactation consultant, a massage therapist, chiropractors, talented artisans, information about babywearing and cloth diapers, and more. Vendors include Contours Baby, Babywearing International, local midwives, Green Lil’ Bums, La Leche League, Matilda Jane Clothing, Oh Baby Mine, Holistic Moms Network, Sweet Mama Nature, Health First Wellness Center, Rockford Health Physicians midwife group, CraftyMama, A Beautiful Touch, Chompy Chic Chewelry, Usborne Books & More, The Essential Connection and Birth Art Quilts.

Try out a bio mat, have your partner get massage tips, learn about holistic healing, essential oils and placental encapsulation, meet childbirth educators and supporters, and have fun.

Admission is $12 (ages 2-5 half price, 1 and younger free) and includes admission to the Discovery Center Museum for the day. All money raised will be used to support the non-profit ICAN organization.

Silent auction items include acupuncture sessions, Joovy bottle sets, Rockford Park District passes, baby clothing, cloth diapers and pregnancy books. A $400 Contours Baby Bliss Stroller will be given away as a door prize.

Registration for this event is requested at http://laborfest2014.eventzilla.net,or tickets can be purchased at the door.

To learn more about LABORfest, contact ICAN of the Rock River Valley: Emily Dickey at (815) 871-3376 or erdickey@gmail.com or Christine Woodard at (630) 842-7055 or rrvican@yahoo.com. Learn more at http://facebook.com/LABORRockford.

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 9, 2014

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