11th Annual Birth Fair  

and Special Speaker Event Weekend 

Presented by B.I.R.T.H.

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 Vaccine Talk              11:00
Doula...a What?         11:00
Baby Wearing            11:00
Dads Panel                  1:00
Healthcare Choices     1:00
OB or Midwife?           1:00
Prenatal Learning       1:00

VBAC                           2:00

Water Birth                  2:00
Infant Massage            2:00
A New Father              3:00
Education Choices      3:00

Birthing Centers          3:00

Film                             3:00
Diaper Forum              4:00

A Spectacular Event!

Join us for our 11th annual BIRTH fair on Saturday, Oct. 6 at the United Way Center from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Admission is FREE. 


Come empower yourself to make the right decisions for you and your family.  Get the latest research on birthing options, vaccines, and postpartum mood disorders.  Find the support you need for your pregnancy and birth with workshops on gestational nutrition and birthing with doulas.  Join a VBAC discussion on practical steps to make it happen for you.  


We also have a special session just for Dads PLUS arts and crafts, for kids.  And you don't want to miss our premier of the film "Freedom For Birth".


Our fashion show will turn heads with the best baby wearing gear and cutest bottoms sporting cloth diapers.  


Everyone in the family is welcome to this free, day long, event. It's something you won't want to miss.

We are also excited to bring you over 50 local vendors with unique products and goody bags with their great products. 

This will be our most engaging and interactive fair ever and we hope to see you there! 

Click here for a map to the fair.  For more information visit www.houbirth.org, call (832) 499-6029, or find us on facebook.

Don't miss our Friday Oct, 5th and Sunday Oct, 7th, Special Speaker Session

Admission is free to all events

Friday, October 5, 2012
United Way - 50 Waugh Dr.

9:00 am to 12:00 pm
- CPR - FREE - register at actco23@yahoo.com (optional Certified CPR card, $20)
9:00 am to 9:45 am - Circumcision
9:45 am to 10:30 am - Placenta Encapsulation
10:30 am to 11:15 am - Abdominal Scar healing
11:15 am to 12:00 pm - Acupuncture

Sunday, October 7, 2012
Haven Center,St. Stephenʹs Episcopal Church - 1827 W. Alabama

1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. - Fathers Make a World of Difference!
Patrick Houser, author of Fathers To Be Handbook and co-founder of fathers-to-be.org

3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. -Birth Trauma and Your Baby's Brain
Dr. Pauline Dillard will speak about the impact of the birth experience on the baby's brain. She will also show how traumatizing a mother during birth contributes to relationship
attachment difficulty. She will share ideas for overcoming the long-term effects of trauma on the child's brain, and how making good birth choices contribute to prevention of unnecessary trauma.




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Vaccines: Educated Choices  Vaccines                              11 a.m.
NeedleFind the latest information on vaccines just in time for flu season.  Rebecca Rex co-founder of Parents Requesting Open Vaccine Education will give a talk about this hot topic.  Don't miss out on the opportunity to ask questions and make informed decisions for your family.

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DoulaHire a Doula...a What?                                                                                           11:00 a.m.
doulaResearch shows that having a Doula present during labor increases a family's satisfaction with the overall birth experience and decreases the likelihood of unnecessary interventions.  Come find out what Doulas do and how they can help you have the birth you desire with doulas Nicole Deelah, Jessica Gonzales, Cheryl Anderson and Debbie Hull.

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Nutrition I'm Pregnant - What do I eat now?                                                                        11:00 a.m.

Eating for two?  This workshop might surprise you as you learn about the effects of nutritional choices made during pregnancy.  Join Pat Greer of Patricia Greer's Kitchen as she offers tips and tricks for us all. 

BabyWearBaby Wearing Options                                                                                            11:00 a.m.

slingWomen all over the world wear their babies.  Find out the benefits and different ways to wear your baby at this workshop with Houston Baby Wearers.  Don't miss the latest baby wearing trends during the fashion show at 12:00 p.m.

FashionCommunity Awards & Fashion Show                                                                      12:00 p.m.

fashion showCome and help us celebrate those physicians in the community that are helping to change the face of maternity care by making it more mother and baby friendly.  And then stick around to see the cutest little things model cloth diapers and the latest trends in babywearing, maternity and nursing wear in the Mother and Baby Fashion Show.

 DadDad's Panel                                                                                                             1:00 p.m.

dadsThere is something for everyone - even dads!  Come join the conversation as several dad's discuss their experiences in home, hospital, and birthing center births, and talk about the joys and challenges of fatherhood.

HealthcareChoices in Healthcare                                                                                            1:00 p.m.


healthcareThere's more to healthcare than just HMO and PPO.  Come see the choices you have when

thinking about your health with Pediatrician Krenie Stowe, MD,JD, Chiropractor Caroline Long, Erica Campbell, ND and Holistic Family-Centered Specialist, Heather Goodwin.



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OBObstetrician or Midwife?                                                                                          1:00 p.m.
ob vs midwife crying babyWhich model of care is better?  How can these two models work together to bring better outcomes for women receiving maternity care?

Join our moderated discussion as Dr. Janowitz, MD, Dr. Elivs Toris MD, Lyneece Rooney, MSN, CNM, and Sandra McDonald, CPM, LM discuss the differences in these models of care.


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Prenatal Prenatal Learning & Listening                                                                                 1:00 p.m.

Integrated Listening System - Prenatal Listening Program
The existence of intrauterine listening establishes the earliest relationship between mother and child, so important for language development, bonding and attachment.  The mother's voice literally nourishes and nurtures the child, as well as stimulates brain growth.  Come here this valuable information.

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VBACVBAC Brainstorming Session                                                                                   2:00 p.m.

Attempting a VBAC or want to know if it is an option for you?  Our VBAC brainstorming session is for you!  Come join our discussion with Dr. David Janowitz, MD, Angela Baehr, Houston ICAN President, and Tara Phears, Doula, North Houston ICAN President about how to practically make it happen and how we can change ideas about VBAC in the medical community.

MoodYour Post Birth Care Plan and the Prevention of Postpartum Mood Disorders        2:00 p.m.

Pauline Dillard
 Dr. Pauline Dillard, of the Dunamas Center in Colorado, shares her findings on postpartum mood disorders and how lack of proper care in the 3 months follow birth have contributed to the increase in depression and anxiety. She will then discuss the important elements of a good post birth care plan, and how to communicate your needs to family and friends
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Massage Infant Massage                                                                                                        2:00 p.m.

Come and learn from Cynthia Friend, LMT, CEIM, about the all the wonderful benefits that infant massage can do for you and your baby, such as:
Relaxation and calming
Relief from colic, gas, bloating
Improved immune system
                            Reduction of stress
                            Better sleeping patterns
                            Enhanced growth and development of body and brain
                            Enhanced connection between you and your baby (aka "bonding & attachment")
FatherFathers Make a World of Difference                                                                         3:00 p.m.

 Join Patrick Houser, author of Fathers To Be Handbook , as he talks about the research that shows men who respond to impending fatherhood by reflecting on the way they were parented produce happier children.

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Education Choices in Houston                                                                                  3:00 p.m

If you have school aged children, you will not want to miss this discussion. Talk to experts about Montessori, Waldorf, Real School, and Home School philosophies and find out which choice is best for your family.  Dr. Krenie Stowe of the Real School, Claire Yabraian of St. Catherine's Montessori, Claire Sendejas representing Waldorf and Anita Crumby, a home schooling mom, share their perspectives on each style.
BirthingCenterBirthing Centers 3:00 p.m.                                     WaterbirthWomen who get in Hot Water 2:00 p.m.
water birthEver think about giving birth in a more intimate setting?  If you're interested in exploring ideas alternative to a hospital birth, you'll want to be a part of these discussions. 


Representatives from birthing centers all around the Greater Houston area will be available to answer questions about birthing centers at 3:00. 

An informative discussion about water birth will take place at 2:00 p.m.


Birthing Center


FilmFilm: Freedom For Birth                                                                                           3:00 p.m.

Freedom for Birth is a new 60 minute campaigning film that re-frames Human Rights as the most pressing issue in childbirth today.

The film tells the powerful story of Agnes Gereb, a Hungarian midwife imprisoned for helping to give women choice in birth. It follows the story of a Hungarian mother, Anna Ternovsky, who wanted a home birth with Agnes, took her country to the European Court of Human Rights and won a landmark case which might have changed the world!


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DiaperDiaper Forum                                                                                                           4:00 p.m.

Cloth diapers are easier to find and use than ever before.  Come explore your options with our favorite consignment store, The Young and Restless.