The Hill Center in the District will host the first D.C. Birth and Babies Fair from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. The free information fair will feature panel discussions and exhibitors to provide resources for new and expectant parents, according to event organizer Lindsay Gonzalez.
“It can be so overwhelming [to have a baby],” said Gonzalez, who has been teaching childbirth classes at the Hill Center for more than four years. “Parents are always saying there are no resources, there’s no help, but I know we actually have a really rich network of resources in the area. I wanted to make it easier for parents to connect with this rich network, and this is a great way to help them make those connections.”
Panel discussions include advice on postpartum health, fathering, choosing a doula, transitioning from life as a couple to parenthood, and infant sleep. Exhibitors will include midwife and doula groups, baby food vendors, baby gear retailers and birth centers. Representatives from the DC Tots Web site and app, which provides activities and resources for D.C. parents of children up to age 5, will also be at the fair.
Gonzalez hopes this fair will become an annual tradition in the District, and would like to add more panels and exhibitors in the future.
The fair will be at the Hill Center, 921 Pennsylvania Ave. SE. Space is limited so advance registration is recommended. For information or to register, visit the fair’s Web site.