Pregnant in the Piedmont, an expo centered around all things pregnancy, birth, and baby, will be held Saturday, April 25th from 10am – 2pm. The event is the creation of Phyllis D’Agostino and Becky Hale of Piedmont Doulas, and Lauren Rathbone of Births and Beginnings. The three ladies have been working with Piedmont families for several years as Doulas and saw the need for parents-to-be to learn about all of the opportunities and options surrounding pregnancy and birth. The team decided that the best way to accomplish that would be to host an event where parents could access learning opportunities, meet providers, and find products and services which would help them in their journey as parents.
Novant Health’s Forsyth Medical Center became an early partner and is the presenting sponsor for the inaugural event, which will be held at the Medical Center’s Conference Center.
The event will be showcasing a variety of resources available to parents from preconception through the first years of life. Physicians, pediatric dentists, doulas, exercise specialists, and other health related personnel will be on hand to help parents navigate the physical aspects of pregnancy, delivery, and the transition to parenthood.
Several non-profit organizations, including Downtown Health Plaza and the Centering Pregnancy program, Imprints, March of Dimes, Welcome Baby and Work Family Resource Center as well as the Forsyth County Department of Public Health will be on hand to provide information about their programs and services.
There will also be over 50 vendors present, offering parents first hand looks at baby products and pregnancy aides. “We are very pleased and fortunate to be absolutely full for this inaugural event,” said Rathbone, stating how excited she was to be able to offer parents access to so many wonderful retailers and small businesses. There will be everything from chocolate to upcycled baby items, and cakes to cribs on hand for parents to sample and purchase.
“We wanted parents to know what is available before they have their baby,” said Rathbone. Parents will have the opportunity to learn how to financially prepare for a baby, ways they can physically prepare for pregnancy, options available for childbirth, and how to have a happy postpartum as they adjust to life as parents.
The event is a natural extension of the work the ladies do every day. The word doula comes from the ancient Greek meaning “a woman who serves or helps” and refers to a trained professional who provides physical, emotional and informational support to a mother before, during and just after birth. Pregnant in the Piedmont is allowing D’Agostino, Hale and Rathbone to serve the women of the piedmont by connecting them with providers and retailers who can make the experience of pregnancy, childbirth and bringing home baby pleasant and stress free.
The event is free, and parking validation is provided at registration just inside the conference center. Swag bags with over 30 samples and coupons will be given to the first 100 families attending the event. Door prize drawings will occur throughout the day with chances to win a crib, car seat, and gift cards. To make it easier for families who have children in tow, Cinderella and Belle will be on hand for pictures and autographs.