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Northwest's Original and Largest Event for

Expectant & New Parents since 2001.

FEATURE EVENT: 1:00 IN THE PLAYHOUSE AUDITORIUM @BABYFEST

UW Medicine presents: Preparing for Birth

How to choose an amazing delivery team that will ensure the right birth experience for you.

Join our panel to hear about prenatal care and pain management options from a certified nurse midwife, a family medicine doctor, an obstetrician-gynecologist and a maternal fetal medicine specialist.

Bring all your questions for a Q&A from the experts.

Eventbrite - New Parent Workshop: Zero To Five

 

Certified Nurse Midwife

Mary Lou Kopas M.N., C.N.M.

As a midwife, I focus on educating my clients to optimize their health and make informed choices about their care. I really enjoy getting to know the women and families in my care. Every woman’s journey is unique and special, and the more I can understand her perspective, the better I can meet her particular needs.

My role is to lovingly guide women and their families through pregnancy, childbirth, and the first stages of infant bonding and breastfeeding. I cannot imagine any work more important than providing a healthy, loving start for parenting.

Family Medicine Doctor

Ian M. Bennett, Ph.D., M.D.

Ian M. Bennett, M.D., Ph.D. is a family physician providing broad spectrum primary care with a particular focus on reproductive health including obstetrics and family planning services. He is a professor in the departments of family medicine, psychiatry and behavioral sciences, and adjunct professor of global health.

Dr. Bennett brings together a whole family and whole life approach providing pediatric, adolescent, and general adult health care. As part of his work in perinatal care he also has expertise in depression in the pregnancy and postpartum periods.

Obstetrician-Gynecologist

Anna R. Shope, M.D.

I became an OB/GYN to dedicate my life to caring for women. I enjoy helping them through all stages of their lives, and I value the relationships women have with their healthcare providers. My goal is for my patients to be able to communicate with me openly and freely so that I can help adjust their care plans to their personal needs, values and beliefs.

In her free time, Dr. Shope loves gardening, being outdoors, cooking, singing and spending time with family and friends.

Maternal Fetal Medicine Specialist

Gene T. Lee, M.D.


Dr. Lee comes to UW Medicine recently from the University of Kansas Medical Center. He trained in southern California for residency, and did his maternal-fetal fellowship in Denver, Colorado. His specific interests in pregnancy include cervical shortening, cervical insufficiency, gestational diabetes, and difficult labors. He has a wonderful wife who is also a family physician at Valley Medical Center, and they have 2 beautiful children ages 5 and 3.

 

Free with Admission to BabyFest!

Join childbirth experts from UW Medicine for this very special Presentation followed by Q&A.

If you're expecting in the Seattle area you won't want to miss this!

Eventbrite - New Parent Workshop: Zero To Five

Full Schedules:

  • Portland Seminars and Workshops
  • Seattle Seminars and Workshops

2017 STAGE SCHEDULE:

3 Exciting Stages Packed with Entertainment & Workshops for New Parents!

Note: Registration is not mandatory but we would love it if you did.
 
Entertainment Stage #1 - Featured Events:
 
  Eventbrite - Workshop for New Parents: Sleep Baby Sleep by Slumber Time Solutions  
11:15  BRAVE BIRTH STORIES: Everyone Has a Birth Story
Produced by Brave Birth Doula Care and performed by local actors, you'll hear real birth stories from Portland moms, partners, doulas, and midwives. This is an event you won't want to miss!
 
  Eventbrite - Workshop for New Parents: Sleep Baby Sleep by Slumber Time Solutions  
NOON:  Baby Loves To Boogie Dance Party, Red Shoe Productions  
Come celebrate Mother's Day with your Littles at our Mama's Day Dance Party and let loose for some post naptime, pre-dinner fun! This event is guaranteed to get those little booties moving n' grooving complete with DJ, bubbles, scarves & parachutes. Children FREE to BabyFest!
 
   Eventbrite - FROZEN Stage Show at BabyFest! 
1:00 An Afternoon with Mary Poppins-- the Ultimate Nanny,  Red Shoe Productions

The Littles are going to jump for joy at this year's special Mary Poppins STAGE SHOW and Meet & Greet with Miss Poppins & Friends. Join us for some Mother's Day Fun with music, games, prizes and special Mama's Day Crafts.  

We have so much fun planned this year in our Children's Village at BabyFest! Don't leave the Littles at home!  Children FREE to BabyFest!

Feature Event

    Eventbrite - New Parent Workshop: Zero To Five

Portland's Biggest Baby Shower at 4:00!

The Big Shower: Featuring Don Hudson, Seahorses PDX  your Daddy of Ceremonies  This is like no other shower you've been to. It's an hour of games, education, exclusive prizes and connecting with other Expectant & New Mamas. We will be giving away thousands of dollars in amazing prizes from many of the leading companies in the baby industry, luxuries & essentials for your new arrival. Pick up your Baby Bingo card upon arrival for a chance to WIN these great Shower Prizes! Note: VIP Pass holders please arrive 30 minutes early to turn in your Bingo Cards and enjoy VIP seating. Seats are available to our Mama guests of honor on a first-come basis. 
 

   3:45 Daddy's Baby Shower!

New this year, and because Daddies need a Baby Shower too, is the Daddy's Baby Shower 3:45 on Stage 3 in the Daddy Zone! Hosted by PDX Dad's Group/National At-Home Dad Network and sponsored by Heathen Brewing Co, this special event is for Dad's to connect and WIN some swag on their own! Pick up your Daddy Baby Bingo card upon arrival for a chance to WIN great Prizes!

 Eventbrite - New Parent Workshop: Zero To Five

  

Shopping Hour Also during the Shower will be a special Mother's Day Shopping Hour. Mamas can complete a Wish List during the day with Must Haves from all the exhibitor booths and your partner/friend/family can shop that last hour for specials and gifts perfect for a new Mama's Day surprise.

Stage #2

 Eventbrite - New Parent Workshop: Zero To Five
11:15  Healthy for Two: In Pregnancy & Postpartum, Ellie Petri, PT, RYT & Author
Join Ellie Petri, author of the book Healthy for Two: In Pregnancy & Postpartum and learn about exercise during pregnancy and putting your tummy back together post pregnancy. Prize Giveaway: copies of her book.
 
  Eventbrite - New Parent Workshop: Breastfeeding 101 
NOON:  Breastfeeding 101, Helen Anderson, RN, CLE, Founder & Chief Lactation Officer, Milkies / FairhavenHealth
Labor, delivery and breastfeeding - how to have the birth you want
Events during the birth process can have long lasting effects on breastfeeding. Learn which common delivery room decisions can make breastfeeding more challenging, how to avoid them and how to get breastfeeding off to the best start. 
Prize Giveaway: Milkies; Milk-Saver, Milk Tray, Softies, Nipple balm, Nursing Tea, Nursing Blend.
 
 Eventbrite - New Parent Workshop: Preparing your Dog for Your New Baby
12:45 Avoid Unnecessary Interventions during Labor and Birth Wendy Scharp, Portland Doula Love
Learn 10 solid ways to avoid unnecessary interventions during labor and birth. We will also talk about how to prepare during pregnancy, techniques to try during labor/birth and the importance of having confidence in your medical team. Prize Giveaway: Labor Kit and Certificate for Free Class: Positions for Labor Class/ Massage for Labor Class. 
   Eventbrite - Getting Your Core Back After Baby!
1:30 Car Seat Safety: Infants & Toddlers.
Lucie Drum, AMR Community Education Mgr and Michelle Nichols, DCM Tom Sargent Safety Center Injury Prevention Educator.  Enjoy a 30 minute presentation on the basics of car seat safety for infants and toddlers. Workshop will include tips on selecting the right car seat for your child and securing the car seat in your vehicle. Demonstrations and car seat resources will be shared with attendees. Check out this link: www.safekids.org/ultimate-car-seat-guide for information on car seats and www.safekids.org for lots of other important safety information about keeping kids safe.
 
 Eventbrite - New Parent Workshop: Healthy Development For Infants
2:15 Regaining Intimacy, Wendy Strgar, Good Clean Love  
Loveologist Wendy Strgar is an award-winning entrepreneur, author and sexual health educator whose work has helped thousands of people reclaim their passion and heal their relationships. A pioneer in the organic personal care product industry, she is the founder and CEO of Good Clean Love. 
  Eventbrite - New Parent Workshop: Healthy Development For Infants
3:00 Newborn Photography: Safety, Soothing & Posing, Amy West, Blissful Mondays Photography  
When looking for a photographer to capture these precious days it is vital that parents do their homework. Many parents don't know what's involved in a newborn session and that unknown is scary. Let me take the mystery out of this and join me for a live demonstration. Prize Giveaway: 2 myBaby Sound Spa On The Go Sound Machines
 
Stage #3 
 
 Eventbrite - New Parent Workshop: Healthy Development For Infants
11:00 Green and Clean Nursery, Elena Roadhouse, Bloom Alchemy 
Our daily lives are a bombardment of stress, toxins, and chemicals. This important workshop will help identify and eliminate toxic cleaners, cosmetics, and baby care products from your home and offer ideas and examples of effective natural substitutions. Prize Giveaway: 1 hour in-home consultation/ starter cleaning kit to include: Reusable glass bottles with All Purpose Cleaner, Window Cleaner, Lemon Essential Oil and soap dispensers.
 
 Eventbrite - The Critical Defining of "Normal" in your Baby's Health
11:30 Baby Swim: Unlocking Infants Innate Potential Debbie Marrs-Sayers, DolFUN Swim Academy and DolFUN PROTraining Institute.  It's a FACT: Movement builds confidence. Children who learn how to swim from a young age are ahead of their peers on a number of important milestones. Such as, transition to school, cognitive development, language development and physical development. Benefits, questions, issues and concerns about baby swimming..Answered. Prize Giveaway: 0 DolFUN Swim Certificate
 
 Eventbrite - New Parent Workshop: Car Seats For Infants & Beyond
12:15 Baby Basics, the things you actually NEED when you have a baby. Cari Wolverton, Seahorses
Creating a baby registry can be overwhelming. This workshop will discuss things that you really need before baby comes. The rest of the stuff you can buy along the way. Prize Giveaway: Seahorses Gift Card.
 
1:00 Therapy for Pre-Postnatal Discomforts. Belinda Coppernoll, CNM, IBCLC, RN, Mamastrut
This class discusses pre-postnatal discomfort such as low back pain, abdominal muscle ligament strain, perineal swelling including hemmohroids, why they happen and therapies that can help prevent and treat.
 
1:45 Baby Gear for Active Families. Don Hudson, Seahorses PDX
New parents don't have to put their active lifestyle on hold when the baby arrives if they have the right gear. With the right equipment, and mindset, parents can enjoy the same hobbies they had before babies while raising a child. Prize Giveaway: Seahorses Gift Card.
 
  Eventbrite - New Parent Workshop: Zero To Five
 2:30  Tracy Cutchlow, Zero to Five Tantrums & Defiance & Yelling, Oh My! 3 Simple Steps for Managing Tough Moments with Preschoolers. Your Kids talk back. Bedtime takes forever. Siblings pick fights. You're tired of yelling, nagging and bribing. What can you do? Typical discipline techniques don't work in the long-term. Learn a perspective-shifting method you can use in any situation to avoid power struggles, build your child's self-confidence and stay calm. 
Tracy is the author of Zero to Five: 70 Essential Parenting Tips Based on Science (and What I've Learned So Far). It was called "the coolest-and easiest-book for new parents" by Parents Magazine.  Prize Giveaway: Zero to Five Book 
 
 Eventbrite - New Dad Meet Up! Portland 
3:15 Habits of Highly Successful Modern Dads: Chris Routly, National At-Home Dad NetworkThe Full Routly
   Eventbrite - New Parent Workshop: Zero To Five

3:45 Daddy's Baby Shower!New this year, and because Daddies need a Baby Shower too, is the Daddy's Baby Shower 3:45 on Stage 3 in the Daddy Zone! Hosted by PDX Dad's Group/National At-Home Dad Network and sponsored by Heathen Brewing Co, this special event is for Dad's to connect and WIN some swag on their own! Pick up your Daddy Baby Bingo card upon arrival for a chance to WIN great Prizes!

  

Shopping Hour Also during the Shower will be a special Mother's Day Shopping Hour. Mamas can complete a Wish List during the day with Must Haves from all the exhibitor booths and your partner/friend/family can shop that last hour for specials and gifts perfect for a new Mama's Day surprise.

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WORKSHOP SCHEDULES: 

3 Exciting Stages Packed with Workshops for New Parents!

Note: Registration for the Workshops is not mandatory but we would love it if you did.

Stage #1
 11:30  Baby Basics: Building a Pain Coping Mindset for Pregnancy, Labor & Birth, Charlene Hamilton,  Heart of Birth
Getting ready for the physical intensity of labor & birth doesn't have to wait until your last trimester. Come and sample the Birthing From Within approach to pain coping practices, and learn how you can begin developing a "pain coping mindset" at any time during your pregnancy. 
Eventbrite - New Parent Workshop: Zero To Five  Prize Giveaway: Private Birthing From Within Class with Heart of Birth!
 
12:15  Baby Basics: A Survival Guide for the First 2 Weeks, Rue Khosa, ARNP, IBCLC, CBE, The Perfect Push
This comprehensive Baby Care Basics class will cover all the essential information parents need to know to safely and confidently care for their newborn. Topics include medication safety, feeding, bathing, cord care, diapering, comforting, using a thermometer, identifying red flags and much more.  
Eventbrite - New Parent Workshop: Zero To Five  Prize Giveaways over 1,000 dollars in value: including; Spectra Breast Pump, Sarah Wells Bag, Brezza Bottle Sterilizer, 2 In-home lactation consults,  Newborn Essentials Hampers, Kiinde gift basket. ALL ATTENDEES WILL RECEIVE A KIINDE STARTER KIT!
 
 1:00  MOMentum: Building mom-powered change across Washington, Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner, CEO/Co-Founder,  Moms Rising
On the forefront of building MOMentum for policies that lift our families, MomsRising has been leading the fight for paid family and medical leave, expanded support for breastfeeding and pumping at work, affordable childcare and high-quality early learning, equal pay for equal work and more. 
 
 1:45  How to Survive and Thrive with a New Baby, Amber Barrett, The Seattle Baby Whisperer 
Babies are confusing! It's hard to know when a newborn is hungry or tired, or just needs some snuggles! The Seattle Baby Whisperer will help you learn some key aspects to understanding newborns, how to survive the days with a new baby, and how to actually thrive! Join our workshop and ask your questions about your new baby!

 Eventbrite - New Parent Workshop: Zero To Five  Prize Giveaway: Sleep Consultation (250 dollar value)

 2:20  Breast Pump Support, Sheri Wallace, Ardo-USA
The breastpump. You have no idea you could be so dependent on a medical device or have such a love/hate relationship. Breastpumps allow us to feed our babies but most of us get a box in the mail and no instruction on how to create positive habits with the pump that will ease the transition back to work. Bring your partner and learn how to work together with your pump and why partner support is so vital to a good relationship with your pump.

 Eventbrite - New Parent Workshop: Zero To Five  Prize Giveaway: Calypso-To-Go Double Electric Breast Pump (300 dollar value)  

 

Stage #2

  11:15: Six Cornerstones of Baby Sleep, Audra Juraska Sleep Consultant
Are you a sleep deprived parent? An expecting mom or dad wanting to avoid sleep troubles when baby arrives? Come and learn the six most crucial ideas to keep in mind when dealing with non-medical baby or toddler sleep issues. Whether you want to start off your baby's life with great habits, or change existing habits of an older baby, this information will be your foundation! Audra will cover topics such as sleep props, routines, nighttime wake-ups, and even some of the science behind baby sleep.
Prize Giveaway: Two workshop attendees will receive 50% off any sleep package!.Eventbrite - New Parent Workshop: Zero To Five  
  12:00 The 6 Basic Stages of Parenting, Don Hudson, Author and Owner of Seahorses. Attendees will qualify to be contenders for the DADIATOR GAMES today at DADDY'S BABY SHOWER! 6 contenders will compete 3:00 on Stage 2 for great prizes like the Thule Urban Glide Stroller and all contenders will receive prizes!
Prize Giveaway: Dadly Dollar$ Book Eventbrite - New Parent Workshop: Zero To Five  
 12:45 More Ice Cream & Chocolate: An Alternative Guide to Preventing Cavities Starts Before They Can Eat, Roger W. Lucas, DDS, Pediatric Dentist, KidsDentist
1) Why Vitamin D is so important for teeth. 2) The number one thing to do in the high chair for healthy teeth. 3) Why ice cream and dark chocolate are better for teeth than the most common toddler snack food in America and what to buy instead. 4) How to get away with as little brushing as possible (pediatric dentist approved). 5) Why Breast Milk is so awesome for teeth.
 
 1:30 Car Seats for Infants & Beyond, Don Hudson, Certified Passenger Safety Technician
An informative talk on the basics of what type of car seats are available and how to make sure you are using them safely.
 Prize Giveaway: Diono RXT Car Seat (0) Eventbrite - New Parent Workshop: Car Seats For Infants & Beyond

 2:15 Cloth Diapering 101 - Jen Aprea, Spray Pal

Learn the ins and outs of modern cloth diapers and you will gain the encouragement and support you need to save money, live greener, and keep your baby comfy with soft cloth diapers against their sensitive skin.

 Eventbrite - New Parent Workshop: Zero To Five  

 3:00 Feature Presentation: Daddy's Baby Shower

New this year, and because Daddies need a Baby Shower too, is the Daddy's Baby Shower on Stage 2 in the Daddy Zone! This special event is for Dad's to connect and WIN some swag on their own! Pick up your Daddy Baby Bingo card upon arrival for a chance to WIN great Prizes!  Featuring the Seahorses Dadiator Games: 6 contenders will compete in the Dadiator Games for great prizes like the Thule Urban Glide Stroller and all receive prizes! Attend "The 6 Basic Stages of Parenting" Workshop on Stage 2 at Noon for your chance to qualify!

 Eventbrite - New Parent Workshop: Zero To Five

 

Stage #3

 11:45 Pregnancy Discrimination in the Workplace Andy Backlund, Backlund Law Firm.
Have you been treated unfairly at work because you are pregnant or because you have been pregnant? Are you planning to have a baby in the near future and you want to make sure you get the benefits you are entitled to as a pregnant woman and new mother? Come to this workshop and learn about the protections and rights afforded to you by Washington State and Federal Law, who qualifies for these rights and protections including: pregnant women, perceived to be pregnant women, those considering becoming pregnant, new mothers and mothers who are caregivers.
 Eventbrite - New Parent Workshop: Car Seats For Infants & Beyond 
 12:30 Connecting With Your Baby Mindfully Tiffany Spanier, MD, FAAP, Allegro Pediatrics.
Pregnancy is a unique time for preparation, reflection, and the early formations of the parent-child relationship. Connecting with your baby now supports physical and emotional health, fosters you parent-child relationship and helps you get to know your baby. The intention of this session is to allow participants to experience guided mindfulness practices that can help cultivate a loving and compassionate connection to their baby and promote a sense of personal well-being. 
Prize Giveaway: Graco Milestone All-in-one Convertible Car Seat (230 dollar value).  
 Eventbrite - New Parent Workshop: Car Seats For Infants & Beyond
 
  •  Eventbrite - New Parent Workshop: Zero To Five 1:15  Tracy Cutchlow, Zero to Five
  • Tantrums & Defiance & Yelling, Oh My! 3 Simple Steps for Managing Tough Moments with Preschoolers. Your Kids talk back. Bedtime takes forever. Siblings pick fights. You're tired of yelling, nagging and bribing. What can you do? Typical discipline techniques don't work in the long-term. Learn a perspective-shifting method you can use in any situation to avoid power struggles, build your child's self-confidence and stay calm. 
    Tracy is the author of Zero to Five: 70 Essential Parenting Tips Based on Science (and What I've Learned So Far). It was called "the coolest-and easiest-book for new parents" by Parents Magazine.  Prize Giveaway: Zero to Five Book 
 2:00  Get Started BabywearingStephanie Gruss, BWI Seattle.

Come learn the basics of babywearing! This demonstration will show you the pros and cons of different carrier types, how to put them on and cover the essentials of babywearing safety. Presented by experienced babywearer, Stephanie Gruss, President of Babywearing International of Seattle.

Prize Giveaway: 1 year membership with BWI Seattle!  Eventbrite - New Parent Workshop: Zero To Five   

Feature Events:

 

Feature Presentation: Preparing for Birth

1:00: Cornish Playhouse Auditorium (next door)

Join UW Medicine and their Expert Panel for a very special presentation about prenatal care and pain management options from a certified nurse midwife, a family medicine doctor, an obstetrician-gynecologist and a maternal fetal medicine specialist. Bring all your questions for a Q&A to follow. (more info)

 Eventbrite - New Parent Workshop: Zero To Five

 Feature Presentation: Daddy's Baby Shower

3:00: Stage 2 (Daddy Zone)

New this year, and because Daddies need a Baby Shower too, is the Daddy's Baby Shower on Stage 2 in the Daddy Zone! This special event is for Dad's to connect and WIN some swag on their own! Pick up your Daddy Baby Bingo card upon arrival for a chance to WIN great Prizes!

Daddy's Baby Shower Eventbrite - New Parent Workshop: Zero To Five

       

 

Feature Presentation: VIP Baby Shower

3:00: Cornish Playhouse Auditorium (next door)

The VIP Shower. THIS MAIN EVENT IS FOR PREMIUM & SUPER PASSHOLDERS ONLY!
It's 45 MINUTES of games, exclusive prizes and connecting with other Expectant & New Moms. We will be giving away thousands of dollars in amazing prizes from many of the leading companies in the baby industry, luxuries & essentials for your new arrival. Pick up your VIP Bingo card upon arrival for a chance to WIN these great Shower Prizes! Note: Doors to the Cornish Playhouse Theater will open at 2:45 to turn in your VIP Bingo Card and enjoy theater seating. Note: Dad's will enjoy their OWN Daddy's Baby Shower at this time at Stage 2 in the Exhibit Hall and submit the Daddy's Bingo Card (doubling your family's chance to WIN!) Seats are available on a first-come basis. Don't miss your chance to win big prizes including Strollers, Car Seats, Carriers, Nursery Items, Baby Accessories and more.
 

Feature Presentation: Seattle's Biggest Baby Shower

4:30: Cornish Playhouse Auditorium (next door)

The Big Shower. THIS MAIN EVENT IS FOR STANDARD PASSHOLDERS ONLY!
It's 30 MINUTES of games, exclusive prizes and connecting with other Expectant and New Moms. We will be giving away thousands of dollars in amazing prizes from many of the leading companies in the baby industry, luxuries & essentials for your new arrival. Pick up your Baby Bingo card upon arrival for a chance to WIN these great Shower Prizes! Note: Doors to the Cornish Playhouse Theater will open at 4:15 to turn in your Bingo Card and enjoy theater seating. Dad's will enjoy their OWN Daddy's Baby Shower at 3:00 in the Exhibit Hall and submit the Daddy's Bingo Card (doubling your family's chance to WIN!) Eventbrite Standard Passholders may reserve their ONE seat in advance online and remaining Seats will be available on a first-come basis.  Don't miss your chance to win big prizes including Strollers, Car Seats, Carriers, Nursery Items, Baby Accessories and more.

 VIP Shower Eventbrite - New Parent Workshop: Zero To Five   BIG Shower Eventbrite - New Parent Workshop: Zero To Five

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  • Win Prizes!
  • Attend Workshops/Fashion Shows
  • Get Pampered
  • Shop & Be Educated
  • Interactive Baby Play Zones
 

 

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