Back in the day, when a woman found out she was pregnant and decided she was going to raise her child, her sources of information were basically limited to her own mother’s and grandmother’s collective advice, and reading Dr. Spock. Those are still two very good ideas, but in the past several decades, science has advanced, industry has done its best to keep up, and now there is a whole world of resources available to mothers-to-be and new mothers who have already met their babies. If you fit into either of those two categories, go to the event that is custom-tailored for you: the Portland Mom and Baby Expo, at the Portland Expo (239 Park Ave) on Friday, May 5 and Saturday, May 6 (noon – 4 p.m. and 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., respectively). Admission is $5.00, with valet parking available for $10.00.
More than eighty vendors and exhibitors are scheduled to be offering their goods and services, all dedicated to the well-being of pregnant women and new families. The list of exhibitors includes Au Pair in America, Coastal Women’s Healthcare, Juice Plus, Mom to Mom of Maine, Sneak Peek Baby Boutique, Maine Cloth Diaper Company, and dozens and dozens more.
Among the nearly limitless things to do at the Expo: A Babywearing Corner, staffed by leading national expert, Kristi Hayes-Devlin, owner of Wrapsody and the founder of the BCIA (Baby Carrier Industry Alliance); a Storybook Corner created by award-winning Islandport Press; and free seminars with titles like, “Healthy Sleep, Happy Family,” “Breastpumping 101,” and, “Ignite Your Mojo as a Mum,” among many others.
The bottom line is, this 2nd annual Mom and Baby Expo is a great place to go, no matter what may be making you wonder about the immediate future of yourself and your child, or even if you’re completely at ease, and just want to learn more and meet other mothers.