Several years ago a group of us came together to form The Birth Lounge, seeking to share the strong community of care that is available to support new families in our region.
As we talked, we found a shared frustration with the corporate trade-shows that have become commonplace. First comes love (the sex show), then comes marriage (the bridal show), then comes baby (the baby show), and over and over again the masses fill the convention centre. High vendor prices are out of reach for the small businesses (many of them mompreneurs) that are the heart of our community.
We began to dream of creating a truly family-centred event with a festive vibe celebrating all that our community has to offer. And so Birth Fest was born.
This coming weekend we will celebrate our 5th annual Birth Fest, magically transforming a community centre gym into a luscious Birth Lounge. Banners from Thailand grace the stage, red velvet curtains frame the entrance, a nurture nook with couches and magical lanterns offer rest and nourishment for little ones and their parents, and the live music ranges from soothing to funky.
Watch our video slide show to get a taste of just how beautiful this day is!
Birth Fest 2011
Saturday, February 26th 11 – 4 p.m.
Britannia Community Centre – Gym D click here for a map
(in the heart of the commercial drive neighborhood of Vancouver, BC)
Those of you lucky enough to live nearby, please do come and visit us at Birth Fest!
And the rest of you – perhaps you will be inspired to Take Back the Baby Fair in your own community!
About Sarah Juliusson
Sarah Juliusson, founder of Mama Renew, is a gifted facilitator and writer on the journey of birth & motherhood. She brings two decades of experience supporting families through pregnancy, birth and motherhood to her work. Sarah is mother to two growing boys, a playful crafter with cloth & wool, student of traditional food preservation, and a diva at heart. Join the conversation on http://www.mamarenew.ca & on facebook at http://www.facebook.com/mamarenew