The Birth & Baby Fair Story
“Even in the best of situations, where babies are healthy and moms are healthy, there are still so many obstacles that one has to overcome. Having a . . . go-to place with information, consultative services and mentorship is so important for developing and growing healthy families.”
~ Christine Isaacs, MD | Director, General Obstetrics and Gynecology Division, VCU Health
Since the beginning, one of Nurture’s goals was to serve as a hub connecting childbearing families to the resources they need to help them thrive. Local folks regularly reach out to us seeking help in finding pregnancy and early parenting related services. Through conversations and surveys with community stakeholders, a recurrent theme emerged of a “disconnect” between service providers and pregnant and postpartum parents: many new parents weren’t aware of existing programs, or were overwhelmed by the choices and different platforms available on the internet. As one of our survey respondents put it: “there is a need for something that’s organized. There is so much info and nothing leads to direct information. You have to research a lot.”
So Nurture began seeking ways to bring growing families together with the organizations and businesses that serve them. In 2016 we launched the first Nurture RVA Birth and Baby Fair at Maggie Walker High School. We quickly outgrew that space and the following year moved to the Science Museum of Virginia. This annual FREE event enables the public to directly interact with multiple providers, including local hospital systems, midwifery, doula, and pediatric practices, and other organizations that support expecting and postpartum families. The 2020 Nurture RVA Birth & Baby Fair will expand to include 50 exhibitors, a Speaker Series in the Barbara Thalhimer Theater featuring local pregnancy, birth and parenting experts, and family-friendly activities on the Science Museum Lawn. We anticipate over 1000 visitors.
But parents need access to resources more often than just one day a year. Part of Nurture’s strategic plan is to raise the necessary funds for a searchable, filterable perinatal resource directory that connects Richmond area families and providers the other 364 days of the year. To learn more about our proposed directory, ask a Nurture board member at the:
Nurture RVA Birth and Baby Fair
April 11, 2020 | 10 am – 3 pm
Science Museum of Virginia
Praise for the Birth & Baby Fair:
This is my 3rd year at the Birth and Baby Fair and I learn something every year. Did you know poor dental health can lead to preterm labor?Kate H. |Richmond, VA
I found my doula there!
Kierra J. | Petersburg, VA
The amount of information and resources available to parents is amazing.Kelsey A. | Henrico, VA
I had no idea how many options there are for my wife to deliver.
Andrew M. | Richmond, VA
Now we can shop around for the perfect fit!
Bon Secours Richmond
Earth Essentials RVA
Pediatric Associates of Richmond
Richmond City WIC
Science Museum of VA
Women’s Health Physical Therapy
Our FREE demos are well attended and so much fun! This year the Demos are geared toward young children. Your kids can play while you learn about the birth and postpartum landscape in RVA.
Please check back for a schedule as we confirm our Demos.
This year the Birth & Baby Fair will spill out on to the Science Museum of Virginia Lawn! Weather permitting you can bring your children to meet Richmond Ambulance Authority Paramedics and check out the ambulance from 10:00 to Noon. Chat with local firefighters and explore a Fire Truck from Noon to 2 pm and grab a treat from King of Pops !
And get your car seat safety checks performed by Virginia Department of Health all day!
Brought to you by the Science Museum of Virginia, our speaker series showcases local pregnancy, birth, and early parenting experts.