As the Birth and Baby Fair 2017 approaches, I can't help but think about the first one. It was a beautiful mayhem for me, I was fresh on the island and probably don't know much people back then but all I wanted was to create just one day where the resources can gather and have people come and talk to them!
We didn't really have the amazing Island Birth Association as we know now, although it was "birth" just a bit before this event! We did have a handlful of the Whidbey Island Birth Professionals who stood up and said, ok we will be there!
Just like the Island Birth Association, the Birth and Baby Fair started growing! From having just a few tables, this year will have 30 tables! And hopefully it will continue on to grow :)
I am glad to have started the Birth and Baby Fair, although it did have a weird name for the first year!
I still remember Nikki and I, packing the bags and wondering what else should we put in them (honey sticks was the last one we thought of). Did I mention how it was a tad difficult to put those little ties on the bag, my friend Ma'ayan had to bring me a special hole puncher (really tiny hole) so I don't punch a big hole on the Postpartum Progress card, reminding us that 1 out of 7 women suffers from Perinatal Mood Disorder! So much has changed!
Well, here's to trying to make my last Birth and Baby Fair here in Whidbey Island a fairly successful one.
How do you think I can make this event better than the last two?