Denton has its fair share of festivals, but the Labor of Love Fair might be the first one designed expressly for expecting and new parents.
Chelsea Wolfington, a birth doula, and Elizabeth Bernal, co-coordinator of Labor of Love Denton, are behind the nonprofit Labor of Love Denton and the fair.
Wolfington said the fair is an answer to all the questions that she and Bernal, her sister-in-law, wished they had when they were pregnant.
“Once we got pregnant and had babies, we educated ourselves as much as possible,” Wolfington said. “But then, being a birth worker, I and Elizabeth realized that there is so much a lot of moms don’t know. There are so many things that people don’t know about, like lactation consultant and night nannies — things like that.”
The Labor of Love Fair will offer some demonstrations of the basics for new parents, like cloth diapering, baby wearing, CPR and choking rescue. But some vendors will demonstrate lesser-known information — body work, donating breast milk and dealing with perinatal anxiety.
“Some demonstrations will help new moms deal with things they think are just part of having children,” Wolfington said. “We’ll have a pelvic floor therapist at the fest to talk about how to deal with changes that happen to a lot of women after childbirth. So many new moms think that having incontinence — having those incidents when you sneeze or laugh — is just something you have to live with, but that’s not the case. A lot of women don’t know that they can get pelvic floor therapy.”
It won’t be all education and no fun, though. The fair will include a story time for children, vendors for children, a play area and a ball pit. There will be a little luxury too, thanks to a self-care area with massage, shopping for baby items and jewelry.
Attendees are encouraged to bring donations of formula, diapers, wipes, bottles and baby food for Denton County Friends of the Family, whose staff will share information about the nonprofit’s mission to serve survivors of rape, sexual abuse and domestic violence.
Donors will get raffle tickets in exchange for their donations. Raffle prizes include massages, Rolfing body work sessions, gift baskets, wellness consultations and more.
Wolfington said the organizers kept new mothers in mind as they planned the event.
“We’ll have a private nursing area for anyone who needs it,” she said.