Events across the Northland are being postponed during the COVID-19 crisis, but families with babies on the way can't put their births on hold.
In that spirit, the semiannual Birth & Baby Fair has changed its approach this coming week by going virtual, said event founder Stacy Holden. The free community event will include 21 workshops from April 4-10.
Local health care professionals and businesses will provide information on topics including breastfeeding, postpartum depression, COVID-19, midwifery, prenatal wellness and more. Presenters from Essentia, St. Luke's, MAP Behavioral Health Center and more will teach the workshops, many of which will be streamed live and recorded for later viewing.
Holden, who also teaches family and prenatal yoga, started the birth fair in 2007. It started with vendors from the alternative birth community but soon changed to include more mainstream options.
"I quickly realized that we're all serving the same purpose and the same community," Holden said. "It felt like there was a need to create a more cohesive community. You need to offer a whole bunch of choices because everyone's going to find themselves in a different way."
Holden and a number of volunteers turned the expo into an online event in about a week.
"It has not been long," Holden said. "Maybe since last Wednesday."
Register at birthandbabyfairduluth.com to learn more and view the schedule. Visit the event page on Facebook, "Free Online Summit: Pregnancy, Birth & Parenting During covid-19" to post questions during the presentations.