Pregnancy brings innumerable questions and what better place to get answers than at the B.I.R.T.H. Fair in Houston on Saturday, October 5.
The B.I.R.T.H. Fair will be held at the United Way Center on 50 Waugh Drive from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. B.I.R.T.H. is a non-profit organization of parents, midwives, physicians, childbirth educators, doulas, professional labor support and lactation consultants that support natural birth and living. Their website, www.houbirth.org provides access to information and resources in person, print and online.
Keynote speaker, Patrick Houser, author of “Fathers to Be” will discuss the evolution of the role of fathers, supporting new dads and the importance of a father in a child’s life.
Fathers are usually an afterthought during pregnancy, birth and upbringing of child. In a BBC interview, House explained, “The thing we’ve left out however is preparing Dads. They haven’t been educated, informed, or even allowed to acknowledge the experience they are having, and they are having a deep personal experience.”
Research from the U.S. Census Bureau shows the absence of a father can lead to adverse consequences for children including a higher dropout rate, increase drug use, and more suicide attempts.
Houser is the father of two children, one of whom was the first documented home birth in the United States in 1980.
The fair, which welcomes over 500 people each year, also has presentations on patient rights, adverse consequences of interventions during labor, and vaccines. Other presentations that promote natural living include cloth diapering. The fair also has a fun flair with vendors and a fashion show.
For more information, call 832-499-6029. Join a discussion with members from B.I.R.T.H. each Monday on KPFT's Whole Mother radio program from 6:30-7:00 a.m. It is also broadcast live on the web at KPFT.
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