Demonstrations

Our demonstrations are designed to teach a skill that you can take home and put into practice. Demos typically last about 15 minutes, and take place on our exhibitor floor. We also have seminars throughout the day.

 

> 10:30AM
Picking the Perfect Pump
Presented by Mommy Gear 

Set yourself up for a positive breastfeeding (and pumping) experience in this demonstration with Mommy Gear. Get tips on choosing the right breast pump, and experience “how to’s” including how and when to use it, how it can be used it to boost milk production, and how pump types differ.

> 11:00AM
Comfort Measures for Labor
Presented by Strong Births

Explore comforting and soothing options for labor and delivery in this demonstration with Michelle  Zoric Chenevert, BCCE from Strong Births. Learn about comfort measures like rebozos, hand massagers, birthing balls, and more and find out what they entail, how they are used, and how birth partners can assist. Leave feeling prepared with ways to find comfort during all aspects of labor. Michelle is a birth doula, certified through BirthWorks International, has two Master’s degrees, and has completed Spinning Babies training.

> 11:30AM
Essential Oils for Families 
Presented by Creative Endeavors (Young Living Essential Oils)

Essential oils are a great natural way to support a healthy pregnancy and growing little ones. Learn more about how to keep mom, baby, and kiddos happy and healthy through aromatherapy and topical application. This demonstration, with Megan Shane/Young Living Essential Oils, will outline the benefits of therapeutic essential oils, such as supporting emotions, easing pregnancy pains, boosting the immune system, encouraging mom throughout labor, and supporting little ones after birth and beyond.

> 12:00PM
Infant Massage 
Presented by Seasons Pediatric Massage 

Infant massage is a therapeutic interaction and in this demonstration with Shelley Schurer, LMT, CIMT, CPMT, she will teach parents a variety of techniques to soothe baby. Learn some of the reasons to use infant massage including bonding and attachment, improved relaxation, and reduced teething discomfort, colic, gas, and congestion. Shelley is a Licensed Massage Therapist who helps infants, children, and their families to bond, grow, and develop through the use of massage and positive touch.

> 12:30PM
Stretches for Comfort in Pregnancy 
Presented by ChiroEvolution 

Stay healthy, safe, and pain free during pregnancy and into the postpartum period by understanding the importance of movement and how it is altered during this timeframe. Join Dr. Alyce Fogel, BSN, RN, DC for a demonstration on five key stretches for pregnancy, designed to help restore balance to your changing body, keeping you mobile, feeling your best, and ready for birth. Dr. Alyce has Certified Advanced Proficiency in Torque Release Technique and is currently working towards the completion of an advanced certification in maternal and pediatric care from the International Chiropractic Pediatrics Association.

> 1:00PM
Safe Sleep 
Presented by Cribs for Kids National Infant Safe Sleep Initiative 

Quality sleep is recognized to be the foundation for growth and development, so most parents focus on when and how much sleep their child gets. But sleep can also be hazardous for an infant, making it crucial to understand what the pitfalls are and learn how to create a safe sleeping environment. Cribs for Kids will be demonstrating the American Academy of Pediatrician’s Sleep Safe guidelines, and how to implement them. By following these guidelines, you will be providing your infant with a peaceful, safe place to sleep each and every time. As the Support and Education Coordinator at Cribs for Kids National Safe Sleep Initiative, Andrea provides infant safe sleep education to parents, communities, public health and medical professionals, and social service agencies. She also facilitates a support group for parents that have experienced the death of a child or infant, due to sleep-related tragedies, and coordinates individual grief-support resources.

> 1:30PM
Babywearing 
Presented by Mommy Gear 

Just because you’ve given birth doesn’t mean you need to give up the closeness (or convenience) that carrying your baby provides. The right baby carrier allows both wearer and baby to feel safe, secure, and comfortable, with weight evenly distributed; and just as there is not only one body type, the same goes for baby carriers. In this demonstration, located in the Babywearing Test Drive Area, Mommy Gear will explain and illustrate exactly how the parent/baby/carrier puzzle will fit together in a variety of pouches, slings, wraps, and other carriers.