Hagerstown birth resource center officials pleased with first babies fair
Mattingly Golden, 7 months, and his mother, Jessica Golden, of Hagerstown sort through clothes at the baby clothing swap Sunday at the Birth and Babies Fair, sponsored by Hagerstown Regional Childbirth Resources at Homewood Suites by Hilton Hotel in Hagerstown. (Colleen McGrath / Colleen McGrath / March 3, 2013)
“We are thrilled about the turnout,” said Jen Sincevich, spokeswoman for Hagerstown Birth. “This being our first annual event, we weren’t entirely sure what to expect. We were hoping for the best and I think we’ve already exceeded our expectations.”
Early Sunday, the fair at the hotel near Wesel Boulevard had a constant stream of approximately 75 people in the main room, which was filled with several vendors. In addition to vendors such as photography studios, medical groups and Enkore Kids, which sells cloth diapers, there were children’s books, a clothing swap for babies and expectant moms, and information about midwives.
“It’s a lot busier than I thought it would be,” said Destini Boxall, 23, of Waynesboro, Pa.
“There’s definitely ... a lot of babies and strollers and people. And it was busy and fun,” said Andrea Packe, 31, of Harpers Ferry, W.Va.
“It’s well-populated. A lot of stuff here,” said Jared Wilt, 29, of Hagerstown.
Wilt’s wife, Samantha, is almost five months pregnant.
“We really came for some of the seminars,” he said.
Hagerstown Birth, also known as Hagerstown Regional Childbirth Resources, got its start almost two years ago when a group of like-minded women sitting in a coffee shop decided the birth community in Hagerstown needed to be more visible, Sincevich said.
“We’re really here to help put people in touch with the resources in the community and make those resources more readily available,” said Sincevich as she held her 8-month-old daughter, Triana.
More information about the nonprofit group can be found online at www.hagerstownbirth.org. The group holds a monthly “birth circle” with a topic focusing on birth or early childhood, Sincevich said.
Boxall said she was interested in learning more about cloth diapering. She started using cloth diapers about three weeks ago for her 4-week-old daughter, Miami, she said.
Nicole Brown, who was 29 weeks along in her pregnancy, also was interested in cloth diapers, she said. Brown, 29, of Fairfield, Pa., said she was pretty sure she was going to go with cloth diapers, but was still convincing her husband, Robert.
Kari McDaniel, 30, of Frederick, Md., brought her son, Tracy, 2; and one of her twin daughters, Eden, 17 months, to Sunday’s fair.
McDaniel said the fair is a great way to get “resources and the message out to area women.”
McDaniel said she wanted to find resources for friends, and brought a friend along.
McDaniel is friends with Packe, who recently moved from Seattle to Harpers Ferry.
Packe gave birth to her first child, daughter Ruby, who turns 1 later this month, via Caesarean section, she said.
One of the things Packe said she wanted to learn more about Sunday was vaginal births after Caesarean section. Her second child is due about a month after Ruby’s birthday, she said.
Packe said she already has a midwife, Linda Keeling, lined up at Jefferson Memorial Hospital in Ranson, W.Va.