Our Workshops

Our free workshops cover a wide variety of topics surrounding pregnancy, birth, postpartum, and early childhood. Our goal is to give you the tools and information to feel empowered during your journey through pregnancy and birth. Workshops are led by local leaders in their fields. Check out our workshops from the Spring 2019 Fair. Fall 2019 workshops will be coming soon, stay tuned in!


10:15AM - 11:00AM

Essentia’s Midwifery Program

ESsentia Health Midwives

Essentia Health now offers Midwifery Services! Midwives provide health care to women throughout the lifespan, specializing in maternity care for healthy women with low risk pregnancies. Our new service includes 24-7 call coverage for the midwife to meet you at the hospital. We provide the full midwifery experience with the safety of the NICU and an in-house obstetrician and anesthesia team should the need arise.


Healing Cesarean Scars of All Ages

Maria Antonescu,
Massage and Movement - abdominal massage and pelvic mobility specialist

Cesarean scar tissue can cause lower back pain, an irritable bladder and/or painful sex (to name a few). It may take years to start to feel the effects of your scars! Join Maria and learn cesarean scar care basics that can help your body move with more freedom. We'll talk about when and how to work with cesarean scars and why it is so important. You'll leave with a variety of practical applications and a better understanding of your body. Scars are the tip of the iceberg - what we see is only a fraction of what lies underneath the skin.


Budgeting for Baby

Rebecca McLaughlin & Michael Fraser

We all have questions when it comes to planning our finances, especially when we have big changes in our lives! “How much would I need to save monthly to purchase a house?” “How do I properly protect my family from the ‘what if’s’ in life?” “How do we start building wealth to be financially free?” and “How much should we be setting aside for our retirement or child’s education? As you and your partner approach one of the most exciting moments of your life, our team is ready to help you prepare, navigate, and achieve these life goals. Come learn about setting goals, budgeting, investing, comprehensive financial planning and ask about the financial questions that keep you up at night.”

North Star Consultants, Inc. - Insurance Products and Services. CRI Securities, LLC - Securities and Investments. Securian Financial Services, Inc. – Variable Products and Securities. Securities and investment advisory services offered through CRI Securities, LLC and Securian Financial Services, Inc. Members FINRA/SIPC. CRI Securities, LLC is affiliated with Securian Financial Services, Inc. and North Star Resource Group. North Star Consultants, Inc. is doing business as North Star Resource Group and is independently owned and operated. Michael and Rebecca are registered representatives and investment advisor representatives of CRI Securities, LLC and Securian Financial Services, Inc. Separate from the financial plan and our role as financial planner, we may recommend the purchase of specific investment or insurance products or accounts. These product recommendations are not part of the financial plan and you are under no obligation to follow them. 2701 University Ave SE, Minneapolis, MN 55414. 2731735/DOFU 9-2019

11:15AM - 12:00PM

Pregnancy Should NOT Hurt

Deb McLaughlin,
Northern Lights Wellness

Come learn simple things you can do (and avoid doing) during pregnancy that will help keep Moms more comfortable AND enjoy easier births and happier babies. Minor structural imbalances in Mom can impact baby’s position for birth and affect the ease of the birth. You will leave with clear recommendations and “tools” for you and your partner to check and address at home. You will also understand when and how to consider seeing a bodyworker for more help. MAP for Better Birth™ is an assessment protocol developed for midwives, doctors, and nurses to use during pregnancy. As a parent you can easily learn these same assessments and what you can do throughout your pregnancy.


Reproductive Trauma and Healing

Dina Clabaugh, LICSW, MSW, MS
Insight Counseling Duluth

This workshop will introduce participants to the healing ways individuals, families, friends, and healthcare professionals can support those impacted by reproductive traumas. Reproductive trauma includes infertility, miscarriage, perinatal death, complicated birth, and postpartum reactions. Dina Clabaugh, LICSW, specializes in healing grief and traumas through EMDR, mindfulness and other forms of supportive psychotherapy. Participants will walk away with techniques that enhance empathy, care, and calm of self and those they love.


Bonding Through the Early Years

Elizabeth Lehn,
Babywearing Educator

Bonding is an important part of parenting. Some parents feel connected with their baby immediately, others feel like their child is a stranger. Creating a strong bond with baby during the early years will help create confidence in your parenting, reduce risk for postpartum depression, and set the stage for a healthy relationship with your child throughout life. We will talk about a variety of ways parents can bond with their child throughout the early years of life such as, babywearing, infant massage, baths, and more!

12:15PM - 1:00pm

Toolkit for Labor and Birth

Alisha Stoltzfus,
The Birth Servant - Doula and Placenta Encapsulation

This workshop is designed to equip and educate you (and your birth team) on what labor can look like, what is experienced in the body, mind, and spirit during labor, birth, and immediate postpartum, and what techniques and comfort measures can be utilized. Alisha’s physiologic approach, education, and experience in hospitals and homes as a doula and apprentice midwife can help you detail your birth plan, discover options and goals for your birth, and set yourself up for success.


Breastfeeding Basics

Angela Qson RN, PHN, IBCLC
Essentia Health Lactation Consultant

Come learn about the benefits and protection that breastfeeding provides to both mother and child. We will talk about the challenges of breastfeeding and how you can get help with breastfeeding. We will also answer some frequently asked questions.


Baby’s First Bites

Shannon MAy,
Nourish Natural Health Clinic

Baby’s first bites can be stressful for parents! What food do you start with? Purees, cereal, baby led weaning, and more. If you are wondering how to optimize your baby's nutrition, immune health, and microbiome with foods, come hear Dr May's approach to introducing baby’s first bite. In the process, you’ll learn how to set up your baby for optimal nutrition and wellness with those first bites.

1:15PM - 2:00pm

Simplicity Parenting

Elaine Schmid, M.Ed.
Spirit of the lake community school

A Simple Approach to Parenting: How to create family rhythms, look at our home environment, unschedule our children (and ourselves!), consume less media, and spend more time outdoors. In this workshop, we will share practical ideas on how to simplify our approach to parenting and, in turn, create a calmer, happier family.


Giant List of Birth Decisions

Margo Nelson,
Duluth Midwife

Margo made the "Giant List of Birth Decisions" as a tool to both show the enormity of options for labor and birth (WAY beyond the typical birth plan) and to stimulate conversation about specific options that people perhaps had never even heard of or contemplated. Every time she has used this tool with a group of pregnant families, the conversation has been illuminating, and people leave with actionable steps if they want to be in charge of their birth experience - go through this giant list, get more educated about the options as desired, and make decisions that they can then bring to their provider of choice. Margo’s passion is to help every family look forward to their birth experience, and to look back on their birth knowing they went in as prepared as possible, heart, soul and body. This workshop is one way of making that happen!


Doulas are for Partners Too

Monita Niemann,
Surrendering Waves

You are tired, you need to use the restroom, and you can’t help to wonder if you can eat or not. Your mind is in a tizzy of thoughts- Is this normal? What else should I be doing? What is that smell? Is this labor? I wonder who is taking care of the pets. To many these may sounds like thoughts and questions of a person in labor, actually these are all questions many partners have during labor. Having a doula as part of your birth team can help ease many of these and plenty more. Join Monita, as we discuss how a doula can support not only the birthing person, but also partners as well.

Our Vendors

Our 60+ vendors are here to support you through your journey through pregnancy and birth with their services and products. Stop by their booths and find out how they can support you and your family. Please click on the businesses below to go directly to their websites.

Check Back Frequently for our Fall 2019 Vendors!

Spring 2019 Birth and Baby Fair Vendors

Abdominal Massage

Blossoming Warrior

Blue Cross, Blue Shield & Blue Plus of MN

Breastfeeding Support in the Twin Ports

Chester Creek Chiropractic

Chew Me Jewelry

Community Memorial Hospital

Dr. Luke Chiropractic and Wellness

Duluth Early Childhood and Family Education

Duluth Fire Department

Duluth Midwife

Essentia Health Breastfeeding

Essentia Health Family Practice

Essentia Health Midwives/OBGYN

Essentia Health Pelvic Floor

Essentia Health Prenatal Education

First Memory Midwifery

Fit4Mom Twin Ports

Flying Purple People Catcher

Fond du Lac Community Program

Help Me Grow

Hike It Baby Duluth

Insight Counseling

Jonker Chiropractic

Lake Superior Medical Equipment

Lotus and Luna Wellness

Luke Chiropractic & Wellness

Michaela Rai Photography

Montessori School of Duluth

Mother’s Lives Matter

Northeast Minnesota WIC Breastfeeding Peer Counselors

Northern Lights Wellness

Northland Breastfeeding Coalition

North Shore Doula

North Star Financial

Nourish Natural Health Clinic

Out of the Clouds Photo Organizing

Paper Birch Studios

Pelvic Mobility

Picture the Essence Photography

Pink Moon Birth Photography

Profile by Sanford

Runa Yoga

Safe Kids

Simply Restored Co

Spirit of the Lake Community School

St. Louis County Public Health

St. Louis/Carlton/Lake County WIC & Peer Breastfeeding

St. Luke’s Pediatricians,

St. Luke’s Prenatal Education

St. Luke’s OB/GYN

Stephanie Winter Doula

Superior Being Acupuncture & Wellness

Surrendering Waves

The Birth Servant

The Sacred Space Keeper

Thrive by Le-vel

Whole Birth Yoga

Whole Health Matters

WIC Breastfeeding Peer Counselors

Wind Ridge Schoolhouse

Wisdom Center for Change

Women Circling Women


Young Living Essential Oils

Your Whole Body

Zone Into Health

If you’re interested in being a vendor at the next Birth & Baby Fair connect with our leadership team.


We are proud to announce that we will be offering a free shuttle from the DTA Grand Ave & 33 AW bus stop. No need to walk up the hill! The shuttle will be running from 10am-2pm and is FREE.

A HUGE thank you to our shuttle sponsors who helped make this happen!

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Our FREE! Child play & Activities Area

We know that it can be hard to enjoy the fair and attend workshops if you have children already. We’ve got you covered! You can take a break at our awesome play area, or you can drop your children off with our lovely volunteers while you enjoy the fair. Kids will be able to play in our play area, nature playscape, and make a variety of crafts including fantastic jump ropes!