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Knoxville Natural Parenting Expo Educates & Encourages Families

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Let’s face it:  fairs, festivals and expos are a dime a dozen these days. Enough businesses are eager to sell something, anything, that you could stock booths with flashy displays, put a cotton candy machine in the corner, inflate a bouncy house and call it an expo.

Not feeling like just any festival is exactly what makes the Knoxville Natural Parenting Expo so special. So much thoughtfulness and care goes into planning the event that parents and grandparents who visit feel they’ve been a part of something special. This expo kicks off early on a Saturday with parents and tots taking part in the international Great Cloth Diaper Change.

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A strong emphasis is put on education, with speakers like experienced midwife, mother of seven and The Farm co-founder Pamela Hunt sharing what it means to normalize homebirth.  Hunt shared some fascinating history, but mostly encouraged women to feel empowered to have birth happen in the best way for their family.  “It’s our right to nurse our baby,” she said as she noted the simple act of breastfeeding can be a powerfully good way to give a baby the best start in life.

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The Farm Co-Founder
Midwife Pamela Hunt

Expo organizer and main sponsor Heather Truax of Bohemian Baby shared that her event will always focus on local businesses, small businesses and nonprofits that encourage natural parenting.

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Bohemian Baby owner & expo sponsor
Heather Truax

I volunteered at the expo on behalf of national coalition Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families.

Newborns in Need was collecting donations at the event, Attachment Parenting International hosted a kids’ activity area, and several doulas were available to discuss the science and miracle of birth.

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Of course, this was also the place to find adorable handmade children’s clothing and more.

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Here’s hoping for more family-nurturing involvement at the 2015 Knoxville Natural Parenting Expo.

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2 Responses to Knoxville Natural Parenting Expo Educates & Encourages Families

  1. Alesia-SCHF April 29, 2014 at 4:00 pm #

    These pictures are great, looks like you had a great time. Expos like these are great places to educate and network. Hopefully more people will be eager to join the safer chemicals family! Thanks for all that you do

  2. Lindsay April 29, 2014 at 1:00 pm #

    Looks like you had a great time Anne. Thank you for spreading the word about these important topics.
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