On Saturday, I got up at o'dark thirty and drove down to Houston for the B.I.R.T.H Fair. I was excited to be there, as it seems that most of Houston's midwives, doulas, and other birth professionals come out for a day of great talks and networking.
I was excited to see Erin Young (Mothering Nature) and Heather Barrett (Illuminatal), the talented women who run my two Houston locations (which are in Spring and Sugar Land, respectively). These women joined my tub rental business when we were first getting started, and Houston has grown into a busy market for us thanks to their diligent work and commitment to customer service.
It's no secret that I'm friends with Maria Pokluda, who is one of the Birth Boot Camp instructor trainers, so it was fun to meet some the Birth Boot Camp folks who serve the Houston area. Meeting Kristi Keen was one of the highlights of my day. Kristi's a doula and childbirth educator, and every time I see her posting online, I'm reminded about how much we have in common (for example: we both have music degrees). It was great to finally meet her in person!
I admire the team at The Birthing Place and their dedication to helping underserved women get healthcare. I got one of their awesome shirts and visited with them a little more about their community health events. Any woman, regardless of financial or insurance status, can come for a free Pap test. Their Instagram feed (@thebirthingplace) is really fun to follow!
This year, I was table-neighbors with Sweet Baby Pearl's Eco Emporium. They're a baby boutique on wheels. They have a gorgeous truck (think food truck-sized) full of cloth diapers, cute outfits and other unique baby items, and you can request that they come to your baby shower or other event.
At the very first event I did after I started the pool business (Association of Texas Midwives' conference), I talked with Camillia May, a midwife who drives from Houston to Beaumont so that she can help women have VBACs at home because it's hard to find another VBAC provider in the Golden Triangle. She came by to see me and I was amazed at how much she remembered from when we met three years ago! (I grew up in Southeast Texas near Beaumont, so we'd talked about that a bit.)
All in all, it was a great day, and I had lots to think about on the way back home. It was a great event and I'm already looking forward to next year!