Birth and Babies Fair 2014

Birth and Babies Fair 2014

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Hagerstown Birth is pleased to announce our 2nd annual Birth and Babies Fair. Mark your calendar for Sunday, March 9, 2014 from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm. Last year was a huge success; thanks to your support! We’re bringing back the fair in 2014, bigger and better! We have moved the location of the fair, to give more space for visitors and the opportunity to bring you more vendors. Birth and Babies Fair 2014 will be held at the Best Western Grand Venice Hotel Wedding & Conference Center, 432 Dual Highway, Hagerstown, MD. We’re in the process of coordinating speakers for some exciting and informative workshops. There will be a silent auction and clothing swap again, along with some exciting new extras. Don’t miss out!

We need your help! We can’t do this alone. If you are interested in volunteering and helping us make Birth and Babies Fair 2014 a success, please e-mail us at

Does your business or organization offer products or services that support healthy births and happy babies? Then the Birth and Babies Fair is the place to be! Visit this page now to learn more about how becoming an event sponsor and/or exhibitor can expose your company to hundreds of families who want the best for their babies.

Acupuncture during Pregnancy

i Aug 26th 2 Comments by

Acupuncture—the practice of inserting tiny needles under the skin at specific points in order to stimulate the body’s ability to heal itself—is an excellent tool for self-care during pregnancy.  It is not only valuable because it is an extremely economical, non-pharmaceutical therapy for pain and stress, but because it challenges the way we think about healthcare. At about three cents per needle, it is the simplest, safest, lowest-tech, broadest spectrum, and the least expensive remedy for one of the most common health problem in America: stress.  And stress is an almost inherent aspect of parenting.

Acupuncture treatments can be very helpful for fertility and throughout a pregnancy. Acupuncture can calm morning sickness, treat insomnia, edema, sciatica, headaches and many of the other discomforts of pregnancy.  It can be helpful for breech presentation and inducing labor naturally.  Acupuncture helps ease anxiety, stress, and frustration.  Many expecting women enjoy listening to hypnobirth CD’s while resting during acupuncture.  It can also strengthen the constitution of the mother-to-be which makes for a smoother pregnancy and healthier baby.   Acupuncture isn’t just for Mama’s though–we treat men, women, children, elderly…all the faces of our community!

Acupuncture is safe to use while you are pregnant. There are some points that should not be needled during pregnancy or should be used with extreme caution. Points on the sacrum, lower abdomen and points that could elicit a contraction should be avoided. A licensed acupuncturist will avoid contraindicated points.

Although science may never fully explain why acupuncture works, we do know a few things about how it works best.  Acupuncture is a PROCESS.  It takes time.   All healing takes time.  People get better step by step. It is very rare for any acupuncturist to resolve a problem with one treatment.  In cases of labor induction, pregnant women are encouraged to receive treatment daily until contractions are steady and strong.  Few of our patients need that much acupuncture, but virtually every person requires a course of treatment—rather than a single treatment—in order to get what they want from acupuncture.   For someone with no health complaints, receiving acupuncture once or twice a month can help prevent the onset of disease or injury.  For acute problems, such as a morning sickness, a short series of frequent and closely spaced treatments is needed. For chronic problems like depression or back pain, a longer series of treatments, spaced regularly apart will be most successful.  For severe, chronic problems such as autoimmune diseases – which many parents contend with—acupuncture is effective but might require consistent, ongoing treatment for years.

Community acupuncture at The Turning Point in downtown Frederick is available for $15 – $35.  You decide what best fits your budget, no financial questions asked.  We want our services to be accessible so that you can come in for treatment as often as needed to get well and stay well.  Our late evening and weekend hours are offered so that working parents – or tag-team-parents – can fit self-care into their (already) busy lives.  To schedule an appointment, you can use our online scheduling system at or call during clinic hours: 240-405-7878.

A special thanks to Jessica at The Turning Point for writing this informative article!

New Location!

i Aug 20th No Comments by

Hagerstown Birth is pleased to announce that we have found a new place to host our birth circle meetings! Beginning on Monday, Sept. 9 at 7 pm, we will be meeting at Women’s Health Center at Robinwood, Suite 249 in Robinwood Professional Center. The blue entrance is the closest for parking. We would like to thank SUFI Acupuncture for lending us their space for the past two years and are grateful to Women’s Health for hosting our meetings going forward.

Just a reminder, September’s meeting is being held on the second Monday of the month because of the Improving Birth rally taking place on the first Monday. October and the following months will go back to being held on the first Monday of each month.

See you then!

Dental Care

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Hagerstown Birth is thrilled to announce Pediatric Dental Center of Fredrick as our first Exclusive Top Tier Sponsor for our upcoming Birth & Babies Fair.

Did you know that the pediatric dentist has an extra two years of specialized training and is dedicated to the oral health of children from infancy through the teenage years?

The Pediatric Dental Center of Fredrick’s website is filled with great information for all of your dental questions. The care of your child’s teeth is of utmost importance.

From the Pediatric Dental Center of Frederick website:

Begin daily brushing as soon as the child’s first tooth erupts. A pea-size amount of fluoride toothpaste can be used after the child is old enough not to swallow it. By age 4 or 5, children should be able to brush their own teeth twice a day with supervision until about age seven to make sure they are doing a thorough job. However, each child is different. Your dentist can help you determine whether the child has the skill level to brush properly.

Proper brushing removes plaque from the inner, outer and chewing surfaces. When teaching children to brush, place toothbrush at a 45 degree angle; start along gum line with a soft bristle brush in a gentle circular motion. Brush the outer surfaces of each tooth, upper and lower. Repeat the same method on the inside surfaces and chewing surfaces of all the teeth. Finish by brushing the tongue to help freshen breath and remove bacteria.

Flossing removes plaque between the teeth where a toothbrush can’t reach. Flossing should begin when any two teeth touch. You may wish to floss the child’s teeth until he or she can do it alone. Use about 18 inches of floss, winding most of it around the middle fingers of both hands. Hold the floss lightly between the thumbs and forefingers. Use a gentle, back-and-forth motion to guide the floss between the teeth. Curve the floss into a C-shape and slide it into the space between the gum and tooth until you feel resistance. Gently scrape the floss against the side of the tooth. Repeat this procedure on each tooth. Don’t forget the backs of the last four teeth.

Want to learn more? Head over to the Facts section on their website!

Birth Circle

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Our Birth Circle meets on the first Monday of each month at 6:30 pm at Women’s Health at Robinwood, Suite 249 (Blue Entrance), 11110 Medical Campus Road, Hagerstown, Maryland.

See our Event Page for more information.