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Hundreds Attend Mommy and Baby Expo

URBANA--

Becoming a new parent is one of the most exciting times in someone's life.

But it's not stress free, and it's certainly not always easy.

So that's why the Champaign-Urbana Public Health District started the mommy and Baby Expo.

"You kind of want to get back to that saying it takes a village." said Linda Steinberg from the C-U Public Health District.

For the second year, the Mommy and Baby Expo highlighted all ways the Champaign-Urbana community helps to make raising a child a little easier.

"Babies are, it's lots of things you don't know and you don't realize it until you have them. And in general I found the best way to solve problems is to talk to other people who have been through the same issues." said mother Cecilia Leal.

Just about every question about having a baby can be answered by someone at the expo.

Everything from health and nutrition when pregnant, to choosing a daycare for a child.

"If we can provide an enviroment where we're all working together to help each other and support each other. It's bound to be better for everyone." said Steinberg.

For a mother expecting for the first time there are a lot questions and unknowns.

"I always use the example of walking into a room. If that light is off and you don't know what's in the room, you've never been in the room, you don't know what to expect." said childbirth educator Shannon Morber.

She works to shed light on the journey of childbirth.

"You can't always control what happens in labor and birth, but we do spend time talking about how to be flexible to deal with any bumps in the road that may come up." she said.

 

--Reported by David Ade