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Bump on a Blog: Pregnancy Expo 

Published March 11, 2014 at 1:13 p.m. | Updated April 4, 2022 at 7:52 p.m.

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I wended my way through the 40-plus vendors: photographers specializing in newborn photo shoots (a little too Anne Geddes for my taste); anti-circumcision advocates ("His Body, His Choice"); folks demonstrating car seat safety (fingers crossed the hand-me-down seat I plan to use still meets standards); and Lunaroma Aromatic Apothecary, which was handing out samples of "Baby's Bottom Balm" (smells like lavender).
click to enlarge The woolen creations of Jabo and Belles: Handmade.
  • The woolen creations of Jabo and Belles: Handmade.

Here's what I learned:

Burlington Babywearers meet regularly in Burlington and Addison County to discuss the basics of wearing your spawn. The coolest part? They have a lending library of carriers, slings and wraps. If you can't decide which one to buy, you can borrow one and try it out free for a month.

Kadina Malicbegovic, who paints naked bodies as one half of the Burlington performance art duo The Human Canvas does belly painting at baby showers!  

click to enlarge Yup, you can dip your placenta in finger paints and keep the memory of the meaty organ alive forever.
  • Yup, you can dip your placenta in finger paints and keep the memory of the meaty organ alive forever.
April Wanner, who owns the Milton-based Milo & Company, makes beautiful baby clothes and cloth diapers. Local, reusable and handmade.

Bradie Hansen's fuzzy woolen creatures are adorable — especially the owls with hair. Her Shelburne-based company is called Jabo and Belles: Handmade, and she's starting a craft-therapy group for new moms with Alice Pollvogt of Nature + Nurture Parenting

You can't talk breastfeeding in Burlington without some veteran mom launching into an impassioned rave about lactation consultant Sally MacFadyen. I finally met the lady. 

And, yes, I saw real placenta art, courtesy of placenta encapsulation certified specialist Tara Carpenter of Happy Bellies. I have to say: It was kind of pretty.

Megan James is the managing editor of Kids VT. She'll be blogging about her pregnancy until the baby arrives — hopefully in early May. 

This article was originally published in Seven Days' monthly parenting magazine, Kids VT.

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About The Author

Megan James

Megan James

Megan James began writing for Seven Days in 2010, first as Associate Arts Editor. She later became an editor for Seven Days' monthly parenting magazine, Kids VT, and is currently a freelance contributor.

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