Expecting parents learn what to expect at expo
by Jennifer Khedaroo
Oct 23, 2015 | 14685 views | 0 0 comments | 372 372 recommendations | email to a friend | print
For the first time ever in Queens, the Expecting Parents and Baby Expo offered growing families a chance to learn more about caring for their children and themselves.

The traveling expo is in its third year, and setting up shop in Terrace on the Park were exhibitors covering topics from maternity imaging to natural options for pregnancy and nutrition. The next expo will be in Brooklyn in January.

“We’re happy to provide the education for parents and having doctors from places like North Shore Long Island Jewish Health System present,” said expo co-founder Mark Neuwirt. “It gives attendees valuable information that they know is coming from a reputable and reliable source.”

He believes the event is a continued success because the attendees are different or at a different stage in their family life each time the expo returns. The exhibitors also changes, which offers returning visitors a chance to get new information and services.

Bella Dumani exhibited her heathy home meals company with her baby Christopher. She found out about the event through Meetup and was interested in helping new mothers.

“I offer for new moms coming home for the first two weeks healthy home meals at their house which I deliver to them,” Dumani said. “A lot of people have liked the idea today because it comes from experience.

“When I came from the hospital I was starving, and even though I cook, I was lucky enough to have my mom come over and help me,” Dumani added.

Dumani meets with moms-to-be and goes through the types of foods they would like to have once they come home from the hospital. The meals include recipes such as string beans with balsamic and blue cheese, chicken marbella with spinach and buckwheat and beats.

Later on, mothers often look to feed their children healthy meals as well so Dumani has cooking classes, as well as classes on how to stimulate more milk for breastfeeding.

New mom Cindy Sanchez and her friend Wendy Hernandez attended the baby expo with their friends and babies. They found seminars such as getting your baby to sleep to be the most helpful.

Another new mom, Jamila Hopkins, found the various booths to be most engaging. Hopkins’ baby, Savannah, is 10 weeks old. Hopkins and her mother Amelia have been to the Expecting Parents and Baby Expos in the past and will continue to do so in the future.

“They were all informative because there are things that I thought I knew from the previous expos that I didn’t know, such as learning about my baby’s colic,” Hopkins said. “She gave me a lot of information and helped me where I was a bit hesitant before.”

Shalina Khan and her husband Mahbubal attended the event with their two-year-old son Rehaan. Shalina has had a long struggle with breastfeeding, and being able to get information while speaking to professionals has helped her tremendously.

For mothers who were interested in leaning more about breastfeeding, there was an ample amount of exhibitors to assist them. The company Moms Pump Here brought together information and technology for breastfeeding moms by creating an app that serves as a nursing room locator.

The app, which launched in May, currently has about 75 nursing room locations around New York City, including retail stores, hospitals, stadiums, airports and parks. The app also provides reviews of each nursing room.

“We wanted to make sure every mom has access to this kind of information,” co-founder Priya Nembhard said.

Nembhard explained that the company finds locations either through research or by vetting locations submitted through the app. Nearly half of the locations come from suggestions from moms, and then the company confirms the locations through a 48-hour vetting and research process.

"The public got exposed to some unique products and services today, it was a really good day,” Neuwirt said.

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