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Local nonprofit helps expecting mothers prepare for childbirth and more

Naja Hill / KCOY

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. - Local nonprofit Central Coast Childbirth Network held an expo today in San Luis Obispo. The group consists of over 60 birth professionals. News Channel 12 stopped by the event and spoke with community members attending.

“We want to collaborate with other organizations and professionals in the community to continue to inform, educate and advocate and bring resources together in one spot for all things family planning,” said Central Coast Childbirth Network leader Zabrina Cox.

The Central Coast Childbirth Network is a local nonprofit that aims to give families and expecting moms local resources and support.

“This is a great thing because it provides a bunch of information for new moms like myself,” said family photographer Karla Weneger.

The expo gave local businesses a chance to showcase their services for the birthing community. Natalie Garay runs Ther-Happy Pilates Studio for mothers after childbirth.

“They work on an energetic and cellular level so it's a very gentle releasing,” Garay said to a group of women as she discussed her line of flower essential oil products.

Breast Vest creator, Ellie Kelley, showcased a cover to make breastfeeding in public more comfortable for moms.

“I had issues breastfeeding in public, a lot of covers just cover the top of you and don't cover your stomach or sides,” said Kelley.

Kinship Midwifery spoke to neighbors on alternative birthing resources on the Central Coast.

“We offer prenatal care, labor and delivery assistance and postpartum care for mom and baby,” said Kinship Midwifery midwife Alia Clark.

The San Luis Obispo California Highway Patrol also attended.

“The highway patrol is very active in making sure that child seats are installed correctly to the point where you can make an appointment at your local CHP office to have a car seat inspection. And make sure it's installed correctly,” said the California Highway Patrol Public Information Officer Mike Poelking.

The network focuses on families from pre-conception to the first year of parenting. They receive funding support from First Five of SLO County and Center for Family Strengthening.

“This is one of the only networks here in the community that exists and we definitely need that,” said Clark.

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