A special event aimed at helping new and expecting parents navigate the challenges of a family comes to the i.d.e.a. Museum tomorrow, March 10. The 4th Trimester Arizona Conference features more than 15 workshops that tackle sensitive topics – from intimacy, parenting trends and self-care. The museum will be closed to regular admission during this ticketed event.
“Ever wonder if you are the only parent who feels like you don’t have it all together? We’re all going through the same thing,” said Jennie Bever, founder of 4th Trimester Arizona and a research assistant professor at ASU’s College of Nursing and Health Innovation. “It takes a village to raise a family, which is why we created this conference. You are not alone.”
4th Trimester Arizona connects a village of new families by providing resources, support and nurturing through community events. This inaugural conference addresses:
- Becoming a parent and still being yourself.
- Sex and intimacy after baby.
- Conscious parenting.
- Money and finances
- Nurturing yourself while nurturing your child(ren).
“We’re thrilled to support this wonderful resource for parents, so they can discover the many ways to take care of themselves,” said Sunnee O’Rork, executive director of the i.d.e.a. Museum. “At the museum, we see the importance of parents bonding with their little ones, building a foundation for early learning and nurturing creative thinking.”
The conference – which will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the museum, 150 W. Pepper Place in downtown Mesa – features several expert speakers. Dr. Teri Pipe, dean of ASU’s College of Nursing and Health Innovation and founding director of the Center for Mindfulness, Compassion and Resilience, opens the conference with a meditation session, “Loving Kindness for Self and Others.” Michelle Peterson, creator of the “Seven Sisters for Seven Days,” a postpartum care and wellness program, will present a session on “Connecting Your Parenting Village.”
Additionally, the conference features revitalization opportunities such as yoga, massage, sound healing and dance. Parents also will have the opportunity to participate in a first of its kind “Truth Booth” project, in collaboration with Arizona State University, to capture the voices and lived experiences of families in the postpartum period.