No matter how 'ready' moms-to-be feel ahead of childbirth, there is always comfort in knowing about local resources available to them after their baby is born.
Expectant mothers from across Western New York flocked to the Hyatt Regency in downtown Buffalo last weekend for the inaugural Beyond the Bump event in the city. The convention had previously been in Rochester, N.Y., but it expanded this year to meet growing demand.
The event is designed to prepare new and expectant mothers for all aspects of having a baby by bringing together local organizations that cater to pregnant women.
"There are so many [local] resources out there, the problem is people just didn't have access to them in one spot," organizer Monica Infante said.
Infante founded Beyond the Bump after she gave birth to her first child.
"There was a lot that I didn't know. The more people I met the more I realized this was not something I was alone in. It was a very common thing," Infante said.
An estimated 400 people were in attendance on Saturday's event.