Welcome to the March/April 2021 Issue!
Welcome to our first double issue for 2021 – our March/April Special Needs and Baby Guide. We are excited about this issue, also, as we promote our first VIRTUAL Special Needs Expo on March 13.
In this issue you’ll find some highlights of all the businesses, services, and products available for review on March 13, starting on page 8, and some will even be offering Facebook Live on that day so you can talk to them directly and see what they have to offer.
And of course, we’ve got some great special needs-related stories. We’ll explore ARFID, Avoidant Restrictive Food Intake Disorder (page 16), something I had never heard of until this issue. We also take a look at Tourette syndrome and tics (page 18), and we have a story on great apps for parents of kids with special needs (page 14). We’re even exploring “Pandemic Parenting” beginning on page 12.
Birmingham Parent’s Baby Book begins on page 21, and we’re talking about great and inventive ways to take a meal to new parents (page 22), post-partum depression from a local mom that literally wrote a book about it (page 26), and a gift guide for parents and babies, beginning on page 24.
We hope you’ll enjoy this jam-packed issue, and we hope you’ll join us for the Virtual Special Needs Expo on March 13 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Pre-register NOW. It’s FREE!
Happy Spring! We are all ready for it!
Carol Muse Evans
Member, Alabama Media Professionals and National Federation of Press Women, member of SAPA
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ABOUT THE EDITORS: Carol Muse Evans is publisher/editor/owner of Birmingham Parent magazine, a publication she and her husband David began in 2004. The Birmingham, Alabama-based parenting publication attracts more than 60,000 readers monthly in a four-county area and receives 10,000 hits per month on its website. The magazine has a 20,000+ print circulation, plus several thousand in readership of the digital edition online. It is the only independently audited free publication in our area, Evans is an award-winning writer and editor who has also has written for several other publications as a freelance writer since the late 80s. She is a graduate of Auburn University in journalism and is a graduate of Scottsboro High School. She is married with two grown children and lives in Alabaster. She is a member of the National Federation of Press Women, Alabama Media Professionals and Southeastern Advertisers and Publishers Association (SAPA).
Lori Chandler Pruitt is an associate editor of Birmingham Parent and award-winning writer, where she is responsible for the calendar and editorial editing. She also is a freelancer for Business Alabama magazine and has written/edited for several other publications, is a graduate of the University of Alabama in news/editorial, and Hueytown High School. She is married with two children.
In the July/August 2020 issue of Birmingham Parent, we said the “Favorite Place to Have a Baby” and “Favorite Women’s Health Care Facility” was Brookwood Baptist Health. It should have said Brookwood Baptist Medical Center for each. We are happy to correct this error. We should also have included this website instead: www.brookwoodwomens.com.