Tickets are officially on sale to our 3rd Annual Bloom Event for New and Expectant Moms! Check out all the details below! Ticket purchasing information is at the bottom of the post.
Who: All Twin Cities moms (you do not have to be expecting to attend!). This event is geared towards moms who are currently expecting a baby, had a baby within the last year, foster moms of infants, or are planning on growing their family soon through birth or adoption.
What: Bloom is a national event for new and expectant moms hosted by City Moms Blog Network and our sister sites, which will be taking place in more than 50 cities across the country during the month of May.
Why: Whether you’re expecting for the first or third time, have a newborn at home or are working your way through the toddler years and thinking of expanding your family in the future, this event is for you. Come enjoy a morning of pampering, delicious food, educational resources, giveaways and swag, and connecting moms and families with relevant local resources!
When: Saturday, May 20, 2017 from 10:00am-1:00pm
Where: Breck School
123 Ottawa Ave N
Golden Valley, MN 55422
Ticket Price: General Admission: $25, VIP Ticket: $40, Add On Experiences: $20
All tickets include the following:
- Access to the event and our 30+ sponsors and breakout sessions
- Light food, drinks and desserts from Amy’s Cupcake Shoppe
- A swag bag loaded with goodies
- 2 raffle tickets to use on giveaways of your choice
Our VIP Ticket includes extra swag items listed under our VIP swag section below.
*Please Note: This event is geared towards new and expectant moms. Children OVER one year will not be permitted and due to space constraints children UNDER one years old must be worn in a carrier or held as there is no room for strollers at this event. A huge thank you to our nursing space sponsor, Raven Ivory Photography, for providing attending moms with a beautiful space to feed their little ones during the event!
Our Title Sponsors
We are proud to have Park Nicollet and HealthPartners as our title sponsors for this event! From pre-conception care through pregnancy, birth and beyond, HealthPartners and Park Nicollet are dedicated to partnering with you. Their compassionate teams recognize this is a special time and will support you, your baby and your choices. Experienced ob/gyn doctors, nurse practitioners and certified-nurse midwives offer different care team options. When it’s time to deliver, their hospital birth centers provide you with a comfortable environment and honor your birth preferences, from water birth to vaginal birth after cesarean. Because they know there are many emotions and new experiences that come along with having a baby, they also have breastfeeding and mental health support for moms. With a new baby, every moment is big. Let’s make good happen, together.
We are so thankful to Breck School for being our host sponsor this year! Breck is a preschool – grade 12, private school where all grades are joined together in one vibrant community on our beautiful campus in Golden Valley, Minnesota. At Breck, each week, each month, each term, each year brings new opportunities to reimagine, reinvent, and reanimate learning — both for it’s students, and for the school. When perpetually learning students encounter this perpetually learning school, they see the very process of learning not just as a prerequisite for success, but the lens through which they view the entire world.
We are delighted to welcome professionals and experts to lead 5 different breakout sessions throughout the morning and afternoon. Regardless of what stage of motherhood you’re in, there’s always something to ask or something new to learn. We encourage and welcome all questions during these sessions!
Park Nicollet/Health Partners: Jill Lindquist
Off to a Good Start: tips for successful breastfeeding
The decision to breastfeed your baby is a big one. With different opinions and plenty of advice from well-meaning people, you may find confusion and mixed messages. Join Jill Lindquist, Lactation Consultant at Park Nicollet to learn about what you can do to positively impact your breastfeeding success and overall experience.
Jill Lindquist is a board-certified lactation consultant and the author of Your Breastfeeding Coach: The Help You Need for Successful Breastfeeding. She has helped moms and babies with breastfeeding support for over 20 years in hospitals, clinics, homes and over the phone, including at Park Nicollet’s Breastfeeding Center for the past 4 years. Jill is also the Vice President of Breastmilk for Babies, a non-profit organization working to establish a milk bank in Minnesota so that more babies can receive the many natural benefits of breastmilk! She is the mother of three grown children, each of whom started their growing on breastmilk.
Park Nicollet/Health Partners: Nate Chomilo
Building Connections: moms, babies and brain power
Did you know reading, talking and singing to your baby helps their brain grow and develop? Newborns quickly begin to recognize important sounds in their environment, such as their parents’ voices. As they grow, babies begin to recognize the sounds that form language, such as the way syllables, words, and sentences work. Join Dr. Nate Chomilo, a pediatrician at Park Nicollet, for a talk about the everyday things you can do that have a positive impact on your baby’s brain development.
Nate Chomilo, MD, is a general pediatrician (doctor for kids in the clinic) and a hospital internist (doctor for adults in the hospital). He is passionate about helping families raise healthy and successful children and being an advocate for children within our communities. Dr. Chomilo has a special interest in early childhood literacy (helping kids learn to love books) and health literacy in general. Outside of his position with Park Nicollet, he also serves as the Medical Director for Reach Out and Read MN, a non-profit organization that promotes early childhood literacy in pediatric exam rooms, and has been appointed to Governor Mark Dayton’s Early Learning Council. When he’s not working, Dr. Chomilo and his wife enjoy reading to their newborn son and are currently busy trying to sleep train him, and catch a few minutes of rest for themselves.
Nite & Day: Elizabeth Sarles
Wayzata Children's Clinic: Kelly Lemieux
What to expect the first few months – Q&A with Kelly Lemieux, MD
Wayzata Children’s Clinic Pediatrician Kelly Lemieux, MD will talk about what to expect the first few months with your new baby. Topics will include eating, peeing, pooping, and sleeping. Informal discussion and questions are welcome.
Kelly was born in St. Paul, and graduated magna cum laude from the College of St. Benedict in 1988 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Natural Sciences and an Associate of Arts degree in Music Performance (flute). She earned her Medical degree from the University of MN in 1992, finished pediatric residency there in 1995, and began working at the Wayzata Children’s Clinic shortly thereafter. She is Board Certified in Pediatrics, is the Past President of the Board for Wayzata Children’s Clinic, and chairs the Clinical Operations Committee of the Children’s Health Network, an integrated network affiliated with Children’s Hospital and Clinics of MN, representing over 200 primary care practitioners in the Twin Cities. Her clinical interests include food allergies and asthma. Kelly, her husband Bill, and children Will and Annie live in Victoria. In her spare time she enjoys travel, music, biking, reading, and keeping up with Will and Annie’s activities and performances!
Fairview Health Services
Pain Relief During Labor
There are many methods to help manage pain during labor. A speaker from Fairview Health Services will share how certain labor positions and aids, like birthing slings, balls and tubs, and even laughing gas, can help ease some of the discomfort.
We are passionate about connecting moms to fabulous local resources and great businesses and products that we personally love. We hope that you will take the time to visit with each of these sponsors; from newborn and birth photography to local baby goods to tips for breastfeeding success, our partners are really looking forward to meeting and mingling with you all at this event!
Who doesn’t love to win amazing prizes? We have a fabulous lineup of giveaways thanks to our fabulous giveaway sponsors whose logos are below. Each Bloom ticket comes with two raffle ticket for you to use on giveaways of your choice.
Want to increase your chance to win?? We are partnering again with Emerge Mothers Academy to give you an opportunity to give back. Emerge Mothers Academy is a local non-profit serving teen and single mothers. They work with women to equip them to be confident women and caring moms. This is done through parenting classes and mentoring, work-preparation for financial independence and community collaboration through our social work!
For each donation item from the list below that you bring, you will receive ONE raffle ticket. The more you donate, the better your chances of winning (up to 5 additional raffle tickets)– it’s that simple! We hope you will participate in this important initiative of giving back to moms and families in our community for a chance to win one of these prizes.
- diapers (all sizes)
- baby toys (gently used and in good condition are OK)
- clothes (newborn to 2T, gently used and in good condition are OK)
- diaper bag
- maternity clothes (gently used and in good condition are OK)
VIP Swag Sponsors
Guests will have the opportunity to choose a VIP ticket options to this event. This ticket option includes some extra special swag items that are pretty fabulous from the sponsors below as well as THREE additional raffle tickets to use on the giveaways of your choice!
VIP Ticket include the additional following items:
- 1 UPPAbaby carseat Cabana (fits most carseats). Protect your little one from all kinds of weather while on-the-go. The Cabana provides the ultimate in protection against sun, wind, rain and insects
- 1 Pink Linen Designs Minnesota state cutout (colors vary)
- 1 specially designed Bloom cookie from The Cookie Creative
- 3 additional raffle tickets to use on the giveaways of your choice
Add On Experiences
This year we are adding 2 different Add On Experiences that can be purchased in addition to our general admission or VIP tickets. Both will have a VERY limited number of spots available! Each Add On Experience is $20.
Add On Experience #1: DIY Wood Sign Experience with Projects in Person – PIP from 9-10am
This add on experience will allow guests to create a custom wood sign for their little one’s nursery one hour before the event. You can choose from three different designs and will be lead by the fabulous Projects in Person team! This experience will also include delicious cinnamon rolls from Amy’s Cupcake Shoppe and coffee from Coffee Cart MPLS!
Add On Experience #2: Bump or Baby Photo Shoot with Everbranch Photography
This add on experience includes a bump or baby photo spot with Everbranch Photography during the event, with 2 digital images available for download the week following the event. We will have a fabulous backdrop set up and a beautiful garland boa from Fleur De Lis // Fresh Flowers that can be used during the shoot (optional). Attendees will also enjoy some cookies from The Cookie Creative!
There is nothing more sentimental than capturing the important moments in your growing family’s life. From your growing bump to delivery to the first steps and beyond, all of these photographers are talented – it’s simply a matter of finding the right one for your artistic preferences and needs. We truly adore these Twin Cities photographers and think you will, too!