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Who :: all Rochester Area moms (you do not have to be expecting to attend!)
What :: We are thrilled to present our 5th annual Bloom: An Event or New and Expecting Moms!
Why :: Whether you’re expecting for the first or third time, are fostering, adopting, 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 delicious food, educational resources, giveaways and swag, fun experiences and connecting moms and families with relevant local resources!
When :: Saturday, April 4th, 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Where :: Rochester Art Center | 40 Civic Center Dr SE, Rochester, MN 55904
Early Bird Ticket Prices (THROUGH MARCH 6th, 10 PM ONLY!)::
General Admission (WITH SWAG): $25
General Admission (NO SWAG – perfect for a support person who is not currently expecting or a new mom): $15
VIP Attendee (INCLUDES SWAG): $45
Ticket Prices AFTER March 6th, 10 PM ::
General Admission (WITH SWAG): $28
General Admission (NO SWAG – perfect for a support person who is not currently expecting or a new mom): $18
VIP Attendee (INCLUDES SWAG + VIP SWAG): $50
NOTE :: Ticket sales END on Friday, March 27th at 10 PM! We will send the video presentations to all ticket holders on Saturday, March 28th.
All tickets include the following:
- Access to the event and all of our table sponsors, shopping, and expert panel
- Our Cravings Bar featuring 9 different local #rochmn businesses
- A swag bag loaded with goodies (for those tickets that include swag)
- 3 giveaway tickets to enter the giveaways of your choice
Our VIP tickets include all of the above in addition to:
- A professional baby + belly photo from Erin Young Portrait Design
- An VIP swag bag with extra goodies for mom + baby!
- A choice of baby onesie from our MN Mama Pop-Up Boutique – see below! ($20 value!)
- 7 giveaway tickets to enter the giveaways of your choice
*Please Note: This event is geared towards new and expecting moms. Children OVER one year will not be permitted and due to space constraints children UNDER one year old must be worn in a carrier or held as there is no room for strollers at this event. A heartfelt thank you to our Mother’s Lounge sponsor, Vanicream, for providing attending moms with a comfortable space to feed your little ones and take a rest during the event!
*Disclaimers: There are NO ticket refunds. In the event that you cannot attend the event we will do our best to assist you in finding another attendee to transfer your ticket to if the need arises and/or if time allows. Additionally, everyone that registers for a ticket will be subscribed to our email list (if they have not been already) in order to provide the most timely and up to date event info. Photos will be taken at the event and of attendees for use on Rochester Mom and on social media by Rochester Mom and sponsors. Purchase of a ticket signifies your consent to have your picture taken and used in future promotions.
Our Title Sponsor
We are so pleased to have Olmsted Medical Center as our Title Sponsor for Bloom for the 4th year in a row. Be sure to stop by their space at Bloom to learn about their beautiful birth center, chat with midwives, prenatal educators and professionals in prenatal and postpartum exercise and more!
“Understanding that labor is a healthy, natural process, OMC encourages families to become active participants in the entire birth experience. Offering family-centered care from early pregnancy to baby’s arrival, our BirthCenter’s facilities and caregivers work hard to provide the best possible birthing experience for you.
We know your birth experience is one of the most important events in your life. Most likely, you are experiencing strong emotions, dreams, and uncertainty in anticipation of your child’s birth. Our staff will walk with you on your journey, providing exceptional medical care, support, and understanding.”
Our Venue Sponsor
We’re thrilled to host Bloom at the Rochester Art Center. Thanks to their generosity, our event will be held in a beautiful and comfortable space. Please be sure to check out all that the Rochester Art Center has to offer families while you there.
Rochester Art Center offers the opportunity for all people to understand and value the arts through innovative experiences with contemporary art. Through world-class exhibitions and programs, we present a welcoming, integrated, and diverse experience that encourages questioning, creativity, and critical thinking.
Our Premium Bloom Sponsor
MetroNet is a customer-focused company providing cutting-edge fiber optic telecommunication services, including high-speed Fiber Internet, full-featured Fiber Phone, Fiber IPTV with a wide variety of programming and products. MetroNet is coming SOON to Rochester MN and you can get ready for blazing-fast and symmetrical internet speeds of up to 1Gig, along with stunning television, and clear, reliable phone.
Bloom Video Presentations & Expert Panel Members
We are delighted to welcome professionals and experts to present 8 different video presentations. Regardless of what stage of motherhood you’re in, there’s always something to ask or something new to learn.
2020 Bloom Video Presentation & Expert Panel Members
All video presentations will be emailed out prior to Bloom! Be sure to watch these presentations and fill out the accompanying quiz to be entered to *WIN* a basket full of all the items from our Minnesota Mama Pop-Up Shop (two mugs, a shirt, tote, blanket, and sweatshirt…a value of $150)
At Bloom, there will be two identical expert panels to choose from to attend. This is an opportunity to ask our experts any follow-up questions to their presentations!
Your Bloom Experts
The Power of a Woman’s Body: a Physiologic Birth
presented by: Amy Ntoburi, Certified Nurse Midwife
Olmsted Medical Center
Olmsted Medical Center’s thriving midwifery service now has 5 Certified Nurse Midwives who attend births at the Women’s Health Pavilion. Midwives view pregnancy and birth as normal life events that can be a healthy time in your life. They are experts in knowing the difference between normal changes that occur and symptoms that require extra attention. Midwives specialize in providing support and education in addition to regular health care and offer health care that respects the goals and choices of each individual woman and family.
Pumping: Realistic Expectations and Reducing Guilt
presented by: Toni Koehler, RN, BSN, IBCLC
Olmsted Medical Center
Tonya has been apart of the OMC Lactation department team for over 15 years. She became a Internationally Board Certified Lactation Consult in 2009 and continues to rotate her time between OMC Birthcenter and Lactation Service departments. Her husband Kurt and her have 4 children that have impacted her passion for breastfeeding and working with moms in our community.
Perinatal Education Services at Olmsted Medical Center
presented by: Amy S. Fry, BFA, CD, ICCE, CLC-Coordinator
Olmsted Medical Center
After teaching art in the schools for 15 years, Amy became a DONA certified Doula in 2001, and an ICEA certified Childbirth Educator in 2005. Amy has taught various prenatal classes at OMC since 2002 and accepted the position of Prenatal & Family Education Coordinator in June of 2007. Since then, she has implemented the Perinatal Fitness class into the prenatal class program and recently received her CLC Lactation Counselor certification.
5 Tips for Planning Your Baby-Centric Budget
presented by: Danielle Sommerfeldt
First Alliance Credit Union
When it comes to adding new baby to your family, there’s more costs and expenses to consider beyond the bottles and car seats. In this presentation Danielle will share important tips and advice you may not have thought about to help you successfully prepare your family for your new baby-centric budget.
Danielle Sommerfeldt has over 16 years of financial industry experience and has been a Branch Manager with First Alliance Credit Union for a little over a year. She holds an Associate Degree in Business Management from Rochester Community and Technical College. Danielle grew up in Owatonna, MN where she started her finance career as a Teller. She is married and has an adorably, sassy 1 year old daughter. Danielle calls herself a budgeting nerd because she has to make sure she has money to participate in her favorite hobby, shopping.
The Importance of Pre-Natal Dental Health
presented by: Dr. Matt Penz
Penz Dental Care
A healthy mom is important for a healthy baby. And a big part of being a healthy mom is taking care of your dental health. This is because the health of your mouth affects the health of the rest of your body. Certain medical problems such as heart infections, cardiovascular disease, pre-mature birth, and more are related to poor dental health. So taking care of your teeth during pregnancy (and beyond) is super important.
Finding the Right Early Learning Program
presented by: Lisa Pearson, Child Care District Supervisor
YMCA of The Greater Twin Cities
All of a child’s early experiences, whether at home or in child care are educational. The indicators of high quality care have been studied and research supports when care is consistent, emotionally supportive, and appropriate to the child’s age, development, and temperament, there is a positive effect on children and families. The YMCA Early Childhood Learning Center has put together a helpful checklist for you to help make an informed decision.
I THINK I LOST MY MARBLES: a candid conversation on mental health and motherhood.
presented by: Allison Loftus MA, LPCC, PHM-C, and Derrick Loftus
Adjusting to life after baby is tough and many moms think that feeling sad and overwhelmed is just part of the new mom experience. It can be hard for new moms and families to know what is “normal” mom stuff during the pregnancy and postpartum period and what is symptoms of anxiety and depression. In this 15 minute clip, licensed professional clinical counselor and certified perinatal mental
Allison Loftus MA, LPCC, PHM-C (letters means she read a lot of books, wrote tons of papers, took quite a few tests, and has a butt load of experience under her belt) is the founder and owner of Flourish Counseling Center. Flourish is committed to the fundamental life value that every person is lovable, worthy, and significant. She is married to Derrick who not only a gem of a human being but has a big heart for women’s mental health. They have three kiddos together and share a passion for med-rare hamburgers. Allison’s enthusiasm for donuts can only be rivaled by Derrick’s love of cheese. They are a great team and are looking forward to encouraging you on your motherhood journey.
Babywearing: Learn What’s Right for You
presented by: Brittany Baker and Amanda Steele
Babywearing not only creates convenience for caregivers but it meets many biological needs of your infant! In this session with MedCity Doulas, we will explore a variety of carriers, learn how to safely wear your baby and discover why babywearing can be a great foundational parenting tool.
MedCity Doulas is Rochester’s premier doula agency providing continuous physical, emotional, and educational support to Minnesota families through pregnancy, birth, and postpartum.
In working with our team of professional doulas, you will have a positive birth and postpartum experience. You will feel confident in making decisions and navigating the process knowing our support is unwavering, unbiased and guaranteed.
Our diverse team is composed of career doulas with extensive training and a wide range of specialties. Along with handpicked experts bringing concierge services like nutrition and lactation counseling, wardrobe styling and nursery organization to your MedCity Doulas experience!
Our Mother's Lounge Sponsor
Thanks to our partners Vanicream, you will be able to relax, take a short break, and feed and/or change your baby in our Mother’s Lounge! Feel free to try their great products (gentle and safe!) on you and baby while you are there.
Our VIP Experience
All of our VIP ticket holders will receive a baby + belly photo session from Erin Young Portrait Design. Your beautiful, professional photo will be sent to you via email after the event is over (please allow 10 days). (For event purposes, your email will be shared with Erin Young Portrait Design prior to the event if you purchase a VIP ticket).
All of our VIP ticket holders will receive the event swag bag PLUS an additional 10 items just for VIP ticket holders! See below for all the brands that will be included in addition to the event swag!
All of our VIP ticket holders will receive their choice of a baby onesie or from our Minnesota Mama Pop-Up Shop! Be sure to visit our mobile printing boutique to watch how the onesies are made!
Our Event Photographer
Thank you to our Bloom event photographer, Mallory Gregory Photography! Mallory is a wedding & lifestyle photographer in Rochester, MN ready to capture your wildly beautiful life. From engagement, to wedding, to the whole fam-bam – Mallory wants your life to be unforgettable. She’s a believer that all chapters in your life are important and should be documented, no matter how put together or messy.
Back by popularity this year is our CRAVINGS bar! Enjoy gelato samples and chocolate from Chocolaterie Stam, cookies from Desserts by Danna, baby bar bites from People’s Food Co-op, and freshly baked and sliced to order bread from Great Harvest Bread Co.
To keep you hydrated, our friends at Gardenaire will be presenting our popular “Mom-osa” bar using their flavored syrups and sparkling water to create a non-alcoholic treat for you! Thanks to our friends at Moka, you’ll have the perfect caffeine fix (we’ll have decaf too!) to keep you going all throughout Bloom!
Who doesn’t love a good giveaway? We’re excited to present you with so many great items to win, all thanks to our wonderful giveaway sponsors! Each Bloom ticket general admission tickets includes three giveaway tickets to enter the giveaways of your choice and each VIP ticket includes seven giveaway tickets but you have the opportunity to receive more!
Jeremiah Program offers one of the nation’s most successful strategies for transforming families from poverty to prosperity two generations at a time. Jeremiah prepares determined single mothers to excel in the workforce, readies their children to succeed in school, and reduces generational dependence on public assistance. The Rochester MN campus has broken ground and hopes to open later this year. Currently 14 families are being served and that will expand to 40 this summer!
$3 cash donation will get you one extra giveaway ticket, $5 will get you two extra giveaway tickets and $10 will get you four giveaway tickets. The more you donate, the better your chances of winning – 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 a giveaway from one of these businesses! (CASH ONLY at the Bloom check-in table).
Each Bloom attendee will go home with an incredible swag bag full of wonderful goodies and products for you to enjoy from the businesses listed below! A big thank you to City Mom Collective for providing our darling tote bag!
Grand Prize Giveaway
Back again this year is our Bloom passport! Visit all of our table sponsors and get your stamp, sticker, signature. Turn in your completed passport at the giveaway table (included in your program) by 3:30 PM and be entered to win our GRAND PRIZE giveaway which is a downtown Rochester, MN staycation! We’re finalizing the details of this amazing giveaway. Be sure you check back to see what you have the chance to win…you will NOT be disappointed!
TICKETS ARE NO LONGER ON SALE FOR THIS EVENT
**Please Note** No tickets will be available at the door. ALL tickets must be purchased beforehand. We are selling a limited number and expect them to go fast. Due to the nature and planning of this event, we cannot accommodate cancellations or refunds. This includes weather, host venue cancellation, or any Act of God. By purchasing a ticket you are permitting Rochester Mom to take photos of you at the event for promotional use. All ticket holders will be added to the Rochester Mom email list for communication purposes. All VIP ticket holder emails will be given to Erin Young Portrait Design prior to the event for communication purposes.