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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 6th annual event for baby, new, and expecting mamas – Hello Mama: An Event Supporting New Motherhood. This event is entirely VIRTUAL to ensure the health and safety of all.
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 virtual morning of educational resources, giveaways and swag, fun experiences, and connecting moms and families with relevant local resources!
When :: Saturday, May 1st, 9 AM. This is simply the time of the live event. If you are unavailable, you may watch the content whenever it works for you! To give you plenty of time to win prizes, we will draw for giveaways on Monday, May 3rd at 8 PM.
Where :: from your computer, tablet, or phone (and from the comfort of your couch)! Hello Mama will be a virtual event. Once you have purchased your ticket, request to join our Hello Mama Private Facebook Group where the virtual event will happen live on May 1st, 2021! (You will receive an email with a link to request to join!)
General Admission Ticket: FREE!!
Includes access to the virtual event and 20+ high-end giveaways
SOLD OUT General Admission + Swag Bag: FREE (Limited number available)
Includes General Admission to the virtual event, access to 20+ high-end giveaways, porch pickup of exclusive swag for moms & babies, includes printed MN MAMA reusable grocery tote. Porch pick-up location in NE Rochester. General Admission Swag ticket includes 5 giveaway entries.
SOLD OUT VIP Admission Ticket: $15 (Very limited number available)
Includes General Admission to the virtual event, access to 20+ high-end giveaways, porch drop-off of exclusive swag – including MN MAMA canvas tote bag – and additional VIP swag items. Delivery is limited to the Rochester area (defined as 20 miles maximum from downtown Rochester); no swag or potential giveaway winnings will be shipped. VIP Admission Ticket includes 10 giveaway entries.
NOTE :: Ticket sales END April 29th at 10 PM.
All tickets include the following:
- Access to the private Facebook group and live event and all of our virtual event hosts, expert panel, giveaways, surprises, and more!
- A swag bag loaded with goodies (for those tickets that include swag)
- 5 giveaway tickets to enter the giveaways of your choice
Our VIP tickets include all of the above in addition to:
- A VIP swag bag with extra goodies for mom + baby!
- An exclusive MN Mama canvas tote bag
- 10 giveaway tickets to enter the giveaways of your choice
*Disclaimers: ALL TICKET SALES ARE FINAL. NO REFUNDS. NO RAIN CHECKS. In the event that you cannot attend the online event, we will do our best to assist you in finding another mom to exchange/give/or sell your ticket if the need arises and/or if time allows. Additionally, everyone that purchases 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.
Our Title Sponsor
We are so pleased to have Olmsted Medical Center as our Title Sponsor for the We are so thankful for the support and education OMC is providing to Hello Mama attendees through their Expert Presentations and pane. Be sure to ask any questions you have 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.”
Hello Mama 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.
2021 Hello Mama Video Presentations & 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 $200. See below!)
Questions for our expert panelists will be answered in a pre-recorded Zoom Q+A sessions and shared during our live event!
Your Hello Mama 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 a part of the OMC Lactation department team for over 15 years. She became an Internationally Board Certified Lactation Consult in 2009 and continues to rotate her time between OMC Birthcenter and Lactation Service departments. Her husband Kurt and she have 4 children that have impacted her passion for breastfeeding and working with moms in our community.
Giving Birth during COVID-19
presented by: Dr. Melissa Richards, M.D.
Olmsted Medical Center
Melissa Richards M.D. is the department chair of the Obstetrics and Gynecology department at Olmsted Medical Center. Dr. Richards enjoys a full-spectrum practice providing healthcare to patients throughout their life. As an obstetrician, Dr. Richards believes every patient should be well-informed and confident in the care received by her healthcare team. Dr. Richards is proud of the ongoing response of the OMC staff to provide safe and personalized care during the COVID-19 pandemic. She is also amazed by the resilience of the patients and families navigating through a life-changing event during life-changing times.
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 a new baby to your family, there are 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 2-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 Ins, the Outs, the Best Kept Secrets:
Navigating #RochMN as a Parent
presented by: Becky Montpetit
Owner, Rochester Mom
Starting a new family can be overwhelming. Throw in that you’re now looking for resources, and businesses and things to do that have never come across your mind pre-kids! Becky is born and raised in Rochester MN and has made this city her home with her husband and young family. She’ll talk about why she loves the city, how to navigate and look for resources to help you and your family, where to go, and little secrets along the way. Bonus…this will be a LIVE presentation and you’ll be able to ask questions in real time!
What Sets the YMCA – Early Childhood Learning Center Apart?
presented by: Kayla Edwards, Child Care Program Director
Rochester YMCA – Early Childhood Learning Center
It’s never too early to consider childcare! In this video, Kayla Edwards, Child Care Program Director for the YMCA – Early Childhood Learning Center in Rochester MN, tells what makes the YMCA – ECLC so unique.
Learn about the values and goals of the YMCA -ECLC and also go on a virtual tour to see what the center looks like and imagine how your child might spend their day!
Loneliness, Motherhood, and Mental Health During the Pandemic
presented by: Allison Loftus MA, LPCC, PHM-C, and Derrick Loftus
A year ago the world went on lockdown. For moms, it has been a year of struggle, a year of grief, a year of isolation, and a year of survival. As if adjusting to life after baby isn’t hard enough! Try throwing in a pandemic. No wonder statistics are showing that anxiety and depression in moms have more than tripled.
In this session licensed professional counselor and certified perinatal mental health specialist, Allison Loftus, and her husband, Derrick, have a candid conversation on the impact of loneliness during the pregnancy and postpartum period and share practical ways you can care for your brain.
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!
The Minnesota Mama Shop
We’re pleased to bring you our MN Mama pop-up shop! Due to popular demand, our Rochester Mom products will be available for purchase. Stay tuned for *super cute new styles launching SOON!*
Every single event attendee will receive a prom code for 20% off one item from the shop!!
Event attendees will also have the chance to win each of the items below by completing the expert panel quiz!
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 Hello Mama General Admission ticket includes five giveaway tickets to enter the giveaways of your choice and each VIP ticket includes ten 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 broke ground last year and close to 40 families are now being served in the newly opened Rochester campus!
$3 cash donation will get you one extra giveaway ticket, $5 will get you two extra giveaway tickets and $10 will get you five 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! When checking out, please indicate how many giveaway tickets you would like and these donations will go directly to Jeremiah Program.
Hello Mama attendees that purchase a ticket that includes a swag bag will receive an incredible swag bag full of wonderful goodies and products for you to enjoy from the businesses listed below! Please fill out our digital passport by commenting on each business’s video. Submit your name to our drawing once you’ve completed your passport and you could win our GRAND PRIZE that will be announced soon!
TICKETS ON SALE BELOW!
**Please Note** No tickets will be available on the day of the event. 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 that may include your name at the virtual event for promotional use. All ticket holders will be added to the Rochester Mom email list for communication purposes.