Archive for the ‘birth announcements’ Category

Friday Funny: How Babies Are Made… Or Not

February 22, 2013

Let’s wrap up our week with a giggle — enjoy!


Alisa & the women of Blooma

P.S. – This came to me via multiple e-mail forwards… if you know where it came from, please let me know so I can give attribution!

Jesse’s Birth Story: “Calm, Peaceful, Powerful”

November 28, 2012

A big, big congratulations to Blooma Prenatal Yoga and Vinyasa Flow Yoga teacher, Jesse Bennet, on the arrival of her sweet baby boy!

Today Jesse shares her birth story and intimate photos of her labor and first moments post-birth.

We love you, Jesse, for all that you share with Blooma’s mamas and for your beautiful strength as a woman, mother and teacher.


Alisa, Sarah & the women of Blooma


{By Jesse}

My labor began Saturday the 18th when I could tell my Braxton Hicks were turning into a bit more organized and intense contractions.

My mom flew into town from California just for the weekend to see me pregnant because I wasn’t “due” until the 29th! Saturday night of course we were watching “What to Expect When You Are Expecting” (I love that movie!!) and I began timing my contractions. They were getting stronger.

At midnight they really arrived every 5 minutes and I knew that my body was starting to work! Fifteen minutes before leaving to take my mom to the airport my water sprung a leak!

My mom stayed to be with Madison, and Ryan and I headed to Abbott. We arrived at Abbott around 1:30 and I was a 4. By 2:30 my midwife was able to break the rest of my water and I went into full active labor.

The next 5 hours I spent moving— on the ball, stretching over the bed, and I spent a lot of it in the shower with Ryan pouring water on my back.

Once I hit transition they filled the tub and when I got in my body felt so much lighter. Time is a little fuzzy during labor but I remember in the tub feeling strong.

My midwife said I would know when it is time to push and she just let my body birth. It was calm and peaceful and powerful.

My sweet son Samuel was born in the water at 7:42 p.m., weighing in at 7 lbs, 2 ounces and we could not be more in love.


Blooma Blossom: Meredyth Welcomes Baby Lucy!

July 30, 2012

The Blooma family expands again!

Blooma’s own Meredyth (Johnson) Kramschuster welcomed her baby earlier this month and she’s so excited to introduce her little one. Congratulations, Meredyth!

Baby Lucy sleeps on her daddy’s chest.

From Meredyth:

Lucy Rae was born at sunrise (5:08 a.m.) on Thursday July 12, weighing exactly 8 lbs, and 20 1/2 inches long. She’s so beautiful and amazing!

Lucy and I were surrounded by the amazing support of my husband John, doula Liz, and midwives Emme, Clare, & Renee. We cannot thank them enough!

I will write the whole birth story soon. Right now we’re enjoying every moment as a family.

As Meredyth has touched so many of our lives through massage and prenatal yoga, please feel free to leave words of support!


Alisa, Sarah & the women of Blooma

Blooma Blossom: A “Yoga Mama” + Her Baby Boy

July 12, 2012

Congratulations to new mama Teresa, who practiced prenatal yoga at Blooma’s St. Paul studio and took the power of those squats right into the birthing room with her!


Alisa, Sarah & the women of Blooma


Dear Corrine,

This message is long overdue, but I have been a little busy lately! My baby boy, Colin Thomas, was born on Sunday, June 3rd at 5:04 p.m.

He was a healthy 8 lbs, 2 oz and was nine days “early.” 🙂

My water broke at 3 a.m. at home and the pressure waves (contractions) slowly intensified over the morning. Transition went fast, I went from 4 cm to complete in half an hour! For pushing I used the squat bar, and at one point the nurse said, “You must be a yoga mama, only yoga mamas can stay in the squat position that long.” 🙂

My pushing stage lasted 3.5 hours, but my midwife said I had a lot of strength and stamina (which I attribute to yoga) and that is why she allowed me to go so long without intervening!

I just want to thank you as well as all the other wonderful St. Paul prenatal instructors for all the help, guidance and support these last 5 months. I am so thankful I discovered Blooma during my pregnancy. It inspired me to pursue a natural childbirth, which I am so happy to have achieved.

I cannot wait for BYOB! I miss being in the Blooma community and support it provides and can’t wait to come back! See you soon!

Teresa M.

Blooma Blossom: Lindsay’s Sweet June

May 29, 2012

Blooma wishes a BIG congratulations to one of our prenatal yoga teachers, Lindsay McCoy, on the birth of her sweet baby girl, June. One very cool detail: June was born in the caul (in the sac). This doesn’t happen often and some people consider it to be good luck. 🙂

Lindsay taught throughout her pregnancy and past her guess date, continuing to share her warmth, energy, calm, and beautiful pregnant belly with Blooma’s mamas. Below, Lindsay shares a note and video of photos from her birth. The photos, taken by Allison Kuznia, are gorgeous!

Be on the lookout, too, for an upcoming WCCO segment… Lindsay allowed a news crew into her birthing room to film HypnoBabies in action! We’ll share more info as we have it. Smooches to you, Linds! Mamas, feel free to leave a note of love for Lindsay below.


Alisa, Sarah & the women of Blooma


{by Lindsay McCoy}

June Esther McCoy was born on May 19th at 5:55pm weighing 7lbs, 14oz.

Words can not even describe the complete joy, ecstasy, love, and peace that I experienced during the birth of baby June. It was truly a magical day that I will remember forever!

Daddy and midwife caught baby June and passed her through my legs to me, where I pulled her up into my arms as the other midwife gently lifted the sac off of her. Her 5-year-old big sister was able to cut the cord and it was such a joy to have my older kids experience this birth alongside me.

Throughout this whole journey, I felt the love and support of all the amazing and incredible mamas at Blooma who I have been so blessed to teach and do yoga beside throughout this pregnancy. I will especially remember those last few classes I taught already past my guess date. I look forward to seeing you all in BYOB and meeting those babies!



Blooma Blossom: Welcome, Noelle!

April 13, 2012

Welcome to the world, Noelle! Your mama worked hard to welcome you and we are so proud of her. We hope to see you at BYOB yoga soon. 🙂

Thank you so much for the words of love, Clare. But YOU are the one who did all the hard work! Way to go, mama!


Alisa, Sarah & the women of Blooma


Hi Sarah,

I know this e-mail is way overdue, but I’m sure you understand that life with a newborn is super busy, stressful at times and amazing but leaves little time left for Mom.   I want to thank you for all of your amazing support throughout my pregnancy.  I’m so glad that I found Blooma and your prenatal class.  You are an amazing teacher and coach and Blooma is such a necessary resource for pregnant mamas.

My husband and I learned so much throughout my pregnancy thanks to Blooma.  You inspired me every class and helped me when I needed guidance in making big decisions.  I switched to HCMC and the Midwives at 34 weeks because of you and I can not thank you enough for that.

I had an extremely long and hard labor, 54 hours, and I know that if I would not have made the switch I would have had a C-section (which is what I really wanted to avoid).  I know that attending your classes was a big part of what got me through the labor and I was able to muster up the strength I needed to get through it.  I am so grateful for your support and wisdom when it comes to childbirth.  I could not have done it without you.  You are truly an inspiration and pregnant mamas in the Twin Cities are so lucky to have you.

I can’t thank you enough!  I’ve been bringing my daughter Noelle to the New Mama Group and we are hoping to get to BYOB soon!  I think that you should teach a class for new moms, even if it’s just once or twice a month so that we can all be together again!  I miss your classes!!!

Thank you again and I hope to see you around Blooma sometime soon!  I’ve attached a few pictures of my new family.


Clare B.

Birth Story: “I watched her float out of me into the water”

March 14, 2012

We hear a lot of birth stories at Blooma. And I have to say, we never, EVER tire of them. Each story has its own magic, its own narrative, its own climax of finding strength, then the moments of birth and meeting baby. We are so grateful to read your stories and pass them along to other mamas who enjoy them just as much!

Today’s story comes from Heather B., a third time mama who birthed sweet baby Harriet Rose in the water. And mama, did you ever work for it! Congratulations! We also loved what you wrote about finding community at Blooma. We hope you can find + create a postpartum community for yourself, too. We look forward to oohing and ahhing overt her at BYOB yoga when you’re both ready!


Alisa, Sarah & the women of Blooma

Dear Sarah,

January 25th I gave birth to another little girl… Harriet Rose (we often call her Hattie). We officially have a girl gang!

Her big sisters are thrilled. 🙂 After a long labor and a glorious water birth, Harriet finally made her way into the world, weighing in at……wait for it ……..10 lbs. 15oz., and 21 1/4 inches long! Holy cow, right?!

We had NO IDEA that she was going to be such a big girl, even though she arrived 1.5 weeks past her guess date. Her older sisters were 7.5 and 8 lbs at birth and everyone kept guessing that little Hattie would be about the same. Anyway, she is lovely, and healthy and it just took her a while to wiggle her way down, which is why my labor took so long. Here’s our story:

My midwife Karen had scheduled me for an ultrasound on Monday, Jan. 23 (over a week past my guess date). The ultrasound showed us a healthy placenta as well as a thriving baby, but it also revealed a lot of extra amniotic fluid. The fluid caused some concern because I was dilated to a 1 at that point and baby was still “floating” and not dropped fully.

My midwife was concerned that if my water broke with a “gush,” it could potentially carry the umbilical cord out with it ahead of baby. She said the risk was small, but still something that we needed to be aware of and something that would likely lead to an immediate C-section if it happened. So, we started discussing options for inducing.

I had already discussed with her the fact that if and when I made it to 42 weeks, she and the other midwives in her group would insist on inducing me at that point. I was really reluctant to go the route of induction because I wanted so badly for it all to happen naturally, but I felt the 42 week mark looming a bit, and just a day or two before the ultrasound I really started to feel “heavy,” low on energy, and uncomfortable. I also had my heart set on a water birth and I knew that if I ended up on Pitocin or using any pain meds I wouldn’t have that option.

Karen and I decided to talk again that night  after I had had a chance to discuss all of the options with my husband John and she was going to check the schedule at the hospital and tentatively schedule me in either the very next day or the day after that.

I went home feeling somewhat disappointed and not really knowing what to decide. I called John right away and he headed home early from work so that we could talk things through. While I was at home waiting for John and waiting for the time to come to pick up my kids from school, I had a heart to heart with baby and I told him/her that we still had some time to make things happen on our own.

Then I lunged and squatted and walked and squatted and breathed and squatted and I just tried to keep the image of the water and my baby in my head without the interruption of all the other things that I was worrying over. I had the sense at that time that this baby was really ready to join us, and that if he or she was given some help along the way, we would be okay.

Ultimately, we decided to follow my midwife Karen’s lead and make a plan to go in to the hospital. We chose to go in the very next morning when we knew that Karen would be starting a 24-hour shift so that she could be with us the whole time.

It just so happens that that night (Monday night), before bed, I started contracting and the contractions continued to get stronger through the night. We called Grandma to come for the kids at 2:00 a.m., but my contractions were still pretty erratic, so we were told by the on-call midwife to stay home for another couple of hours until they got more regular.

Early the next morning, we spoke with Karen and made a plan to go in. We got to the hospital at 8:00 a.m., and hung out for four hours, trying to keep the contractions progressing. But, they wouldn’t. Actually, they started to slow a bit. So, we started helping things along with an intravaginal dose of misoprostol to help ripen/soften my cervix.

After another four hours of irregular contracting, we inserted a second dose. I continued walking the halls, climbing the stairs and bouncing on my birth ball the whole time. And John and I entertained ourselves by playing cards, listening to music and watching a Harry Potter movie (we’re geeks, I know).

Four hours after the second dose, my contractions were much more frequent and remained strong, but I was still only dilated to a 3 and 70 percent effaced. So, we decided to take some sleeping meds pills to help me rest for a while, in the hopes that they would provide enough relaxation for my labor to progress. (Thankfully, that is exactly what happened.) At this point, it was 11:00 p.m. on Tuesday night.

After sleeping between contractions for a couple of hours, I felt my water leaking and things started to get more intense. At 3 a.m., Karen asked if I wanted to climb in the bathtub to see if that would be more comfortable.

She was awesome, she got us set up in the bathroom, me in the tub and John on a little stool by my side with a cup for pouring water over my belly. She even brought in a little lamp so we could shut off the fluorescents and have some intimate mood lighting. It was so nice.

Things continued to progress intensely in the bathtub, and after an hour or so I felt the pop and gush of my water breaking. Very shortly after that, my contractions started coming with a lot of pressure and I could tell that I was nearing transition.

They got me out of the tub and checked me again. I was at an 8 cm and baby was still up further than we wanted her to be, but I went ahead and climbed into the birthing tub, which had been set up while I was in the bath.

The tub was wonderful and I was in there for only 20 minutes or so until I fully transitioned and started to push. NOW, this was the tough part. My contractions were so intense and I felt as though I was pushing on a brick wall… I couldn’t feel the baby moving down with my pushes… a very different feeling from my first two births.

But, baby’s heartbeat was strong and steady, so we knew that he or she was doing just fine. And, the water relaxed me nearly to sleep in between contractions.

Also, the freedom that I had to move in the tub saved me. I floated from my back to my side and finally onto all fours with my arms entwined with John’s. After pushing for nearly 45 minutes, and nearly (I’m sure) pulling John into the tub with me several times, I felt the baby move down and I could feel her crowning. I was exclaiming, “She’s right there! She’s right there!” Hmmm, maybe I DID know that she was going to be a girl. 🙂

Karen and John and the nurse helped flip me back over and they told me to reach down and feel the baby. It was incredible… I felt a soft round head covered in velvety hair.

Then two pushes later, they told me to look down and I watched her float out of me into the water. I reached down and scooped her up onto my chest… SO AMAZING. I clung to her and felt overcome by the fact that it was over and that I had done it.

We didn’t look to see if she was a boy or girl for many minutes. Wow, we both had to work our butts off to get through it, but we did, and it was amazing and John was amazing and Karen and Pam the nurse were amazing… and, knowing now that Harriet was so much bigger than we thought she would be, I just can’t believe I did it.

Now I am in the land of baby bliss and of trying to balance three kiddos. PATIENCE. My word, my mantra. And, also, I’m realizing, that a sense of humor helps a lot too.

I want to thank you for your awesomeness and all that you give in and out of your prenatal yoga classes. Throughout my labor and delivery, I felt so supported by the people immediately around me, and I really relied a lot on what I have practiced and learned from you and all of the other mamas at Blooma. And, now, as I am already missing your classes, I think about the community there, and how it reaches me here… and, it makes Blooma not seem so far away. I will try to stop in soon to say hello and  to introduce you to Hattie Rose.

With my best wishes and so much gratitude,

Heather B.

Blooma Blossom: Welcome, Sweet Elin!

March 7, 2012

Congratulations to Blooma mama Lisa P., on the arrival of her baby daughter! We are all so happy to hear about your fantastic experiences with prenatal yoga at our Minneapolis studio and your amazing birth. Can’t wait to see you in BYOB!


Alisa, Sarah & the women of Blooma

* Mamas, feel free to send your baby’s birth announcement or your birth story and photos for the Blooma blog to


Dear Sarah, Corrine, Brooke, Anne, and the rest of the gals at BLOOMA,

I just wanted to introduce to you all the latest Blooma baby!:) Elin (pronounced E-lynn- yes, like Tiger Wood’s ex ;)) Michele Palmen blessed our lives Sunday, Jan. 29, 2012 at 9:22 a.m.!

She weighed in at a whopping 7 lbs and measured 20.5 inches in length!

It was the best day of my life! She is such a joy and I am loving her up as much as I can!

Thank you all for your words of wisdom and encouragement, constant support, and wonderful prenatal yoga practice! I attribute my “easy” pregnancy, awesome labor/delivery experience, and quick recovery to Blooma! I could not have done it without you! I cannot thank you enough.

Elin and I look forward to BYOB and other fun times at Blooma! Thanks again!

Lisa P.

Birth Story: “I moaned & sighed & opened my jaw & yelled ‘open’ & ‘out'”

February 28, 2012

Oh, we just never know what second babies have in store for us, even if our first births were long and difficult. This mama, Oona, tells her daughter’s birth story beautifully — it’s a shock she made it to the hospital at all!

Congratulations, Oona, and welcome, welcome, welcome to baby Evie!


Alisa, Sarah & the women of Blooma


{By Oona V.}

Dearest Sarah and all the wonderful women of Blooma,

I cannot even thank you enough for being my biggest support through this pregnancy. Being a stay-at-home mom with a 2-year-old son made it harder to focus on this baby girl who was growing inside my belly. I found the special time I needed to bond with her at Blooma through all the prenatal yoga (Minneapolis) classes I went to — thank goodness for the great childcare!

Recently, I have been hearing stories of women who’ve had very long labors with their first that had been having very short, intense labors with their second babies and barely making it to the hospital in time, but I never thought that I would be one of them.

My 2-year-old son was born posterior and over 9 pounds and I had a very long, exhausting labor and delivery with him (26 hours and 5+ hours of pushing). I was successful in getting my unmedicated birth but it was NOT easy and thank goodness I had such an amazing midwife to trust my body could do it, as I was told many times by the nurses that I should have just been a C-section!

The morning of September 6th I went to my 39 week appointment with my 2-year-old son in tow and was told by my midwife that my cervix was still closed and very thick. She sent me home and told me to plan for a week or more.

Well imagine my surprise as I sat down for dinner at 6 p.m. and my water broke right there on the kitchen chair. Contractions started slowly around 8 p.m. and they were very inconsistent but quite strong already and after they hung around for an hour or so I decided maybe I should call.

My midwife wanted me to come in since I had tested positive for Group B Strep and since my water had broke she was a bit concerned to make sure I could get the antibiotics I needed. We made arrangements with a friend to come watch Miles and I felt silly running off to the hospital so early since it could still be false labor and possibly just me peeing my pants.

We got in the car a little after 10 p.m. to drive up to Maple Grove hospital and the second I got in the car contractions kicked in so strongly and came right on top of each other. Sitting in the seat was killing me, I wanted to be on all fours so badly but we had both car seats in the back and I was stuck in the front seat for the 40 minute drive.

I have to say, I moaned, and sighed, and opened my jaw and yelled “open” and “out” that entire car ride. I kept picturing Sarah saying to let it out, make noise, and it helped so much, I felt like she was in the car with us!

My husband didn’t say a word and just kept driving faster and faster. We pulled into the parking lot at 10:50 p.m. and when they saw me on the sidewalk crawling on all fours and moaning they tried to get me in a wheelchair and I told them I couldn’t sit since it hurt so much, and two security guards chuckled at me.

After about five contractions on the floor I made it to labor and delivery and told them I couldn’t get on the table to get checked because I had to stay on the floor on all fours. I also told them I was going to poop right there and that I was sorry.

Well turns out I wasn’t going to poop, I was fully dilated, and ready to push my baby girl out since her head was right there. They got me up on a stretcher, and literally ran me into a delivery room, where the second I got in there, I gave about four good pushes on my hands and knees and met my baby girl at 11:08 p.m.

Right after giving birth I walked with my placenta and baby girl still attached, to the delivery bed to get some skin on skin time with her while I delivered the placenta. I didn’t even have time to change my clothes or get admitted to the hospital (we had even left our camera and bags in the car).

And here I thought I was going to get sent home or have a long labor in a tub to try for my water birth, but baby Evie had other plans. My midwife was happy I had tested positive for the Group B Strep since that is why she had me come in, otherwise I would have had the baby at home with a very scared husband!

Everyone couldn’t believe how fast she came, and I came out with a 7 lb, 2oz perfect, little baby girl, and not a single tear or much soreness afterwards. I felt like a million bucks and credit the smooth delivery to all those prenatal yoga classes, squats, and goddess poses!

Much love,


Birth Story: “The awesome experience of giving birth”

January 26, 2012

Congratulations to Kirsten on the arrival of her son, Maxfield! This mama experienced a speedy labor,  and points to prenatal yoga as an important part of her body’s prep:

The strength I summoned to push Max out, was more than any goddess pose ever required, but was clearly possible because I was strong and healthy as I went into labor.

From goddess pose in class to goddess giving birth, you did it, Kirsten! (And Cynthia, what a sweet and well-deserved love note to the teacher!)


Alisa, Sarah & the women of Blooma



I wanted to write and send a heartfelt thank you for the support, information, and challenge you provided during my pregnancy. The Saturday prenatal yoga class at Blooma (St. Paul) was such an important part of my self-care, of building my confidence, and of strengthening my body. Being led by you, an enthusiastic doula and supporter of women, made it all the more wonderful.

My son Maxfield Timothy was born Dec. 16 at 2:24 a.m. after only six hours of labor and 20 minutes of pushing.  As you’ll remember, last time I came to class I was dilated to 4 cm and 80% effaced.

On the day I went into labor, at 39 weeks and 4 days, I visited the midwife and was dilated to 6 cm and 90% effaced.  My body did so much of the work in advance of “officially” going into labor that I got to have an intense, powerful and short birth. I gave birth entirely naturally and in fact would not describe the experience as painful, intense yes, a total mental marathon yes, but not painful.

So many things helped me prepare for the awesome experience of giving birth, prenatal yoga was incredibly important. I breathed my way through the many nights of 1 or 2 hours of contractions I had as my body made it’s way to 6 cm dilation, often on my yoga mat.

During my actual labor, I was in the hands and knees position for the most intense part of transition and the first part of my pushing. The strength I summoned to push Max out, was more than any goddess pose ever required, but was clearly possible because I was strong and healthy as I went into labor.

Thank you for your part in my pregnancy and birth.  I feel blessed to have had so many supporters, and to count you among them.


Kirsten's birth team, her husband and best friend, surround her as she holds Max for the first time.