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Childbirth Ed to Build Confidence, Reduce Fear

February 20, 2013

Interactive, fun, and supportive of your choices — that’s what Blooma’s Complete Childbirth Education promises for your childbirth ed experience.

An example of the result of a confidence exercise we do during Blooma's Complete Childbirth Education. The affirmation labels are messages from the moms' partners that they will say during pregnancy, birth, and postpartum to to remind mamas of their strength and love. 

Not only that, our three educators (also certified doulas) make it their mission to stomp out fear and build confidence.

“I LOVED this class! I think it helped so much to erase a lot of my worries and fears that surround pregnancy and birth.  It was great because I was forced out of my comfort zone to stay open and feel supported. Absolutely AMAZING experience… Thank You! Thank You!” – expectant Mama

Offered at both Blooma locations (Mpls + St. Paul) monthly, Blooma’s Complete Childbirth Education is just that — complete. Nicole, Amber + Liz guide a comprehensive class with topics that include:

  • pregnancy nutrition + wellness
  • normal birth
  • comfort measures (with lots of hands-on practice)
  • coping techniques
  • partner connections + affirmations
  • common medications + interventions
  • navigating difficult or unexpected bumps in the road
  • Blooma_ChildbirthEducation_0337_900breastfeeding (with a live demo!)
  • postpartum baby + self care

Sign up online or call Blooma (612.223.8064) for any of the upcoming sessions:


• St. Paul – Saturday Mornings – SIGN UP
• Minneapolis – Sunday Afternoons – SIGN UP


St. Paul – Thursday Evenings – SIGN UP
Minneapolis – Sunday Afternoons – SIGN UP


Alisa, Sarah & the women of Blooma

Inspired Childbirth Ed That’s Unique to YOU

January 2, 2013

The feedback about Blooma’s Birthing From Within (BFW) workshops has been so positive, that we’ve scheduled several incarnations of BFW so you can pick, choose, mix and match the classes right for you! We offer classes tailored toward first-time parents, for those birthing again, and for mamas who want to combine their prenatal yoga practice with BFW wisdom. (more…)

What People Are Saying About “Blooma’s Complete Childbirth Education”

December 12, 2012

Moms and partners who’ve taken this 4-week childbirth prep series say it best!

Amber Kay, childbirth educator

Amber Kay, childbirth educator

“I LOVED this class! I think it helped so much to erase a lot of my worries and fears that surround pregnancy and birth. It was great because I was forced out of my comfort zone to stay open and feel supported. Absolutely AMAZING experience… Thank You! Thank You!” —Expectant Mama

Blooma’s Complete Childbirth Education is driven by the Lamaze philosophy of birth — evidence-based, interactive learning — and enlivened by Blooma’s warmth.

Taught by Twin Cities childbirth educators and doulas who’ve supported hundreds of local births at hospitals, birth centers and homes, this workshop  promises to reduce fear, build confidence, and navigate birth choices that make sense for you.

Liz Hochman, childbirth educator

Liz Hochman, childbirth educator

For the first time — this January we’re offering cozy Friday night classes in Minneapolis, Jan. 4-25, 6-9 p.m. (We promise you’ll actually love making this your weekly date night!)

St. Paul’s January classes run Saturday afternoons, Jan. 5-25, 1:30-4:30 p.m., at our beautiful new studio in the Cathedral Hill neighborhood.

“This has been an eye opening experience for both me and my wife.  Your teaching has empowered us to make choices that we feel comfortable with when becoming a new family.” —Expectant Dad

Registration is now open for all 2013 classes, held monthly at both Blooma’s Minneapolis and St. Paul locations. Take your pick of location, class day, and evening or afternoon classes!

“I liked that the info was well rounded and unbiased. I was prepared for the class to be one-sided but I felt educated about ALL my possibilities and options in a really balanced way now.” —Expectant Mama

Nicole Stecker, childbirth educator

Nicole Stecker, childbirth educator

Take a moment amid the beauty and bustle of the holiday season and do yourself a favor: book your spot in Blooma’s Complete Childbirth Education today!


Alisa, Sarah & the women of Blooma

Prenatal Yoga + Birthing From Within = An Amazing Wed. Night!

December 3, 2012

We’re planning a magical night this Wednesday, combining yoga with Sarah Longacre and Birthing From Within wisdom with BFW mentor Sarah Marshall.

candlesUsing breath, yoga, visualization, art and journaling, you’ll go from knowing the facts about birth, to connecting with your body and baby on a deeper, intuitive level.

By the end of this light, fun, two-hour workshop, you’ll walk away feeling more confident, calm and insightful about your wants, needs, and capabilities as a birthing woman and mama.

Join Sarah L. and Sarah M, two long-time Twin Cities doulas who’ve attended hundreds of births, for this unique event that’s sure to inspire!

Prenatal Yoga + Birthing From Within:

The Perfect Workshop For All Expecting Mothers

Wednesday, Dec. 5 | 7:15-9:15 p.m.

Blooma • Minneapolis

Sign up online or call Blooma at 612.233.8064


Alisa, Sarah & the women of Blooma

FREE Birthing From Within Sampler – This Sunday!

November 14, 2012

This Sunday, 6:30-9 p.m., mothers and birth partners are invited to a free sample session of Birthing From Within at Blooma Minneapolis. It’s the perfect opportunity to see if BFW is right for your or if it might go well with another childbirth education class you might already be taking.

If you love it (and we know you will!) Sarah Marshall’s next Birthing From Within series is the first three Sundays in December at Blooma’s new St. Paul location.

Sign up now for this Sunday’s BFW taster. Space is limited.

Mark your calendars, too, for a special Prenatal Yoga + Birthing From Within workshop, Dec. 5, with Sarah Longacre and Sarah Marshall together!

This will be an evening you will not forget. We will spend time on our mats breathing and moving to connect to our inner goddess, while using visualization, art and journaling to bring you from knowing ‘just birth facts’ to a deeper, inner knowing of what it is you already know and want for your birth.

This workshop will provide a safe place to go deeper into your relationship with yoga AND birth. It will be a light and fun atmosphere while, allowing for a personal connection with all of the possibilities that your birth will bear.


Alisa, Sarah & the women of Blooma

Lamaze at a Fabulous Price!

October 22, 2012

In celebration of Blooma’s 5th Birthday – Amber Kay LCCE and Liz Hochman are giving YOU a gift! Any Lamaze Childbirth Education class during 2012 is $50 off! (Promo Code: lamazeBIRTHDAY. See below for dates + details.)

This means your class will be be $175, plus an additional 10% off if you have the Blooma Pass. This is the best value in the Twin Cities for an all-inclusive childbirth class!


Blooma’s Birthing Intensive Class for Couples — This Friday!

October 17, 2012

Whether you need a last-minute refresher before birth, or a fun-filled night to connect with your partner surrounding your upcoming birth, Blooma’s Birthing Intensive offers insightful labor tips, while leaving you feeling confident about the journey ahead.

Blooma founder Sarah Longacre leads this Friday’s Birthing Intensive workshop for couples.

Blooma founder and birth doula Sarah Longacre leads this 3-hour workshop this Friday night, 6:30-9:30 p.m. Sign up now or call 952-848-1111 with any questions.

Here’s what one past participant had to say about the workshop:

The Birthing Intensive was THE BEST thing (my husband and I) have done for our baby-to-be, relationship… to prepare us for the birth. It was just awesome. It made me feel like the end is in sight and we can do this. I wish I would have taken it with (my previous) pregancies. It would have helped a lot. — Mara (more…)

Birthing From Within Class Comes to Blooma!

September 22, 2012

In just two weeks Blooma begins offering Birthing From Within childbirth education — a six-session class that takes you beyond the nuts + bolts of birth and into your deeper beliefs and wisdom about the process.

ImageWe’re so excited about Birthing From Within, that we’re offering 10% off to anyone who signs up by Wednesday night, Sept. 28.

Questions? Call Blooma at 952.848.1111. Sign up online now and reserve your spot!


Alisa, Sarah & the women of Blooma

NEW!! Birthing From Within Class at Blooma

September 4, 2012

Midwife Pam England, author of the book Birthing From Within, summed it up best when she said, “…giving birth is something a woman does in her body, not in her head.”

Whether or not you’ve read Birthing From Within, now you can take the book’s wisdom even deeper, learning how to access your body’s own inner birth knowledge, in an empowering class series offered at Blooma, beginning Oct. 7.

Birthing From Within is far from your boring, lecture-style childbirth education class. Sarah Marshall — a Birthing From Within mentor and a long-time birth doula — helps take you and your partner deeper into your pregnancy and birthing journeys so that you can truly discover how to be present within your personal experiences. (more…)

Lamaze — SO Much More Than Breathing (Next One Starts 9/9!)

August 27, 2012

Parents-to-be, there’s one week left to sign up for Blooma’s next inspiring, informative, EMPOWERING Lamaze Childbirth Education course, which begins Sept. 9, 1-4 p.m.. (Those descriptors come from last month’s participants — the ones who know best!)

ImageLamaze educators and birth doulas Amber Kay and Liz Hochmann take the approach of “stomping out fear, and building confidence.” Their evidence-based, interactive (and dare we say FUN!) classes are a huge hit at Blooma.

Couples from last month’s class were asked at the end of their Lamaze childbirth ed, “What are you so glad you learned in class?” Here a few of the replies:

  • “What to expect in labor, options for making our wishes known for the birth, comfort measures since it provides a good way for my husband to stay involved during the labor.”
  • “That I had the knowledge prior to the class and learned to trust it!”
  • “That I don’t have to be afraid of birth, that Lamaze isn’t just about breathing.”

Couples, this is your chance to prepare together to bring your baby into the world. Whether this is your first baby or your fifth, whether you’re birthing at a hospital or a birth center — Lamaze is for you. Sign up now for your four-part Lamaze Childbirth Ed series, beginning Sept. 9.


Alisa, Sarah & the women of Blooma


What are your birthing and postpartum fears? Identify them, then break down that fear wall!


Thanks to our fantastic August Lamaze couples! You all are amazing!