Posts Tagged ‘Amber Kay’

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

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

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!


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!

Blooma birth story: Siri + baby Elena

December 30, 2010

Hello Blooma!

Mike and I had our baby girl on Nov. 7, 2010.

I labored at home all day on Nov. 6. This was my first baby, and I was at almost 39 weeks, so I didn’t know if those early contractions meant anything was going to happen soon, or if they would just continue on and off like they had the previous week.

Welcome to the world, Baby Elena!

I went about my day, working on the nursery, making pesto, running errands, hanging out with my mom, and breathing through mild contractions. Mike and I took the pesto over to our neighbors’ house (they had a baby last month), and we got back to our house about 9 p.m.


At about 9:05 p.m., labor took a decidedly different turn — contractions suddenly got much stronger and closer together. Our doula had just left for New York that morning (wouldn’t you know it?), so I called our back-up doula, Amber Kay.

As it turned out, Amber had been in the HypnoBirthing class that Mike and I took in June at Blooma, so we had met her already, and it felt good to hear a familiar voice on the phone when I called her. My water broke around 10:30; Amber arrived shortly thereafter. Mike flew around the house packing up stuff last-minute.

Baby Elena, born in November, with new daddy, Mike.

We got to Woodwinds at about midnight, and I labored on all fours for two hours before getting into the birthing tub. Amber was amazing; Mike was amazing; the midwife on call was amazing. They were all so supportive, such a calming presence. I could not have made it through without them.

That last phase was tough! I was very tired, and the sensations of the pushing phase are so freakishly strong. There is a sense of not having control, of just having to go with what your body is doing. It is such an utterly animal experience.

Especially towards the end, I was able to get into the HypnoBirthing zone and really “let go” between contractions. I would just float on the water while Amber or Mike held my head. Even though it was hard work, I’m glad I was able to be in the tub, and I think it made a huge difference to be able to feel what was going on in my body.

Elena Evangeline Liv finally swam into the world at 5:51 a.m.! The midwife placed her on my belly, and she crawled up to my chest, squawked a couple of times, and then just looked at us, her eyes bright and calm and alert (the photo with Mike holding her was taken by Amber about 40 minutes after Elena was born). That was totally nuts! All of a sudden, here was this person!

She was 6 lbs, 6 oz, 20 inches long, strong and healthy. She is growing well and fattening up nicely these days. I think I caught a glimpse of recognition in her eyes the other day and just a hint of a smile.

I hope to see you all again soon. We’re just trying to get as much sleep as we can these days!

Take care,



Later Siri sent us this e-mail… thought we’d share more of her wonderful message with you!


Sarah, Alisa & the women of Blooma

I’ve talked to so many women who are afraid of laboring without drugs, and I really want them to know that they can do it. It’s not easy (although I don’t think giving birth in any situation is usually easy!), but it’s totally possible, and I think it makes for a really rich experience for both mama and baby. I have several friends who are expecting, and I tell them all to check Blooma out; I think it’s so important to have a supportive, positive community around you with people cheering you on. Taking that HypnoBirthing class really made me feel like I could face delivery with confidence, and I am very grateful for that. Just being exposed to an alternative message, one that does not focus on fear but on possibility and strength — that all makes a big difference. It’s good stuff you all are up to there at Blooma.



Blooma Birth Stories – two sisters, same weekend!

December 1, 2010

Some of you may know or have heard of Angie and Krystel — the two sisters who shared the joys of being pregnant together, attended Blooma prenatal yoga classes together, and even shared the same doctor. Then both sisters gave birth the same weekend. Amazing!

We are SO excited to share their birth stories below. Congratulations, mamas!! We can’t wait to get to know these cutie pie cousins when you return for Bring Your Own Baby yoga!


Alisa, Sarah & the women of Blooma

Sisters Angie & Krystel in bridge pose at Blooma's Aug. Bellyrama event.

The weekend of Nov. 13th was an exciting one for the Reierson family! On Saturday, Nov. 13, Angie & Aaron welcomed their beautiful little girl, Evelyn Terese.

And then on Monday, Nov. 15, Krystel & Neil celebrated the birth of their gorgeous daughter, Stella Marie!  All at the same hospital (Fairview Southdale) and with the same doctor! We had tons of fun being pregnant together and so much of that is thanks to the time we spent at Blooma! Below are each of our birth stories and a picture of the two sure to be BFF cousins!

Angie’s Story ~ On Friday evening, I started to have back pain with some of my contractions but kept quiet about it throughout a dinner and movie with family and friends. I came home and told my husband, Aaron, that I thought she may come soon. Sure enough when I woke up at 5 a.m. the next morning, my contractions were consistent and about five minutes apart. By 6 a.m., they were two to three minutes apart.

After letting our doula, Amber Kay, know how things were progressing, I took a shower and we headed to the hospital by 8 a.m. as the contractions at that point were back to back.

Once we got to the hospital, we learned I was 7 cm dilated. At about 9:45 a.m., my water broke on it’s own and I was at about 8 cm.  I did get an epidural at that time and it was the perfect dosage as I still had pretty good movement of my legs which proved very helpful later on with pushing.

By 11 a.m., we were 10 cm dilated but we waited until noon to start pushing as Evelyn’s head had not yet descended as much as we needed it to.  It was at that point that the back pain came on with a vengeance due to how she was positioned. Evelyn’s head had lodged itself sideways coming down and after two hours of pushing and trying multiple positions — hands and knees and on each side —she was stuck and would not re-position.

Amber was so great about helping with different pushing positions to get a more positive outcome. We unfortunately had to throw in the towel though and have a C-section as there was too much blood showing along with all of the pushing, which was causing concern that the placenta was rupturing.

Despite an outcome that we all did not want, I was so thrilled to have experienced such a wonderful labor and the birth of our beautiful baby girl. Everything that morning progressed as it should and I have great confidence in my body now that it knows what to do in labor and we are looking forward to our next birth being a VBAC!

Thank you so much to Amber Kay, our doula, with her amazing massage techniques and kind words of support, and Sarah at Blooma for her great birthing classes that we had so much fun at. Blooma brought a lot of joy to my pregnancy and for that we are so thankful!

Evelyn was born at 2:35 p.m. just two days after her “guess date” with a weight of 8 lbs, 6 oz.

Krystel’s Story ~ I had my week 39 doctor’s appointment scheduled for that Monday morning. Neil, my husband, joined me at the doctor’s appointment after he got done visiting with his niece, Evelyn, across the street at Fairview Southdale.

Little did we know that we would be back across the street at the hospital in just a few minutes. My water broke at my appointment and I was immediately wheeled over to Southdale. I texted Sarah, ONE of my amazing doulas, at about 10 a.m. to let her know that I was going to be having this baby today.

Contractions were not strong, so I knew there was still some time. Sarah was currently attending another birth with twins! Amber Kay and Angela Vincent, my two other doulas—yes, that is three doulas! arrived and we immediately started doing things to get my contractions going. Walking stairs, the birthing ball, squatting (my favorite yoga position) are just to name a few. Contractions were still light but dilation was progressing.

Sarah arrived around 3 p.m. and my contractions were still light. I was dilated to 7 cm.  Come to find out only one layer on my bag of waters had broken. Goal: break the next one on its own. Finally at 9 p.m., after much moving, around my water broke and my contractions hit a whole new level.

Sarah took me back in my cave (a storage room in Southdale) and I began to move inward. Contractions were one right after the other and the pain intensified. I could have sworn I was at a 10! But at 9:45 I was put on pitocin and was dilated to 8 cm.

My personal goal for this pregnancy was to go all natural. However, around 11:30 p.m. I caved and got an epidural at 9 cm dilated. Only 24 minutes later my beautiful baby girl was born and in my arms.

I could not have asked for a better birth experience. I will never be able to express how grateful I am for the support team that I had during my pregnancy. Although I didn’t reach my intended goal, I was very satisfied with how far I made it in my labor. I have never seen my husband believe in me as much as he did that day, which has only brought us closer.

Sarah, Amber and Angela were unbelievable with their support, knowledge and guidance! I am going to miss seeing all the pregnant mamas and Sarah each week, but am looking forward to BYOB 🙂

Stella was born at 11:54 p.m. exactly one week before her guess date with a weight of 8 lbs, 13 oz.

Angie & Krystel