Posts Tagged ‘birth’

Secrets to an Easier Birth?

February 11, 2013

There are many ways to help facilitate an easier birth for you and your baby. One of those ways is to get your baby into a position ideal for rotating and moving through the pelvis. Turns out, there’s more to it than head-down!

Join Gail Tully, Certified Professional Midwife — also known as “The Spinning Babies Lady” for an afternoon of learning and fun all about Optimal Fetal Positioning, Saturday, March 2, 12:30-4:30 p.m. at Blooma Minneapolis.

Gail Tully shows an expecting mother how to correctly do an inversion.

Gail Tully shows an expecting mother how to correctly do an inversion.

You’ll learn easy, easy exercises to encourage baby into a sweet spot for birth. These exercises also come in handy during labor!

Bring a birth partner to the workshop, and please wear yoga/sweat pants for easy movement. (No yoga experience necessary for this workshop.)

Gail travels the world teaching these exercises and concepts to parents, doulas, midwives and OBs — now it’s your turn to learn it, too!

Sign up online or call Blooma at 612.223.8064. Learn the best ways to use balance, gravity and movement to your advantage!


Alisa, Sarah & the women of Blooma

Empower Your Pregnancy — A Talk With Sarah This Thursday

January 15, 2013

EYP-top-page-graphic-MHBWe’re so excited to be part of the Empower Your Pregnancy online conference taking place this Jan. 17-18.

This free call-in seminar for expecting mamas features over a dozen pregnancy and birth “experts” who will share their wisdom of how to create a happy, healthy pregnancy and empowered birth.

Set a reminder on your phone to call in this Thursday afternoon at 3 p.m., when Blooma founder, prenatal yoga teacher and birth doula, Sarah Longacre, chats with Nichi Hirsch Kuechle of My Healthy Beginning about the benefits of prenatal yoga. Her talk is titled: Your Inner Goddess/ Bringing Her to Your Pregnancy through Prenatal Yoga. That’s a pretty perfect title if you know Sarah!

Sarah Longacre, Blooma founder and prenatal yoga teacher

Sarah Longacre, Blooma founder and prenatal yoga teacher

Registration for the call (and all the other amazing panelists, too) is FREE, but you’ll need to register in advance. (Registering is as simple as providing your first name and email address.) Then you’ll be e-mailed the phone number to call when it’s time, and a full schedule of speakers and topics for Jan. 17-18.

After you sign up, all you’ll need to do is chill on your couch with a cup of tea and listen in. It’ll be almost as if you’re having tea with a slew of birth experts right in your own living room!


Alisa, Sarah & the women of Blooma

A 2-Year-Old’s View of How Babies Come Out

December 11, 2012
Sweet Grace — so eager to meet her little sibling!

Sweet Grace — so eager to meet her little sibling!

We had to share this sweet, funny story recently emailed to us by a Blooma mom. Thanks for the laugh today, Kim!

I was sitting with Grace (just turned 2) reading a book and eating one of her favorite snacks — oranges. She put an orange slice on my belly for the baby to eat. I then told Grace that the baby wouldn’t eat until she “came out” thinking that would satisfy Grace.

Grace then put an orange slice between my legs and told me babies like oranges and that would help her come out.  It was really a very cute moment. Maybe I have a future midwife on my hands 😉


Mamas, we’d love to hear your cute stories about what your kids think of birth — please share below!


Alisa, Sarah & the women of Blooma

Yep, There’s an App for That

March 26, 2012

Amber Kay, a birth doula and Shiatsu and prenatal massage therapist, recently sent me some info about an app called iBirth, available for iPhones and Androids. Here’s what she had to say about it:

What I like is that it shows all the great positions to get in depending on the stage of labor — like, squats, birth ball, hands & knees, etc. It’s like a doula in an app.

That’s probably because the app was written by a doula!

While this app may be fabulous (it has received 24 five-star ratings so far), there are a few things fancy technology can’t do. For example, it will take an in-person doula to massage you, apply a cool cloth to your forehead when you need it most, and to anticipate your wants and needs during labor. 🙂

Still, this app may offer some decent birth prep and tips for birth. We’re curious: has anyone out there downloaded iBirth, do you plan to use it, or have you used it? If so, we’d love to hear your thoughts!


Alisa, Sarah & the women of Blooma

SQUAT mamas, squat!

March 2, 2012

I came across a fantastic post recently by Katy Says, a biomechanical scientist who blogs all about alignment. Sounds dull, doesn’t it? Turns out, it’s not.

This post is relevant for each and every one of us — especially if you’re soon to give birth or want to strengthen your pelvic floor (pre- or post-birth). The topic: squatting.

This demo shows how to do a supported squat while holding onto either side of door knobs. If your heels don't comfortably touch the floor, roll up your mat under them for support. (Photo from

Anyone who’s been to Blooma’s prenatal yoga classes in Minneapolis, St. Paul or Shakopee gets to drop into a squat during each and every class.

We tell you how women have given birth this way for hundreds of years, how it opens your pelvis that much more for delivery, and how the gravity of this pose helps bring baby down.

Plus, it just feels darn good. Ahhhh.

Check out what the Katy Says blog writes about squatting as birth prep, and share with us: did squatting play a role in your birth experience? Have any mamas out there given birth squatting, whether on your own, with a squat bar or on a birthing stool?


Alisa, Sarah & the women of Blooma

Approaching that 1st Birthday…

December 15, 2011

A friend of mine  is quickly approaching the 1st birthday of her baby, so we started talking about all the crazy emotions leading up to the big celebration.

It got me thinking about my own, similar experience — all the intensity of each moment leading up to my son’s birth… remembering the on-and-off contractions, the last dates with my husband (in which we didn’t yet need a babysitter!), the uncomfortable sleeping, the waiting and waiting and waiting — and then the day! Remembering all of it, sometimes in blurry patches that made up my first labor experience.

Just about anything made me teary-eyed in the weeks leading up to my son’s 1st birthday. It wasn’t necessarily sadness, but some unnamable intense emotion. How could he be approaching one already, when I’d barely gotten used to the idea that I was a MOM? How could he go from the cutest infant on the planet to age ONE???

It’s normal to experience this, mamas. Pregnancy, too, is when the ground shifts under us, then we get tossed into the crazy, amazing, wild ride that is parenthood, without much time to catch our breath and reflect.

That one-year mark is a natural time to take stock of all that has changed in your mind, spirit, heart and body. Every single one of those elements has dramatically transformed in the last year!

It’s YOU, moms and dads, who deserve the big party. Maybe you can think of something nice to do for yourself/yourselves aside from the party, if you’re planning on having one.

For those of you who already have children over a year old, what kinds of emotions did you experience? Did you do anything for yourself or your partner to mark the occasion?


Alisa, Sarah & the women of Blooma

An open letter from Blooma (we love you!)

November 4, 2011

Our most recent newsletter stirred up great conversation about how women talk about birth, how women talk to each other about birth, and what it all means about our options as mothers and birthing women.

Blooma’s intention for each of you and your babies is simple: we want to provide a community for you. A place to ask questions, to breathe, to be inspired, and most of all, to feel accepted and cared for.

We hope that as women — big-hearted, loving, STRONG women — you can also do this for each other, too.

Whatever your experiences are during pregnancy, labor, birth, and beyond, we need each other, mamas. The woman on the mat next to you will practice yoga differently than you. She’ll also labor, birth and parent differently. These differing experiences make us collaboratively stronger! More beautiful! More knowledgable!

Wherever you are on your mothering journey, we hope Blooma can be a place where you come for safety and compassion. And that in return, you can offer the same to the woman next to you (on the mat or in the grocery store), who might be struggling just a bit extra today.

Blooma was created out of a passion for serving women, in all stages of motherhood, and encompassing of all of your various choices. Yes, during prenatal yoga classes, we love to encourage you to explore your birthing options, to ask hard questions, and to tap into your inner wisdom and intuition. These things mean something different to everyone.

It is incredibly important to us that you know how much you are welcome here, no matter what. That means before and after birth. That means whether you birthed your baby with or without meds, in the water, on land, at home, in the operating room, or with a signature of adoption papers.

As one Blooma mama has said before, “All births are a rite of passage.” We know that many, many factors play into each birth and that every family chooses what feels right to them.

What we believe is most important is that you are educated. That you connect to yourself and to baby. That you find trust and acceptance about the journey you, your baby, and your family are on together.

If you need some extra love and support during your pregnancy or after your birth, please come to any one of us at Blooma. We will always do our best to listen and offer additional resources to nurture you along your journey. (You might also check out our links about postpartum depression and postpartum health.)

Blooma supports you and believes in you. That is our mission.


Alisa, Sarah & the women of Blooma

Blooma’s YouTube Channel

June 21, 2011

Hi Blooma lovelies,

Did you know we have a Blooma YouTube channel? We’d love for you to visit if you haven’t already!

And for your mama friends who are considering a visit to Blooma, this is a great welcome video to share:

There are also a few other Blooma-related videos hiding out on YouTube, like this one about partner yoga.

We’re so blessed with all the Blooma love you mamas share! Thank you!

Jenni, Sarah, and the women of Blooma

Welcome, Blooma Blossom Kristina!

May 6, 2011

Mom Randi reports: “Kristina Sharon was born April 6th. Kristina came into the world at 3:18 pm, weighing 7lbs 2oz, and measuring 20 inches long. Of course, this means I won’t be at prenatal yoga. 😦

Thank you, Blooma, for everything! I hope to come back with Kristina for BYOB:)!!”

We can’t wait to see you lovelies!

Jenni, Sarah, and the women of Blooma

A Sacred Passage birth workshop

March 2, 2011

What if birth were more than a physical experience and more than a medical event? What if birth were a spiritual journey? Those are questions asked–and answered–by Monica Matos of A Sacred Passage.

We are so excited to host Monica this weekend! She’ll be here Sunday, March 6, from 4 – 5:30pm to talk about what it means to truly embody the experience of trusting your body, to connect with your baby, and to reconnect with the spiritual nature of birth. The session is free and includes thought-provoking discussion and engaging experiential activities. (More details are available on the schedule under the events/workshop tab.)

Check out this introduction to A Sacred Passage’s teachings, from Monica, & then join us for more on Sunday afternoon!

Jenni, Sarah & the women of Blooma