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Birth Story: “The Most Gratifying Moment of My Life”

February 15, 2013

This blogging wonder mama’s birth story is one not to be missed! From her mantra of “loose on the top, loose on the bottom,” to her  beautifully-worded descriptions of labor and birth, this story is filled with gems!


Alisa, Sarah & the women of Blooma


Family first{by Sarah A.}

I’m not going to bury the lede here — the arrival of Edwin was, to-date, the most gratifying moment of my life.

But I couldn’t have known that 24 hrs before his arrival. Twenty-four hours before, I was weary from an unshakable sinus infection. I couldn’t tell if my midwife’s suggestion to break my water the next morning (I was 40 weeks and 4 cm dilated) would relieve the stress of life at the moment, or add to it.

Knowing we wanted to labor with our midwife, Deb Stealey, my husband Chris and I decided to go for it.

The night before we broke my water, I continued the tradition from my first pregnancy of meeting my best friends for a steaming bowl of Pho* (Vietnamese cure-all soup) and got to bed early. (*I seriously swear by the stuff.)

The next morning at Abbott, we broke my water and with the encouragement of nurse Jessica and Deb, we got to gettin’!

“I don’t want you to shuffle the halls cooing at the nursery. I want you to WALK-walk!” Jessica said, swinging her arms with vigor. (more…)

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

Moms— It’s Time to Renew YOU!

February 7, 2013

Joining Sarina LaMarche’s Personal Renewal Group (PRG) last year was one of the best things I’ve done for myself since becoming a mother. The monthly gatherings (for six months) brought light to my goals (now totally redefined!) and priorities, while helping me to find greater balance in my personal, professional and mothering lives.

sarinaHer next PRG starts Feb. 19, 7-8:30 p.m. at Blooma Minneapolis and meets the third Tuesday of each month for 6 months.

So what IS a PRG? It’s a supportive, nurturing, empowering group for mothers to share in reclaiming, rebalancing, and reconnecting. These groups are created specifically to explore and learn:

  1. how to “reconnect” with who you are
  2. strategies for making self-care a priority so you can live, love, and parent optimally, and
  3. how to experience greater life balance.

Each monthly session includes discussion, exercises, reflection time, and fosters community and meaningful connection with other women.

20These groups are based on the book The Mother’s Guide to Self-Renewal: How to Reclaim, Rejuvenate, and Re-Balance Your Life by Renee Trudeau.

Personal Renewal Group for Mothers

Blooma Minneapolis

Tuesdays, beginning Feb. 19; 7-8:30 p.m. | $200 

See what Sarina’s next PRG can do for you!


Alisa, Sarah & the women of Blooma


Learn Another Way to Soothe Your Baby

February 4, 2013

Did you know that babies breathe in time to the songs they enjoy? They can even remember the music they heard in the womb before birth!

Your voice is one of your most powerful tools to soothe your baby. Even if you think you can’t sing your baby thinks your voice is the most beautiful one in the world.

singingWhether you’re pregnant or have already welcomed your little one, please join Margie Weaver for her Singing to Your Baby Workshop, Feb. 9, 2-3 p.m. at Blooma Minneapolis. (more…)

Inspiration to Write Your Birthing Story

January 22, 2013

Before your baby’s arrival, you may have had an idea of how it would all go. Maybe you read or heard others’ birth stories — in books, in prenatal yoga, or right here on the Blooma blog.

Now it’s your turn. You’re on the other side!


Whether you had the birth of your dreams or need to write as a therapeutic process, you have an important story to record — the story of the day you ushered a new life into the world.


Please join me, Blooma’s blogger, birth doula and prenatal/BYOB yoga teacher, for a cozy, candlelit two-hour Writing Your Baby’s Birth Story workshop that’s part yoga, part writing exercises (with memory-jogging tips + plenty of encouragement!) and part free-writing time.

You may choose to keep the story private or share it, but either way, the act of writing down your birthing experience is a powerful way to make sense of it all, to record your memories, and to reflect on the day you became a mother — whether for the first or fourth time!

Alisa Blackwood leads the Writing Your Baby's Birth Story workshop Feb. 1 at Blooma St. Paul.

Alisa Blackwood leads the Writing Your Baby’s Birth Story workshop Feb. 1 at Blooma St. Paul.

Upcoming workshop dates include:

Give yourself the gift of entering a sacred space to remember, feel, cry, laugh and get it all down on paper (or your laptop). The Writing Your Baby’s Birth Story workshop is held every two months, alternating between Blooma St. Paul and Blooma Minneapolis.

Sign up online for the next workshop (Feb. 1, 7-9 p.m. in St. Paul), and email me at with any questions!


Alisa, Sarah & the women of Blooma

Baby Yoga + Lunch Dates at Blooma Mpls

November 29, 2012

Make a lunch date with your baby! Come to Blooma Minneapolis for Bring Your Own Baby Yoga, then stay for lunch and either Mama Group or Baby Weigh-In. We’ll even pick up lunch from Prima for you. (That’s the super tasty restaurant that resides next door!)

Here’s the scoop:

Tuesdays, 11 a.m. BYOB Yoga, stay for 12 p.m. lunch and weigh-in; OR come to lunch and the weigh-in, then stay for 1 p.m. BYOB

Wednesdays, 11 a.m. BYOB, then stay for lunch and Mama Group at 12:45 p.m.

Thursdays, 11 a.m. BYOB, then stay for lunch and weigh-in 12 p.m.

We’ll have a Prima menu at our front desk, along with a sign-up sheet. If you’d like us to pick up lunch for you just sign up and leave the cash, we’ll grab your lunch so after class you and baby can snuggle in for the weigh-in or Mama’s Group! Of course, you’re always welcome to pack your own lunch and stay as well.

Make a date with your little one today!


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

Blooma’s 5th Birthday Bash – Saturday!

October 19, 2012

If you know Sarah Longacre, founder of Blooma, you know she likes to dream BIG and celebrate BIG.

Naturally, that means big fun for Blooma’s 5th Birthday Bash. Join us tomorrow (Saturday), 1-5 p.m. for a fun, free party at our new Minneapolis studio. We have fun planned for the entire family! (more…)

New Blooma Mpls Opens Today! (Get Your Parking Details + More)

October 15, 2012

Blooma Minneapolis is officially open! Classes kicked off this morning with Prenatal Yoga Express and Little Movers & Crawlers.

There are still seven classes coming up today — ranging from Vinyasa Flow Yoga to Tweens Yoga — so check out our schedule and come fill our new space with your beautiful selves!

A few details: park behind our building (5351 Lyndale Ave S.) and enter from the back. If you have any questions, give us a ring at 952.848.1111.

Also, the Lyndale Avenue bridge opens today. There’s lots happening in our new neighborhood. We welcome you to be a part of it all!


Alisa, Sarah & the women of Blooma

Birth story: Perseverance pays off!

September 16, 2011

Prenatal yoga teacher Corrine Gernes calls Elspeth, one of her prenatal regulars, a “total rock star.” Read her birth story and find out why! Welcome to the world, little Lucy, and WAY TO GO, Elspeth!


Alisa, Sarah & the women of Blooma


Hello Corrine!

So it finally happened; I won’t be making it to class tomorrow!

Andalucia Beatix was born on Sunday (Aug.) 14th at 6:43 pm weighing in at 8lbs 1oz and 20.1 inches long.

So our birth turned out to be nothing like we planned but still we have a beautiful baby girl and that is all that matters.

My contractions started at around 4 pm after going to yoga last wednesday and were about 25 minutes apart and very bearable.  By 10 that night they had picked up to about 5 minutes and were becoming more painful so we decided if this was going to be it we might as well try to get some sleep.

At 2 am I was awoken with contractions 2 to 3 minutes apart and Andrew started to get things ready.  They stayed this consistent for almost 3 hours but by 5nam they had slowed back down significantly and we decided to go to sleep.

This pattern continued on Thursday night and on Friday night they became even more intense to the point where they were one right after the other so we called the midwives.  I had not progressed at all from my check the day before and so everyone went home then on Saturday it happened all over again and by 10 pm I had still not progressed at all so we finally made the decision to transfer to Regions.

After what seemed like a never-ending car ride we arrived and I was exhausted.  We decided to try to use just morphine and benedryl at first so I could sleep.  This worked great for a few hours but again I was woken with consistant contractions and was still not progressing.

At around 6 am I made the decision for an epidural and it was in place by 11 am.  At this point I had only dilated to a 5 so they decided to start pitocin to speed things up.  After the epidural and pitocin things went very quickly.  After an afternoon of sleep I was ready to push at 5:45 and after an hour of almost silent pushing Lucy decided to arrive.

Although we did not get to have our natural home birth, it was completely worth it in the end.  After 5 days of labor I do not think I would have had the strength to birth at home and the price may have been an unhealthy baby.

We were able to come home less than 24 hours after delivery and everyone is doing great.  It is nice to be home again.

My words of advice for all the other mothers is to expect anything and know that no matter how far away from your birth plan your birth actually is we are all still so incredibly lucky to have a healthy happy baby in the end.  Don’t be disappointed by what doesn’t happen the way you want when you are in the moment because it will all be forgotten once you meet your babies.

I will see you all at BYOB!