Posts Tagged ‘childbirth education’

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

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…)

Couples Birthing Workshop: a Dad-to-Be Gives it Rave Reviews

May 20, 2011

If you missed last night’s Couple’s Birthing Intensive with Sarah Longacre, you’ll want to be sure to sign up for the next one: July 16 (search under workshops for “Couples Yoga for Birthing.”) Here’s a sweet note we received about the workshop earlier this spring:

I wanted to reach out and thank you for the wonderful birthing class experience that Paul and I were able to attend last Saturday. Honestly, Paul has not stopped talking about it and has already jumped into applying much of the support techniques he learned. He has spoken with a number a family and friends who have nothing good to say about their hospital-led birth classes–Paul loves to rave about ours! I am thrilled by the intimacy he and I were able to create for our little family, as well as being able to chat with the other couples going through the same experience. We truly appreciate what you have created at Blooma and I wanted to recognize you for it! –Joy Ritchie Peterson

Sarah loves teaching the Couples Workshop and it shows. My husband and I attended when I was pregnant with each of our girls, and the class was the perfect combo of education and ‘date night’ both times! If your partner isn’t the kind to sign up ‘for a class like this’ … or if your schedule is jam-packed and you don’t have the time to dedicate 4 or 6 weeks to a class … if you’ve already given birth before, or if you’ve already taken a longer childbirth class with someone else … well then, Sarah’s three-and-a-half-hour class is perfect for that!

Happy birthing!
Jenni, Sarah, and the women of Blooma

Blooma Birth Story: Erin + Hailey Teresa

February 23, 2011

[it’s birth story week at Blooma!]

Blooma Blossom Hailey Teresa

Hailey Teresa arrived in "just one big push."

Welcome, welcome little Miss Hailey. We just love your birth story! If only they could all be so short and sweet and end with “just one big push!” Blessings to you and your sweet family.

Jenni, Sarah + the women of Blooma

In Erin’s words:

Hailey Teresa was born Friday, January 21, at 7:43 pm. She was  6 pounds, 12 ounces, and 19 inches long. She is absolutely beautiful! I just wanted to say thanks to all of you at Blooma for being an amazing part of our pregnancy! Whether it was the weekly classes I’ve been taking since my 12th week or the massages from Meredyth or the last minute childbirth class—it all helped create an incredible birth experience.

The staff at Methodist was in awe of my quick and drug-free delivery. I worked Friday morning, and then had lunch and a nap at home. Bouncing on my birthing ball turned into my water breaking at about 4:30pm. We arrived at the hospital about 6pm, and Hailey was born at 7:43pm. It only took one big push to bring her into the world!  Insane!

Couples birth prep with Sarah Longacre

January 4, 2011

Whether you’ve already taken childbirth ed and are looking for additional wisdom, or whether you’re birthing for the second time and need a quick refresher, you’ll love Sarah Longacre’s 3.5-hour Prenatal Yoga Intensive for Couples.

There are a few openings left in this Friday’s St. Paul class (6-9:30 p.m.) and in Saturday’s Edina class (1-4:30 p.m.). Come laugh, learn, and connect with your partner during this workshop packed full of information you probably haven’t heard anywhere else yet. We promise you’ll both have fun. Don’t miss out!

You’ll hear directly from Sarah, who is Blooma’s founder and also a doula who’s attended hundreds of births, about what is helpful in labor—and what may hinder it. From what to eat, drink, how to breathe, how to meditate, and how to move, this class goes beyond the traditional hospital-based childbirth education class.

Please pre-register online (click the “workshops” tab and be sure to choose the date/city that works best for you) or register by calling Blooma at 952-848-1111.


Alisa & the women of Blooma

Birth education that’s right for you

November 8, 2010

Sarah Longacre teaching moms & partners all the juicy good things they need to know about labor and birth!

E-mails like the one below one make our “jobs” at Blooma the beautiful jobs that they are. We love being a part of this amazing time in your lives!

For moms and partners weighing different childbirth education options, please check out all our offerings at!


Alisa, Sarah & the women of Blooma


Hi Sarah,

Thank you for the informative two-day birthing class. Mike and I learned a lot and we were able to put it to good use right away! We started labor at 2:30 a.m. early the next morning (Oct. 1) right after our class with you. We delivered Joseph Michael at 10:30 that night, 8 lbs, 4 oz, 21.5 inches, all natural! We couldn’t have done it without the confidence we gained in your class!

Elena & Mike