Posts Tagged ‘Lamaze’

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

Enlightend Mama Reunion Love

November 14, 2011

As you’re settling into life with your new little one (or ones!), do you ever wonder how the families from your childbirth education or prenatal yoga classes are doing? We love to get families back together post-birth!

That’s exactly what Liz Abbene, Enlightened Mama Lamaze childbirth educator, did recently. Look at all the fun these Enlightened Mama reunion families are having. These babies are soooo cute. Mmm. I just want to smooch all those sweet chubby cheeks!


Alisa, Sarah & the women of Blooma

Great Expectations – follow Liz’s pregnancy!

December 29, 2010

Liz Abbene at 36 weeks. Go, mama, go!

One of our beloved Blooma teachers, Liz Abbene, has been blogging about her pregnancy for Lamaze International since June. Now at 36-37 weeks, Liz is almost ready to deliver her sweet little boy or girl!

For those of you who don’t know Liz, who is a DONA-certified doula and doula-trainer, let us brag on her just a bit. She teaches Enlightened Mama childbirth education (Lamaze), leads Blooma’s weekly New Mama Group, teaches cloth diapering and breastfeeding, and is a certified breastfeeding counselor. Whew! Yeah, we think she’s pretty amazing, too.

Check out Liz’s pregnancy blog and follow her story, shared with such heartfelt honesty, as she prepares to birth her fourth child. She demonstrates such strength and grace even during the most challenging times. And stay tuned for some good news soon!

Watch the beautiful belly grow! Liz at 14 weeks.


Alisa, Sarah & 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