We couldn’t be happier to announce that Bloom: A Celebration of Motherhood is returning for the 3rd consecutive year in Pittsburgh! This mom-centered event will feature businesses, speakers, massages and food that all aim to make moms’ lives easier and better. This mama event will be a fun afternoon out to spend with your sisters, moms, and friends simply focusing on YOU, because you, dear mama, deserve it!
Since this event is all about YOU, please take the time to yourself and leave kiddos at home (all except for those sweet little nurslings – but please plan to carry or wear that tiny one as there won’t be much room for strollers).
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Pittsburgh Moms! Yes, that means ALL moms. We’re talking to you moms-to-be, baby mamas, mamas in the thick of it, and mama’s with babies who have babies of their own. This event is for ALL MOMS!
An afternoon of learning, fun, and pampering! Moms will get to listen and ask questions of our expert panel, interact with local businesses and enter to win fun giveaways, have their photo taken by a professional photographer at our bump station with an adorable backdrop, enjoy personal pampering like a mini massage, food and demonstrations, and so much more! It’s your one-stop-shop for all things mom!
Whether you’re expecting for the first or third time, have a newborn at home, are waiting for that phone call or paperwork to clear to bring that baby to their forever home, this event is for you. Every guest will leave with an adorable tote bag filled with fantastic swag, enjoy great food, meet and chat with other moms, enter some fabulous giveaways and receive introductions to local experts on topics pertaining to parenting.
Saturday, May 11, 2019
305 Church Road
Bethel Park, PA 15102
***Tickets are all inclusive and grant access to food, beverages, giveaway raffles, an event swag bag, as well as all advertised activities. However, several of our vendors will have products for sale so be sure to still bring that extra cash!***
Our highly anticipated Bloom event would not be possible without our presenting sponsors. We sincerely appreciate these partners and are grateful for their support!
We are thrilled to welcome these professionals to speak and teach on a range of topics, all pertinent to mom life. You’ll also have the opportunity to meet the speakers in-person at their vendor tables.
Lauren Narbey, CNM
Allegheny Health Network
Certified nurse midwives are registered nurses who have advanced training in women’s health services, including pregnancy care and childbirth. The certified nurse midwives at Allegheny Health Network (AHN) are committed to helping all women enjoy a more intimate health care experience.
Dr. Andrea Favini, Psychiatrist
Allegheny Health Network
Women’s Behavioral Health
Allegheny Health Network Women’s Behavioral Health is dedicated to addressing the emotional and behavioral health of women throughout the cycle of pregnancy. Our caring team of doctors and clinicians provide comprehensive evaluation and treatment of perinatal mood and anxiety disorders, and can help you effectively cope with all of your feeling and concerns – so you can enjoy peace of mind – before, during, and after your pregnancy.
The Little Fox – Toby’s Foundation
Educating on SIDS and Safe Sleep Practices
Katie Stern is the co-founder, along with her husband Dan, of The Little Fox – Toby’s Foundation. The Stern’s family was forever changed when their second son, Toby, went down for an afternoon nap on August 24, 2016, and never woke up. Toby died from Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). Walking through grief, Katie and Dan, created The Little Fox – Toby’s Foundation to educate others on SIDS and advocate for Safe Sleep Practices for every infant.
The Little Fox is a partner with Owlet Baby Monitors and raises money to purchase Smart Socks that are in turn donated to families. The Smart Sock is a device used to monitor an infant’s oxygen level and heart rate while they are asleep. To date, Toby’s Foundation has donated over 100 monitors to families across the country. It is their hope that through the efforts of The Little Fox – Toby’s Foundation, and other Foundations across the United States like theirs, that each family bringing home a new baby will have a Smart Sock device, providing peace of mind.
In addition, The Little Fox is dedicated to partnering with local Pittsburgh organizations to spread joy to families and children the way Toby brought joy to his family for the 12 weeks that he was here on Earth.
In November 2018, the Stern’s welcomed their third son, Ezekiel (Zeke), who joins big brother, Lucas at home.
“Toby’s impact on this earth far exceeded the 12 weeks and 5 days he spent in our arms. We will never know “why” but we know God is using Toby for bigger things than we could have ever imagined, as his parents. For now, it is our duty to carry on his legacy, to tell Toby’s story, and to educate others about SIDS,” Katie says.
For more information on the mission and outreach of The Little Fox – Toby’s Foundation, or to apply to receive an Owlet Smart Sock, visit www.thelittlefoxfoundation.org.
TEIS: Early Intervention
The Role of Early Intervention in Breastfeeding Support
Flo Angelo, MOT, OTR/L is a Pediatric Occupational Therapist and Training Coordinator for TEIS Early Intervention Provider and has been working with children and their families/caregivers in Early Intervention in Allegheny County with TEIS for 9 years. Flo in heavily involved in the training of new TEIS therapists and specializes as an OT in helping families and children with sensory processing and feeding issues, including oral motor delay and breastfeeding support.
TEIS Therapists are all employees, not independent contractors. Their Therapists will listen to your concerns, assess your child’s individual needs, develop a customized treatment plan, and educate you along the way on simple solutions to maximize your child’s development that incorporate his or her natural environment and routines. TEIS Therapists will build strong relationships with you and your child based on mutual respect. Your trust and confidence, along with your child’s progress, are TEIS’ top priorities
Women’s Health Physical Therapy
Dr. Kailee Venzin, PT, DPT is a Doctor of Physical Therapy specializing in the pregnant and postpartum woman. She graduated from Misericordia University in 2012 with a Masters in Physical Therapy and in 2014 with a Doctorate in Physical Therapy. Kailee has been working as a Physical Therapist in Pittsburgh since graduating in 2012. She worked extensively with women with orthopedic and chronic pain conditions and noticed a huge gap in women’s health during and after pregnancy. Kailee wanted this to change, so she completed specialized training in Obstetrics and created a mobile clinic designed to help women do what they love without pain.
Many women think that issues like back or pelvic pain are normal during and after pregnancy, but they’re NOT. They are common, but not normal. Kailee can help you find the root of the issue and work with you to reach your goals. You don’t have to worry about driving to a clinic or paying for parking. She comes to you!
For more information visit: www.kaileevenzinpt.com
Yoga Class for Pre-Natal, Natal and Post Natal Guests
Kimberly Manns, Instructor
Kim started practicing yoga at the urging of her medical professionals when she was pregnant with her first child. She found it immensely helpful and kept with the practice through her second pregnancy and after!. In 2000, she earned her first 500 hour teaching certification and has continued her studies every year with some of the nation’s best. Kim muses that she has spent over 38k on her yoga teaching education…more than her Master’s Degree in Human Resource Development.. She has taught classes at The Rivers Club, Carnegie Mellon University, The Himalayan Institute and joined our teaching staff at the Spencer YMCA summer 2017.
Recent Referral from existing Spencer Member:
I had a private prenatal yoga lesson with Kim. She is knowledgable and passionate about yoga, and had a trained eye to make adjustments to my poses that make a big difference which muscles I am using- but like a true teacher she wouldn’t just tell me how to do something, she would make sure I knew why. Highly recommend!
Cloth Diaper Demo
Judy McAuley, Owner
Judy McAuley and her husband Brandon started Green Cheeks cloth diaper service in 2010 after their oldest child was born. They saw a need in their local community, and as their business grew, they decided to take over the local cloth diaper store, Happy Baby Company, in 2013. Judy soon expanded the business to serve families’ holistic needs. HBC still carries the region’s largest selection of cloth diapers and baby carriers, but also stocks everything from eco-friendly toys and CBD oil to menstrual hygiene products and reusable straws. Judy became a certified babywearing educator in 2014 and is a huge (un-certified) car seat safety nerd, proud to carry Clek car seats, RideSafer Vests and more. In the past decade, Judy has helped keep 2 million diapers out of the landfill while teaching families how to safely transport their children, care for their bodies, and enrich their minds.
Intrigued by cloth diapering, but a little overwhelmed at all of the options? Maybe just a little scared of how to deal with the poop? Judy McAuley from Happy Baby Company and Green Cheeks Diaper Service will cover the basics in a short session, and will have some actual cloth diapers on hand for you to see and touch, too. Cloth diapering is easy, and healthier for your baby and the planet! You can keep approximately two tons of diapers out of the landfill by choosing cloth diapers for your baby.
In our passionate pursuit of local, we are thrilled to connect you to the businesses below! You’ll receive one-on-one product demos, shopping, resources, pampering, giveaways and swag from our amazing table sponsors. Be sure to stop by and visit each one as they have something special in store for all attendees.
Who doesn’t love a good giveaway? Incredible local and national companies have provided high end giveaways for all guests to have a chance to win. Giveaway tickets are included with the purchase of a Bloom tickets and, new this year, when local moms support our nonprofit partner, they will receive up to FIVE additional raffle tickets to enter to win some fantastic giveaways
Swag Bag Sponsors
Our Bloom swag sponsors offer a variety of products and items that are intended for moms and kiddos. You can expect to leave with an array of goodies!
Pittsburgh Moms Blog is pleased to be featuring Angels Place as our non-profit partner. Angels Place is a local non-profit helping families secure a brighter, more stable future by providing quality early childhood education, child care and family support at no cost or at significantly reduced rates to families in need. Their work is to ensure that every family in our community – particularly those in need – has access to the resources to succeed in school and in life. Since 1984, Angels’ Place has worked to create systems that strengthen the family, support parents to complete their educational goals and obtain satisfying employment, moving toward self-sufficiency.
Bloom guests can support their mission by bringing items to the event to donate to surprise the children and bring some sunshine to their lives. Below is a list of suggested items such as healthy snacks, cleaning products, office supplies, etc. One additional giveaway ticket will be given for each item donated up to five, although you may donate as many as you’d like!