Recap | Bloom 2018: An Event for New and Expectant Mothers


Last Saturday, Pittsburgh Moms Blog held its Second Annual Bloom at Allegheny Health Network, Wexford Health + Wellness PavilionThe Pittsburgh Moms Blog team, along with many community leaders, several local businesses, and passionate medical professionals filled the Pavilion for a joy-filled celebration of all things motherhood at Bloom Pittsburgh 2018! 

We sipped coffee and treated ourselves with donuts from Dunkin’ Donuts, enjoyed delicious cheese, sandwich wraps, and healthy vegetables from Whole Foods Market, and devoured delicious chicken nuggets and fruit from Chick-fil-A.

When new and expectant moms arrived at the event, they were able to shop and visit with our all amazing table sponsors and medical professionals. We had everything from photographers to travel agencies to early intervention providers to Allegheny County Parks and Allegheny County Libraries to chair and table massages to baby clothing to pediatric services to breastfeeding support on hand for the moms who attended. 

On top of all that goodness, moms had fun putting raffle tickets in the prize of their choice for a chance to win more 35 giveaways!


After eating, getting pampered, and visiting with our amazing table sponsors, Pittsburgh-area moms gathered in the Pavilion’s meeting space to listen to our question and answer session with our panel of experts.

A huge thank you to all of our incredible speakers for sharing their expertise and experience with our moms. Their wisdom, advice, and encouragement were truly appreciated by the 100+ moms in attendance. Thank you for giving up your Saturday afternoon to spend time discussing topics like pregnancy, chiropractic, dentistry, pediatrics, feeding, parenting, and birthing choices.

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Professional event coverage was provided by Carrie Farmerie of Three One Photography. To see more live action shots, see our album on Facebook.

Tricia Nicolas of Viva Portraits shot the bump station and stills in front of our Pittsburgh Moms Blog backdrop:

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For more photos in front of this backdrop, please see our Facebook page album

While Bloom originally started out as a comprehensive resource for new and expectant moms, this show grew to include local businesses, resources and prizes that all families and mothers need from all over the various Pittsburgh neighborhoods. Even though some moms in attendance were expecting their second, third, fourth, or fifth child, we heard mothers say, “wow, I never knew that existed in Pittsburgh.”

It was a beautiful day. THANK YOU to everyone who participated! For more event photos, please see our Facebook page albums. For a full listing of sponsors and speakers, see here.

— Pittsburgh Moms Blog

Disclosure :: all Pittsburgh Moms Blog events are made possible by our amazing partners, including Allegheny Health Network. Thank you to Allegheny Health Network's Wexford Health + Wellness Pavilion for being our host location.
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Carissa Howard is a former litigator, Ivy League graduate, college athlete, wife, mom and writer. She grew up in the South Hills and attended law school at the University of Pittsburgh, living in Shadyside for several years. After six years on the West Coast, she moved back to Upper St. Clair with her husband and two kids in tow. Her posts cover many parenting and lifestyle topics from the quirks of having European in-laws (her husband grew up in Ireland) to questioning the usefulness of preschoolers playing organized sports to providing time management advice, usually with a solid dose of humor and honesty. She's also writing women's fiction novels and seeking that elusive literary agent to represent her and her manuscripts. Carissa is a regular contributor on the Huffington Post and blogs on her own personal site Shopping for Time. You can keep in touch with her on twitter and Facebook.