On Saturday, April 30, we hosted a sold-out crowd of women at Westminster Presbyterian Church for our first ever Bloom event! These ladies were ready to enjoy a morning full of mingling with local Oklahoma City businesses, ask questions to our panel of experts, and enjoy a light breakfast. The donuts and coffee by Dunkin Donuts were a huge hit, in addition to the bananas and yogurt by Uptown Grocery and the scones by Waving Wheat Bakery.
It was thrilling to know that several of our sister sites across the nation were also holding their own Bloom events so that we could connect thousands of moms to local resources in each respective city. Thank you to Dr. Smith’s for making this national event possible!
It was a beautiful morning in the Garden Court of the church, and provided an excellent layout for each table. We loved watching the new and expecting (and even some veteran) moms visiting with each and getting answers and information. A huge thank you to Let’s All Swim, Sara Dragman – Birth Photography, Yoga Bliss, Basal Baby, The Worn Baby, Babies R Us, and Fit 4 Mom – N. OKC & Edmond.
About an hour in, we settled into our expert panel. We were thrilled to have Karen with St. Anthony Hospital to discuss lactation, Dr. Reddy with Oklahoma City Clinic to answer all our pediatric health questions, Dr. Rachel Dalthorp with Balance Women’s Health to talk about mood disorders and PPD awareness, Crystal Wright with Wright Birth to answer all things pregnancy, birth and doula, and Tara Hess with Tulsa Pediatric Sleep Consulting to fill us in on how to get those babies to sleep! We quickly filled up the time since having these experts at our fingertips was second to none.
We can’t forget about the giveaways! We had some amazing prizes – from a carseat provided by Babies R Us to a diaper bag provided by Cinnamon Bears, to nursing covers and slings, we had some excited mamas who won!
Most of all, we were just beyond grateful to play a small role in connecting moms and information to each other. Motherhood is a journey of all sorts of ups and downs and it warmed our hearts to know that we were able to put an event together that helped bring a little more reassurance to these moms lives! Especially since it included donuts.
We also are so grateful to Mama Kneads Massage for pampering ladies, for Tony Foss Flowers who added a special element of his floral brilliance to the event as well as Wildest Dandelion who let us use her hand lettered paintings for a fun detail. Thank you to Mary Steadman Photography for taking these amazing photos!