{2018 RECAP} Bloom :: An Event for New and Expecting Moms in Birmingham

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Special thanks to Ashley Matteo Photography and Ashley Lauren Studios

for capturing all of the beautiful photos of the evening. 

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To say that this year’s Bloom event was a success would be an understatement, and we would like to thank all of the attendees and sponsors who made this event an unforgettable night! On April 17th at the UAB Women and Infants Center, we linked arms with the City Moms Blog Network {our parent site} as well as 50 other Sister Sites across the nation to celebrate moms as they enter into motherhood for the first, second, third, or more time!

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We started off the evening by greeting our guests and giving them their amazing swag bags. All guests received event admission, dinner from Vecchia, a Q&A with a panel of experts, pampering opportunities, introductions to local vendors, and a reusable tote packed with over $60 worth of top products for mom and baby. VIP guests received early admission starting at 6:00 p.m., 10 extra giveaway tickets, an Aviate “BHM” hat, Babyganics wipes, and a Paisley Pea baby bib.

 

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Next, attendees could get a massage or a mini-makeover from Halcyon Days Salon and Spa

 

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Our photo booth was a huge hit for everyone to grab a prop and have a professional photo taken by Ashley Lauren Studios

 

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The Nursing Mothers Room was sponsored by Children’s Hospital and was set up to give mothers a comfortable place to feed their babies or pump!

 

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Our vendor room included several businesses that the attendees could chat with and get more free items! Businesses included Oak Mountain Pediatric Dentistry, Sweet Tooth, Shipt, Concierge Maternity Wellness, Momma Love Bham, KidsStreet Urgent Care, Paparazzi Accessories, and Chick-fil-A 5 points.

 

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The giveaway table was overflowing with fabulous items that any new mother would love! Giveaways included a Britax B-Safe Ultra Cool Flow Car Seat, a Britax Blvd ClickTight Cool Flow Convertible Car Seat, a Britax B-Free Stroller, a Storkland $200 Gift Certificate, a Kendra Scott necklace and earrings set from Monograms Plus, a Halcyon Days Salon and Spa $100 gift certificate, a MAM bottle and pacifier gift pack, an Ergopouch swaddle to sleepbag, a Gosili gift pack, a Covered Goods multi-use nursing cover, a b. box gift pack, a Bug Soother $25 gift voucher, 2 12-oz. bags of coffee from Mombie Coffee, a Babyganics sample gift pack, and a pediped Outlet $40 voucher. 

 

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Dinner was provided by Vecchia Pizzaria and Mercato, Birmingham’s only authentic Italian Neapolitan pizza. The menu included Homemade Bruschetta and Herbed Crostini, Caprese Salad with Fresh Basil, Spinach and Artichoke Dip with Chips, Assorted Italian Wraps, Pasta Marinara with Homemade Meatballs, Pasta Alfredo with Oven Roasted Chicken, and White Chocolate Bread Pudding. 

 

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The panel began during dinner and included five amazing women from UAB. They included Tera F. Howard (OBGYN), Bethany M. Garner Tidwell (Nurse Practitioner-OBGYN), Brandi Duke (Nurse Manager, Continuing Care Nursery), Meg Davis (Dietician), and Anna C. Koopman (Lactation Consultant). They answered questions about post-partum depression, nutrition myths during pregnancy, best sleeping options for a baby, breast feeding and many more topics. 

 

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We ended the night announcing the giveaways and saying goodnight. Thanks to all of the attendees who came and to all of our sponsors! 

 

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Born at St. Vincents, Julie has lived in Birmingham nearly all her life, and she looks forward to meeting and connecting moms all over our community. Before having kids and co-founding Birmingham Mom Collective, she worked various jobs as a retail manager, merchandise manager, software support associate, and an HR recruiter. When she's not taking care of her two young children, you can find her (sometimes) working out, singing and fellowshipping at her church, playing golf (horribly), drinking sweet tea, and taking trips with her husband, Nathan. She loves all things coffee, Gilmore Girls, Disney World, Dolly Parton, and peanut m&ms!