Who :: This event is geared towards Columbia area moms who are currently expecting a baby, had a baby within the last year, foster moms of infants, or moms who are planning on growing their family soon.
What :: Bloom is an event that brings wisdom, encouragement, and support to new and expecting moms in the Columbia area! Join us for a morning of learning more about the local resources and “must-have” mom products on the market, along with lots of fun and meeting others who are in the same stage of life as you. Moms will get to listen and ask questions of our expert panel, enjoy brunch, interact with local mom and baby-focused businesses, take home a swag bag loaded with actual products and items of value, plus enter to win high-end giveaways, have their picture taken and so much more! It’s your one-stop shop for all things mom!
Why :: 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 with a swag bag ticket will leave with an adorable tote bag filled with fantastic items for mom and baby, enjoy specialty food, meet and chat with other moms, enter some fabulous giveaways and receive introductions to local experts on topics pertaining to parenting.
When :: Saturday, November 12, 2022, from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Ticket Price ::
- General Admission (Brunch Only – perfect for a support person who is not currently expecting or a new mom): $25
- General Admission (Brunch with Swag Bag Valued at $100 + 3 giveaway tickets): $50
- VIP Attendee (Brunch with Swag Bag Valued at $150, Professional Photo at our Bump + Baby Station, Additional Specialty Swag + 5 giveaway tickets): $75
All tickets include the following:
- Access to the event and all of our sponsors and panel session
- Delicious sit down brunch with “mom”mosas
- Access to our Feeding Lounge with snacks and drinks
- A swag bag loaded with real products and goodies (for those tickets that include swag)
- 3 giveaway tickets to enter the giveaways of your choice (for those tickets that include giveaway tickets – must be present to win)
Our VIP tickets include all of the above in addition to:
- A professional belly+baby photo from Marcelle Raphael Fine Art Newborns
- Additional specialty swag: full sized products from David’s Natural Toothpaste, MegaFoods Vitamins, product samples from major brands and MORE!
- 5 total giveaway tickets to enter to win high-end giveaways (must be present to win)
**Please Note: Bloom is geared towards new and expecting parents. Children over one year will not be permitted and due to space constraints children under one year old are encouraged to be worn in a carrier or held as there is limited room for strollers at this event.
We’re thrilled to host Bloom at Segra Park, home of the Columbia Fireflies. Thanks to their generosity, our event will be held in their beautiful and spacious 7,000 square foot indoor space overlooking the field with views of Columbia. Please be sure to check out all they have to offer families while you there!
We are thrilled to welcome these professionals to speak and teach about all things pregnancy, childbirth, infant care, postpartum issues, and so much more. Regardless of how many children you have, there’s always something to ask or something new to learn.
Jennifer Black – BS, IBCLC, LCCE
Jennifer Black is the owner of Capital Parent and Baby Specialty Services. She holds multiple associate degrees in science, psychology, and sociology and a Bachelors of Science in Maternal Child Health with a focus in Human Lactation. She is currently working on her Masters in Health and Wellness. In addition, she is an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant, Certified Birth Doula, Certified Newborn and Postpartum Doula, Certified Lamaze Childbirth Educator, American Heart Association CPR/BLS Instructor, and Certified Passenger Safety Technician. Jennifer has been involved with many local community organizations including being the Director of Lactation at The Lotus Alliance. In her personal life, she enjoys traveling, watching movies, and going on adventures with her partner and five kiddos.
Mary Vaughn – Coach for Moms & Pediatric Sleep Consultant
Ashley Kates – Diastasis Recti & Pelvic Floor Support
Ashley Kates is a Muscular Patterns Specialist with an expertise in diastasis recti, the pelvic floor and female empowerment. She runs a womens-only fitness studio in Lexington that helps women realize their goals through fitness, intuitive eating, and community as well as helping women heal their pregnant and postpartum bodies through my diastasis & pelvic floor program called Heal & Seal. Ashley is a military wife, mother to a 7-year-old girl and 4-year-old boy who challenges her as a woman, mother and her patience, every single day. Ashley loves what she does. She loves seeing women regain control over their bodies and see themselves in a more positive, capable light.
Erica Hoppenrath – Cord Blood Registry
Erica is your local Cbr® Account Manager. She lives in Charleston, SC but travels all over the Carolinas consulting parents on why they should consider preserving their newborn’s stem cells for their family’s future use and why they should consider Cbr® as their family bank.
Who doesn’t love a good giveaway? We’re excited to present you with so many great items to win, from diaper bags to baby carriers and more, all thanks to our wonderful giveaway sponsors! These companies provide innovative products and resources to help make motherhood easier and are vetted as "must have" items from local moms!
Swag Bag Sponsors
Each Bloom attendee who purchases a swag bag ticket will go home with wonderful goodies and products for you to enjoy from the businesses listed below! Our bags aren't stuffed with paper, but actual products you can take home and enjoy firsthand, including full sized products from Smarty Pants, Vanticream, and a flat Iron from Anjou! A big thank you to City Moms Network for providing our darling tote bag!
Our VIP attendees will have some very special extra perks at Bloom! Each ticket holder will receive full sized products from David's Natural Toothpaste, MegaFoods Vitamins, a handmade hair bow from Grit & Grace Children's Boutique, product samples from Bag Balm, Babyganics, Motherlove and more, plus a Baby+Belly digitally edited photograph from the award winning Marcelle Raphael Fine Art Newborns, 5 total giveaway tickets to enter the giveaways of your choosing, and MORE!
Each VIP guest will receive the opportunity to have a Belly+Baby photo taken by the award winning Marcelle Raphael Fine Art Newborns. Take advantage of the opportunity to show off your bump, new babe, or special momento for your new little one! VIP ticket holders will receive an edited, high resolution image via email after the event.
Changing Room Sponsor
Thanks to Project Alive and Kicking (PAK), you'll have a designated place to change your baby with complementary diapers, wipes, and everything you need to keep baby comfy! Project Alive & Kicking is a local nonprofit that works with expectant mothers and healthcare providers to promote healthier and safer pregnancies. PAK created ME Preg, a free mobile app that serves as the ultimate guide for expectant moms on the go!
There is nothing more sentimental than capturing the important moments in your growing family’s life. From your growing bump to delivery to the first steps and beyond, all of these photographers are talented – it’s simply a matter of finding the right one for your artistic preferences and needs. We truly adore these photographers and think you will, too!
Need Childcare During the Event?
Have older children and need a sitter for them during the event? Book one using Nanno and get 20% off, using discount code Bloom2022. Click their logo below to book. All sitters are background checked and vetted, most of them are teachers, nurses, or college students - and many of them have superpowers and can do art project, music lessons, tutoring, etc.
Purchase Your Tickets for Bloom Now!
Ticket Disclaimers: There are no ticket refunds. In the event that you cannot attend the event, we will do our best to assist you in finding another attendee to transfer your ticket to if the need arises and/or if time allows. Additionally, everyone that registers for a ticket will be subscribed to our email list (if they have not been already) in order to provide the most timely and up to date event info. Email addresses may be shared with sponsors as well. Photos will be taken at the event and of attendees for use on the website and on social media by Columbia Mom and sponsors.