BLOOM Recap and Resources for New & Expecting Milwaukee Moms

One of our passions at MkeMB is to provide opportunities for moms to connect with each other, and this is one of the main reasons we love planning and providing events for the moms in our community! We were so honored and thrilled to have the opportunity to gather over 100 moms in May in honor of motherhood. In partnership with City Moms Blog Network, Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin and Authentic Birth Center, we had such a fantastic time spending the day with new and expecting moms from all over the Milwaukee area for a morning of learning, connecting and pampering.

Today we are sharing the recap of this fun event and also spotlighting many of the local resources for new and expecting mothers in Milwaukee! 

Thank you to Our Presenting Sponsors

Authentic Birth Center

For the second year in a row, we have been thrilled to host this event at Authentic Birth Center. Though it resembles a luxurious spa, at Authentic Birth Center · Wellness Collective, strives to provide the highest quality midwifery care, family support services, health care, and education in the Milwaukee area.

The birth center is family-centered, affordable, accessible, and culturally respectful. They also cultivate and foster partnerships that empower, strengthen and nurture individuals and families in our center, in our care, and in our community.

Children's Hospital of Wisconsin

There are a lot of places you can take your child when they are sick or injured. But there’s only one that offers the kind of singular, dedicated focus on kids that you’ll find at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin.

We are proud to have Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin​ as the Title Sponsor for Bloom and we know you will be too! Children’s is more than just the go-to hospital when there is an emergency with your child, but they also have primary care clinics spread throughout the Milwaukee area to offer convenient, world-class care for the ones most precious to you. Find the clinic (and perhaps even your new pediatrician!) at a clinic near you.

A VIP Lunch Fit for a Queen Mama

Campion Law, LLC

The Bloom VIP Lunch was presented by Campion Law, LLC. Campion Law, LLC is a business and tax law firm in southeastern Wisconsin. Our VIP attendees learned about how to set up guardianships, wills and trusts, an essential step that every parent needs to take to assure the security of their family. Attorney Angela Campion assists clients through all phases of their business or personal life cycle, including business counseling, tax planning, and estate planning. She also helps individual clients with their estate planning, probate, and tax planning needs.

To get started on making sure your family plan is secured, contact Angela Campion! Mention the BLOOM SPECIAL to get $100 off your estate plan!

The Corners of Brookfield

Every mama in the Milwaukee area needs to know about the new experience right of I-94….The Corners of Brookfield! Each VIP attendee at Bloom received a gift card to one of the many fabulous shops! Featuring stores like Von Maur, EVEREVE, Kendra Scott, Anthropologie, j. jill, Francesca’s, Scout & Molly’s and Paper Source plus eateries Bel Air Cantina and Cafe Hollander, you’re not going to want to miss out!

Kendra Scott

Kendra Scott has come home to Wisconsin and we are so EXCITED! Every VIP attendee received a lovely wrapped box with a piece of signature Kendra Scott jewelry inside at the VIP Lunch at Bloom! Some found dainty necklaces, others had sparkling earrings and the rest discovered an indulgent statement necklace! Known for gorgeous, colorful jewelry and founded by a Wisconsin Mama just like you, the new Kendra Scott store at The Corners of Brookfield is a can’t miss! 

Jason's Deli

Jason’s Deli is all about healthy food. They’ve even been named “The Best Restaurant in America!” in the March 2011 issue of Parents Magazine. The food has no high fructose corn syrup, trans fats or MSG. Just healthy, fresh and organic foods that are friendly for both grown-ups and kids! Plus, free ice cream when you join us in store! Check out the location at Brookfield Square Mall for your next meal out plus the catering options are amazing!

Thank you to all our VIP Swag & Giveaway Sponsors

Local Resources for New & Expecting Moms

The whole mission of BLOOM is to share some of our favorite local resources with moms so they can find what works best for them. The Milwaukee area is a FABULOUS place to have a baby and raise a family and we also have a ton of support for Mom as well! It is our distinct pleasure to feature these fabulous businesses! 

The Nesting Tree Photography and Family Films :: Birth Photography
Capture the power and beauty of your birth experience with photos you will treasure forever! 

Close to the Heart :: Postpartum Doula Services
Doula and baby-wearing services to guide you through your postpartum journey.

RemedyNow :: On Demand Health Care
Bringing back house calls and video visits to make health care simple and convenient.

Revitalize :: Physical Therapy
Because pelvic floor care is so important after pregnancy.

Orangetheory Fitness :: Fitness Studio
A personal training workout that keeps burning calories long after your workout is done.

 

Epic Family Chiropractic :: Chiropractic Care
Devoted to taking care of moms during pregnancy and families for life. 

Campion Law, LLC :: Attorney
Plan ahead for the unexpected parts of parenthood.

Birthfit Milwaukee :: Fitness and Wellness for Mothers
Empowering women to wellness during their transition to motherhood. 

Baby Jack & Co. :: Sensory Ribbon Tag Toys
Once on “Shark Tank,” this local mama makes sensory loveys babies adore!

Carlson Wellness :: Massage for Mamas

Expert Panelists

When it comes to motherhood, there’s no such thing as a silly question! One of our favorite features of Bloom is when professionals and experts get to speak and teach about all things pregnancy, childbirth, infant care, postpartum issues and more. Regardless of how many children you have, there’s always something to ask or something new to learn. We chatted about placenta encapsulation, postpartum depression, physiological birth, recovering from birth trauma and so much more. As the saying goes, it takes a village! 

LaNette McQuitty, CPM, Owner & Director of Authentic Birth Center — LaNette has worked with hundred of Milwaukee area families as a Doula and Educator since 1980. In 2009, she completed a residency program living and working as a midwife with the tribes of Malawi Africa and in 2010, received her CPM and state licensure. Lanette believes that birth is a family-centered event and is constantly reminded of the power of women, the transformations that birth brings to families, and that births are, unquestionably, the most intimate, yet empowering moments in life. 

Katy Skarlatos, CPM, LM, Deeply Rooted Birth Services, LLC — Katy is a Certified Professional Midwife at Authentic Birth Center who specializes in placenta encapsulation services, helping to support and encourage physical and emotional recovery for our moms in their postpartum periods. 

Sarah Ornst Bloomquist, CFLE, CLC, Moms Mental Health Initiative — Sarah has been advocating for women’s perinatal mental health since she experienced her own postpartum depression and anxiety after the birth of her first son. Sarah brings over 18 years of professional experience including her work as child advocacy program coordinator at Cottageview Children’s Center, life coach at Innermost Coaching, relationship specialist at Fathers and Families Center, and as a counselor at Women’s Care Center in Milwaukee. Sarah is a Certified Life Coach, Certified Family Life Educator, and speaker. She is committed to helping moms break down the obstacles to effective treatment and find hope in the process. 

 

Molly Powell, founder of Birthfit Milwaukee — Molly is a Certified Integrative Nutrition Coach and has her own Wellness Coaching practice, Molly Powell Wellness. She is also a CrossFit Level 1 Trainer, and training to obtain her Personal Training and ICEA Childbirth Educator certifications. Molly believes that wellness is the composition of loving relationships, creative outlets, a spiritual practice, stress management, self-love and care, exercise and nourishing food. She strives to educate and empower women in the community to be healthy and happy during their Motherhood Transition. Molly lives in Wauwatosa with her amazing daughter and husband. 

Dr. Kenzie Burgei, DC, Birthfit Milwaukee — Dr. Kenzie received her Doctor of Chiropractic degree from National University of Health Sciences and graduated as Summa Cum Laude and Salutatorian in 2014. She is currently the co-owner and Chiropractor at Wisconsin Family and Sports Chiropractic in Mequon, Wisconsin. As a chiropractor, Dr. Kenzie strives to help women have an optimal state of health before, during, and after pregnancy, through movement patterns in order to establish a proper foundation. After all, Movement is Life. She currently resides in Cedarburg, WI with her husband, Nick, and dog, Baxter. 

Delicious Food and Gorgeous Decor

With motherhood comes celebration and with celebration comes food and decor! Baby Showers, Birthday Parties, and eventually Graduations and maybe even Engagement or Wedding Showers before the Baby Shower starts again. 😉 These local businesses were a huge hit at Bloom and we are pleased to recommend them to YOU! 

Party Platters and Cheese Plates by Whole Foods – Wauwatosa | Cupcakes by Gigi’s Cupcakes – Wauwatosa | Party Platters by Jason’s Deli – Brookfield | Decor by Mado Creative | Sprouted Grain Goodness by Angelic Bakehouse | Loose Leaf Tea by Fava Tea Company

Nursing Suite & Pampering Massage

Bloom is no Baby Expo. Not only do we seek to provide valuable information and resources, we want moms to leave feeling pampered and spoiled a bit. Thanks to these amazing sponsors, that’s exactly what happened! 

 

Nursing Suite & Powder Room

The Prairie School — Located in gorgeous Wind Point, WI, The Prairie School offers a child-centered, college-preparatory day school whose mission is to educate children; develop their character; nurture their individual talents, interests, and abilities; and affirm their dignity and self-worth. To learn more about The Prairie School, contact the Admission Office at (262)752-2525 or [email protected]

At Home Stores — Already beloved for all their home decor awesomeness, At Home also carries the Mother Nurture line of products, including enhanced water and truffled formulated specifically for expecting moms! 

Massage Services

Carlson Wellness, LLC — They come to you! The talented staff at Carlson Wellness is available for in-home visits, corporate events, & spa parties. Featuring prenatal and postpartum massage, chair massages, acupuncture, and more! 

Swag & Giveaways

Babies need stuff. And Moms need stuff! We like to select amazing event partners who share their talents and products with our event guests and Bloom was over-the-top in terms of swag and giveaways. No mama left empty-handed and many had their arms full of fabulous products for Mom and Baby! 

Local Photographers

Capturing the precious moments associated with pregnancy, childbirth and infancy is so important because these times really do go quickly! We work with only a small handful of photographers are we are confident in recommending these incredible local photographers to you! Thank you to each of them for devoting their time and talents at Bloom this year! 

Melissa Morgan Photography – Bump Portraits AM

Vanessa Wyler Photography – Event Photographer AM

Lulu B Photography – Event Photographer PM

The Whimsical One Photography – Bump Portraits PM

The Nesting Tree Photography & Family Films – Birth Photographer

Hefferilt Photography – Birth Photographer

Thank you to our MKE Moms Blog Team!

Of course, there is no way we could pull of events like this without the help of an amazing team. The MKE Moms Blog Events Team and Contributor Team are devoted to the mission of creating community for the moms of the Milwaukee area and they are CRUCIAL to the success of these events! Thank you, ladies!! 

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