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Bloom :: An Event for New & Expecting Moms

Bloom: An Event for New and Expecting Moms | Columbia SC Moms Blog

Presented by Spirit Communications ParkColumbia SC Moms BlogCity Moms Blog Network and Hosted by Our Sister Sites.

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 :: A morning of learning, fun, and pampering! Moms will get to listen and ask questions of our expert panel, enjoy a catered brunch, interact with local businesses and enter to win fun giveaways, have their photo taken by a professional photographer at our bump+baby station with an adorable backdrop, 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 will leave with an adorable tote bag filled with fantastic swag, 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, May 6, 2017 from 9 am – noon

Where :: Spirit Communications Park {home of Columbia Fireflies Baseball} in the 7,000 square foot state-of-the-art indoor Club Lounge, 1640 Freed Street, Columbia, SC 29201

Ticket Price :: General Admission: $25, VIP Ticket: $35

All tickets include the following:

  • Access to the event and all of our sponsors and panel sessions 
  • Delicious sit down brunch
  • A swag bag loaded with goodies
  • 3 giveaway tickets to enter the giveaways of your choice

Our VIP Ticket includes extra items listed under our VIP swag section below.

**Please Note: Bloom is geared towards new and expecting moms. Children over one year will not be permitted and due to space constraints children under one year old must be worn in a carrier or held as there is no room for strollers at this event. 

Presenting Sponsors

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. Here are the experts serving on our panel.

Dr. Spencer Lovelace

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Medical Doctor
Dr. Spencer Lovelace is a South Carolina native and Chapin High School graduate. Following high school, he attended Clemson University where he received his Bachelor of Science degree in Biology and met his wife Brittany.

He obtained his medical degree from the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston. After completing his Family Medicine Residency with advanced Obstetrics Track at the Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Medicine he returned home to begin his medical career at Lovelace Family Medicine in Prosperity, South Carolina.

Dr. Lovelace resides in Chapin and enjoys spending time with his wife and their two children. Dr. Lovelace and Brittany are excited to be expecting twins in October.

Dr. Lovelace is board certified by the American Board of Family Medicine. During his residency training, Dr. Lovelace chose to focus on an advanced obstetrical track. Knowing he would return to practice medicine in his rural community, he wanted to be well trained and prepared to meet the needs of the patients he would serve. Continuity of care is the cornerstone of Family Medicine so he finds it especially rewarding to be able to take care of patients before, during and after their pregnancy as well as provide care for the entire family.

Christal Bratton

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Doula
Birth Doula since 1991. Private Doula trained with DONA. Worked at Lexington Medical Center on staff for a year. Christal adores mothering the mother during labor and birth. She is generally on call for up to 4-6 births per month and used as a backup when needed. In addition she is also certified in Advanced Doula trainings with Conscious Woman online, as well a Hypno Doula with Hypnobabies.com. Christal has taken the B.E.S.T course and is certified in Birth Emergency Skills Training. Her hobbies include swimming, cuddling with her Golden Retriever, sewing, needlepoint, cross stitch, quilting, knitting and hand dyeing yarns, soon to include spinning wool. She is married to a wonderful veterinarian, has three adult children, 3 grandchildren and is an avid reader of all genres. Her favorite part of life is welcoming precious new souls into the world and watching families bloom.
 
Doulas work closely with expecting mothers and their families to provide non-medical support during pregnancy, birth and during the postpartum period. A doula can provide emotional, physical and informational support. During your child’s birth, the medical team may have many things to focus on, while a doula focuses solely on the mother. Doulas will be familiar with your individual wishes and preferences, and can be very helpful in creating a birth plan.

Angela Butterfield

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La Leche League Leader
Angela is a mother to two wonderful girls. When she had her first daughter, Angela knew few women who breastfed and received inaccurate information from several sources that created obstacles to her early breastfeeding relationship. After seven months of painful breastfeeding, Angela discovered La Leche League and began attending meetings, participating in the Facebook group, and interacting with other breastfeeding mothers. Through these interactions, Angela developed a passion for providing accurate breastfeeding information to mothers. While pregnant with her second daughter, Angela completed her La Leche League leader accreditation. She has been a leader for almost two years..

La Leche League was founded 60 years ago by seven women wishing to provide mother to mother breastfeeding support. Since then, they have grown into a world wide organization that is the foremost of breastfeeding knowledge. La Leche League International’s mission is carried out in 70 countries by over 6,000 accredited volunteer Leaders. Our Mission is to help mothers worldwide to breastfeed through mother-to-mother support, encouragement, information, and education, and to promote a better understanding of breastfeeding as an important element in the healthy development of the baby and mother.

Table Sponsors

In our passionate pursuit of local, we are thrilled to connect you to the businesses below.  We hope that you will take the time to visit each of our table sponsors. From classes for baby to newborn photography and much more, our sponsors are excited to meet you! Enjoy!

Giveaway Sponsors

Who doesn’t love a good giveaway? We’re excited to present you with so many great items to win, all thanks to our wonderful giveaway sponsors! These companies provide innovative products to help make motherhood easier!

Swag Bag Sponsors

Each Bloom attendee will go home with an incredible swag bag full of 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. A big thank you to City Moms Blog Network for providing our darling tote bag!

VIP Swag Bag Sponsors

Our VIP attendees will have some very special extra perks at Bloom!  Each ticket holder will receive a full size bottle of Earth Mama Angel Baby, a large size sample of Dr. Smith's diaper ointment, customizable labels from Mabels Labels, an anti-colic bottle from MAM, a relaxing massage from the professionals at Fuse Massage (see below), a Baby+Belly photograph from Andrea Woods Photography (see below), and 5 total giveaway tickets to enter the giveaways of your choosing! {$70 value}

Massages by Fuse Massage Therapy

Our VIP ticket holders will have the opportunity to enjoy some on-site pampering by the talented folks at Fuse Massage Therapy. Nominated year after year as "The Best of" by the Free Times, this Columbia favorite has been referred to at the most therapeutic massage in the area. Relax those cares away and indulge in some self-care ... just for you! Massage times will be assigned to our VIP guests upon arrival.

Belly+Baby Photos by Andrea Woods Photographer

Each guest will receive the opportunity to have a Belly+Baby photo taken by the talented Andrea from Andrea Woods Photographer against an adorable backdrop. VIP ticket holders will receive an edited, high resolution image via email after the event, while regular ticket holders can enjoy their pictures in our Bloom album of photos shared after the event on our Facebook page (with the option to share and tag there ... or contact Andrea with the option to purchase a digital copy). View Andrea’s talents below!

One Additional Touch

Be sure to stop by our photo booth for a fun photo keepsake of your time at Bloom! Take a selfie or a group shot, we’ll have event staff there to help you. We’ll have photo props, signs, an other items to make your photo ops Instagram worthy!

Photography Sponsors

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!

Purchase Your Tickets for Bloom Now!

**Please Note** No tickets will be available at the door. ALL tickets must be purchased beforehand. We are selling a limited number and expect them to go fast. Due to the nature and planning of this event, we cannot accommodate cancellations or refunds. By purchasing a ticket you are permitting Columbia SC Moms Blog to take photos of you at the event for promotional use.

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