Inland Northwest natives know all about Valleyfest. It’s the Spokane Valley’s biggest community event all year. There’s a car show and live entertainment, parades and a planetarium, and this year they’re even doing an outdoor showing of the Lego Movie!
What many people don’t know is that Valleyfest is also home to a very special event for the Spokane and Coeur d’Alene birth community called Bloom fest! What exactly is Bloom fest? Well let me start of by telling you a little bit about Bloom. Bloom Spokane is a local non profit group whose goal is to provide women with education about birth and maternity care so that they can make informed decisions about how and where they want to birth. They offer a great birth options class (which is now available online) and they have a great directory of care providers in our area. Bloom fest is a day where they bring together exhibitors from pregnancy, birth, parenting and baby related resources including: doulas, midwives, physicians, massage therapists, fitness instructors, childbirth educators, and lactation consultants. Here’s a little bit about what to expect from Bloom Fest:
Exhibitor Hall: Stroll the hall and chat with wonderful professionals in our area! Here’s a link to a list of exhibitors. They also have a bouncy house and kids play area in the same room for when your kids need a break.
Raffle: If you preregister for classes, you are given a free raffle ticket. You can also buy additional tickets at the event $1 each, 6 for $5, or 12 for $10 and all proceeds will go towards the Bloom Spokane Scholarship Fund, which helps deserving mothers go to birthing classes or have doula services at their birth.
Workshops: There are tons of fabulous and FREE workshops at Bloom fest. Whether it’s introducing solids, babywearing, cloth diapering, car seat safety, prenatal yoga or postpartum health, they’ve got a class for that! But beware, class lists fill up quickly, so be sure to visit the workshops page and click here to preregister for your favorites!
Film Screening: Bloom fest will also be showing a film called “Micro Birth”.
MicroBirth is a new feature-length documentary looking at birth in a whole new way; through the lens of a microscope. The film investigates the latest scientific research that is starting to link the way babies are born with health in later life, particularly the increased risk of children developing certain immune-related conditions, including asthma, type 1 diabetes, celiac (coeliac) disease, obesity, cardio-vascular diseases, mental health disorders and even some cancers.
The purpose of the documentary is to raise public awareness of the importance of “seeding the baby’s microbiome” at birth with the mother’s own bacteria – this bacteria helps train the immune system to recognise what is “friend” and what is “foe”. We believe “seeding of the baby’s microbiome” should be on every birth plan – for even if vaginal birth isn’t possible, immediate skin-to-skin contact and breastfeeding can still help to provide bacteria crucial to the development of the baby’s immune system. In the scientists’ view, if we can get the seeding of the baby’s microbiome right at birth, this could make a massive difference to the baby’s health for the rest of its life. Consequently, we believe that “Microbirth” is of extreme importance for global health and potentially, for the future of mankind!
Hope to see you at Bloom Fest! Don’t forget to register for tickets and for classes at this page!
*This is not a sponsored post. I am in no way affiliated with Bloom Spokane, but they do amazing things for women and babies in our community and I want to help spread the word about them.