As Blooma celebrates its 9th Birthday, we want to celebrate the people that have contributed to our success and have held our mission so close to their heart. Lauren started at Blooma as part of our childcare team. Nine years later, she basically runs the place. Not only has she seen her career grow, and Blooma develop into the community it is today, but she has become a mother herself, THREE times! She is kind, warm, hardworking, and dedicated to the mission of Blooma. We asked her to reflect on the past nine years, and we won't lie, some moments brought us to tears. Thank you for all that you have done, and continue to do! Happy Birthday Blooma!
I started my journey with Blooma as a college student, completely unaware that my hourly job in the childcare room was going to impact the next decade of my life. At that point, I hadn't thought much about yoga or birth and I couldn’t imagine then what my life would be like 9 years later. But here I am! Now a mama of 3, married to my incredible husband, and the Director of Operations for Blooma.
Reflecting on the last 9 years with Blooma, I am overwhelmed with the abundance of personal and professional growth opportunities I have experienced and witnessed.
As a business, Blooma has grown in many different ways. Our staff has grown from a handful to almost 100. We have moved and added locations across the twin cities and trained yoga instructors and birth doulas across the world. We’ve developed and fine-tuned class offerings, education, and wellness services. We’ve touched the lives of thousands of mamas and their families, made mistakes and celebrated enormous triumphs. And, with the heart and passion of our leader, Sarah, we will continue to identify and serve the needs of our mamas.
Blooma’s growth wouldn’t have happened without the perseverance of the women (and a few men!) that pour their energy into Blooma. I have met so many inspiring people through our studios in the past 9 years. Women and men who are on a mission to make our world a better place. Our staff and support team has been comprised of mothers, sisters, doulas, writers, teachers, artists, designers, farmers, lawyers, midwives, accountants, grant writers, marketing managers, world travelers, photographers, small business owners, musicians…and I can keep going for hours! It is humbling to think of the talent, passion and knowledge I have been surrounded by for so many years.
I smile when I think about the ways Blooma has impacted me personally, as a mother and sister. While working for Blooma, I have been blessed to give birth 3 times. Three very different births. I had a natural hospital birth, a beautiful home water birth, and an unplanned 35-week cesarean birth - each with my friend, doula, and boss Sarah by my side (Literally, I wouldn't let her leave my side). During each birth, I drew from the knowledge and strength that Blooma had given me. Through yoga I learned to manage my breath, Doula Training provided me with comfort measures, and I found strength in every woman who had shared their birth story.
In the last nine years, I have walked with my fellow mamas through their own unique journeys. From infertility and loss, to planned and unplanned pregnancies. While I have witnessed hard pregnancies and traumatic births, I have been humbled to witness smooth, complication-free pregnancies and swift births. I have journeyed through perinatal mood disorders both personally and with other mamas, and have been honored to provide postpartum care to my sisters that they had provided for me - holding their newborns, bringing meals, and offering encouragement.
We all have a journey. I never would have predicted this would be mine. My passion for pregnancy, birth, and postpartum life has turned into a career in a supportive work environment, allowing me to navigate the "working mom" balance. I have been given an opportunity to apply my skill set in a business with a mission so near to my heart. I am thankful for each client I encounter, each co-worker that’s worked alongside me, every challenge we overcame together, the support I received during my pregnancies, and most significantly of all, for Sarah. I am beyond grateful for what Blooma has given to me in the last 9 years and can't begin to imagine what the next 9 will bring!
Written by Lauren Herbeck
Director of Operations at Blooma
Wife and Mother of Three, Friend to Us All