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Bloom 2017 :: Panelists, Presenters, Vendors, Giveaways, & Swag

Bloom 2017 Cook Children's

Bloom :: An Event for New & Expectant Moms is May 20, 2017 from 2:00 – 5:00 p.m. at Cook Children’s Medical Center. This is an event for expectant moms and moms who are currently parenting children two years and under. (Foster and adoptive moms are welcome too!) The afternoon will focus on information, resources, products, and more that target the pregnancy and delivery stage of parenting through the first two years. This event, held in partnership with Cook Children’s, will provide a few hours of pampering, light snacks, educational resources, giveaways and swag, shopping, and connecting moms and families with relevant local resources for this season of life.


If you want tickets — especially those swag bag tickets — please visit the Bloom launch post. You can also follow the Bloom Facebook event page for updates and reminders about Bloom as they develop. The purpose of this post is to provide in-depth info about the panelists, vendors, and workshop topics along with a sneak peek at giveaway and swag sponsors. Without further adieu . . . .


All attendees will gather together to kick off and wrap up Bloom with the chance to learn from local experts. The first panel discussion, starting at 2:30 p.m. focuses on pregnancy and delivery topics. The panelists are:

Dr. Catherine Bevan :: Dr. Catherine Bevan, who regularly contributes to the Fort Worth Moms Blog, is a board certified obstetrician and gynecologist, who practices in Tarrant County, with offices in Fort Worth and Willow Park. She is a Fort Worth native and received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Washington University in St. Louis where she graduated cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa. She then returned to Texas to complete her medical degree at UT Southwestern as well as her residency training at Parkland Memorial Hospital. She also spent an additional year as an assistant professor at UT Southwestern, specializing in gynecologic surgery and emergency women’s care. Providing excellent service to her patients is a passion for her as she guides them to the best possible healthcare outcomes. You can read more from Dr. Bevan on the Fort Worth Moms Blog archives. Please visit her websites for more information: and

Dr. Jamie Erwin :: Dr. Erwin is a board-certified OB/GYN who grew up in Fort Worth. She is a graduate of the University of Arkansas (where she was an All-American track athlete), UT Southwestern Medical School in Dallas, and University of Alabama Birmingham (where she completed her obstetrics and gynecology residency). She has been married to her husband, Charlie, for 12 years and has a six-year-old daughter and a two-year-old son. Please visit her website for more information.

Christy Martin :: Christy is a licensed midwife with more than 10 years of experience providing maternity care for low-risk women who desire to birth at home or a birth center. She loves helping families experience a meaningful and satisfying pregnancy and birth through safe and supportive midwifery care. You can follow Christy on Facebook and visit her website for more information.


Dr. Devona Martin :: Dr. Devona Martin joined the Willow Park practice in 2016 after working as a hospitalist at Cook Children’s Medical Center since 2012. She grew up in East Texas and attended Baylor University. There she was a University Scholar, spent a semester in The Netherlands studying the history of medicine, and graduated with honors. Her medical training was at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center in Lubbock where she was inducted into the Alpha Omega Alpha honor society. Pediatric residency training was also completed at Texas Tech where she served as chief resident. She is a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics and is a board-certified pediatrician. Please visit her website for more information.

Kristen SKristen Slaughter :: Kristen grew up all over the world as an Air Force brat, with amazing parents and eight siblings. She met husband Dave at college in Chicago, and, in addition to the Windy City, they lived in San Antonio and Northern Virginia before settling in Fort Worth in 2010. Along the way they managed to have six children: Molly (98), Warren (01), Henry (02), Carrie (04), Liam (06), and Donovan (11). Most of her time is spent homeschooling her brood, but Kristen is also a lover of Notre Dame and Seahawks football, IPAs, and winter. She believes in teasing her children mercilessly to keep them well-adjusted. Kristen is also a member of the Fort Worth Moms Blog contributing team.

Cate WCate Wiggins :: Cate Wiggins, First Spring Doula, has been supporting local women and their families since March 2016. Through each unique birth she attends, Cate continues to find inspiration in the strength and beauty of a woman in labor. She enjoys working in all birth settings and believes every birth is a journey to be celebrated. Please visit her website for more information, or follow her on Facebook or Instagram.


To end Bloom, attendees will gather together once again to benefit from the second panel discussion at 4:30 p.m. This session is focused on parenting children ages 0-2. The panelists are:

Dr. Jamie Erwin :: Dr. Erwin is a board-certified OB/GYN who grew up in Fort Worth. She is a graduate of the University of Arkansas (where she was an All-American track athlete), UT Southwestern Medical School in Dallas, and University of Alabama Birmingham (where she completed her obstetrics and gynecology residency). She has been married to her husband, Charlie, for 12 years and has a six-year-old daughter and a two-year-old son. Please visit her website for more information.

Dr. Jennifer Gittleman :: Dr. Gittleman studied at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey and the School of Osteopathic Medicine in Stratford, New Jersey. She completed her residency at Jefferson Medical College and the A. I. duPont Hospital for Children. She is certified by the American Board of Pediatrics. Please visit her website for more information.

Dr. Eriel Hayes ::  Dr. Eriel Hayes joined the Cook Children’s Forest Park practice in 2012. She grew up in Denton, TX and attended the University of North Texas for undergrad. She then attended medical school at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, TX and did her internship and residency in pediatrics at UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, TX. She is a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics. Please visit her website for more information. 

Melanie Van Noy :: Melanie is a pediatric speech-language pathologist who works for Cook Children’s in its outpatient rehab center in Hurst. She sees patients primarily from birth to three who have feeding/swallowing difficulties and disorders. Melanie is passionate about helping families feed their children safely and efficiently, all while having a lot of fun!


Melissa O’Neill :: A mother of three, Melissa is a registered nurse who specialized in NICU for more than 12 years, and has now focused on infant care and sleep education for more than four years. A dedicated professional, she is a tremendous source of information for new parents and is passionate about sharing her knowledge about the best possible baby care. Melissa founded Newborn Nightingales in 2012 and is committed to helping parents establish a nurturing, caring, and calm environment. She places only the most qualified nurses and Nightingales, training all of her team members on best practices for developmentally appropriate newborn care and sleep training. Please visit her website for more information, or follow her on Facebook.

Hayley SpinksHayley Spinks :: Hayley has been a dietitian for 19 years. She has been at Cook Children’s for 10 years. The last eight years she has worked in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. She is currently working on her Master’s in Public Health from UNTHSC.


Shops and resources from all over Tarrant County will be in attendance in our vendor section. Sure, the Bloom attendance will be 100+, but that still gives ample space and time to really ask questions and get to know these locals whose life’s mission is to serve mamas in your season of life. For example, we are SUPER excited about the “Ask a Doc” station. Yes, that’s right, Dr. Justin Smith, a local Cook Children’s pediatrician, will be on site ready and waiting to answer ANY question you have. 

Here is our complete list of vendors for Bloom 2017!


  1. Finding Comfort in Each Stage of Labor :: Cate Wiggins, First Spring Doula :: Knowledge is power, especially when it comes to labor and delivery. In this workshop, attendees will review the stages of labor as well as techniques and positions available to find comfort during each stage. Information packets will be available while supplies last. 
  2. Start Early, Start Smart (Putting the Sleep Puzzle Pieces Together) :: Melissa O’Neill, Newborn Nightingales :: Did you know your newborn is super smart? Don’t wait until four months to sleep train. A newborn can learn to sleep well early on if you put together all the pieces of the sleep puzzle.
  3. Postpartum Pearls :: Dr. Kathleen Cammack, Texas Health Care, Privia Medical Group North Texas :: The pregnancy journey doesn’t end after postpartum. Don’t be under-prepared for this stage that last weeks, months, and even years. Join us while we unwrap the dos and don’ts of this exciting, yet exhausting time.
  4. Prepping for Baby :: Dr. Rachel Hamilton; Dr. Voung Dao; Lorie Palacios, MSW; Cook Children’s :: Are you familiar with the Period of PURPLE Crying? Did you know that crib bumpers can be a safety hazard? Is your home poison proof once baby begins to move around? Is your infant’s car seat installed correctly? If these questions leave you feeling overwhelmed, don’t fret! Attend this workshop where Cook Children’s experts will discuss the most important things you need to know about prepping for baby.
  5. Feeding Baby & Toddler :: Holly Erwin, LVN; Melanie Van Noy; Megan Cavet, MS, RD, CSP, LD; Cook Children’s :: There’s a lot that goes into feeding your baby during their first two years: milk supply, latching issues, weaning off breast milk or formula, food allergies, introduction to solids, picky eating. The list goes on and on. Let Cook Children’s a lactation consultant, feeding therapist and dietician walk you through all the issues you might encounter. You’ll walk away from this session feeling fully equipped to give your baby all the nutrition they need so they can grow up to be healthy and strong!
  6. When to Visit the Pediatrician :: Dr. Ramon Kinloch, Dr. Diane Arnaout; Cook Children’s :: Bringing your baby home from the hospital can be overwhelming. After just a couple days in the hospital, suddenly it’s up to you to keep your baby healthy and to decide when to call the doctor. Do you know how to treat your child’s fever? Or how to know when to call your pediatrician or take your child to the emergency room? Developing a strong relationship with your child’s pediatrician is important as they can help you with these things. Let two Cook Children’s pediatricians take you through all the medical questions that may come up during your child’s first two years.

GIVEAWAY SPONSORS {update May 18}:

  • LILLEbaby :: one baby carrier from the Embossed collection — its ultra soft, light, and highly breathable microcloth with embossed designer detailing and suedecloth to wrap you and your baby in pure luxury. $170 value.
  • Snuggle Me :: one organic baby lounger that hugs and soothes baby, provides a safer sleep space, and helps everyone get better rest! $140 value.
  • Covered Goods :: one multi-use nursing cover in classic black and ivory stripe; this cover also functions as a car seat cover, scarf, and shopping cart cover! $35 value.
  • PediPed :: two pairs of darling infant shoes from the brand who sets the standard when it comes to comfort and fashion — “the next best thing to bare feet.” $40 value per pair.
  • ergoPouch :: two ergoPouch baby sleep suit bags (gender neutral), featuring the transition from sleep bag to sleep suit making this nighttime favorite one that will last from infancy into toddlerhood. $75 value each.
  • The PlaySpace :: a $100 gift certificate to this drop-in playcare center slated to open in June. $100 value.
  • Bambringo :: six Baby-in-Car Reminder straps; these straps are designed to remind you not to leave your child behind, preventing infant and toddler heatstroke and death in unattended vehicles. $12 value each.
  • Mother’s Milk Bank of North Texas :: $50 Target gift card sponsored by this great non-profit accepting breast milk to give to infants in need of it. $50 value.
  • Newborn Nightingales ::  a free email sleep/schedule consultation from these local sleep experts. $150 value.
  • The Happy Lark:: Grimm’s 36 Rainbow Wooden Cube Set is a set of 36 rainbow-hued blocks nestled in a wooden tray and can be easily grasped and stacked by small hands or used by older children to create mosaics or building projects — perfect for years of unplugged, creative play! $54 value.
  • Made by Sue :: the cutest large plush bunny from this shop that features the best in custom nursery decor. $30 value.
  • Matilda Jane :: snuggle up with this adorable blanket and gift card. $108 value.
  • Andrews Women’s Hospital :: gift basket filled with goodies every new mom can’t live without. $50 value.
  • Farmers Insurance :: gift basket featuring a coveted Starbucks gift card plus a nursing pillow from in “Hush,” a teddy bear, and hooded bath towel. $75 value.
  • Sleep Happy Consulting :: free phone consultation and four email follow-ups. $150 value
  • TCU Early Childhood Music Prep :: strike up the band because this gift basket includes everything your kiddo needs to make sweet music. $55 value
  • First Spring Doula :: basket of pregnancy, labor, and postpartum essentials, including: Pregnancy, Childbirth, and the Newborn; The Complete Guide, Earth Mama Angel Baby Organics Postpartum Bath Herbs and New Mama Bottom Spray, a vacuum sealed water bottle, handheld fan and grip socks perfect for the labor room, Milkies organic and lanolin-free Nipple Nurture Balm, and one original birth affirmation by First Spring Doula. $100 value.
  • It Works :: gift basket featuring a body wrap, defining gel, fab wrap, facial mask, and Hair Skin Nails supplement. $120 value.
  • Texas Health Care OB/Gyn :: a gift basket filled with everything mom needs to be pampered, including a $100 gift card to Woodhouse Day Spa! $200 value.
  • Usborne Books & More :: it’s like a library in a basket! Cute books and toys from Usborne that any little cutie will love. $55 value.

SWAG SPONSORS {update May 18}

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