FARGO Everyone has likely heard the African proverb that "it takes a village to raise a child." One local organization decided to help expand that village with an event geared specifically toward new and expecting moms.

Fargo Mom will host "Bloom: An Event for New and Expecting Moms" from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 17, at Sanctuary Events Center, 670 Fourth Ave. N., in Fargo.

Fargo Mom founder Kathy Schommer said that adage is precisely what they had in mind when planning what is to become a signature annual event.

"We really wanted to help build that village for local moms by providing them with expertise about all things mom and baby all in one place," she explained.

The focus of the morning will be on two moderated panels of experts who will cover a wide range of issues new moms face not only regarding their baby, but also themselves. The first panel will focus on baby-related issues with the second centered on mom. The experts come from local organizations such as:

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  • Blooming Baby HD Ultrasound, which offers 3D, 4D and high-definition ultrasounds.
  • Apex Physical Therapy and Wellness Center.
  • IMA Healthcare, which offers pediatric and neonatal care.
  • Zen Sleep Consulting, whose certified sleep consultant and occupational therapist is also an infant massage instructor and Reiki practitioner.
  • Prairieland Counseling Service, which specializes in reproductive mental health.
  • 40 Weeks Well, which provides doula services as well as nutrition coaching.
  • Jackie Klefsaas with Postpartum Support Services.
  • Forward Therapy Solutions, which provides pediatric occupational therapy.
  • Foss Spine & Wellness, which provides chiropractic care for adults and children.

As if those experts weren't enough to make the event exciting, attendees can also shop from Vella Kids Boutique and Navy Oaks Boutique, learn about the Hopeful Heart Project, and get a complimentary keepsake photo taken by Karly Schefter Photography. Everyone who attends the event will also get a swag bag full of items provided by sponsors and vendors, and Taylily Lettering, a local calligraphy artist, can personalize items for no cost.

"We want moms to leave knowing they aren't alone in their journey," Schommer said. "We want it to be a way for moms to connect with each other and community providers... so they can walk away feeling good about their journey, no matter what stage they are in. We want them to feel supported during this important time in their life."

The event has been more than a year in the making, since Fargo Mom launched in January 2020. The organization is hoping to host more events in the future that are both mom-focused and family friendly.

Registration is being capped at 50 attendees to ensure safe social distancing can be practiced, and masks will be required. Tickets are $25, and the event will include brunch and coffee.