Bloom 2020: Meet the Experts

We are so excited for our 4th annual Bloom Moms Night Out event on September 3, presented by University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital! This will be a VIRTUAL event this year and will feature a panel discussion with local health and wellness experts, terrific information and vendors, amazing swag, fabulous giveaways (swag and giveaways will be distributed at a local location on September 5th), and a chance to virtually converse with other Cedar Rapids mamas! If you still need to get your ticket, buy your ticket here.

Today we want to introduce you to our Expert Panel! Do you have a question about managing pain during childbirth? Or how to know whether it’s the baby blues or something more serious? Maybe you want to know about when the best age is to potty train your child, or the best tips for getting in shape. Write those questions down while you’re thinking about them and bring them to our virtual Moms Night Out! Our experts will be ready to answer them.

Meet the Bloom Moms Night Out Expert Panel

Kristen Harring, MD

Kristen HarringKristen Harring, MD is a general pediatrician at the University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital. Prior to joining the University of Iowa community in 2018, she practiced as a pediatrician in North Carolina. Kristen received her medical degree at the University Washington-St. Louis, followed by her medical residency training in pediatrics at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. She enjoys the full range of pediatrics but is especially passionate about counseling patients about healthy eating and caring for newborns. Outside of work, Kristen enjoys running, reading, watching stand-up comedy, and going on adventures with her two young sons.


Pam Hoogerwerf, BS

Pam Hoogerwerf is the Program Manager of the Injury Prevention and Community Outreach program at the University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital. She grew up in Cedar Rapids, Iowa and completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Iowa receiving a B.S. degree in Communication Studies. Her passion is injury prevention as she leads many efforts at the hospital including All-Terrain Vehicle Safety, Bike Safety, Safe Sleep, Lawn Mower Safety and Child Passenger Safety to name a few. She serves on many state, regional and national committees for the Children’s Hospital and injury prevention. She is a certified child passenger safety technician. She is an avid Hawkeye fan as she was a cheerleader at the U of Iowa.


Stephen Pedron, MD, MBA

Stephen PedronDr. Stephen Pedron is the Director of Maternal Fetal Medicine at the Unity Point Clinic and is board certified in Obstetrics, Gynecology and Maternal Fetal Medicine. He earned his MBA from the University of Chicago (where fun goes to die). Although his practice is now exclusively consultative and comanagement, he has delivered somewhere in the neighborhood of 7,500 babies.  He loves to teach and has given hundreds of instructional seminars in the United States, Haiti and China. Dr. Pedron provided disaster relief after the devastating Haiti earthquake and has served on multiple other medical missions. When he is not doting over his wife, he is trying to keep up with his children and grandchildren.  His other interests include travel, cooking, auto racing and dog training.


Shannon Wilson, LMHC, PMH-C

Bloom: Shannon Wilson Shannon Wilson is a Mental Health Counselor licensed in the State of Iowa and is certified as Perinatal Mental Health Professional through Postpartum Support International. She is co-owner and practices at Murray, Wilson, & Rose Counseling & Behavioral Services. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work and earned her Master’s Degree in Counseling, Rehabilitation and Student Development in 2010 from the University of Iowa. Shannon has extensive training and experience treating individuals and couples. She has expertise in the treatment of perinatal mood and anxiety disorders and is passionate about working with women in all aspects of their motherhood journey, from pre-conception planning to postpartum transition and adjustment.  Shannon also has a great deal of experience supporting individuals who have experienced pregnancy and infant loss. Outside of the office, Shannon is a wife and a mother to three children. She enjoys spending time with her spouse and children, shopping, and connecting with friends.


Lisa Dolphin, MS, OTR/L, CLC

Lisa DolphinLisa Dolphin is a pediatric occupational therapist.  She is co-owner of ProActive Pediatric Therapy which is an outpatient based pediatric therapy clinic offering occupational, physical, and speech therapy services.  She is a Certified Lactation Counselor, MNRI core in training, and NIDCAP certified (advanced training for Neonatal Intensive Care Unit).  Lisa received her BA from Wartburg College in Waverly, IA.  She received her Master’s of Science in occupational therapy from Washington University’s Program in Occupational Therapy, St. Louis, MO.  Lisa is an expert in her field working with infants and children who have feeding issues (including difficulties with breastfeeding, bottle feeding, and picky eating), were born prematurely, have complex medical issues, and/or  those with coordination issues, developmental concerns, and overall learning and behavioral issues.  ProActive’s goal is to help the infants and children of our community thrive and develop a strong sense of competence and joy.  In her free time, Lisa loves spending time with her husband and 3 children as well as sinking her toes in warm sand along a beach whenever possible.


Meagan Thompson, DNP, CNM, ARNP, CLC

bloom Meagan Thompson

Meagan Thompson, DNP, CNM, ARNP, CLC is a certified midwife in the department of obstetrics and gynecology. Meagan received her Doctorate of Nursing Practice in the Nurse Midwifery specialty from the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis. She became a midwife at the University of Iowa because she is passionate about improving birth outcomes for women and enjoys teaching the next generation of healthcare providers. Meagan is a Certified Lactation Counselor and enjoys working with breastfeeding women and their infants during the postpartum period. Meagan’s research interests include improving breastfeeding rates, promoting physiologic birth, and guiding group prenatal care.


Get Event Details and Your Tickets

Click “Buy Tickets” to get all the event details you need + your ticket! Space is limited and this event SOLD OUT last year, so be sure to get yours ASAP!

Buy tickets for Cedar Rapids Moms

Jessica is a mom of four (3 energetic boys and 1 baby girl) who recently moved back to Iowa after living eleven years in Phoenix, Arizona. She is loving life back in the mid-west with her kids and husband, Mark. Jessica is a former teacher and former co-owner of Scottsdale Moms who has spent time as a working mom, a work-from-home mom, and now a stay at home mom. She loves lattes, barre classes, books, champagne and people.