The pregnancy and postpartum period can be filled with so much joy, but it can also be overwhelming for moms to be and their partners when researching all of their options. There are endless questions to be answered: Where can I find support? Who will help me? Where can I relax! Once my baby is born, will I ever sleep again? It is our hope that this guide helps answer some of those questions.
We would also like to thank our title sponsor Olmsted Medical Center, and the featured businesses that are listed here. To our readers, we sincerely hope that you will find this guide to be a helpful part of your journey into motherhood.
Olmsted Medical Center understands the importance of pregnancy and birth for each family. Offering family-centered care from early pregnancy to baby’s arrival, our BirthCenter’s facilities and caregivers work hard to provide the best possible birthing experience for you. We know your birth experience is one of the most important events in your life. Most likely, you are experiencing strong emotions, dreams, and uncertainty in anticipation of your child’s birth. Our staff will walk with you on your journey, providing exceptional medical care, support, and understanding. The OMC Prenatal & Family Education team provides classes and support for pregnancy, the birthing experience, the time immediately following delivery, breastfeeding and more. We also address the important role that support partners play in the birthing process. For more information, call us today at 507.529.6605.
The doctors at Rochester Chiropractic & Wellness are specifically trained to provide care & relief to pregnant women. The goal at our office is to empower you to be in control of your care, your pregnancy, labor & delivery, and to take the best care of yourself as possible. Our mission is to inspire, educate and impact our community to create a better future for every family.
The Moments of Life Photography is a natural light photographer specializing in bellies, babies, life and love. Looking at the world through a lens, we create art while documenting life – this amazing story that you are creating every day! We love people in love….in love with each other…in love with their children…in love with their family…and we would love to capture your story!
Photographers in Rochester MN
New babies, family milestones, special achievements, momentous occasions: we love the opportunity to beautifully capture these memories. We’re pleased to provide you with a guide to Rochester area photographers. It is our hope that this resource will make it easier to find *just* the right photographer to capture the memories you make!
Early Education in Rochester MN
Picking a preschool, nursery school or childcare center that fits your child’s and your family’s needs can be an overwhelming task. As parents, we are clearly aware of the importance of our decision. Our guide will provide you with options for preschool, nursery school and child care centers!
Fitness, Health & Wellness in Rochester, MN
For many of us, there are barriers to fitness, health & wellness. Among those are not knowing where to start in choosing a fitness facility or business for your needs. Utilize our comprehensive guide to help find the perfect place to begin (or continue) your health journey!
Coffee Shops in Rochester MN
Mamas, let’s level for a second. Coffee helps us person. Whether you’re a new mom or in the trenches of toddlerhood, or staying up late to help finish a school project…here’s a complete list of Rochester area coffee shops (and those with drive-thrus!) to help you make it through the day.
Pregnancy and Birth Resources
MedCity Doulas – Amanda Steele, Brittany Baker and their team of independently contracted, professional doulas.
Oh my, do we ever love the library. It’s no secret that the Rochester Public Library is one of our favorite places to take our little people. They have an extensive children’s section, incredible children’s programming, resources for ALL families, fun events (Stuffed Animal Sleepovers!), and helpful and familiar faces ready to help and point you in the right direction. They also have a great play space in partnership with the Minnesota Children’s Museum-Rochester.
A few things to note:
- If you are registering for a library card, be sure to bring along some sort of verification of your local address.
- The library is located downtown. There is some street (metered) parking, but there is a handy ramp attached to the library for a minimal fee.
- The skyway access to the library is located on the 2nd level of the ramp. Follow the hallway to the elevator (there is a beautiful mural to look at!) and take that to ground level. There you will enter the library. The children’s area is to the right.
- They have a drive-up book return on the west-side of the library near the entrance to the parking ramp.
Ultimate Summer Bucket List | Although this is our summer bucket list, there are so many things to do in the off-season!
Day Trips | Great places to see and fun things to do just a short drive from Rochester MN!
Guide to Ice Skating | All you need to know about ice skating in Rochester MN!
Winter Fun Guide | We love making the most of winter here, and if you’re not from Minnesota and this is your first winter…we’ll help you grow to love it too!
Parenting Support Groups | Looking for other parents who “get” what you’re facing or going through? Our list of parenting support groups is a great place to start in looking for support on your parenting journey!
Little Libraries | Ever heard of Little Libraries? These are small lending libraries that take various shapes and live in people’s front yards in neighborhoods all over the city!
Story-Time Round Up | All the great places to catch stories for your little people in Rochester MN!
Apple Orchards and Pumpkin Patches | One of our favorite times of year…so many wonderful places for Harvest fun!
Farmer’s Market Finds Scavenger Hunt + Free Printable! | Our beloved Farmer’s Market is located at 4th Street and 3rd Avenue downtown Rochester from May-October and at the Olmsted County Fairgrounds November – April. This fun printable scavenger hunt makes the farmer’s market exciting for your little people!
Spring Nature Scavenger Hunt | Another fun outdoor scavenger hunt you can do in your neighborhood!
Family Fun Autumn Scavenger Hunt + Free Printable!
Bird Watching with Kids | A beginner’s guide to watching birds with your kids!
5 Fall Family Fun Hikes | Area hikes that are fun and manageable with children!
Rochester MN Moms Blog Neighborhood Groups
**Won’t you be our neighbor?**
Our goal at Rochester MN Moms Blog is to create community on AND offline. We launched Community + Conversation group to connect mamas to one another right here in Rochester. We hope this will become a great way to build community and be there for one another as we navigate motherhood together…no matter where you are in your journey!