Welcome to Maternal Child Connections

Every mother wants the best after the birth of her newborn: the ability to bond with the baby, ease of breastfeeding, emotional stability, and a cohesive family. Since 2015, Maternal Child Connections has been assisting Chicago parents to create bonds that last, one family at a time. Whether a new or seasoned parent, Maternal Child Connections will remain at your side as you learn your new baby’s needs. This is our expertise, and our passion!

Lisa Zimmermann RN, CPN, IBCLC will assist your family with lactation consultations, postpartum doula services, or placenta encapsulation. Each visit from Maternal Child Connections will leave you feeling confident in your ever-changing role as a mother, and your postpartum expert will be available to answer questions as your baby grows.

Postpartum Doula

Postpartum Doula

Your postpartum expert is like the mother, sister, or best friend—she is there to help you with whatever you need. She can help you learn about your baby, your postpartum body, and breastfeeding.

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Raves

"I am still exclusively breastfeeding, it is my favorite part of having a baby! I am so grateful I had Lisa to help me through the hard part at the beginning. I'm not sure I would have been able to push through without her help." ~ Jessica, Wicker Park

"For my placenta encapsulation, Lisa again was a true professional. She prepares your placenta at your home so that it never leaves your sight.  She spends a significant amount of time cleaning and preparing the surfaces and equipment she uses, and leaves it drying at your home overnight. She comes back the next morning to finish the encapsulation process and leaves you very specific instructions on dosage.  She also creates a tincture that can be used months after your pills are gone." ~ Kana, Uptown

"Norma and Lisa both came to my home to help me when I had questions about breastfeeding my twins. They also helped with my transition back to work and were so flexible and quick to help! Both were extremely knowledgeable and kind in dealing with us. They really prepared me for pumping at work and what that would be like and also gave advice on how much I should be pumping to keep up with my twins! They've also been a support through texts if I have a quick question about something and they randomly check in on me too!" ~ Allison, Oak Park 

"We came home from the hospital near panic because we could not successfully feed our baby. I called Lisa the next morning, she was there that afternoon. She was wonderful with our newborn, she took great care assessing the situation. Without any agenda or bias, her immediate concern was the health of our baby, keeping the whole family in mind. She helped us relax and not feel incompetent by creating a feeding plan that worked for all of us. Her continued caring and concern were the lifeline that got me through those first few weeks of hormone and exhaustion-induced depression. I asked her to come back two more times as our situation changed, she always came the next day and was immensely helpful. She has the medical knowledge, experience, and caring compassion you need when you are at the most vulnerable moment in your life." ~ Tara, Park Ridge

Events

  • 10/30/2017 -
    7:00pm to 8:30pm
    As a doula you have the honor of guiding and supporting families in the most meaningful, joyous, and difficult moments of their life. Opening your heart to women who may have struggled through pregnancy, experienced a traumatic birth,and/or a perinatal mood disorder is rewarding and can also take a toll on you personally and professionally. If this resonates with you, join Sarah Levine-Miles, LCSW who will help you assess your own level of compassion fatigue and talk about compassion fatigue's trajectory, risk factors, and how to begin protecting yourself from burn out.
     
    Sarah Levine-Miles is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who has worked in community mental health for the past 8 years and has a master's degree from the University of Chicago's School of Social Service and Administration. She currently has a private therapy practice where she specializes in working with pregnant women and new families. Sarah is joining the staff of Northshore's Perinatal Depression Program on their 24/7 confidential hotline and is also a part of starting an Illinois Chapter of Postpartum Support International. To learn more about Sarah, visit www.sarahlevinemileslcsw.com and https://therapists.psychologytoday.com/rms/name/Sarah_Levine-Miles_LCSW_Chicago_Illinois_342041
     
    This workshop is located in the Avondale neighborhood of Chicago, the cost is $17.
    The address will be given once you have paid. 
    Please pay via PayPal: https://www.paypal.me/zimmlisa74
    Limit 10 spaces. 
     
  • 11/01/2017 -
    12:30pm to 2:00pm
    Are you pregnant and worried about feeling isolated as a new mom? Are you a new mom having difficulty getting out of the house to meet other moms?
    We moms need other moms for support, friendship, and a friendly face on the tough days. Join us for the New Moms Group! This group meets for four weeks, which will give you the opportunity to not only meet new moms, but also to get together regularly. Below are the topics by week we will be discussing:
     
    11/1, 11/8, 11/22, 11/29 12:30 - 2pm
    $100/4weeks
    (11/15 group does not meet)
     
    Week 1- Get to know you activity. Your pregnancy, birth story, and postpartum body.
    Week 2- Newborn care, feeding, burping, and diapers
    Week 3- Embracing motherhood and changes to your identity
    Week 4- Birth control and family planning and changes to relationships
  • 11/29/2017 -
    7:00pm to 8:00pm
    Are you a new mom having difficulty getting out of the house to meet other moms? Are you worried about your return to work? 
    We moms need other moms for support, friendship, and a friendly face on the tough days. Join us for the Return To Work Moms Group! This group meets for four weeks, which will give you the opportunity to not only meet new moms, but also to plan for your return to work. Below are the topics by week we will be discussing:
     
    11/29, 12/6, 12/13, 12/20 7-8pm
    $100/4weeks
     
    Week 1- Getting ready to return to work with a new identity. 
    Week 2- Return to work and pumping. 
    Week 3- Starting solids. 
    Week 4- Creating a work/life balance, dividing tasks at home.