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

  • 02/08/2018 -
    1:00pm to 3:00pm
    Get quick, in-person assistance from an IBCLC. 
    Ask your questions, get latch checks, weighted feeds, and meet other breastfeeding moms!
    Drop-in hours are 1-3 pm every other Thursday at Milk Supply, 4955 N. Damen
    Cost: $40/session - payment is accepted upon visit.
    If your questions or concerns are beyond the scope of drop-in hours, the IBCLC may recommend a private consultation.
  • 02/18/2018 -
    1:00pm to 3:00pm
    Are you returning to work from maternity and have a list of questions regarding your new babies sleep and feeding? Up until 3 months many new parents feed on demand and your baby sleeps when and wherever you are able to get them some rest. However, going back to work will involve pumping for feeds as well as getting as much nighttime sleep to be able to survive the day. Adjusting to caring for your little one as well as being at work can be overwhelming. Maternal Child Connections and My Little Sleeper are here to help you reduce that anxiety and stress. Join them for a co-taught class that includes tips, troubleshooting, and plenty of time for questions!
    When: February 18th, 1-3pm
    Where: Milk Supply 4955 N Damen Avenue
    Cost: $50
    RSVP: Please email lisa@maternalchildconnect.com to RSVP and recieve payment instructions 
  • 02/21/2018 - 7:00pm to 03/21/2018 - 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:
    Milk Supply, 4955 N. Damen 
    Wednesday 2/21, 2/28, 3/7, 3/14 7-8pm
    $60/4weeks
    Week 1- Getting ready to return to work with a new identity. 
    Week 2- Return to work and pumping education. 
    Week 3- Starting solids. 
    Week 4- Creating a work/life balance, dividing tasks at home. 
    To Register: RSVP by February 19th, to lisa@maternalchildconnect.com and an invoice will be sent to you via email
  • 02/28/2018 - 12:30pm to 03/21/2018 - 1:30pm
    Are you pregnant or posptartum and will have maternity leave in January? 
    Join us at Prenatal Fit (1937 W. Diversey) Wednesdays at 12:30 for our group!
    We will be discussing the following: 
    Week 1: Birth stories, newborn care and feeding
    Week 2: Mom: Your new identity!
    Week 3: Is Google my friend or foe as a parent? 
    Week 4: Returning to work and pumping- tips, tricks, and scheduling. 
    Dates: February 28th, March 7th, 14th and 21st
    Cost $60/4 weeks 
    To Register: RSVP  by February 26th, to lisa@maternalchildconnect.com and an invoice will be sent to you via email