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We’ve combined research, real world experience, community, and expert education to bring you a well-rounded approach to your fourth trimester. A safe space to ask all your questions, learn from the experts, and maybe even leave with a new friend or two. It takes a village to raise a child, let us help build yours!
The fourth trimester is the period between birth and 12 weeks postpartum during which your baby is adjusting to the world and you’re adjusting to your role as a parent.
While there’s so much to celebrate, it can also be a physically and mentally taxing time for you and a period of major developmental changes for your baby.
Your physical and emotional experience as a parent is just beginning. Likewise, your newborn is encountering unfamiliar territory, too. The big wide world they just entered is nothing like the warm and cozy womb they’ve called home for the last nine months.
The weeks after birth will be a whirlwind, but you and your baby will navigate this uncharted territory together. The Mama League is here to support you. Welcome to the fourth trimester.
With more than 12 years in corporate finance, I went into motherhood like I do all other aspects of my life, analytically and with a lot of research. As a new mom I spent hours googling questions and soaking in all the information I could from various Instagram accounts and found myself overwhelmed. I loved being a mama more than anything, but often I felt isolated and burned out.
I quickly realized that when it comes time to take care of your baby, there are just some things that need to be hands on, not just researched. Nothing made me feel better than talking with my other mama friends who could relate to exactly what I was going through. Have you tried this swaddle? What pacifier are you using? Ok, did your baby’s poop ever look like this? Did this happen to your nipples too? And that is why I felt so passionate about starting the Mama League.
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Maggie is a registered nurse, internationally board certified lactation consultant, and CPR instructor. She has over 6 years of experience as a pediatric nurse, and has worked with families from prenatal through infancy to help achieve their feeding goals. Maggie was born and raised in Iowa, attending the University of Iowa and then receiving her Masters from DePaul University. Maggie’s most important role is mom to her two energetic little girls, Ella and Cameron.
Jamie Plackett, PT, DPT received her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from the University of Utah. She specializes in pre/postnatal rehabilitation and is also a certified personal trainer and Pregnancy and Postpartum Coach. Her goals when working with her clients are to help them feel strong and pain-free during their pregnancy/postpartum as well as empowered and confident in their journey. She has post-doctorate training in pelvic health, prenatal/postpartum care and Functional Dry Needing (FDN). Jamie is a mom to two young boys; they are an active bunch and like spending most of their time exploring the great outdoors.
Victoria is a psychotherapist specialized in fertility, perinatal, and postnatal psychology with almost 10 years of experience in the field. Victoria is also a Mom to her miracle rainbow baby, Francesca.
Sarah Janicik is a certified Pediatric Sleep Consultant. Her goal is to help clients with their family wellness needs by providing the guidance and resources to understand the root cause of their issues and develop a plan that works for them. She hopes to create a life balance that prioritizes everyone’s wellbeing and strengthens the bonds within your family. Sarah is a mom to two young children, Ella and Jack.
Dana Peters is a registered dietitian specializing in kids and family nutrition. She received her Masters in nutrition from the University of Illinois-Chicago and received her undergraduate degree in Journalism and Spanish from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
As a mom to two little ones, she combines professional expertise and personal experience when it comes to childhood nutrition. Dana believes food should be fun, family meals matter, and that it’s never too early to involve kids in the kitchen.
Meg is a Certified Infant and Child Sleep Consultant. Shortly before my second baby was born, I enrolled in the International Parenting and Health Institute to become a Holistic Pediatric Sleep Specialist. I am passionate about working holistically. Taking in all aspects of each unique situation and working WITH parents to come up with a sleep plan that will be the best fit for their individual needs and comfort. I am dedicated to educating and empowering other mamas and families.
No one should ever experience the level of sleep deprivation that I did. Sleep deprivation should not be considered a normal part of motherhood! It doesn’t have to be that way! I look forward to helping you and your family get the rest you need to be your best.
Stephanie Tuthill is an ASHA-certified pediatric speech-language pathologists (SLP) living in Hinsdale with her husband, Matt and three children. She has her undergraduate degree in special education from Vanderbilt University and her masters degree in SLP from Northwestern University.
Becky Chamberlain is an ASHA-certified pediatric speech language pathologists (SLP) living in the West Loop with her husband, Jason and three children. She studied at Florida State University and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, where she received her bachelors and masters degree in SLP.
Stephanie and Becky have a combined experience of over 25 years as SLPs and together co-own Tiny Talkers. Tiny Talkers offer local toddler classes, courses and expert information on speech and language development in children. You can find us on Instagram @tiny.talkers or on our website tinytalkerschicago.com
Sarah Baker is a Board Certified Holistic Health Practitioner, 2x published author, Integrative Nutrition consultant, on-air health expert that is passionate about working with women during the preconception, prenatal and postpartum (and beyond) period. She specializes in helping women heal health challenges after having kids such as hormone imbalances, thyroid conditions, metabolism, autoimmunity, and mystery symptoms that conventional doctors may brush off as being "normal". Sarah helps women get to the underlying causes of their health challenges, and creates personalized plans and protocols with her team of practitioners that encompasses nutrition, supplementation, alternative therapies and so much more. Being a mom is tough enough, but being a mom and not feeling like yourself is even tougher - you are not alone!
Sarah is a certified Pregnancy and Postpartum Corrective Exercise Specialist, group fitness instructor, and mom of two wild little boys. She educates women on how to safely modify the fitness routines they love throughout pregnancy and beyond, and she believes that fitness is a crucial part of enjoying our motherhood experience.