Milwaukee Pregnancy and Postpartum Guide

Pregnancy and Postpartum guide

The pregnancy and postpartum period can be filled with lots of joy, but it can also be overwhelming when researching all of your options. For many parents, there seem to be way more questions than there are answers :: What kind of birth would suit our family best? Where should I give birth? Who will help me after the birth of my baby? What photographer should I use? Where should I shop? What gifts are available locally to send to a new Milwaukee area mom? Once my baby is born, will I ever sleep again???

It is our hope that this guide helps answer some of those questions for new moms in Milwaukee. We would also like to thank all of the featured sponsors and businesses that are listed here. We appreciate your participation! To our readers, we sincerely hope that you will find this guide to be a helpful part of your journey into and through motherhood.

Disclosure: This is a sponsored guide, presented by our valued local partners. While we love sharing these resources with our readers, we have not personally vetted each individual business represented here and encourage our readers to do their own research to find the best fit for their family. 

Featured Sponsors

Close to the Heart

Are you interested in wearing your baby or need support in the days and weeks following baby’s arrival? Jessica Featherstone of Close to the Heart is a Certified Babywearing Consultant with the Center for Babywearing Studies and Postpartum Doula who has has a passion for working with new parents, babies and families during this special time.

Jessica offers a wealth of knowledge and resources and caters to your needs in your home after your birth to make your transition into parenthood seamless. In-home consultations available in the Milwaukee, Waukesha, Ozaukee County areas and online consultations are also available. 

Revitalize Physical Therapy

Revitalize Physical Therapy provides hands-on, one on one, personalized care in a private, comfortable setting to help people get better, faster. In addition to women’s health and sports physical therapy, they also offer pilates reformer, restorative yoga and barre exercise classes to help you achieve a healthy, active life.

Revitalize Physical Therapy specializes in pre and postnatal care, incontinence, low back pain and sports injuries! If you are a mama who is sick and tired of peeing your pants all the time, Dr. Brenda would love to help!

Orchid Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture

Pregnancy can be an amazing time in a woman’s life, and it can also be a time filled with equally amazing changes. These changes, both a woman’s mind and body, can be challenging, and sometimes a woman can feel out of balance. Traditional Chinese medicine and acupuncture can help a woman better manage these changes, along with the natural pressures that pregnancy brings to her body.

Orchid Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture offers holistic healthcare including acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine, nutrition, and bodywork with an emphasis on women’s health in Bay View.

Midwives & Birthing Centers

Though it resembles a luxurious spa, the team at Authentic Birth Center · Wellness Collective strives to provide the highest quality midwifery care, family support services, health care, and education in the Milwaukee area. Specializing in physiological birth, breastfeeding support, placenta encapsulation and superb midwifery, Authentic invests in families before, during and after the birth. Check out their fitness classes, yoga, playgroups and other resources for after Baby arrives!

The birth center is family-centered, affordable, accessible, and culturally respectful. They also cultivate and foster partnerships that empower, strengthen and nurture individuals and families in our center, in our care, and in our community.

Additional Resources

Maternity, Birth & Newborn Photography

The Nesting Tree Photography & Family Films

The heart of a birth photographer is unique. Sara Stiller of The Nesting Tree Photography & Family Films has taken her passion for birth and photography and joined them into a commitment to capturing the story of a birth for families. Becoming a Mother is an extraordinary moment and there is such a beautiful story that unfolds as a Mother brings her baby into this world and Sara loves to capture that beauty on camera. 

Sara is a proud member of the International Association of Professional Birth Photographers and her services, including being “on call” for a birth, are available in Milwaukee, Waukesha and Ozaukee Counties, specializing in home birth and birth center experiences. 

ALSO AVAILABLE :: Maternity, Newborn & Family Films

Maggie Wetherilt believes photography is something special that goes beyond just snapping a nice picture. “I do photography because I want to capture and share people’s stories. I am passionate about capturing life as it happens. I adore capturing moments of shared life in all seasons of family living. From pregnancy, to life with a newborn, to everyday family life, I find stories of shared life to be beautiful and worthy of being captured and shared. Most of all I am passionate about documenting the journey of birth. Like all good stories the beginning matters a great deal. Birth is the beginning of motherhood, the start of a little one’s life, it is the first moments of a relational bonds that cannot be broken. Birth can tell the story of strength, love, pain, joy, hardship, freedom… A woman bringing life into this world is a great journey and no story is more unique. I am honored each time a woman invites me in to capture her birth story.”

ALSO AVAILABLE :: Wedding, Engagement, Family, Newborn

Expect lots of fun. Tons of laughs. Endless hugs, kisses, and snuggles. Vanessa is a lifestyle photographer, passionate about capturing authentic and honest moments for your family – your pregnancy, your newborn, the toddler years – whatever memories you want to make tangible!

ALSO AVAILABLE :: Family Sessions

I have always been interested in photography, a hobby I’ve inherited from my father. Before I was blessed with my children, I bought a camera and started shooting my nephews at their sporting events. Once my children were born, I always had my camera in hand. It was only recently I realized I could share my talent with other families.

ALSO AVAILABLE :: Family Sessions, Engagements, Senior Sessions, Weddings

My name is Melissa Murphy.  I’m a lifestyle photographer in the Milwaukee area. Photography has always been a passion of mine and I feel so blessed to do it professionally.  Currently I photograph births, engagements, families, newborns, maternity, or any special events such as baptisms or birthday parties.  I will also be branching out as a wedding photographer this coming fall.  Having cherished images of your family’s beautiful memories is an investment of your time, energy and love, but something that you will never regret. I would love to be the one to document these moments for you.

ALSO AVAILABLE :: Birth, Engagements, Weddings, Family, Seniors

Birth Preparation & Care

Orchid Chinese Medicine & Acupuncture

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Since 2006, Orchid Chinese Medicine & Acupuncture has been proud to serve as Milwaukee’s leading holistic health center for fertility, pregnancy, postpartum and family care. In addition to acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine, our team of providers also offers the Arvigo Techniques of Maya Abdominal Therapy, therapeutic massage, reiki, classes for expecting parents, and more.

To best serve you, we have two Milwaukee locations (including one inside Well-Rounded Maternity Center), appointments with evening and weekend availability, and 24/7 online scheduling.

[email protected]

414.481.2922

Stork & Company

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Stork & Company of Wisconsin donates infant care items which come in maternity packages similar to the ones found in Finland, and manufactured by The Baby Box Co. here in the U.S. This maternity package contains not only a box with a mattress for a baby to sleep safely in, but also many infant care items.  Stork & Co. also adds other additional baby supplies families may need.

Epic Family Chiropractic

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Chiropractic Care can help the body’s ability to adapt to changes that occur during pregnancy and function the way that it is designed. Epic Family Chiropractic specializes in helping women have the best pregnancy and postpartum period possible through specialized care with their expert providers. Why wouldn’t a mom want to be more comfortable during pregnancy and improve the likelihood of an easier delivery?  
 
Regular chiropractic care during pregnancy can help prevent many issues that arise (and at times, linger) including carpal tunnel, leg cramps, constipation, and nausea. It also helps women to be more comfortable and helps baby be optimally positioned. Learn more about Epic Family Chiropractic for your best pregnancy today! 

262.229.4545

RemedyNow

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Healthcare at your doorstep! Use the RemedyNow app or just give them a call to select the most convenient time for you and your family for a home visit by a licensed health care provider! RemedyNow offers a wide variety of services, from Primary Care to simple Urgent Care Needs, plus a whole variety of services just for new and expecting moms!

Imagine – Child Birth Classes, Yoga, Acupuncture, Massage, Nutrition Counseling, Chiropractic…all from the comfort of your own home! That’s the RemedyNow experience!

262.312.9095

Birthfit Milwaukee

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BIRTHFIT is so much more than your typical birth education program or a way to “bounce back” after the baby. Far from it. BIRTHFIT EMPOWERS you as a woman to take control of your own pregnancy, birth and postpartum period. We challenge the status quo by reading, researching, experimenting & consolidating all the common sense, time-honored wisdom & recent studies we can find and present that information to you through various education models. We unconditionally support YOU—the birth mom & birth partner—to make the best decision for you and Baby. 

Carlson Wellness

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Our experienced massage therapists custom tailor your session with a variety of techniques to meet your specific needs. Techniques include Swedish, sports massage, deep tissue, neuromuscular, hot stone, & prenatal. Available all over the greater Milwaukee area! 

[email protected]

262.372.6782

Additional Resources

Infant Care & Breastfeeding Support

RemedyNow

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Healthcare at your doorstep! Use the RemedyNow app or just give them a call to select the most convenient time for you and your family for a home visit by a licensed health care provider! RemedyNow offers a wide variety of services, from Primary Care to simple Urgent Care Needs, plus a whole variety of services just for new and expecting moms — including Lactation Consulting! 

Imagine – Child Birth Classes, Yoga, Acupuncture, Massage, Nutrition Counseling, Chiropractic…all from the comfort of your own home! That’s the RemedyNow experience!

[email protected]

262.312.9095

Authentic Birth Center

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Breastfeeding support, play groups, yoga circles, and more! Authentic Birth Center and Wellness Collective wants to create a relationship with mothers where they feel they are part of the family and can continue to feel supported by the caring providers long after Baby arrives. 

[email protected]

414.231.9640​​

Pea Pod Sleep Consultants

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Pea Pod Sleep Consultants, LLC is dedicated to creating and implementing customized plans for families dealing with sleep challenges. Based in Whitefish Bay, Wisconsin, we provide in-person consultations as well as remote consultations for families outside the Milwaukee area or families who may simply have a hectic schedule. Whether you’re struggling with night-time sleep, nap schedules or having bedtime battles, Pea Pod Sleep Consultants is here to empower you with knowledge, support and a strategy to help you finally remedy your child’s sleep challenges.

[email protected]

414.379.0332

Children's Hospital of Wisconsin Pediatric Care

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Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin believes a pediatrician’s job is more than just vaccines, prescriptions, physicals and sick visits. Their pediatricians take full responsibility for your child’s health and well-being. It’s an approach to primary care that puts your child at the center of it all. Contact them to request an appointment at any of their convenient primary care offices all over the greater Milwaukee area.

414.266.2000

Additional Resources

Postpartum Care

Close to the Heart

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Close to the Heart is empowering families throughout the postpartum period and beyond. Jessica Featherstone, owner of Close to the Heart, is a postpartum doula and certified babywearing consultant serving Milwaukee, Ozaukee and Waukesha counties.

[email protected]
262.228.6135

Sarah Kidd

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As a Postpartum Doula, I can come to your house in those hazy, precious, first weeks and help take the panic out of new parenthood. I do light housework, provide sleep-deprived parents with time for rest and self-care, offer education and connect you with local resources. Whether you are a first-time parent wondering if you’ll have enough support, or you’ve done it before and already know how critical that support is, I can help you step confidently into parenting your bundle of joy.

[email protected]

414.856.4333

Moms Mental Health Initiative

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If you’re a mom suffering from emotional complications during pregnancy or after childbirth, you’re not alone. Our mission is to help moms with perinatal mood and anxiety disorders in the Greater Milwaukee area get better by leading them to effective treatment and by teaching the community and healthcare professionals how to better serve moms suffering from these illnesses.

Authentic Birth Center

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Breastfeeding support, play groups, yoga circles, and more! Authentic Birth Center and Wellness Collective wants to create a relationship with mothers where they feel they are part of the family and can continue to feel supported by the caring providers long after Baby arrives. 

[email protected]

414.231.9640​​

Additional Resources

Celebrating Mom and Baby

The Real Good Life

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What’s the go-to gift for a new mama to nourish her body and soul? FOOD. Each week, The Real Good Life offers a nutritious menu of creative entrees and healthy side dishes focusing on organic, local, and seasonal ingredients delivered right to your door.* And there’s always a yummy dessert on the menu! The perfect treat for a special mom! 

*Within delivery area

414.759.6752  

Kendra Scott

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Head over to The Corners of Brookfield! The lovely gals at Kendra Scott can help you pick out the perfect piece of jewelry to really treat the new mama you want to celebrate! With a variety of styles, colors and prices, there is sure to be a signature Kendra piece that is perfect!

20111 West Bluemound Road, Brookfield, WI 53045

Mado Creative

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Custom decor, shower and party favors, floral arrangements, and more! Mado Creative can create exactly what you need to celebrate Mom and Baby perfectly! 

847.533.5698

The Corners of Brookfield

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Every mama in the Milwaukee area needs to know about the new experience right of I-94….The Corners of Brookfield! Featuring stores like Von Maur, EVEREVE, Kendra Scott, Anthropologie, j. jill, Francesca’s, Scout & Molly’s and Paper Source plus eateries Bel Air Cantina and Cafe Hollander, you’re not going to want to miss out. Treat the mama-to-be to a mani/pedi at Anthony Vince Nail Spa, plus something fabulous and sparkly! All in one place. 

20111 West Bluemound Road, Brookfield, WI 53045

Jason's Deli

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Jason’s Deli is all about healthy food. They’ve even been named “The Best Restaurant in America!” in the March 2011 issue of Parents Magazine. The food has no high fructose corn syrup, trans fats or MSG. Just healthy, fresh and organic foods that are friendly for both grown-ups and kids! Plus, free ice cream when you join us in store! Check out the location at Brookfield Square Mall for your next meal out plus the catering options are amazing for baby showers or making sure a new mama is fed well!

95 North Moorland Road
Brookfield, Wisconsin 53005

Gigi's Cupcakes

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The perfect sweet treat for any occasion is Gigi’s Cupcakes! With convenient locations in Wauwatosa and Oak Creek, the owners of Gigi’s love being involved in the local community and to play a part, however small, in the special moments of customers’ lives. Every time we provide cakes and cupcakes for a birthday party, wedding, anniversary party, gender reveal, or other special event, we enjoy knowing that people get to eat the delicious and beautiful products our staff makes. We’ve followed some of our customers through those special moments from engagement to wedding to baby shower, and we feel blessed and humbled that they’ve allowed us to share in their joy.

WAUWATOSA :: 414.777.7465

OAK CREEK :: 414.574.5350

Additional Resources

Fitness for Moms

Prenatal Yoga

Prenatal Yoga in Milwaukee

With a growing bump, it’s nearly impossible to see your toes, let alone touch them, but don’t let that stop you from trying out a prenatal yoga class. If for nothing else, enjoy a quiet and relaxing hour of peace in a dimly-lit room, on your own, and let the gentle stretches prepare you for labor. Here’s a few of our favorite places for Prenatal Yoga in Milwaukee!

BirthFit Milwaukee

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BIRTHFIT is so much more than your typical birth education program or a way to “bounce back” after the baby. Far from it. BIRTHFIT empowers you as a woman to take control of your own pregnancy, birth and postpartum period. We challenge the status quo by reading, researching, experimenting & consolidating all the common sense, time-honored wisdom & recent studies we can find and present that information to you through various education models. We unconditionally support YOU—the birth mom & birth partner—to make the best decision for you and Baby.

Milwaukee Area Fitness Guide

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As moms, there are SO many things that take up our time, energy and attention. We pour ourselves out every day into the people and pursuits we love, but although these are all good things, we often forget about taking care of ourselves. Barriers to fitness including pregnancy, childcare, money, time, location and more. It is our hope that this guide would help you find the perfect match for your lifestyle, budget, and fitness level so you can set those barriers aside and invest in YOU this year. 

Authentic Birth Center

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Authentic Birth Center hosts prenatal yoga classes, BirthFit Milwaukee sessions and so much more! There are opportunities for expecting moms as well as postpartum mamas looking to connect with both Baby and Community. 

414.231.9640

[email protected]

Want to see YOUR business featured?

New and expecting moms are always looking for recommendations from a trusted friend and we would love to hear why your business should be part of this Pregnancy & Postpartum Guide! Get the word out about why moms of the Milwaukee area need to know about you! Contact us below to get started. 

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