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amazing local resources:

Neighbordhood Network

– connecting a diverse community of families with the resources they need to navigate parenting in the city

Bump Club and Beyond

-social event company where moms and moms-to-be connect, from educational dinners, to girls’ night out, and fitness events

Grasp Group-professionally facilitated mom/infant/toddler groups/seminars and private parent coaching and couples/individuals counseling The Chicago new moms group

-group professionally-led, 6 week educational and support program for first time moms of babies 0-6 months old. It is an opportunity to come together in a supportive, nurturing and nonjudgmental environment to meet others who are sharing many of the same experiences and challenges. It is also a chance to gain valuable parenting insights through the educational discussions that take place. Group discussion topics include adjusting to the transition to motherhood, working through challenging relationships with partners, family, and friends, finding personal and professional life balance, sleeping and feeding (breastfeeding and bottle) concerns, body image issues, and much, much more. All groups are run by a licensed clinical social worker and certified Gentle Sleep Coach with extensive experience working with new moms and expertise with new mom resources in the community.

Sleep Tight Consultants-Sleep Tight Consultants helps your tired family develop an individualized plan to improve your child’s sleep that is based on your families’ comfort level, your parenting practices, and your child’s developmental abilities.

-offers customized in-home prenatal and parenting education programs, workshops, seminars, nanny/caregiver training and full maternity concierge services. Our mission is to provide mamas, papas, grandmas, grandpas, and anyone and everyone caring for your little ones the tools, resources and support you need. We strive to instill confidence and give you the tools to be the best parent or caregiver you can be! We also have a fantastic group of trusted partners and clinical support to fill in any gaps. Welcome to the family!

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-we take the guesswork out of finding babysitters, created by moms, recommended by experts, loved by parents everywhere

-professional childcare providers, expertly matching families with the best fit caregivers

  

-massage therapy spa; offering a wide range of treatments from swedish, to prenatal, and more!

make it better

-the mission of Make It Better is to be the community network that helps North Shore women make our lives and the lives of others better. We do this by creating the most trusted and easiest to use resource online, in print and in person to find and share information and connect with the remarkable people, businesses and nonprofits in our community.

The Daily Method

-is a unique combination of ballet barre work, core conditioning, stretching, and orthopedic exercise; their manifesto: We are uncommonly obsessed with alignment—in body, mind, and spirit. Targeted strengthening is our greatest passion. We ignite awareness, push limits and relish the burn. We defy convention and embrace the ultimate in exercise science so you can stand taller, be bolder and dance through life with freedom and fire. Our inspiration is your strength—inside and out. At The Dailey Method, we believe in you to the core.

-provides Chicago moms with prenatal and postnatal fitness classes they can bring their children to; our exercise programs are specially designed to help you enjoy a healthy pregnancy and return to or enhance your pre-baby fitness level in a supportive, small group environment!

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-is the first and only Fletcher Pilates® movement studio and teacher training center in Chicago; specializing in private sessions, group classes, and our signature Helios Equipment Quartets, Helios has something for every age, fitness level, and demographic; from our athletic conditioning programs, post-rehab programs, pre & post natal classes, and our newest addition, Bone-Safe Pilates, Helios has something for you!

-healthy moms make healthy babies.  CocoonCare makes healthy mommies.  CocoonCare is Chicago’s only fitness and wellness center specifically catered to pregnant women and new moms.  It’s approach is holistic in nature and focuses on getting moms’ bodies and minds strong and healthy before and after baby.  It offers pre- and post-natal exercise classes, informational workshops, lactation consulting, nutrition consulting, massages and more!

 

 -strives to increase awareness and widespread adoption of yoga by making yoga accessible to everyone, through a variety of yoga styles, for beginners and more advanced yoga students, and class times to meet any schedule; CorePower Yoga’s mission: share our authentic passion for yoga and healthy living to inspire everyone to live their most extraordinary life!

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-Tiia has been photographing maternity, newborns, children and families in and around Chicago for over 7 years. As a former teacher and mother of two, she brings her love of children to each fun-filled photography session. She also personally understands the value of preserving your family’s memories in a timeless art form that your family can enjoy now and forever. 

       
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Fertility and Infertility Information

 

-a comprehensive, interactive online network for women and men seeking fertility and infertility information, advice, referrals and appointments

-the website is designed to provide quality information on a wide range of fertility topics, as well as simplify the search for a trusted fertility doctor or fertility clinic

-the comprehensive site includes quality tools and information to pursue your goals:
-fertility doctor and fertility clinic searches by city, state and zip code to connect you with the specialist you need
[call 855-211-9955 for a consultation and mention you are a member of Shine]

-quality content written by health care writers
-a robust, interactive community of bloggers, including health professionals and patients who are living the challenges of infertility
-message boards and fertility forums at Fertile Thoughts
-fertility news

IVF Advantage-IVF financing

Egg Banxx-egg cryopreservation financing

 Resolve logo-RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association is a non-profit organization with the only established, nationwide network mandated to promote reproductive health and to ensure equal access to all family building options for men and women experiencing infertility or other reproductive disorders.

 The American Fertility Association

-AFA is a leader in providing men and women, health care professionals, public officials and the media, both nationally and internationally, with information about infertility treatments, reproductive and sexual health and family building options including adoption and third-party solutions.

 American Society of Reproductive Medicine

-ASRM is a multidisciplinary organization dedicated to the advancement of the art, science, and practice of reproductive medicine. The Society accomplishes its mission through the pursuit of excellence in education and research and through advocacy on behalf of patients, physicians, and affiliated health care providers.

 The Infertility Voice

-The Infertility Voice seeks to free infertility from cultural shame and silence and to catalyze an inclusive, compassionate and respectful dialogue about infertility as a disease. At its heart, The Infertility Voice isn’t just one voice: we embrace all voices, experiences, stories and journeys.

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Sometimes the best therapy for cancer is just talking to someone who’s been there. Imerman Angels 1-on-1 Cancer Support was created on the belief that no one should face cancer on their own. While we recognize that each cancer and life situation is unique, we connect cancer fighters, survivors and caregivers with “Mentor Angels” – a cancer survivor or caregiver who is as similar as possible in age, gender, and most importantly, cancer experience. Mentor Angels give cancer fighters and caregivers the chance to ask personal questions and receive support from a peer who has been down the same road before. The service is absolutely free and helps anyone touched by any type of cancer, at any stage, at any age, living anywhere in the world.

 

 

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-an organization dedicated to promoting the benefits of public cord blood banking. Umbilical cord blood has helped children survive over 80 diseases including leukemia, lymphoma, and anemia and is now being used in older patients. Our mission is to help others understand how they can benefit and help save the lives of sick children in need. You can find more information on their sister site as well – cordbloodguide.com

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-KNOWHEN® Eva’s World is a fertility community where couples trying to conceive can find reproductive knowledge, pregnancy tips, TTC stories, experts’ advice and support. We strive to empower women by helping them understand fertility health and take control of their body.

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-Ovulation Calculator accurately predicts when you are ovulating by using our “predictive intelligence” alongside your personal and life cycle data. To date, we have recorded over 10,000 pregnancies. Visit Ovulation Calculator.

American Pregnancy Association-The American Pregnancy Association is a national health organization committed to promoting reproductive and pregnancy wellness through education, research, advocacy, and community awareness.
Shared Journey-provides accurate, up-to-date information on the subjects of infertility and pregnancy, with community forums that enable women to learn about infertility, treatments, and alternatives and to discuss and share their thoughts and hopes in a caring environment.
The Bump-the inside scoop on pregnancy.
Baby Center-provides moms-to-be and moms everywhere with trusted advice from hundreds of experts around the globe, medical advisory board-approved information, friendship with other moms, and support at every stage of their child’s development.
Fertility Neighborhood-an online educational resource operated by Freedom Fertility Pharmacy.
Attain Fertility-offers IVF financing and treatment through a network of doctors and clinic specialists at fertility centers for couples trying to conceive.
 
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