Preparing for a Positive Postpartum Workshop

We are thrilled to be sharing with the community a free workshop on Sunday, June 10th, from 11am- 1pm to help new families prepare for a positive postpartum period.   Packed with information and resources, this workshop is aimed to help you prepare for your postpartum transition with more ease. There are so many unknowns when becoming a new parent and at The Birth Boutique we truly know the importance of being supported and having information.

We’ve built relationships with local practitioners that can assist you in their fields of expertise and on June 10th.  These experts will provide you an overview of how to better prepare your body, mind and soul, for your babies arrival, as well as ways they can support you after.  From a Lactation Consultant, to a Chiropractor, an Acupuncturist, a Fitness Instructor.  They will all be here under our roof to answer all of your questions!

This workshop is for parents at any stage of pregnancy looking to prepare themselves for the realities of new parenthood.

We would like to introduce you to our speakers for the afternoon..

Dr. Tom Williams, Chiropractor

Dr. Tom is the chiropractor behind Roots Family Chiropractic. As a father himself, he is especially passionate about providing chiropractic care to pediatrics and expecting mothers. Because he knows how important it is for families to thrive in all aspects of life, his mission is to empower families live a health-based life. Specializing in Torque Release Technique and Webster's Technique, Dr. Tom's care addresses the function of the nervous system and its ability to adapt. In order to provide your family the best care, Dr. Tom is currently attaining a pediatric certification, CACCP, through the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association.

Vanessa Prinz, IBCLC

Several years (and four babies!) ago, I found myself in your position and decided to take a Breastfeeding 101 class. My mom reacted to the news with surprise: “You just put the baby on your boob and they suck!”

Fortunately, breastfeeding came easily to my mom. But most of us need a little help. Just like learning to walk or ride a bike, breastfeeding is instinctive and natural, but perfecting this invaluable skill requires patience and practice with a fair amount of guidance and encouragement along the way.

That’s where I come in. I am dedicated to providing warm, caring and unbiased support to help you and your child not just succeed, but thrive, in your breastfeeding relationship no matter what your personal goals may be.

Prior to becoming an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC), I enjoyed a successful, fast-paced career in marketing. Later, when my first child was born, I resigned to become a stay-at-home mom. At the time, I knew I wanted to breastfeed my son. The indisputable benefits of doing so had been instilled in me by my own mother, a proud member of La Leche League who breastfed through second-wave feminism in the late 1970s and early 1980s. While I was determined to stick it out no matter what obstacles might arise, I had no idea that I would embrace the experience as much as I did. My enthusiasm for breastfeeding translated into mentoring friends and family members, which led me to dream about—and ultimately pursue—a career as an IBCLC. Today, I am committed to helping other moms establish a positive breastfeeding relationship similar to the one I’ve enjoyed with all four of my children.

I am currently an IBCLC at Amita Health Adventist Medical Center Hinsdale, both inpatient in the Mother Baby Unit and outpatient in The Nurturing Nook breastfeeding clinic. I also have a private practice, VP Lactation Consulting, LLC, serving the western suburbs of Chicago and providing in-home lactation support and breastfeeding education via community events and courses

Annie Spindler, Board Certified and Licensed Acupuncturist

Annie is a Nationally Board Certified and Illinois State Licensed Acupuncturist.  She practices Worsley style Five Element Acupuncture and studied at Wu Hsing Tao School in Seattle, WA.  Her passion for Acupuncture came from receiving treatment for stress while in school at Bastyr University.  She immediately felt a connection with the ancient wisdom and healing power of this medicine.

Fertility, pregnancy and postpartum care are among Annie’s main interests.  She has seen, firsthand,  the relief that comes with treatment for new Moms.  Having a baby can be the most fulfilling experience we will ever have.  However, this time of joy may come with a whole set of new challenges.  Babies need Moms to be feeling comfortable and taken care of.  While most of the attention turns to the baby after the birth,  the mother still needs support and nourishment.  Acupuncture can help Moms feel grounded, centered, relaxed and happy.  And happy Moms make happy babies!

Nicole Radziszewski, BS, NPTI, CPT, MCT, FMS L1

Nicole is the president and founder of Mama’s Gotta Move, Inc., a fitness coaching business that specializes in helping moms of all ages and stages move well, get stronger and feel better in their bodies. Nicole founded Mama’s Gotta Move, Inc., in 2015 after the birth of her second son, when she found that a traditional approach to strength training was inappropriate for her postpartum body’s needs. She began her education in pelvic health and training the postpartum woman, learning from experts including Julie Wiebe, PT, Katy Bowman, and others, and is also enrolled in the Restorative Exercise Specialist (RES) Program, expected to certify in late 2018. Nicole combines her knowledge of women’s health with her foundation of training natural movement (via her MovNat education) to help mamas “move well, train smart and play often.” Nicole can be reached at or via



Lauren Elliott, DONA Trained Postpartum Doula


Lauren is one of the cofounders of The Birth Boutique and is the in-house postpartum doula.  She is on a mission to educate new parents on the ups and downs of parenthood.  Lauren began formally working with families 3 years ago after having two children of her own.  She knows firsthand the importance of feeling heard and supported during these life changing times and wants all families to be able receive it.  As a postpartum doula, Lauren can provide informational, emotional, and physical in-person support during the postpartum period.