Restoring Balance Together: Co-Regulation Appointments for Moms and Newborns

As a family centered chiropractic practice, we understand the profound connection between a mother and her newborn baby. During the postpartum period, moms and babies experience a process called co-regulation, where they share and synchronize their stress levels, emotions, and physical sensations.

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We are so excited to offer Co-Regulation Appointments, where postpartum mothers can bring their new babies in for gentle chiropractic adjustments together. By addressing the nervous system function of both mom and baby simultaneously, we aim to support their physical and emotional well-being during this significant time.

Baby being adjusted on table and holding one arm up with a soft smile

Many parents may feel apprehensive about bringing their tiny babies for chiropractic care. However, our pediatric adjustments are incredibly gentle, using no more pressure than you would apply to test the ripeness of an avocado.

Our doctors are trained to use age-appropriate techniques that respect the delicate nature of a newborn’s nervous system. Our adjustments are tailored to each baby’s unique needs, ensuring a comfortable and safe experience. Most babies fall asleep on the table, or give us the sweetest smiles and coos, enjoying their little baby massage. 

Benefits of Co-Regulation Appointments

By addressing the nervous system function of both mother and baby simultaneously, co-regulation appointments can offer numerous benefits:

  1. Reduced Stress and Tension: Pregnancy, labor, and the postpartum period can be physically and emotionally taxing. Gentle adjustments can help alleviate muscle tension, improve mood, and promote relaxation for both mom and baby.
  2. Improved Sleep: Chiropractic care has been shown to support better sleep patterns, which is crucial for postpartum recovery and a baby’s development.
  3. Enhanced Breastfeeding Experience: Proper spinal alignment and nervous system function can contribute to a more comfortable and effective breastfeeding journey.
  4. Bonding and Connection: Co-regulation appointments provide a unique opportunity for moms and babies to share a nurturing experience, fostering their emotional bond and connection.

At our practice, we prioritize the health and well-being of the whole family and community. By offering co-regulation appointments, we aim to support postpartum mothers and their babies during this special time, promoting healing, growth, and a smooth transition into parenthood (and babyhood).

Male doctor and mom on table with baby getting adjusted, smiling down at baby

What to expect:

  • These appointments are only available for mothers who are established patients (has been seen in the last year), to bring in their baby from newborn to six months old.
  • Your appointment will be anywhere from 30-45 minutes long.
  • We aim to get HRV and Thermal scans on baby.
  • Your little one will get an initial consultation with the doctor.
  • Mom and baby can both be adjusted during this time (mom does not have to be adjusted, but of course we encourage it). 

Book your co-regulation appointment today and experience the gentle power of chiropractic care for you and your little one.

About Team Antoniotti

We believe that healthy families make healthy communities, and we are committed to improving the health and wellbeing of Kalamazoo – one mother, one child, one family at a time.

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Dr. Erika

The road to becoming a chiropractor has been a scenic but educational one. After my own incredible experience with chiropractic care, I moved to Dallas in 2013 to attend Parker University and begin the journey to serve others.
Upon graduating, I worked in a rehab based clinic located in Irving, TX which prepared me with significant clinical knowledge in addition to expanding my experience into nutrition, physical therapy, and a variety of other palliative modalities. 
When the stars aligned for me to move back to Kalamazoo, falling in stride along Dr. Kate and Dr. Steve was an easy transition.  Their passion for serving the community of Kalamazoo is contagious and motivating! 
I welcomed my son Max in 2015 and my daughter Amelia in 2016. They motivate me daily to make positive choices and look at the big picture, both at home and at work. 
My desire is to educate our patients and create a sense of autonomy and confidence when it comes to their health! I look forward to working with the incredible people of southwest Michigan – hope to see you in the office soon!

Dr. Steve

After graduating from Miami University in 2008 with a bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science from the school of Kinesiology and Health, and double minor in Business and Coaching, I began a four-year chiropractic program at Logan College of Chiropractic in Chesterfield, Missouri outside of St. Louis. In addition to the required chiropractic curriculum, I completed classes and performed research in advanced biomechanics, functional rehabilitation, kinetic chain analysis, and musculoskeletal therapies. This extra-curricular education has given me an edge in treating patients, allowing me to identify dysfunctions often overlooked by other providers.

Upon graduation from Logan College of Chiropractic in 2011, I moved to Indianapolis and started my own practice, PEAK Chiropractic. During my experience of owning and operating PEAK, I gained invaluable experience on how to treat patients of all levels and how to run a successful chiropractic practice. So, when my uncle, Dr. David Antoniotti, called my wife, Dr. Kate Antoniotti, and me with the offer to buy, run, and continue the tradition of Antoniotti Chiropractic in Kalamazoo, saying “yes” was extremely easy.

In March of 2016 Dr. Kate and I welcomed our son, Leo, to the world. And in October of 2018, our daughter, Rose, was born, making us a family of four. 

It is an honor to be continuing my family’s 50-year tradition of chiropractic care in Kalamazoo and I look forward to seeing you in the office!

Dr. Kate

I have always been interested in health, fitness, and human potential. After going through my own personal health struggles in college, I became passionate about holistic and preventative healthcare. This led me to pursue a B.Sc. degree in Exercise Science & Kinesiology- with the ultimate goal of becoming a Chiropractor.

After graduating from Miami University, I moved to St. Louis, Missouri to attend Logan College of Chiropractic, where I earned my D.C. degree. While at Logan, I did additional studies in nutrition, pediatrics, and women’s health. It was during my four years in St. Louis, where I also discovered my love for yoga, and eventually became a yoga teacher (200-RYT).

Dr. Steve and I welcomed our son, Leo, to the world in March 2016. And then in October 2018 we welcomed our daughter, Rose, to the family. Becoming a mom has been a defining moment in my life, both personally and professionally.

With my background in chiropractic, yoga, nutrition, pediatrics and women’s health – I have focused my practice to specifically address the needs of Moms. I deeply care about the health and wellbeing of our children, and I strongly believe that we need healthy Moms in order to have healthy kids.

By directing my focus on pregnancy chiropractic care, post-partum wellness, and pediatric chiropractic – I am hopeful that I am doing my small part in improving the health of our community.

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