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Local woman creates community for mothers with newborns

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Posted at 8:36 AM, Nov 11, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-11 09:37:42-05

SHOREWOOD -- A mother shared the raw emotions she felt after giving birth to baby number two: isolation and loneliness.

"I noticed a shift when I wasn't around other people," said Stephanie Ciatti, creator of Babbling Babes. "I was more anxious and sad and I really yearned for a group."

Pregnant with baby number three, she brought to life a new community to support moms.

She gave up her job as a speech pathologist to create her organization called Babbling Babes. 'Babes' represents both babies and their mothers.

Ciatti uses social media and word-of-mouth to create different meet-ups across the Milwaukee-area. It's already making a difference.

"We just met like two weeks ago and we've talked about things I know she gets, but I have not said to any of my other friends," said Jamie Sperling of the creator of Babbling Babes.

Most of the time it's not about talking "babies." Best of all, Ciatti says there is no judgment.

"It's OK to come in and say 'I'm having a terrible day,' or 'I'm really scared about going back to work' or I'm really excited about going back to work and it's OK to feel."

The plan is to hold events fathers can come to as well, like group date nights. None of these events cost a dime. For now, Stephanie is rallying support around moms with newborns. Click here to learn more.