Boston Area Resources
Birthing Gently Doula Services and Childbirth Education
MetroWest Beautiful Beginnings: Associated with Tufts - classes listed on website
Boston Association for Childbirth Education (listing of educators)
Most hospitals also offer childbirth education classes.
Birthing Gently Doula Services and Education
Doulas of North America (DONA) - info about doulas and doula finder
International Birth and Wellness Project
Mothers Naturally - find a certified midwife
Birthwise Midwifery School - info about midwifery
Earth Mama Angel Baby Organics online Birth Planning Tool - click and print. Also has organic & herbal care products.
Baby Center Birth Planning Worksheet (print and fill-in)
La Leche League: Support, encouragement, information, and education, and to promote a better understanding of breastfeeding.
MA Breastfeeding Coalition: Local resources and support by zip code in MA.
Women, Infant and Children (WIC) Breastfeeding support in MA
International Breastfeeding Center
Dr Jack Neuman - great resource with online videos
National Vaccine Information Center: Information for Informed Choices
Vaccination Risk Awareness Network: Research and information about vaccines.
CDC Recommended Vaccination Schedule
National Organization of Circumcision Information Resource Centers
Circumcision Resource Center
Finding a Pediatrician:
Women and Infants
Newborn Care:Infant and Newborn Care - links on variety of topics
What does a newborn look like?
Free Newborn Care Classes - call or check schedule online
Coping with Colic - Ask Dr. Sears (great site for parents)
Postpartum Depression Resources in MA
PPD affects approximately 10- 20% of women in the first year postpartum. Many women may suspect they have PPD but be reluctant to seek help because they feel ashamed or guilty. This can make the mom feel isolated and more depressed and she may even try to hide her feelings from those who can help her most. Though a personal or family history of depression is a risk factor, even women who have no history of depression can develop PPD. It can develop gradually and the mother may have both “good” and” bad” days. Some signs of PPD include:
Insomnia or sleep disturbances
Sadness, depression, feeling hopeless
Change in eating habits
Excessive/uncontrollable crying or irritability
Feelings of not being a good mother, feelings of guilt or inadequacy
Fatigue or exhaustion
Difficulty concentrating or memory loss, confusion
Excessive concern for baby’s well being
Lack of interest in your baby
Fear of “losing control”
Lack of interest in your partner/sex
Fear of harming the baby or yourself
This list is meant to help you to find information, support, and resources, and to help you locate someone who specializes in treating women with PPD. It is not an all- inclusive list but is growing with time! PPD is not your fault and is treatable with good medical and psychiatric care and support. Don’t be afraid to seek help! It is the best thing you can do for you and your baby.
General Resources in New England - Please alert us if you know of any changes / additions:
Parents Anonymous 800-882-1250
Parental Stress Line 800-632-8188
United Way’s Parent Line 617-421-1789
24 hour computerized service to find answers to parenting questions
calls returned within 24 hours
Support Groups in Massachusetts and Surrounding Area
(list from http://www.postpartumma.org/specialists.html)
Online PPD Support group: www.ppdsupportpage.com
For Fathers: www.postpartumdads.org
Towns organized alphabetically
MotherWoman Group: Getting Real About Motherhood
Amherst Family Center, basement of the Unitarian Church
Annette Cycon at (413) 253-8990 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
MOCAI's Mothers of Color Awareness Initiative
Tuesdays 7:30-9:00pm MotherWoman Office, Amherst
Free, weekly drop-in circle for all women of color
96 N Pleasant Street
a program of the UMass Office of Family Resources
The Amherst Family Center
Unitarian Meeting House
121 North Pleasant Street
Infant Loss Support Group at Beverly Hospital. Kauders Conference Room
85 Herrick Street Beverly, Massachusetts. Contact: 978 236-1650. Days/Date: Fourth Tuesday each month. Time: 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. Notes: There is no fee or pre-registration required.
“Out of the Blue” Postpartum Depression Support Group. 1415 Beacon St.
Brookline, MA 02446. Contact: Liz Tyler, LICSW 617-566-2200 ext. 48; direct voice mail 617-566-7914 ext. 122.
Mothers Among Us Group
every other Friday 2:45-4:30pm
For mothers incarcerated at the Western MA Regional Women's Correctional Center (WCC) Administered by The Prison Birth Project
contact Marianne Bullock at email@example.com. MotherWoman trained facilitator.
“This isn’t What I Expected” Postpartum Depression Support Group. Childcare is provided during the group if needed. No fee, but please call to register.
Please contact Laura Gerson, LICSW, at (978) 287-0221 for further information and/or to register.
Franklin County Postpartum Support Group: This is Harder Than I Thought.
Fridays, 10-11:30am Community Action Family Center
90 Federal St.
Join mothers for a free, safe, confidential drop-in group for mothers of infants and babies up to one year old who are experiencing a challenging postpartum time.
Contact Pam Baldwin at 413-774-1000 x2015 or
Sandy Clark at 413-475-1566.
Grandparent Support Group
Thursdays from 10am to 12pm; weekly meetings beginning in October 2009 and continuing throughout the winter
Greenfield Family Center
90 Federal Street
contact Francia Wisnewski at the Greenfield Family Center
413-475-1553 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Green River Doula Network
A postpartum doula provides services and support in the home to help facilitate a warm and nurturing experience for the entire family.
MotherWoman Postpartum Support Group
Midwifery Care of Holyoke
230 Maple Street
Contact Lisa Pack at (413) 534-2700
Join mothers for a free, safe, confidential bi-lingual drop-in support group for mothers of infants and babies up to one year old. Expectant mothers welcome. Runs year-round. Administered by the Birthing Center at Holyoke Medical Center
Hospice & Palliative Care of Cape Cod has an ongoing Postpartum Depression
Support Group for new mothers. Most insurance accepted. No one turned away.
Thursdays 10:30-11:30 a.m. in the Hyannis office.
Please call Aimee Rozum, LMHC ATR-BC at 508-957-0267.
Support groups held weekly (Tues 10:30am – 12pm) at Elliot Hospital Child Care Center Activity Room. 450 Massabesic St. Alison Palmer at (603) 663-3052 or email@example.com
Newton-Wellesley Hospital. 1st & 3rd Wednesday each month 7:15-9:00 p.m. Focuses on women dealing with depression, anxiety or psychosis after the birth of their child. Contact: 617- 524-2542 or 837-4242.
MotherWoman Postpartum Group: This is Harder Than I Thought
Tuesdays 10:15am - 12:15pm
56 Vernon St
Join mothers for a free, safe, confidential drop-in group.For mothers of infants and babies up to one year old who are experiencing a challenging postpartum time. Expectant mothers welcome. Feel heard, valued, understood, nurtured and energized.Free childcare up to four years old. Runs year-round except during December, February, and April school vacation weeks. This
group follows the Northampton public school schedule and does not meet when the schools are closed or have delayed opening due to weather. Contact Annette Cycon at (413) 253-8990 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
MotherWoman Group: Getting Real About Motherhood
Mondays 10:00am-11:30am, starting September 14th
Quaker Meeting House
43 Center Street, second floor
Annette Cycon at (413) 253-8990
MOCAI's Color Play
Every 3rd Saturday 10am-12pm
Free, on going, drop-in for all families parenting children of color
Free Emotional Wellness Drop-In for Pregnant or Postpartum Women
Every Thursday 1pm
3rd Floor of Thorne's Marketplace
A weekly gathering for new parents and their babies.
Thursdays from 1–3pm
Cooley Dickinson Hospital
Contact Maria Curtin-McKenna at (413) 582-2736
Berkshire Children and Families Support Group
Childcare and limited transportation provided
Contact Gail Fries at (413) 584-5690
Empty Arms Support Group
For parents grieving infant and pregnancy loss
4th Wednesday of every month at 7pm
Conference Room D
Cooley Dickinson Hospital
Contact Carol McMurrich and Greg Reynolds at (413) 529-1610 email@example.com
Kristin Penza. 80 Washington St, Ste C-17, Norwell 02061. Contact: 781-264-8953
MotherWoman Support Group: Every 2nd and 4th Friday of each month, 6:30PM-8:30PM Community Room @ 48 Elizabeth St
@ Jordan Hospital:
Parenting, Birth to Birthday, Every Tuesday, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. 508-830-2929
Parenting Your Toddler, Every Monday, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. 508-830-2929
Infant Massage,Tuesdays (four-week session offered every other month)12:30 to 2:00 p.m.
Women & Infants Day Hospital
Contact: Margaret Howard, PhD. 401-274-1122; www.womenandinfants.org
A day program for PPD that includes your baby.
NRC Family Network
Rockland, MA 02370
Contact Rosemary Chretien, M.Ed. at 781-681-9736
Baystate Postpartum Support Group
Wednesdays at 1:30pm
NICU, Conference Room B
2nd floor, Wesson Building
Pregnant and new mothers concerned about their babies being affected by drug use or
alcohol use in the family.
947 Main Street
"This Isn't What I Expected" Postpartum Depression Support Group.
Wednesdays, 2-3:30pm, at JF&CS, 1430 Main Street, Waltham, MA 02451. Contact: Debbie
Whitehill at 781-647-JFCS (5327). Wednesdays, 2:30 - 4:00p.m.
@ South Shore Hospital:
New Mom Group: Contact: 781-624-8602
More Than the Blues: Second and Fourth Wednesday 6:30 p.m.Weymouth Woods Medical Building: Contact: 781-624-3704
Peripartum and Postpartum Depression Support Groups, UMass Medical. Contact Linda Rinaldi at 508-334-7445