Community Resources

Resources to Empower You

Pregnancy, birth, and parenting feels easier when you have the support you need. We are passionate about connecting you with local resources for your journey through labor, birth and postpartum. Your village is here, with local perinatal professionals, classes, and parent support groups. Contact us for additional resources in your area.

COVID-19 & Pregnancy

Below are some quality resources to help answer questions about COVID-19 and pregnancy, birth, and breastfeeding. 

World Health Organization: https://www.who.int/news-room/q-a-detail/q-a-on-covid-19-pregnancy-childbirth-and-breastfeeding

Center for Disease Control: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prepare/pregnancy-breastfeeding.html

Evidence Based Birth: https://evidencebasedbirth.com/covid19/

Aviva Romm (MD, midwife, herbalist): https://avivaromm.com/category/covid-19/

Propublica Article: https://www.propublica.org/article/coronavirus-and-pregnancy-expecting-mothers-q-and-a

Many services for expecting families are being provided virtually during these times of social distancing. See our COVID-19 blog post for a list of online childbirth education classes, yoga classes, and therapist providing virtual support. 

Homebirth Midwives

If you are considering a birth outside of the hospital we highly recommend talking with one of the following Certified Professional Midwives who attend birth at home.

Central Mass Midwifery | Dina Fraize, CPM | Northborough, MA

Metrowest Midwifery | Kim Lueders, CPM | Framingham, MA

New Life Blessings | Vanessa Lewis, PMUS | Southbridge, MA

Birth Services | Joyce Kimball, CPM | Central Mass

Midwifery by Marianne | Marianne Pellitier | Central Mass

 

You can find a list of home birth midwives at Massmidwives.org

 

Childbirth Education

Birth is nothing like the movies and there is so much you don't know you don't know. We only have so much time in our prenatal sessions to discuss the ins and outs of labor and birth so we encourage you to dedicate some time to take some Childbirth Education classes. Below are some local out-of-hospital childbirth education classes we recommend. Each have their own flavor - see which one resonates with you.

Hypnobabies Boston | Kelly Keenan | Wellesley Hills, MA

Moonlight Motherhood | GentleBirth | Karolina Maria | Worcester and Cambridge, MA

The Loved Child | Belmont, MA

Childbirth Education at Newton Wellesley Hospital | Shari McBurney | In-hospital exception

Mindful Birthing Boston | Danielle Schuman-Oliver | Cambridge and Medford, MA

Babies in Common | Janette Mesite Frem | Northborough, MA

WellPregnancy | Julie Brill | Bedford, MA

HypnoBabies | online

Breastfeeding Support

Preparing for your and baby's breastfeeding relationship in pregnancy builds your foundation for success. We highly recommend taking a breastfeeding preparation classes. In addition, consider adding a professional lactation consultant to your postpartum support team. Along with supporting you by email/text or phone an IBCLC can come to your home to help with feeding difficulties and are typically covered by insurance.

Out-of-Hospital Breastfeeding Classes

Babies in Common | Jeannette Mesite Frem, IBCLC | Northborough, MA

WellPregnancy | Julie Brill, IBCLC | Belmont, MA

International Board Certified Lactation Consultants (IBCLCs)

WellPregnancy | Julie Brill | Belmont, MA

From Birth | Michelle Stolow | Maynard, MA

Rachel O'Brien | Sudbury, MA

Shelly Taft | Worcester, MA

Babies In Common | Jeannette Mesite Frem | Northborough, MA

Boston Area Lactation Connection | Kira Kim | Greater Boston

Boston Lactation | Heather Bingham | Arlington, MA

Christine Fischer-Rothman | Jamaica Plain, MA

Perinatal Counseling

Whether this is your first, second or tenth child, its important to reach out for support when needed. Pregnancy, birth and postpartum are the center of a host of transitions and changes. Here are some counselors who specialize in these areas. Please let us know if one of these are full and you need additional recommendations. 

Concord Therapy | Lauren Brown | Concord, MA

Leggett Group | Framingham and Roslindale, MA

Emily Wing | Holliston, MA

Kaitlynne Vazquez | Sudbury, MA

Strong Roots Counseling | Mara Acel-Green | West Newton, MA

Maria Delorico | Boston, MA

Lois Freeman | Boston, MA

Bodywork

Throughout pregnancy, labor and postpartum your body goes through endless changes. Its important to go to classes and see professionals who specialize in woman's bodies and has a full knowledge of the changes our bodies go through during these great transitions. The right professional can make all the difference in the world for your body, your baby and your mind. 

Prenatal Yoga

Revolution Community Yoga | Acton, MA

be the LOVE | Maynard, MA

Synergy Wellness | Hudson, MA

Emily Masnoon | Maynard, MA - Also offers Online Birth Design Course

Samara Yoga | Somerville, MA

Coolidge Yoga | Brookline, MA

Down Under School of Yoga | Boston, MA

Prenatal Massage

Wellness in Bloom | Rebecca Susi | Bolton, MA

Synergy Wellness | Melissa Angel | Hudson, MA

Rachel Blessington | Worcester, MA

Integrative Wellness | Joy Mandler | Stow, MA

Mahina Massage | Somerville, MA

Acupuncture

Nurture Whole Health | Libby Horesh | Concord, MA

Silver Leaf Acupuncture | Margo Voskanian | Southborough, MA

New Moon Acupuncture | Ece Yildrim | Watertown, MA

Angie Bell | Cambridge, MA

Chiropractic Care for Pregnancy and Children

Kopleman Family Chiropractic | Dan Kopelman (webster certified) | Acton, MA

Worcester Family Chiropratic | Brittany Falcone (webster certified) | Worcester, MA

Community Chiropractic of Acton | Lauren Yeager | Acton, MA

Northeastern Chiropractic | Melissa Diaz |  Framingham, MA

LiveWell Chiropractic | Jackie Bouley | Wellesley, MA

Wholesome Healing Chiropractic | Lizzie Sobel | Boston, MA


Perinatal Bodywork Centers 

 Life Gate Holistic Living Center | Groton, MA

Online and Private Perinatal Bodywork Support

Kara Coffin | Hopkinton, MA

Rooted Boston | Brigitte Arle | Boston, MA

Postpartum Resources (Doulas, Pelvic Floor Therapists, Postpartum Fitness )

After having your baby you are now in the "postpartum period", a time when many transitions are taking place. You are adjusting to a bigger family, your body is healing, and there's a new little on the outside who is solely dependent on you (and your partner). The local resources below are to address the physical and emotional needs of you and your family during the unique time.

Postpartum Doulas

Postpartum Doulas provide a host of services to you in the first few months after baby has arrived. They take care of you so you can take care of baby. Most help with everything from newborn care and tidying up to breastfeeding and bottle feeding. Most importantly they help with the emotional and physical aspects of postpartum recovery.

Heather Chiancola | West Concord, MA

New Family Needs | Hilary Witcher | Needham, MA

Three Birds | Emily Lindbland (multiples) | Hudson, MA

Nightingale Night Nurses | Everywhere MA

Hip to Heart | Everywhere MA

Baby Bean Boston | Emily Newberg | Boston, MA

Gentle Giraffes Newborn Care

Pelvic Floor Therapist and Diasis Recti Resources / Perinatal Fitness 

Below are some professional resources to help your body heal from carrying and birthing your baby.

Bespoke Movement & Wellness | Kara Coffin | online

Inspire Motion | Natasha Neitman | Acton, MA

Emerson Hospital, Physical Therapy | Judy Curless, Teri Halio, Eileen Maloney | Westford, Concord, and North Chelmsford MA

InHara System | Marissa Farrell | Wellesley, MA

Marathon Physical Therapy | Newton, Dedham, Boston (and other locations), MA

Pelvic Health Support | Kathy Kates | Brookline, MA (also does home visits) 

Women’s Health Physical Therapy at Mt. Auburn | Cambridge, MA

Women's Journey Physical Therapy | Karlene Salguero | Cambridge, MA

Mutu System | Online

Sleep Specialist

Expect to Sleep Again | Arielle Greenleaf | Everywhere, MA

Maternity, Birth and Newborn Photography

Below are professional photographers and videographers who capture the beauty, love, and awesomeness of your pregnancy, birth and/or newborn. 

Shirley Anne Photography | Littleton, MA

Elaine Freitas Photography | Acton, MA

Newborn Documentaries | Katie Bourgeois | Leominster, MA

Knit Together Photography | Rhiannon Byler | Boylston, MA

New Parents Groups

New parents' groups are a place to forge members of your local tribe. These new parents are talking a similar language and walking a similar path as you! In new parents groups folks often share solutions to parenting challenges, celebrate each other's parenting moments, share local resources, and make new parent friends. 

New Parents Hangout | Hudson, MA | Hang out with Bethany and new parents at the New City Microcreamery every 2nd and 4th Thursday of the month!

First Connections | Acton, MA

First Concern Pregnancy Resource Center | Clinton, MA

Life Gate Holistic Living Center | Groton, MA

Online Resources

Educational Resources for Pregnancy and Birth

Check out our COVID-19 Blog for a host of online resources 

Evidence Based Birth | On this website you'll find summaries of birth research topics written by an RN/PhD just for parents! Ask us for access to articles on topics that are relevant to you.

Spinning Babies | This website shares movement and positional techniques that create space for baby to get into the optimal position for an easier birth.

Other Local Providers and Resources

NAMMA Families | This website shares perinatal professionals in the Nashoba, Assabet, and MetroWest regions of Massachusetts. 

Massachusetts Birth Connections | This website shares pregnancy, birth, and postpartum resources and professionals throughout Massachusetts.