Pregnancy Resources & Links

• American College of Nurse-Midwives – 240-485-1800; – The certifying body for nurse midwives offers a web-based midwife finder service.


• American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) – 800-673-8444; – Pamphlets on pregnancy and women’s health issues may be ordered by phone; single copies are free. For a list of materials available, go to “For Patients” tab on the website.


Boston Association for Childbirth Education (BACE) – 617-244-5102; – Breastfeeding and childbirth education referrals.


• Childbirth Connection – 212-777-5000; – Information and resources to help women with pregnancy, labor and birth.


• DONA International – 888-788-3662; – Links to help you find a doula for support, encouragement and wisdom throughout labor and childbirth.


Family Nurturing Center of Massachusetts – 617-474-1143; – Offers free play groups and monthly workshops for families with infants up to age 4, in Allston/Brighton, Dorchester and Roslindale.


• First Connections – 978-287-0221; – Parenting groups; support groups for parents of multiples, single parents and older moms; and seminars and referrals for parents of kids through age 4. Based in Concord. 


• International Cesarean Awareness Network (ICAN) – 800-686-4226; – Information and links to local ICAN chapters.


• Jewish Family & Children’s Service – 781-647-5327; – Offers free support groups and home visiting for parents of babies, as well as therapeutic support for parents struggling in their adjustment to parenthood. 


• La Leche League Alliance for Breastfeeding – Breastfeeding support for new mothers. 


• Lamaze International – 800-368-4404; – Information on preparing for childbirth and referrals to certified Lamaze instructors.


• March of Dimes Massachusetts Chapter – 508-366-9066; – Information on pregnancy and infant health, premature birth, preventing birth defects and the annual March for Babies.


Massachusetts Alliance on Teen Pregnancy – 617-482-9122; – Parenting and childcare help for teen parents.


Massachusetts Children’s Trust Fund – 617-727-8957; – Provides parenting tips and resources.


• Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children – 617-587-1500; – Services and advocacy for at-risk kids and their parents, including counseling, medical care and child care.  


MOMS Offering Moms Support® (MOMS Club®) – Support groups helping at-home moms in the Boston area to connect.


• MotherWoman – 413-387-0703; – Support groups for expectant and new moms, based in Hadley.


• National At-Home Dad – Support and activities for stay-at-home dads.


• Parental Stress Line – 800-632-8188; – This 24-hour call line is staffed by Parents Helping Parents of Massachusetts, providing a supportive ear for parents. Parents support groups are also offered by staff and volunteers.


• Parent Connection – 617-667-2229; – The Parent Connection of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center offers free support groups for parents and babies under age 1 in the Greater Boston area.


• Postpartum Support International (PSI) – 800-944-4773; – Increases awareness about emotional changes during pregnancy and postpartum and offers support.


• Postpartum Support Resources Criterion Child – Sponsors a Healthy Families newborn home visiting program with locations in Framingham and Milford, and offers resources for child care and early intervention. 


• Resolve of New England – 781-890-2250; – Provides education programs regarding infertility, adoption and donor family-building options.


• Social Work Therapy Referral Service – 617-720-2828; – This service of the National Association of Social Workers ( offers free referrals for individuals, couples and family therapy.


• Freedman Center for Child and Family Development at William James College – 617-332-3666; – The Freedman Center offers support and resources for mental health concerns and wellness needs. Based in Newton.

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15 Nov 2013

By Boston Parents Paper