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Pregnancy Resources & Links


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

 

• American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) – 800-673-8444; acog.org – 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; bace-nmc.org – Breastfeeding and childbirth education referrals.

 

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

 

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

 

Family Nurturing Center of Massachusetts – 617-474-1143; familynurturing.org – 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; jri.org/firstconnections – 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; ican-online.org – Information and links to local ICAN chapters.

 

• Jewish Family & Children’s Service – 781-647-5327; jfcsboston.org/cers – 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 Educationllleus.org – Breastfeeding support for new mothers. 

 

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

 

• March of Dimes Massachusetts Chapter – 508-366-9066; marchofdimes.com/massachusetts – 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; massteenpregnancy.org – Parenting and childcare help for teen parents.

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

• Parental Stress Line – 800-632-8188; parentshelpingparents.org – 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; bidmc.org/parentconnection – 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; postpartum.net – Increases awareness about emotional changes during pregnancy and postpartum and offers support.

 

• Postpartum Support Resources Criterion Child Enrichmentcriterionchild.com – 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; resolvenewengland.org – Provides education programs regarding infertility, adoption and donor family-building options.

 

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

 

• Freedman Center for Child and Family Development at William James College – 617-332-3666; williamjames.edu/community/freedman-center – 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
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