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Favorite Central Mass Resources

Pregnancy and parenting are some of the most joyous yet most challenging seasons of our lives. Truth be told, we can't do it on our own; we need a village. Here are a few resources hand-picked by me to get you started.

Childbirth Classes

Participating in an informative evidence-based childbirth class is one of the top things I recommend to my clients. Independent childbirth classes (as opposed to hospital-based) are usually the best. Here are a few that I personally observed and can vouch for:

Urban Arrivals
Clinton, MA

Babies in Common
Northborough, MA

Breastfeeding Support

Breastfeeding can be hard sometimes, but it doesn't have to feel impossible. I believe that women don't fail to breastfeed - we fail to support them. Here are a few excellent resources, from lactation consultants to support groups:

Shelly Taft, IBCLC
Holden, MA

Jeanette Mesite Frem, IBCLC
Northborough, MA

Michelle Stolow, IBCLC
Maynard, MA

Rachel O'Brien, IBCLC
Sudbury, MA

Dairy Fairy Lactation
Lindsey and Megan provide in-home lactation support, and cover most of Massachusetts.

Babies in Common
Northborough, MA
They have excellent feeding support groups

St Vincent Hospital
Worcester, MA
Breastfeeding support group on Saturdays

La Leche League of MA, RI, VT

kellymom.com

Chiropractors

These are a few local chiropractors certified in the Webster Technique (meaning they are skilled to take care of pregnant women):

Dr. Brittany Falcone at Worcester Family Chiropractic
Worcester, MA

Dr. Jackie Debs at inBalance Chiropractic & Wellness
Shrewsbury, MA

Dr. Karen Griffin
West Boylston, MA

Dr. Jen Connors at Cafe of Life Sturbridge Family Chiropractic
Sturbridge, MA

Corrective Chiropractic
Lancaster, MA

Dr. Karen Moriarty at Northboro Chiropractic Center
Northborough, MA

Dr. Mike Morgan at Princeton Family Chiropractic
Princeton, MA

Prenatal and Postpartum Massage

Massage is a wonderful way to soothe your nervous system before giving birth while simultaneously easing a variety of aches and pains. The following massage therapists are truly wonderful:

Rachel Blessington, LMT
Worcester, MA

Revitalize Massage Therapy
Worcester, MA

Midwives

The midwifery model of care operates from the perspective that birth is normal unless proven otherwise. Midwives are an option worth exploring for all women, particularly those that are low-risk and seeking a natural, physiological birth experience:

Joyce Kimball, CPM
Worcester, MA

Dina Fraize, CPM
Northborough, MA

Sue Smith, CPM
Uxbridge, MA

Massachusetts Midwives Alliance
A list of all homebirth midwives

The Reliant Midwives
St. Vincent’s Hospital
Worcester, MA

AFA Midwives
Emerson Hospital
Concord, MA

Parent Groups

Below are several local moms' groups (dads are often welcome, too!) that range from very informal to quite organized:

MOMS Club
Informal playdates and gatherings
Worcester, MA

MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers)
First Baptist Church in Holden, MA
Meets 1st and 3rd Fridays of the month

Holistic Moms Network
Northboro Chiropractic Center
Meets 2nd Thursday of the month

Worcester Family Partnership
Free playgroups
Monday-Friday 9:30-11:00 am

First Concern
Clinton, MA
Free Moms' Group on Tuesday mornings

Peaceful Birth and Beyond
Townsend, MA
Free Mom & Baby Group

Free Moms' Gathering in Millbury
The Cake Shop Cafe
 First Monday of the month, 9-12

Free Moms' Gathering in Marlborough
The Coffee Loft
First Tuesday of the month, 10-12

Photographers

Maternity photographers, newborn photographers, and family photographers are worthwhile investments for those who are interested in capturing these special, fleeting moments in time:

Shirley Anne Photography
Littleton, MA
Maternity, birth, newborn photography

Knit Together Photography
Boylston, MA
Newborn photography

Elaine Freitas Photography
Acton, MA
Maternity, birth, newborn, family photography

Mental Health

Mental health is equally important to physical health, and speaking with a mental health professional can make all the difference when one’s immersion into new parenthood isn’t as smooth as they had hoped:

Jennifer Gorham, Psy.D.
Cornerstone Behavioral Health
Worcester, MA

Jill Tonelli, LMHC
Worcester, MA
508-845-6855

Pelvic Floor Health

Everyone who had a baby (either 10 months or 10 years ago) can use a little help with their pelvic floor, no matter how it is they gave birth:

The Core Connection
Northborough, MA

Kara Coffin
Bespoke Movement & Wellness
Perinatal personal training

Recommended Books

My favorite books for new moms and dads.

Birth:

Pregnancy, Childbirth, And The Newborn by Simkin, Whalley and Keppler
This is an excellent book that covers everything.

The Birth Partner by Penny Simkin
How to help a woman through childbirth, from the partner's point of view.

The Thinking Woman's Guide to a Better Birth by Henci Goer
Good for hospital birth preparation.

Ina May's Guide to Childbirth by Ina May Gaskin
This book has wonderful, empowering birth stories and information.

Breastfeeding:

Dr. Jack Newman's Guide to Breastfeeding
The best breastfeeding book, in my opinion.

Baby Care:

The Baby Book by William Sears
Gentle and informative.

The Happiest Baby on the Block by Dr. Harvey Karp
The 5 S's work like magic.

Parenting Resources:

Janet Lansbury
Respectful parenting advice

Bereavement Support

If the unthinkable happens, you are not alone.

The TEARS Foundation
Massachusetts Chapter

Empty Arms Bereavement Support
Florence, MA

The Compassionate Friends
Worcester, MA

Other Resources

A few resources that didn't fit under the above categories...

Birth Statistics for MA
You can find each hospital's Cesarean birth rates in Table 18.

Evidence Based Birth
An excellent resource if you have a question about any birth-related options.

The VBAC Project
Evidence-based information about vaginal birth after cesarean.

The Business of Being Born
A documentary about how the American health care system approaches childbirth.

Family-centered (or gentle) Cesarean birth video
Shows options that you might want to ask for your birth.

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