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.
Breastfeeding can be hard sometimes, but it doesn't have to be. 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
Jeanette Mesite Frem, IBCLC
Michelle Stolow, IBCLC
Rachel O'Brien, IBCLC
Babies in Common
They have excellent feeding support groups
St Vincent Hospital
Breastfeeding support group on Saturdays
La Leche League of MA, RI, VT
Here are a few local chiropractors certified in Webster Technique (meaning they are skilled to take care of pregnant women):
Dr. Brittany Falcone at Worcester Family Chiropractic
Dr. Jackie Debs at inBalance Chiropractic & Wellness
Dr. Karen Griffin
West Boylston, MA
Dr. Jen Connors at Cafe of Life Sturbridge Family Chiropractic
Dr. Karen Moriarty at Northboro Chiropractic Center
Dr. Mike Morgan at Princeton Family Chiropractic
Midwifery model of care believes that birth is normal unless proven otherwise.
Joyce Kimball, CPM
Dina Fraize, CPM
Sue Smith, CPM
Massachusetts Midwives Alliance
A list of all homebirth midwives
The Reliant Midwives
St. Vincent’s Hospital
There are several local moms' groups (dads are welcome, too!) that range from very informal to quite organized.
Informal playdates and gatherings
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
Monday-Friday 9:30-11:00 am
Free Moms' Group on Tuesday mornings
Peaceful Birth and Beyond
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
Yes, birth photographers exist, and yes, they are wonderful at capturing those precious first moments of falling in love with your baby. There are maternity photographers, newborn photographers, and family photographers, too.
Knit Together Photography
Shirley Anne Photography
Maternity, birth, newborn photography
Elaine Freitas Photography
Maternity, birth, newborn, family photography
Mental health is just as important as physical health!
Jennifer Gorham, Psy.D.
Cornerstone Behavioral Health
Jill Tonelli, LMHC
My favorite books for new moms and dads.
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.
Dr. Jack Newman's Guide to Breastfeeding
The best breastfeeding book, in my opinion.
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.
Respectful parenting advice
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.