The prenatal, pregnancy and the postpartum phases are a time to access supports, engage in self care and plan ahead. These resources will help you to do just that. Remember, you are not alone in feeling like you are in uncharted territory, all new families feel this way to a certain degree. This is a time to invoke as much support as you can, because you and your new baby deserve it!
There are many support groups in the valley. Motherwoman is an amazing resource which lists a number of support groups both online and in the area.
Check out Grow in Northampton for classes, support groups and much much more.
Birth, (birth to four months)
led by Ann Buscemi. Meets in the Cooley Dickinson Childbirth
Center Conference Room every Thursday from 1:00-3:00pm.
The following is a list of Family
Centers in Hampshire County. All centers listed below receive funding
from a Coordinated Family and Community Engagement grant from the MA
Department of Early Education and Care and support families with children up through the age of four.
Belchertown Family Center
Directions: 720 Franklin Street. Located on Rte. 181 five miles south of Belchertown Center. 413-283-7594
Cummington Family Center
Directions: 33 Main Street. Enter in back of the Community House on Main St. in Cummington. 413-634-5362
Easthampton Family Center
Directions: Playgroups meet at Christ United Methodist Church, 271 Rocky Hill Road (Rte. 66) in Northampton. 413-563-7672
Gateway Family Center
Directions: Located across from the Fire Station at 9 Russell Rd. (Rte. 20) in Huntington. 413-667-2203.
Northampton Parents Center
Directions: Located at the Edwards Church, corner of State and Main
Streets in Northampton. Please use rear entrance. 413-582-2636
South Hadley Family Center
Directions: Located at All Saints Episcopal Church on Rte. 116, across
from the post office in South Hadley Center. 7 Woodbridge Street, South
Ware Family Center
Directions: Located in the United Church of Ware, uphill from Rte. 9 in Ware Center. 413-205-8714
What is a doula? A trained person who can support and guide you through the pregnancy, birth and postpartum phases. The Green River Doula Network is one place to find one in this area. I have also listed urls for some doulas who have their own websites and are currently accepting clients.
Doulas of North America is another place to find out about doulas
DONA international offers a great postpartum planning tool. It is like a birth plan for the postpartum
FOR THE PARTNER
Resources for the partner
Cooley Dickinson offers a support group for
The Other Parent
A unique offering, this group focuses on
issues specific to the non-birthing partner. The sessions are
skillfully facilitated by experienced partners/parents, during which
space is held for participants to share their thoughts
on pregnancy and birth, parenting, and life changes. This discussion
group is open to all partners, free of charge, and meets monthly on
the fourth Monday. For more information, contact
Here are some good books for the partner. While the titles make it clear that the focus is fathers, it may offer some ideas for partners who aren't male.
She’s Had a Baby and Now I’m Having a Meltdown: What Every New Father Needs to Know About Marriage, Sex & Diapers
by James Douglas Barron
Postpartum Husband: Practical Solutions for Living with Postpartum Depression
by Karen Kleinman, MSW
Here is some information regarding doulas and partners
For postpartum depression and anxiety related needs, help can be one call or click away. This is a good place to start if you don't want to leave your home.
Postpartum support international
The Online PPD Support Group
ADOPTION AND INFERTILITY RESOURCES
For those who are struggling with infertility and for those who are considering adoption
This website provides lists of books, podcasts and much more covering a wide variety of issues relevant to infertility and adoption.
This book is excellent:
Unsung Lullabies: Understanding and Coping with Infertility
Yoga has been shown to be beneficial both in the pregnancy and postpartum for mom and baby. Check out these sites for classes in various locations.
Light therapy can help resolve depression without the use of medication
Accupuncture can be very helpful with sleep, digestion, infertility, postpartum emotional and physical health. Despite its association with needles, they don't always have to be used.
LACTATION AND NUTRITION SUPPORTS
Breastfeeding can be challenging or can generate lots of questions. These sites might give you answers and support.
CRANIO SACRAL MASSAGE AND BODY MIND CENTERING
Cranio sacral work can be very useful after birth for the new baby because birth is an intense experience. It can also be very useful for mom after labor to recalibrate her body. Sessions at Amajoy provide bodywork for the child, and suggestions for home practice which can help to increase comfort and capabilities.
This blog will give you lots of ideas for supporting your babies development.
Hilltown families is chockablock full of information for families.
It takes a village offers free of charge community support for the first three months after a baby is born
This organization is dedicated to promoting the benefits of public cord
blood banking. Umbilical cord blood has helped children survive over 80
diseases including leukemia, lymphoma, and anemia and is now being used
in older patients. Our mission is to help others understand how they can
benefit and help save the lives of sick children in need.
have been over 35,000 cord blood transplants thanks to donors
worldwide. Consider banking your child's cord blood. for more information, click on the website above.
ARTICLES OF INTEREST
This article discusses the postpartum, the value of supports in this phase and self in relation theory.
This link will take you to Ms. Kathleen Kendal Tackett's many articles on the postpartum, breastfeeding, trauma and more.