Prenatal / Childbirth classes:

Babies in Common in Northborough, MA

Urban Arrivals in Clinton and Cambridge, MA

 

Breastfeeding support:

Shelly Taft, IBCLC, in Holden, MA

Babies in Common in Northborough, MA

Rachel O'Brien, IBCLC, in Sudbury, MA

St Vincent Hospital Breastfeeding Support Group in Worcester, MA

La Leche League of MA, RI, VT

kellymom.com

 

Birth Doula Worcester

Chiropractors certified in Webster technique:

Dr. Brittany Falcone at Back to Health Chiropractic, Worcester, MA

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

Dr. Karen Griffin in West Boylston, MA

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

Corrective Chiropractic in Lancaster, MA

Northboro Chiropractic Center

Dr. Mike Morgan at Princeton Family Chiropractic

Midwives:

Joyce Kimball, CPM in Worcester, MA

Dina Fraize, CPM in Northborough, MA

Sue Smith, CPM in Uxbridge, MA

Other homebirth midwives: Massachusetts Midwives Alliance

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

Prenatal and Postpartum Massage:

Rachel Blessington, LMT in Worcester, MA

Helen Cohen, LMT at Wild Moon Massage and Wellness in Northborough, MA


Parent Groups:

MOMS Club in Worcester, MA

MOPS in Holden, MA

Open Play Groups at Worcester JCC

Worcester Family Partnership playgroup

Holistic Moms Network in Northborough, MA

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

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

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


Photographers:

Knit Together Photography in Boylston, MA (Newborn)

Blueflylens in Worcester, MA (Newborn and family)

Shirley Anne Photography in Waltham, MA (Birth)

Maria Fonseca Photography (Birth)

 

Mental Health:

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

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

 

Pelvic Floor Health:

The Core Connection in Northborough, MA

 

Recommended Books:

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.

 

Other Resources:

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

Evidence Based Birth - a great 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.

Link to a family-centered (or gentle) Cesarean birth video.

Boston Baby Nurse - Overnight baby care.

 Respectful parenting advice by Janet Lansbury