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The village that raises a family…

house with path up to doorBecoming a parent is like moving to another country. You’ve read about it, seen pictures and made plans. Nonetheless, it takes time to get familiar with all that’s new. It helps to have some guides who know the area. Here’s a list of resources for new families to help you on your journey.

Reliable resources for new parents.

IBCLC’s who make home visits from North of Boston to Central Massachusetts.

The definitive resource about medications in mother’s milk.
Download this free app: LactMed
There’s also:  and their phone line  806-352-2519.

Breast pump rentals, sales and support
Michelle Stolow, IBCLC is in Maynard.
Dot Norcross, IBCLC and her colleagues are in Newton.
For mothers who want to donate breast milk, or for mothers who need a small supply for awhile, the Mothers Milk Bank NorthEast is an excellent resource.
“The Mothers’ Milk Bank Northeast is a non-profit community milk bank operating under the guidelines of the Human Milk Banking Association of North America (HMBANA).”

Professional Postpartum Doula Support
 MotherCare is a well respected company that has been in business for about thirty years.

Acupuncture and bodywork can help you regain your balance.
Plenty of parking at their Arlington office.
Dr. Lizzie Sobel is trained in infant chiropractic work. She sometimes makes home visits. Her office is in Boston and she facilitates a moms group in Cambridge.
Dr. Lisa Geiger has her office in Brookline. She is trained in infant chiropractic work as well as adult chiropractic.

• Get solid information about postpartum depression.

If you need immediate help, you can always call the Parental Stress Hotline at 1-800-632-8188.
Helpful advice for all family members and for health care providers. This includes several resources across Massachusetts.

Individual therapy for pregnant and postpartum women and their families.

A very experienced therapist who specializes in the childbearing years.  Leslie McKeough, LICSW
781-507-2025  Her office is in Lynnfield  Deborah Issokson, PhD
617-314-9571  Offices in Pembroke and Wellesley.  Mara Acel-Green, LICSW
617-548-2438  She makes home visits in the Belmont area.

Places to meet with other mothers. These groups are free.

• The Baby Cafe USA  2 Short St.  Melrose, MA 02176
Wednesdays 6-8 p.m  and  Fridays 10-12 noon  Free!
Parking available in the lot next door. There are several other Baby Cafes in Massachusetts.

• The Baby Cafe USA  637 Washington St. (Codman Square Health Center) Dorchester, MA
Mondays 5:00-6:30 p.m. and Wednesdays 2-4 p.m. Free!
You don’t have to get your care at this clinic, nor do you have to live in Dorchester.

• The Nursing Mothers’ Council has gatherings every month. Free!
These are across the state, check out the chapter listings on the website.

Places for classes (with a fee).
Babies in Common is in Central Massachusetts. They offer childbirth classes, consultations, parent groups and more.

In Jamaica Plain, Birth and Beyond  offers classes, counselling, reiki treatments, prenatal yoga and more.  Lois Freedman offers counselling, Bec Conant teaches classes and prenatal yoga.

More resources for your creative new life as a family.

With a new baby in your life, it’s helpful to re-organize and de-clutter your space. 

Beautiful and organic garden design for your healthy family.

Take care of your financial health, too.

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Robin Snyder-Drummond, BA, IBCLC