Prenatal Yoga- Brigham and Women’s Hospital
Beginner-friendly classes; all levels are welcome. Classes will focus on breath work and gentle exercises intended to increase mind-body awareness, improve flexibility, and support muscle tone during pregnancy. Mats and props will be supplied. The class is free, although registration is required.
Sign up: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/prenatal-yoga-tickets-39883650071
Boston Family Engagement Network
BFEN is made up of parents, caregivers, community partners, early educators, and family support workers who are invested in ensuring that beginning at birth, all young children have access to a quality educational experience—at home, in school, or in child care—that supports all areas of their development. BFEN’s Neighborhood Agents are available five days a week to get you connected to programs like Welcome Baby, Parent-Child Playgroups, parenting education classes, and child development screenings (Ages & Stages Questionnaires or ASQs). Your family does not have to be enrolled with the agency, and there are no income restrictions to access these free community resources.
Mattapan Family Engagement Network
Boston is a big city. We want to take the guess work out of finding what you need. Staff is available in your neighborhood to assist you with questions, concerns or needs that might arise related to child care, parenting education, job search, or basic needs such as housing, food, clothing, utility assistance and more.
Contact: (p) 617-298-1785, 535 River Street, Mattapan MA 02126, https://bostonfen.weebly.com/neighborhood-centers.html
Mentoring Moms Services
Parents are matched with a trained, volunteer mentor who provides weekly phone call support through the first 12 weeks post-delivery. Mentors lend valuable support, encouragement and reassurance as well as resource information particularly around breastfeeding, or when to call your pediatrician.
New Parent Support Groups- Massachusetts General Hospital
Weekly groups for pregnant women, new mothers and their families led by Massachusetts General Hospital nurses and lactation consultants provide a friendly and supportive environment to discuss questions regarding breastfeeding, newborn care, adjusting to parenthood and breast pump use. Groups are free and open to the public.
Contact: 55 Fruit Street, Boston MA 02114, https://www.massgeneral.org/obgyn/patient_education/new_parent_support_groups.aspx
Room to Grow
Room to Grow is dedicated to enriching the lives of children and their families during their first three years of development. Upon their referral, families visit Room to Grow’s inviting space once every three months. During their one-on-one appointments with our staff, parents receive developmental information, customized support, and all of the needed baby items to ensure a healthy and secure start for their child
Contact: (p) 617- 859-4545, 142 Berkeley Street # 22, Boston, MA 02116, http://roomtogrow.org/
WIC Breastfeeding Support Services
Having support during pregnancy and in the early days after birth is important, so WIC offers ‘Mother to Mother’ Peer Counselor support at all 31 local WIC clinics. Peer Counselors have training in breastfeeding support, but more importantly they are moms who have breastfed their babies.
Contact: (800) 942-1007, https://www.mass.gov/service-details/get-wic-breastfeeding-support-services