In the greater Boston area, we are blessed with a wealth of resources for childbearing and postpartum families. You do not have to figure this out on your own!
Here is a list of my favorite resources. I hope you can find something to help you on your birth journey. If you can't find what you're looking for, please reach out to me. I would love to help.
Caring for Your Pregnant Body
Prenatal Massage Therapy:
Treat yourself to safe, healing touch during your pregnancy. Many of these providers include prenatal and postpartum massage as well as myofascial work in their services. Growing a human being deserves this kind of care!
Erin Sweeney & Megan Hallowell of BodyWise Massage Therapy in West Acton, MA.
Katrina Baker of Be Well Boston in Boston, MA.
Jennifer Edmunds Massage in Arlington, MA.
Marisa Farrell, of the InHara Sytem in Wellesley, MA.
A baby growing in your uterus often affects your body’s alignment, sometimes causing discomfort and pain. Chiropractic care can provide great relief, and can also prepare your body for birth, encouraging the baby into an optimal position and aligning your uterus, pelvis, and spine to work well together during labor. The practitioners listed here have experience and training to work specifically with pregnant women.
Dr. Lizzie Sobel of Wholesome Healing Chiropractic in Boston’s Back Bay, and in Walpole, MA.
Dr. Lisa Geiger of Village Family Chiropractic in Brookline, MA.
Melissa Diaz of Northeastern Chiropractic in Framingham, MA.
Acupuncturists can work wonders to safely and effectively address issues of morning sickness, anxiety, back, neck and pelvic pain, and postpartum healing, and they can also provide natural induction techniques for full term pregnant women. These providers specialize in pregnancy and postpartum care.
Angela Bell Acupuncture, in Cambridge, MA.
Jennifer Anders in Brighton, MA.
Ece Yildirim of New Moon Acupuncture in Watertown, MA.
Pelvic Floor Health:
Pregnancy and childbirth have a great impact on our pelvic floors and core structures. In numerous countries postpartum pelvic floor physical therapy is a universal service provided for all women after delivering! For symptoms such as urinary/bowel incontinence, pelvic pain, diastasis recti, prolapse, and much more, here are some wonderful caregivers who will skillfully assist you to become functional and pain free.
Marathon Physical Therapy, with locations in Boston and area suburbs.
Melissa Hines and Kathy Kates of Wellest Health in Copley Square, Boston, MA.
Dustienne Miller and Alex Papale of Flourish Physical Therapy in Back Bay, Boston, MA.
Justine Beauchamp of Core Control PT, providing concierge services in the Boston area.
Brigitte Arle of Rooted Boston, in Chinatown, Boston, MA helps you build strength and function during your healing and recovery process.
General Strength and Healing:
My all-time favorite resource for pregnant people, new moms, and moms forever: MommaStrong. It is a fitness program geared specifically towards your demographic, but even more than that it is a community and source of joy and empowerment for women all over the country. At $5 a month, with access to new, fun programming every day, give it a try! (And I’m not paid to say this, just a huge fan myself).
Navigating the Postpartum Life:
If you are looking for support with navigating the new postpartum reality in your home with sleep/feeding/bathroom schedules, home management, and general postpartum recovery, a postpartum doula might be the perfect fit for you. Here are a few wonderful doulas/agencies who could easily become your favorite people:
Sondra Aresty of Gentle Hands Doula.
You do not have to figure out breastfeeding on your own. Although you receive great help and care in the first few days at the hospital, there are many resources for you to flourish in your breastfeeding journey once you’ve returned home.
Lactation Consultants who will come to your home:
LC Home Visits in greater Boston, MA.
Jeanette Mesite Frem of Babies in Common in Central MA.
Dana Paris-Mahoney of the Robin’s Nest Lactation Services.
The Nursing Mothers’ Council is available by phone to provide instruction on bonding, latching, and general troubleshooting.
ZipMilk: provides resources based on your zip code.
Kellymom.com: great information for all things breastfeeding!
Always ask your midwife, obstetrician, or pediatrician for the latest information on drop-in breastfeeding groups and new parents groups in your location.
Find your local new parents online community! Garden Moms, JP Moms, or Eastie Village Family Association are some great examples.
Mental and Emotional Health:
Postpartum hormonal shifts and lifestyle changes can often create new mental and emotional realities. Thankfully, there are many resources for you to access therapy, counseling, and peer support. Please reach out for help if needed—you are not alone!
Lois Freedman of South Shore Perinatal Wellness Center in Norwell, MA.
Mario Dolorico Mental Health Counseling and Coaching in Boston, MA.
Strong Roots Counseling in Watertown, MA.
Leslie McKeough of CoreValu in Lynnfield, MA.
Postpartum Support International for online immediate support.
Always ask your midwife or obstetrician for referrals to support groups and therapy.
Evidence-Based, Reliable Sources of Information:
(No More Google-ing!)
Some favorite books to prepare for the journey:
Pregnancy, Childbirth and the Newborn by Penny Simkin et al: This book will provide you with all the right information without scaring you first! If you only read one book, this is it.
The Birth Partner by Penny Simkin: A sigh of relief for all support people.
Ina May Gaskin’s Guide to Childbirth: This one should be required reading for all humankind (and my husband agrees).
Cribsheet and Expecting Better by Emily Oster: Two newer additions to the pregnancy/parenting world that are making a great impact.
Spinning Babies is "an approach to optimize the physical relationship between the bodies of the mother and baby for the easing of childbirth." Take a look at the website for ideas, videos, and suggestions to improve your baby's positioning and set yourself up for a better birth experience. The Daily Essentials Video is a fantastic resource.
Evidence Based Birth: If you appreciate thorough, comprehensive, evidence-based information about everything from due dates, to gestational diabetes, to water birth, this is a fabulous resource.
Childbirth Connection: A wealth of empowering information to help you take charge of your pregnancy, find the resources you need, and understand your options for labor and birth.