Pregnancy and Parenting Community Resources

Becoming a parent is an exciting experience. It is also a time of change and transition. Nurturing yourself is just as important as taking care of your baby. Clinical Social Workers are available at Newton-Wellesley Hospital to talk with you about this transition and to provide a range of resources including parenting education, groups for mothers, private-pay help at home, information about postpartum blues and depression, and financial assistance. You may reach a social worker by calling 617-243-6695, or you can ask to meet with a social worker when you are in the hospital.

Listed below are some additional resources:

Newton-Wellesley Hospital’s Wellness Center
2014 Washington Street, Newton, MA 02462
The Center offers exercise and wellness classes including Prenatal Yoga, Pilates, Strength Training, Tai Chi, as well as Nutrition, First Aid and CPR.

The Mother Baby Boutique at Newton-Wellesley Hospital
5th Floor Lobby, Maternity Department
2014 Washington Street, Newton, MA 02462
This convenient resource offers products and supplies to help you get started and to continue breastfeeding your newborn. Breast pumps and accessories are available for rental and purchase. The boutique also offers nursing bras and pads, books about breastfeeding, kit cleaning products, breastfeeding pillows and other gifts for Mom and baby.

American Academy of Pediatrics
National Headquarters: 141 Northwest Point Boulevard, Elk Grove, Illinois 60007
An organization of over 55,000 primary care pediatricians, pediatric medical subspecialists, and pediatric surgical specialists dedicated to the health, safety and well-being of infants, children, adolescents, and young adults. Their award-winning web site is updated daily and provides a wide range of helpful information for parents and caregivers. Some of the topics included are “The Latest Research and Reports on Children’s Health Issues” and “Information on New State and Federal Legislation.”

BostonParents Paper
Award-winning magazine and Web site with information, tips and resources that parents across eastern Massachusetts have depended on for more than 25 years.

Breastfeeding Support Group

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
1600 Clifton Road, Atlanta, Georgia 30333
800-CDC-INFO (800-232-4636)
Online research publications of health topics including the following:

National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities
January is Birth Defects Prevention Month. This site offers many tips for having a healthy pregnancy.
Reproductive Health
This information source explains many issues including infant health conditions.

Center for Early Relationship Support: A Program of Jewish Family and Children’s Services
1430 Main Street, Waltham, MA 02451
Programs include: Visiting Moms, Early Connections, Nurturing Rooms, Feeding Support, Healthy Families, post-adoption support, and managing multiples.

Children’s Miracle Network
205 West 700 South, Salt Lake City, Utah 84101
An international non-profit organization dedicated to raising funds for and awareness of children’s hospitals and clinics. These non-profit hospitals provide charity care, research, and community outreach to help millions of children with diseases and injuries of every kind.

Early Childhood Social Emotional Health Program at Newton-Wellesley Hospital
2014 Washington Street, Newton, MA 02462
The Program offers consultation for children under age 5 with common behavior problems including, but not limited to, colic, sleep disturbances, explosive behavior and separation anxiety. We also work with parents and infants together in the setting of perinatal emotional complications such as depression and anxiety.

Family Ties of Massachusetts
Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH)
Donovan Health Building, 3rd Floor, 5 Randolph Street, Canton, MA 02021
Hotline: 800-905-TIES (8437), Office: 781-774-6602
A statewide parent-to-parent information and support network for families of children with special needs. It is a central directory for early intervention programs throughout the state. The mission of the program is to match you with an experienced parent who has a child with the same or similar disability or special needs. Their belief is that the most powerful source of support is other parents.

The Freedman Center at William James College
1 Wells Avenue, Newton, MA 02459
617-332-3666 x 1123
Provides a centralized source of information, educational classes, workshops, and seminars. They help connect children and families with appropriate information, providers, resources, and one another to serve their mental health and wellness needs.

The Genesis Fund
52 Second Avenue, First Floor, Waltham, MA 02451
A non-profit organization that provides funding for specialized care of children with birth defects, genetic diseases, and mental retardation.

Growth and Nutrition Program
Bureau of Family Health and Nutrition
250 Washington Street, Boston, MA 02108
The target of this program is for all Massachusetts children from birth to age six with declining growth due to nutrition. This is known as “Failure to Thrive” (FTT ). There are many causes including social, economic, or emotional, so a multidimensional team is the best approach. They include a physician, nutritionist, a nurse, a social worker, and a psychologist or case manager all trained in evaluation and treatment of growth delays.

Healthy Start Program
P.O. Box 1977, Andover, MA 01810
This service promotes early, comprehensive, and continuous prenatal care for low income, uninsured women in Massachusetts. Healthy Start reaches out to women at risk for poor birth outcomes and provides assistance in securing pregnancy-related services, such as WIC (Women, Infants and Children Program).

Lactation Care, Inc.
25 Fisher Avenue, Newton, MA 02461
Consultants provide support and solutions for breastfeeding. They offer one-on-one prenatal and postpartum classes, telephone support, breast pumps for sale and/or rent, and related accessories.

LATCH (Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children)
866-SEAT -CHECK (732-8243) or National Highway Traffic Safety Administration at
A new system that makes child safety seat installation easier without using seatbelts. LATCH is required on most child safety seats and vehicles manufactured after September 1, 2002. For installation and inspection information, call or visit their websites.

La Leche League International (LLLI)
957 North Plum Grove Road, Schaumburg, Illinois 60173
847-519-7730, 800-LALECHE (525-3243)
An internationally recognized authority on breastfeeding. LLLI is a non-profit group comprised of mothers, families, and health professionals from around the world. There are over 3,000 LLLI groups in 61 countries led by mothers who volunteer their time to help women breastfeed. Helps mothers who breastfeed through mother-to-mother support, encouragement, information, and education.

Lamaze International
2025 M Street, Suite 800, Washington, DC 20036
A philosophy that provides a foundation and direction for women to prepare to give birth. Their classes cover normal labor, positioning, massage, anesthesia, breastfeeding, postpartum, and more.

March of Dimes
888-MODIMES (663-4637) or 508-366-9066
The mission of the March of Dimes is to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects and infant mortality. They have been in business for over 65 years. They support research grants focused on finding causes of birth defects and premature birth. They have an online Pregnancy and Newborn Health Education Center.

Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH)
250 Washington Street, Boston, MA 02108
This is the main office for the state. There are many other offices and regional health offices in the state with programs, which they can direct you to. Some are included below.

Massachusetts Division of Medical Assistance (DMA)
(617) 624-6000
This is the single state agency in Massachusetts that administers Medicaid (Title XIX) and The Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) (Title XXI). In Massachusetts, Medicaid and CHIP are combined into one program called MassHealth. DMA also manages the Insurance Partnership for small businesses.

Division of Medical Assistance
The DMA offers health care benefits directly or by paying part or all of your health insurance premiums. MassHealth pays for health care for certain low and medium income people living in Massachusetts. Some of the criteria include those under 65 and not living in a nursing home or other long-term care facility; families with children under 19; children under 19; and pregnant women.

Massachusetts Down Syndrome Congress (MDSC)
20 Burlington Mall Road, Suite 261, Burlington, MA 01803
800-664-MDSC (800-664-6372), Office: 781-221-0024
The Massachusetts Down Syndrome Congress (MDSC), established in 1983, is an all-volunteer, non-profit made up of parents, professionals and anyone interested in gaining a better understanding of Down syndrome.

Medela, Inc.
1101 Corporate Drive, McHenry, IL 60050
A leading manufacturer of breast pumps and accessories distributed worldwide. Call toll-free for a location near you to purchase/rent breast pumps. (Breastfeeding National Network, BNN: 800-TELLYO U (835-5968)).

National Birth Defects Center
52 Second Avenue, First Floor, Waltham, MA 02451
The NBDC provides diagnosis and treatment by physicians and specialists for children with birth defects, genetic diseases, and mental retardation. They also provide genetic counseling to prospective parents.

National Women’s Health Information Center
United States Department of Health and Human Services, Office on Women’s Health
200 Independence Avenue SW, Room 712E, Washington, DC 20201
800-994-WOMAN (9662)
A huge database including detailed information from pre-pregnancy to childbirth, breastfeeding, postpartum care, childcare, and beyond. There are questions and answers and other related topics. Their telephone number listed above is a helpline for your questions.

Nursing Mothers’ Council of the Boston Association for Childbirth Education (BACE)
69 Court Street, Newton, MA 02458
Free telephone counseling for tips, guidance, or problem-solving. Call for counselor in a town near you.

Outpatient Lactation Services at Newton-Wellesley Hospital
Many mothers need additional breastfeeding support after they are discharged from the hospital. NWH offers new mothers and babies a free Breastfeeding Support Group and an on-site Outpatient Lactation Clinic. Please call the Lactation Office at 617-243-6314 for more information on outpatient lactation at NWH.

Parental Stress Line
An anonymous and confidential support stress line, open 24 hours day, seven days a week. Parents and caregivers under stress with children of any age can talk to a trained volunteer counselor.

Postpartum Depression/Anxiety Support
Provides support, encouragement, and information for women suffering from perinatal mood and anxiety disorders, including postpartum depression.

Pregnancy Exposure InfoLine
40 Second Avenue, Suite 520, Waltham, MA 02451
A toll-free service which provides information concerning drugs, medications, and other agents that might be harmful to pregnant women and their unborn children. All calls are confidential and free of charge.

Prescription Parents, Inc.
Parents Helping Parents of Children with Cleft Lip & Palate
45 Brentwood Circle, Needham, MA 02492
Prescription Parents (PP), a local Boston organization run by volunteers, has helped parents in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont, Maine, Rhode Island, and Connecticut for over 40 years. We have now merged with Foundation for Faces of Children (FFC) a New England-based, not-for-profit organization, which provides patients and families with the most accurate, up-to-date, and accessible information about facial conditions (including cleft lip, cleft palate, and other head and facial differences) and advocates for the best care possible for these children.

Smoking Resources

Therapy and The Performing Arts
52 Second Avenue, First Floor, Waltham, MA 02451
Therapeutic and recreational programs for children with physical and intellectual disabilities.

Women, Infants and Children Program (WIC)
Bureau of Family and Community Health
800-WIC-1007 (942-1007)
WIC serves low-income pregnant, postpartum and breastfeeding women, infants and children up to age five who are determined to be at “nutrition risk” by a health professional. They must also meet income guidelines. It is a federal grant program available in all 50 states, 33 Tribal Organizations, America Samoa, District of Columbia, Guam, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands. These 88 WIC State agencies administer the program through 2,200 local agencies and 9,000 clinic sites. This program has been recognized as the most cost effective, preventative nutrition program of its time. The WIC program works with the Department of Food and Agriculture to provide participants with coupons redeemable at Farmers’ Markets for fresh fruits and vegetables. Participants also receive checks for nutritious foods such as milk, cheese, fruit juices, iron-fortified cereals, peanut butter, dried beans, and eggs. They also collect and review the immunization status of its infants and children and make referrals to keep children up-to-date on their shots. In Massachusetts they have a statewide network of 37 local programs with 130 sites and 800 retail stores.
ZipMilk MA is a community service of the Massachusetts Breastfeeding Coalition, providing listings for breastfeeding resources based on zip code. Names and contact information are provided through the Massachusetts Lactation Consultant Association, La Leche League, Nursing Mothers Council, Massachusetts WIC, and local hospitals and community groups.