Boston area resources for pregnancy & postpartum
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Body Work and Wellness
Bodywork and alternative wellness modalities can drastically change the way you feel during pregnancy, birth, and postpartum, and can also address specific issues like sciatica, breech presentation, back pain, and general tension, among other issues.
Baby Care and Parenting
Everyone has questions about baby care as they are faced caring for a newborn that can’t tell them how to do it right and what they might try. Get some help from experts on baby gear, baby feeding, baby wearing, and perhaps most importantly, get support from others who are going through the same transitions.
Mahina Massage Studio, Somerville, MA
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Asi’s bodywork works to strengthen and deepen the Mind/Body connection, which may be masked by the daily grind or constant pushing in one’s life. Her drive is to bring people back into their bodies and out of their busy minds by rehabilitating that connection. Asi tailors sessions based off of clients needs and her own assessment of their body.
Waterhouse Wellness, Arlington, MA
As in doula work, Waterhouse Wellness believes that when you experience touch by someone you trust, your happy hormone levels spike and your muscles give you a break.
Kate Garms, LMT, Brookline, MA
Kate is certified in prenatal massage and has been helping women relax through pregnancy for over 3 years. Prenatal Massage builds on the basic Relaxation Therapy massage with the addition of specialized positioning, and a combination of stretches and techniques designed specifically for the pregnant body.
Yintuition Wellness, Ali Vander Baan, L. Ac., Back Bay
At Yintuition Wellness, Ali’s objective is to nurture your whole health to support your body’s ability to conceive, maintain a healthy pregnancy and, and recover postpartum. Just as a gardener nourishes the soil before planting seeds, Ali works with clients to cultivate a foundation of optimal health and hormone balance to enhance your fertility. Ali also treats common pregnancy symptoms and discomforts and uses Acupuncture and Chinese medicine to help restore hormone balance; improve energy, mood, and sleep; and facilitate faster physical recovery to enable you to enjoy life with your new baby.
New Moon Acupuncture, Ece Yildirim, L. Ac., Watertown
Ece has studied and practiced acupuncture on both US coasts and in Nepal. She earned her acupuncture degree from the National College of Natural Medicine in Portland, OR, and traveled to Nepal to volunteer at a health clinic. After her travels, she opened her first practice in upstate NY, where she developed her personal treatment style and deepened her specialty in menstrual systems and perinatal treatments. I am so excited that Ece moved from upstate NY to Watertown, MA where she just opened her doors for new clients. Stay tuned for collaborative workshops!
Center for Complementary Medicine, Lyn Swirda, L.Ac. Brookline
For the last 22 years, Lyn has maintained a private practice in Brookline, Massachusetts, “The Center for Complementary Medicine Inc.” Through extensive training and many years of experience, Lyn has gained knowledge in the area of women’s health, including menstrual disorders, recurrent miscarriage, and infertility. She has assisted many women in conceiving and maintaining healthy pregnancies, whether conception happened naturally or while using assisted reproductive technology (ART/IVF). Recognized as an authority on the treatment of Infertility using Traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture in the New England area, Lyn has been a featured speaker at Boston IVF, The Fertility Center of New England, Resolve of New England and Harvard Pilgrim Healthcare.
Angela Bell Acupuncture, Cambridge, MA
As a specialist in women’s health, fertility and pregnancy, Her practice is dedicated to helping women conceive, eradicate women’s health conditions and eliminate pain. Angela specializes in Chinese style acupuncture and utilizes proven ancient techniques, such as cupping, gwa sha, moxabustion and herbal medicine, to help her patients overcome their health concerns. She is passionate about women’s health and dedicated to the continued study from both a Western and Eastern perspective.
Waterlily Wellness, Kathia Wu, L. Ac. Somerville, MA
Located in the heart of Davis Square, but also serving Somerville and other communities nearby such as Cambridge, Boston, Medford, Malden, Arlington, Everett, Melrose, Brighton, Woburn and many others! Kathia uses Chinese and Japanese styles of acupuncture as well as Chinese herbal medicine to help you stay balanced. Kathia has experience treating a variety of conditions, and has a special interest in women’s health, emotional disorders, pain conditions
The body goes through so many physical changes during the 9-10 months of pregnancy. Gentle chiropractic care may help alleviate these symptoms away and create a more comfortable pregnancy:
-low back pain in pregnancy and labor
-sciatica/ sciatic nerve pain
-rib pain or difficulty breathing
-pubic bone pain
-malpresentation of baby, which is associated with longer and harder labors
LiveWell Chiropractic, LLC , Jacqueline Bouley, DC, Wellesley
Webster certified chiropractor providing gentle, holistic health care for pregnant women. I also work with women post-partum, infants, and children. Dr. Bouley is also certified in the Webster Technique. This special certification allows Dr. Bouley to assess pregnant women and adjust them to help align the pelvis for an optimal labor and delivery.
Wholesome Healing Chiropractic , Lizzie Sobel, DC, Back Bay
Webster certified chiropractor providing gentle, holistic health care for pregnant women. I also work with women post-partum, infants, and children. Webster Certified.
High Point Chiropractic , Drs. Andy & Kandyce Mutter, Burlington, MA
High Point Chiropractic offers preconception, prenatal and postpartum care. HPC is a family wellness facility, providing care for newborns, infants and children of all ages. Both doctors are Webster Technique certified and members of the International Chiropractic Pediatrics Association.
Linda Slak, DC, CACCP, CABCDD, Burlington, MA
Chiropractic Care for pregnancy, infants, and children. Webster Certified.
Village Family Chiropractic, Lisa Geiger, DC, Brookline, MA
Prenatal, pediatric, Webster Method Certified and support with latch issues.
Allasso Chiropractic, Newtonville, MA
Dedicated to educating and adjusting as many families as possible back toward optimal health through natural chiropractic care. Specializing in pediatrics, pregnancy, and family wellness, they’ve got what you and your family needs to get well and stay well!
Inner Source Wellness, Courtney Neill, DC. Beverly, MA
Webster technique certified chiropractic care for pregnancy and pediatric chiropractic adjustments.
Chiropractic Solutions , Dr. Chris Hauck, Framingham, MA
Dr. Chris is Chiropractor that has special training in prenatal, postpartum and pediatric care. He is also trained in Webster technique and has a family friendly office.
Northeastern Chiropractic, Dr. Melissa Diaz, Framingham, MA
Dr. Melissa is Webster technique certified Chiropractor with a practice that focuses on prenatal care. Flexible scheduling and urgent visits available by request. Most insurance plans accepted.
Wellest Integrative Health thrives to inspire individuals to take control of their health through movement and integrative body work. At Wellest Integrative Health, they strive for health through mind, body, and spirit. They strive to create a nurturing environment that incorporates all aspects of being. They provide the resources and services needed so the individuals can make informed, health-promoting changes and decisions in a way that empowers their clients.
Wellest health care providers have merged their specialties so that we can offer a holistic approach to healing and preventative wellness through our outstanding customer service. Wellest’s vision is to provide state of the art health and wellness services of the highest quality, empowering their clients to become responsible for their well-being. In the end, they hope you can be your wellest self. Dr. Melissa Hines, PT, DPT is the founder of Wellest Integrative Health and a licensed physical therapist (PT) in MA and DC. Since graduating from Simmons College magna cum laude with her doctorate in physical therapy, she has practiced in a wide variety of holistic settings specializing in GYROTONIC® rehabilitation, pelvic floor rehabilitation, and myofascial release.
Urinary frequency/urgency/hesitancy, urinary incontinence/leakage, fecal incontinence, perineal pain, pelvic pain, pubic symphysis dysfunction, pelvic organ prolapse, infertility, diastasis recti, peainful intercourse, sacroiliac joint dysfunction, round ligament pain, perineal tearing… you name it, Melissa is equipped to help!
Marathon Physical Therapy
Offering pre- and post-natal yoga and massage as well as pelvic floor physical therapy for incontinence, pelvic floor muscle strengthening, optimization of surgical outcomes after cesarean, and more! With locations in Newton, Norton, Norwood, Dedham, Canton, Easton, Boston, and Pembroke/Marshfield, Marathon PT has you covered. Waitlists are long but expedited if within 6 weeks postpartum.
Brigham and Women’s Pelvic Floor Therapy and Women’s Health Services, Boston and Foxboro, MA.
Pelvic floor physical therapy includes the evaluation and treatment of the following diagnoses: pelvic pain (including but not limited to: vulvodynia, vestibulodynia, prostatitis, dyspareunia, vaginismus, pelvic floor muscle dysfunction, myofascial pelvic pain syndrome), urinary and fecal incontinence, constipation (dyssynergic defecation), pre- and post- pelvic surgery, and pregnancy and postpartum musculoskeletal conditions. They have 6 specially trained physical therapists with over 70 years of collective practice in this area.
Raquel Perlis Physical Therapy
Physical therapy is no longer just for joint problems; it’s also a safe, proven, and widely prescribed treatment for pregnant women and new mothers. It promotes a far healthier, less stressful, more comfortable pregnancy that pays lasting dividends: an easier labor, a speedier recovery, and less likelihood of postpartum pain or incontinence (urine leakage)
You may be wondering why in the world you would ever want anyone to photograph your birth. Well, it doesn’t take much browsing through birth photos to convince people that birth photography captures families in such a beautiful and profound transition of welcoming a new member of the family.
Check out these local birth photographers!
Shirley Anne Photography (Check out our partnerships at the top of this page for special deals!)
Annie Olinick, LMHC, Cambridge, MA
Annie has a specialized background in prenatal/postpartum issues, including miscarriage, abortion, infertility, birth trauma, baby blues and post-partum depression. Her therapeutic knowledge in this area is informed by 6 years in the health field working as a birth and postpartum doula, massage therapist and reproductive health researcher.
Strong Roots Counseling, Watertown MA
Strong Roots Counseling is an innovative mental health practice delivering compassionate, non-judgmental best practice care for anxiety, depression, sleep, pregnancy and postpartum mental health, parenting, stress, women’s health, and grief and loss. Additional services include psychological testing, acupuncture, and nourishment counseling.
Roman Music Therapy Services, Wakefield MA
Music Therapy Assisted Childbirth helps a woman and her support person as she prepares for labor by using music as a tool to help manage pain. Through pre-natal appointments with a Board Certified Music Therapist, the expectant mother will determine music preferences for labor and delivery and be instructed in music based relaxation and pain management techniques. With an individually designed music program, the expectant mother will practice relaxation and pain management techniques using the music as a focal point and as a breathing cue. Workshops and individual/couple consultations are now being scheduled in the Roman Music Therapy Services office in Wakefield, MA.
There are so many wonderful, knowledgeable lactation consultants and so many excellent support groups in Boston and the surrounding areas that it is impossible to list them all. Please contact me for a personalized referral.
Meanwhile, here are some favorite resources:
Boston Association for Childbirth Education and Nursing Mothers’ Council
Local gatherings, online resources, NMC counselors.
A collective of Internationally Board Certified Lactation Consultants (IBCLCs) that do home visits in the Greater Boston Area, North Shore, Metrowest, and Western MA.
A search engine for lactation counselors, not limited to IBCLCs. ZipMilk is a site that provides listings for breastfeeding resources sorted by ZIP Code. It is designed for use by consumers interesting in help or support for breastfeeding, as well as by providers who want to give their clients access to such resources.
Highly Experienced and Knowledgeable- All nannies have experience working with infants and toddlers. Scenario based interviews highlight a potential nanny’s knowledge base and confidence. Personal, Adaptive, Communicative- A CozyKin nanny will reflect your parenting style and adjust to meet the needs of your child. Fully Vetted- Six background checks completed, and at least two references called. CPR and First Aid trained as well as full immunizations required. Foundation in Montessori- Their team ensures all of our nannies are trained to implement the teaching philosophy and curriculum of Montessori education.
New Parent Groups
Getting Started, Rachel Hess, CPD
Join experienced postpartum doula Rachel Hess in a 5 week series with other new parents and their babies. You will find support, information, and fun in these sessions. Each week parents will have a chance to share their fears, questions, and joys in a non-judgmental environment. Every week there will be a different topic of discussion as well as time to get to know each other. Topics include: Sleep, feeding, your new identity as a parent, postpartum mood adjustment, and developmental milestones. At the end of every class we will spend some time together in a mini “circle time,” learning new ways to play with your newborn. At Akasha Yoga Studio in Roslindale.
First Days Postpartum Care: Consultations and Classes
Whether it’s for comfort, closeness or convenience, babywearing can be a great tool for new families. Unsure what type of baby carrier would work best for your family and want to explore different options before committing? Already have a carrier but feel unsure about how to use it? Sarah Douglas, trained babywearing consultant, provides in-home consultations to families in the greater Boston and Worcester areas.
Trained Babywearing consultant that offers private, in-home consultations and small group instruction across New England to help you make the most of babywearing in your life. Whether you want to babywear simply as a means of transporting your child, or as part of a parenting philosophy. Prenatal, newborn and older baby consults, sessions for multiples, and sessions for special needs. Each session starts with an outline for planning purposes but each session is custom tailored to meet the family’s needs.
Babies have very few needs: to be fed, dry, warm, and loved. However, some add-ons are hard to resist! Here are some of my Greater Boston Favorites for baby gear, registries, handmade crafts, and more!
With locations in Boston, Brookline, Norwell, Wellesley, and Cambridge, Magic Beans has most of the Greater Boston area covered with high-quality gear and knowledgeable staff. Make a registry appointment or go in to try some gear!
Pinecones and Needles
Pinecones and Needles is a Waldorf inspired one-of-a-kind boutique located between Waverly Square and Cushing Square in Belmont, MA. The company’s mission is to provide an alternative environment and community where families will find inspiration and support on how to live and provide a simpler life for their children.
Not just cloth diapering! Diaper Lab in Cambridge, MA, has many amazing resources for expecting and new parents including cloth diapering workshops, babywearing workshops, breastfeeding basics, infant/child CPR, and more! My clients that have attended these workshops give them rave reviews!
As an experienced Postpartum Doula, Danni of Lerner Concierge knows how to make your family’s days easier from shopping to cooking to managing a household. Lerner Concierge takes your overwhelming to-do list and gets it done for you, so that you can focus on time with your family. She knows how to anticipate your needs, keep life moving seamlessly, and provide you with peace and calm in your home. Lerner Concierge works with families and individuals in the Boston area.