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Birth Recovery & Postpartum Care

Dona International; birth and postpartum doula information



VAGINAL Delivery After Care

Perineal Care (tears and stitches/episiotomy) After Childbirth: https://www.uclh.nhs.uk/application/files/4216/0646/8367/Perineal_care_after_childbirth.pdf

Healing Your Body After Delivery/Sitz Baths: http://midwiferygroup.ca

Pelvic Pain and Rehab: http://pelvicpainrehab.com

Pelvic Organ Prolapse: https://www.womenshealth.gov/

Office of Women’s Health/US Dept of Health and Human Service: https://www.womenshealth.gov/


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Medication in Pregnancy and Breastfeeding

MCPAP for Moms (Massachusetts Child Psychiatry Access Project); promoting maternal mental health during and after pregnancy. MCPAP is funded by the Massachusetts Department of Mental Health; 855-666-6272

National Pregnancy Registry for Psychiatric Medication; Massachusetts General Hospital for Women's Mental Health

Antidepressant Medication Use During Breastfeeding

Antidepressant Use During Pregnancy and Breastfeeding

Are Antidepressants Safe for Pregnant and Breastfeeding Women?

Antidepressants: Safe During Pregnancy?

Breastfeeding and Antidepressants

E-Lactania: Breastfeeding

InfantRisk: 806.352.2519

LactMed: Drugs and Lactation Database

Massachusett's General Women's Health

MCPAP for Moms (Massachusetts Child Psychiatry Access Project); promoting maternal mental health during and after pregnancy. MCPAP is funded by the Massachusetts Department of Mental Health; 855-666-6272

MothertoBaby.org: 866.626.6847


Postpartum Support International

New Mom, Working Mothers & Family Support

Boston Mamas; resource for support groups for new moms

Boston Moms; "Our content is meant to support, empower, and provide moms with perspectives unique to their stage in motherhood or to their lives as moms in the great city of Boston, MA or it’s surrounding towns: MetroWest, South Shore, North Shore & beyond!"

Boston Naps; run by registered nurses offering in-home support, virtual services, and video classes

Jewish Family & Children's Services (JF&CS) Center for Early Relationship Support; Visiting Moms program

Milk Stork; Milk Stork solves breast milk transportation for career-minded mothers. Ship or Tote your milk from your hotel back home to your baby.

MochaMoms; support groups for mothers of color

MommyPoppins; new moms' groups; resource for families

NAMI Massachusetts; support for new moms and families who are experiencing postpartum anxiety/depression

Over the Moon Parenting; virtual and in- person classes, workshops, and groups

Postpartum Support International 

Mother and Infant Support Groups; William James College INTERFACE Referral Service; information and support groups for pregnant and new moms

Why Didn't Anyone Tell Me This Sh!t Before? Wit and Wisdom from Women in Business; Marcella Allison

Stretched Too Thin; How Working Moms can Lose the Guilt, Work Smarter, and Thrive; Jessica N. Turner

Postpartum | Motherhood | Parenting

5 Ways to Support a Loved One with Anxiety or Depression

A New Beginning; Your Personal Guide to Postpartum Care; Dianne Moran

Baby 411 - Clear Answers and Smart Advice for Baby's First Year; Ari Brown & Denise Fields

Baby and Me; the Essential Guide to Pregnancy and Newborn Care; Deborah Stewart

Becoming Attached; Robert Karen, PhD.

The Birth of a Mother; Daniel Stern

Crib Sheet; Emily Oster

Discovering the Inner Mother; Bethany Webster

DONA, International; birth and postpartum doula information

Down Came the Rain; Brooke Shields

The Emotionally Absent Mother: A Guide to Self-Healing and Getting the Love You Want; Jasmin Lee Cori, MS, LPC

The First 40 Days:The Essential Art of Nourishing The New Mother; Heng Ou & Amely Greeven

The First Relationship; Daniel Stern

Good Moms Have Scary Thoughts; Karen Kleiman, MSW, LCSW

His Needs, Her Needs for Parents; Willard Harley

How to Raise Kids Who Aren't Assholes: Science-Based Strategies for Better Parenting from Tots to Teens; Melinda Wenner Moyer

How Not To Hate Your Husband After Having Kids; Jancee Dunn

Hunt, Gather, Parent; What ancient cultures can teach us about the lost art of raising happy, helpful little humans; Michaeleen Doucleff, PhD

Impossible Parenting; Creating a new culture of mental health for parents; Olivia Scobie, LICSW

Learning to Listen; T Berry Brazelton

Love Me This Way: A Guide for Nurturing Self-Confidence and Joy; children's book written by Lee Ellen Aven

The Making and Breaking of Affectional Bonds; John Bowlby

Maternal and Child Health; Health and Human Services Administration

Mom Genes; Abigail Tucker

MotherBrain: How Neuroscience is Rewriting the Story of Parenthood; Chelsea Conaboy

The Mother Dance; Harriet Lerner

Motherhood: Facing and Finding Yourself; Lisa Marchiano

Mothering Without a MapKathryn Black

New Basics: A to Z Baby & Child Care for the Modern Parent; Dr. Michel Cohen

The No-Cry Sleep Solution: Gentle Ways to Help Your Baby Sleep Through the Night; Elizabeth Pantley

Nurture Shock: New Thinking About Children; Po Bronson, Ashley Merriman

Overcoming Unwanted Intrusive Thoughts: A CBT -Based Guide to Getting Over Frightening, Obsessive, or Disturbing Thoughts; Sally M. Kinston, PsD, Martin N. Seif, PhD


The Parent Reset Program; helping parents bring calm, fewer tantrums and less anxiety to relationships with children and partner https://www.amandaashyboyd.com/parent-reset

Positive Parenting; Dr. Jane Nelson

Postpartum Stress Center; resource for PPD information and support

Postpartum Support International; PPD information and support; Massachusetts Warmline 866-472-1897

Strong and Tender; a book especially for fathers; Pat Schwiebert, RN

The Sh!t No One Tells You About: A Guide to Survive Your Baby's First Year; Dawn Dias

This Isn't What I Expected; Karen Kleiman & Valerie Raskin

When Someone You Love is Depressed; Mitch Golant Ph.D. & Susan Golant 

When Survivors Give Birth: understanding and healing the effects of early sexual abuse on childbearing women; Simkim & Klaus

Women's Moods: What every woman should know about hormones, the brain, and emotional health;  Sichel and Driscoll


Alcohol Addiction and Pregnancy; Alcohol Resource Guide is an organization that provides comprehensive, reliable information on the various aspects of alcohol abuse and addiction. This organization offers support and guidance for those who are struggling, as well as their parents, family members, friends, and health care workers.

Alcohol Rehab Help; substance abuse and addiction help

Birthing From Within; Pam England & Rob Horowitz

The Birth Parent; Penny Simkin

Black Mamas Matter Alliance; advancing black maternal health

Boston Center for Pregnancy Choices; non-profit website for pregnancy information 

Expectful App: online perinatal meditation library for labor & delivery and motherhood

Expecting Better; Emily Oster

The Expectant Father; Armin Brott & Jennifer Ash

Like A Mother: A Feminist Journey Through the Science and Culture of Pregnancy; Angela Garbes
Mayo Clinic Guide to a Healthy Pregnancy: From Doctors Who Are Parents, Too!; Roger W. Harms and The Mayo Clinic Staff

The Mama Natural Week by Week Guide to Pregnancy and Childbirth; Genevieve Howland

The Mother Of All Pregnancy Books; Ann Douglas

What to Expect When You're Expecting; Heidi Murkoff

 When Partners Become Parents: The Big Life Changes for Couples; Carolyn Pape Cowan and Philip A. Cowan

Pregnancy Loss ~ Grief Support

SHARE - Pregnancy and Infant Loss Support in Massachusetts - Visit this link for SHARE Chapters in your community

The B(e)aring All Project;  a collection of personal stories on topics ranging from infertility, infant loss, adoption, and more.

Child's View of Grief: A Guide for Parents, Teachers, and Counselors; Allen Wolfelt

A Guide for Fathers: When a Baby Dies; Tim Nelson

An Exact Replica of a Figment of my Imagination; Elizabeth McCracken

Caregivers National SIDS/Infant Death Resource Center; http://www.sidscenter.org

Children Die, Too: A Book for Parents Who Have Experienced the Death of a Child; Joy and Marvin Johnson; http://www.centering.org

Compassionate Friends; supporting families after a child dies; 877-969-0010

  • When A Child Dies...The Compassionate Friends Can Help
  • Stillbirth, Miscarriage and Infant Death - Understanding Grief

Coping with the Heartache of Miscarriage; Janene Wolsey Baadsgaard

Courageous Parents Network; support around childhood illness and loss

The Death of a Child: Reflections for Grieving Parents; Elaine Stillwell

The Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), Maternal and Child Health Bureau

  • After Sudden Infant Death: Facing Anniversaries, Holidays, and Special Events; http://www.sidscenter.org
  • Selected Resources for Grieving Parents, their Families, Friends, and Other Caregivers

The Dinner Party: Mission Statement: "To transform life after loss from an isolating experience into one marked by community support, candid conversation, and forward movement using the age old practice of breaking bread."

Ended Beginnings: Healing Childbearing Lossess; Claudia Panuthos & Catherine Romeo

Empty Arms Bereavement: Bereavement support for families through miscarriage, stillbirth, early infant death

Grandparents Cry Twice: Help for Bereaved Grandparents; Mary Lou Reed

Heart Works: A Father's Grief; Jereme Peterson

I Had a Miscarriage; Jessica Zucker

Life Touches Life: A Mother's Story of Stillbirth and Healing; Lorraine Ash

The Love and Loss Project: Shining a Light on Child & Pregnancy Loss

Massachusett's Center for Unexpected Infant and Child Death

Miscarriage: A Book for Parents; Joy and Marvin Johnson

Miscarriage MAP Workbook: An Honest Guide to Navigating Pregnancy Loss, Working Through the Pain, and Moving Forward; Sunita Osborn, PsD

Molly Bears: weighted teddy bears for those families who have experienced an infant loss

Mommy Interrupted; supports women and families facing challenges throughout the perinatal period, including infertility, miscarriage, stillbirth, neonatal loss, and postpartum concerns

Newton Wellesley Hospital, Newton, MA; pregnancy loss group; 617-694-6846

Nora McInerny TedTalk: Nora McInerny writes about loss and grief, is the host of Terrible, Thanks for Asking podcast and founder of Still Kickin, a non-profit in Minneapolis. This youtube video discusses how we "don't move on" in grief "we move forward".

Our Stillborn Baby; Melinda E. Jennings

Out of the Darkness: Coping with and Recovering From the Death of a Child; Kimberly Amato

PTSD/TRAUMA; Dr. Jim Hopper; expert in the field of PTSD and TRAUMA. Website lists helpful information and resources on the neurobiology of trauma, the brain, and mindfulness interventions.

RESOLVE New England; coping with pregnancy loss support groups

Sudden Infant Death Syndrome

Silent Birth. When Your Baby Dies; Sharon Covingtonhttp://www.centering.org

Star Legacy FoundationThe Star Legacy Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to reducing pregnancy loss and neonatal death and improving care for families who experience such tragedies.  We are a community of families, health professionals, researchers, policy makers, and individuals dedicated to helping every pregnancy have a happy ending.

South Shore Hospital, pregnancy loss group; 781-624-5015

Transcending Loss: Understanding the Lifelong Impact of Grief and How to Make it Meaningful; Ashley Davis Prend, A.C.S.W.

Trauma-Sensitive Yoga; BodyWise Foundation, Brookline, MA

We Were Gonna Have A Baby But We Got An Angel Instead; book by Pam Schwiebert & Taylor Bills

When A Baby Dies: A Handbook for Healing and Helping; Rana K. Limbo & Sara R. Wheeler; http://www.bereavementprograms.com

When Hello Means Goodbye; a guide for parents whose child dies before birth or shortly after birthPat Schwiebert, RN and Paul Kirk, MD

When the Bough Breaks; documentary on postpartum depression

Grief Support Plymouth to Cape Cod:


Cranberry Hospice/Fragile Footprints program; Kathleen McAleer: 508-746-02151. Shannon

Outchcunis/Cape Cod Baby-Bereavement Support https://www.capecod.baby/

Upper Cape: Jane Beatty and Aimee Rozum- www.waquoithealingartscenter.com

Mid Cape: Maj Turi Brown; 508-237-7564; Elaine Moraglia, LICSW; elainemoraglia@gmail.com

Lower Cape: Ruby Anastasio CD (DONA); 508-237-7922

Pregnancy Termination

A Heartbreaking Choice; support for those parents who have terminated a much wanted pregnancy

A Time to Decide, A Time to Heal; Minnick, Delp & Ciotti

Suicide Prevention

988 - Suicide and Crisis Hotline

U.S. National Suicide Prevention Lifeline :1-800-273-8255, text TALK to 741741 


Risk of Suicide; National Alliance on Mental Health

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention 


Adult ADHD and Relationships

2020 Mom Project; founded in 2011 as the California Maternal Mental Health Collaborative, has evolved as a national organization with a mission: Closing gaps in maternal mental health care through education, advocacy, and collaboration.

Behavioral Nutrition clinic; eating disorders, body image, weight management

Brazelton Touchpoints Model of Child Development; T.Berry Brazelton

Calm App for smartphones; mindfulness and meditation

CureJoy; offers simple advice and articles for moms on how to improve "your daily life-cycle".

Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), Maternal and Child Health Bureau

Family Nurturing Center; The Welcome Baby service provides a celebratory home visit to families with newborns in Dorchester, Roslindale, West Roxbury, Hyde Park, and Allston-Brighton

Forever Families; family resource created and maintained by Brigham Young University

Headspace App for smartphones; meditation

Jane Doe Inc.; The Massachusetts Coalition Against Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence

Meditation Apps; article from Mindful.org on best free meditation apps

MenExcel.com; David Singley, psychotherapist specializing in men and couples


Milton Early Childhood Alliance (MECA); MECA is a community-wide group that seeks to support families and children, and to expand access to affordable, high quality early childhood care and education in the town of Milton, MA

National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)

National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)

Postpartum Stress Center; resource for PPD information and support

Postpartum Support International; PPD information and support; Massachusetts Warmline 866-472-1897

PTSD and Traumatic Births; prevention and treatment of traumatic births

PTSD/TRAUMA; Dr. Jim Hopper; expert in the field of PTSD and TRAUMA. Website lists helpful information and resources on neurobiology of trauma as well as mindfulness.

RESOLVE New England; IVF and infertility; 781-890-2250

Sing, Explore, Create, LLC; perinatal music therapy services

When the Bough Breaks; documentary on postpartum depression

Why Not Home?; documentary on homebirth

Zero to ThreeZERO TO THREE works to ensure that babies and toddlers benefit from the early connections that are critical to their well-being and development


Decoding The Maternal Brain by Laura Glynn, MD

Dr. Laura Glynn is a Professor at the Crean College of Health and Behavioral Sciences; Psychology at Chapman University in Orange, California. Her fields of expertise include: Human Pregnancy; Fetal Programming; Human Milk and Breastfeeding; Postpartum Depression; Maternal Brain and Behavior; Maternal-Child Health

This video appeared as a TedxTalk.


"How Does Postpartum Depression Feel?"; created by the National Coalition for Maternal Mental Health (NCMMH)a non-profit organization whose aim is to create awareness and to advocate for improved maternal mental health. Check out their website to learn more.


"Still Face Experiment" is the work of Edward Tronick, Ph.D. Dr. Tronick developed the “Still Face Experiment” to demonstrate how important the connection between an infant and his or her closest caregiver is. Dr. Tronick is the Director of The Child Development Unit at UMass Boston where he is also a professor of Psychology. Dr. Tronick is the founder of the UMass Boston's Infant-Parent Mental Health Program.

"Serve and Return Interaction Shapes Brain Circuitry" was created by The National Scientific Council on the Developing Child at Harvard University. Serve and return interactions shape brain architecture. When an infant or young child babbles, gestures, or cries, and an adult responds appropriately with eye contact, words, or a hug, neural connections are built and strengthened in the child's brain that support the development of communication and social skills.

When the Bough Breaks; documentary on postpartum depression

Why Not Home?; documentary on homebirth


In late June, 2021, the National Institute of Health (NIH) began a study of COVID-19 vaccination during pregnancy and postpartum. Researchers will evaluate antibody responses in vaccinated participants and their infants.

In late July, 2021, both The American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology (ACOG) and the Society of Maternal-Fetal Medicine (SMFM) recommended that pregnant women, women who wish to become pregnant, and lactating women receive the COVID-19 vaccination.

Information from the research on COVID-19 vaccination and pregnancy and lactating women.

If you are pregnant, wish to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding and have questions or concerns about the COVID-19 vaccination, please consult with your healthcare provider.

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