Pregnancy and postpartum can be filled with so much excitement and joy, but it can also be overwhelming when trying to make the best decisions for your growing family. Boston Moms Blog has teamed up with local businesses and practitioners that specialize in all things related to the journey into motherhood. We hope this will help you connect with the resources you need to take the stress out of adding to your family.
Nightingale Night Nurses
If you’re like most new parents, you’re probably hoping for a baby who loves to sleep — ideally at night, when you want to sleep as well! What most parents don’t know is that many babies are noisy sleepers; they grunt, squirm, and snuffle all night long. The Nightingales are dedicated to providing exceptional in-home overnight care, to relieve sleep-deprived parents from nighttime duties. The Nightingales work with you to help create a routine that works with your family’s lifestyle. They teach babies healthy sleep habits from day one and encourage them to wake less at night between feedings. Sleep deprivation is a major factor in postpartum depression, so when families work with the Nightingales to create systems that work, they are setting themselves up for emotional success and bonding.
Honeycomb Home Care
Honeycomb Home Care provides in-home professional prenatal and postpartum support and education for new babies/mothers/families, in Boston and surrounding towns. For 24 years, Honeycomb Home Care has provided parents with breastfeeding support, medical advice, much-needed encouragement, and more. Their goal is to help families manage the stress of parenthood and experience its profound joys and rewards. Everyone’s needs are different, but each visit will include some or all of the following:
- Preparing for childbirth, including writing your birth plan
- Physical check of mother and baby, including baby’s weight
- Breastfeeding support
- Sibling management
- Workable sleep schedule so parents can rest
- Guided meditation to lower stress and maintain life balance
- Carseat and infant equipment check and advice
- Answers to your many questions!
10% of all fees go into a pro-bono fund to cover services to families who cannot pay.
Urban Arrivals is a suite of services offered by Rebecca Urban, certified childbirth educator, experienced birth doula, and counselor. With offices in Cambridge, Lancaster, and Northborough, Rebecca provides care to mothers across Massachusetts through her Bradley Method childbirth classes, birth doula services, moms groups, birth trauma workshops, and individual counseling sessions. A seasoned Bradley Method instructor and a mother to six children, Rebecca specializes in helping mothers work through previously challenging birth experiences and to find joy in the trenches of motherhood.
Ann Lyle Photography
Ann Lyle Photography is exclusively a baby photography studio specializing in newborn, baby, and cake smash photography. Established in 2013, this studio has photographed hundreds of the newest family members in Boston and the surrounding area. Centrally located in Framingham, families travel from all over New England to have their babies captured in the unique look and artistic creativity that defines Ann Lyle’s style. Her newborn artwork is published in magazines, and her photographs are award-winning and recognized by the Professional Photographers of America. On top of all that, she may be one of the nicest people you can meet. You, and your little one, are invited to come have a wonderful photography experience at Ann Lyle Photography.
A Mom's Village
A Mom’s Village is a clubhouse for moms! The Village strives to be a home away from home for mothers and their families. It is a healthy community in both mind and body where you can find support and build lifelong friendships. With services like Mommy Concierge, Mommy Time in the lounge, and Drop & Go Babysitting, the goal is to make moms’ lives EASIER in every way. Get a hot cup of coffee, an amazing fitness class, a conversation with a grown-up, all while your child is in an enriching environment with a caring team of professionals. It isn’t a dream. It is the Village. Come experience the amenities that will make motherhood easier and more fun for you and your family!
Tiny Treasures Nanny Agency
Tiny Treasures Nanny Agency is a private household staffing agency that prides itself on matching families with career-driven caregivers. Known for matching families with developmentally focused childcare providers, Tiny Treasures knows that one size does not fit all; that is why each search is personalized to the client’s needs. So if you’re looking for an amazing nanny, infant care specialist, personal cook, housekeeper, personal assistant, and more, let Tiny Treasures Nanny Agency help your home run seamlessly. Their candidates have been vetted and screened, and they serve families nationwide. Learn more at www.tinytreasuresnyc.com.
Crabapple Photography creates stunning, award-winning family portraiture. Run by photographer Kate McKenna, Kate has the studio space, outdoor locations, experience, and props to create whimsical, emotional, one-of-a-kind customized portraiture that you and your family will hold dear for generations. Kate’s end goal is beautiful portraiture. But she ensures the whole family enjoys the experience as well. She expertly prepares you and puts you at ease, ensuring the session not only runs smoothly but that you have FUN too!
The Crabapple Photography photo studio is conveniently located just north of Boston in Andover, MA, and is stocked with adorable props, clothing, and more! Contact [email protected] today for details.
Three Birds Family Education & Postpartum Care
Three Birds is a full-spectrum doula service offering support and education to Massachusetts families. Specializing in twins, triplets, and more, Three Birds provides families with practical parenting tools, emotional support, and confidence in their own abilities. Whether welcoming a first child or numbers three, four, and five, each new addition challenges a family to grow in exciting, beautiful, and sometimes messy ways.
Three Birds creates a safe and knowledgeable space to nurture that evolution through a number of in-home services, including a range of prenatal classes, weekday, weekend, and overnight postpartum care, breastfeeding/chestfeeding/bottle-feeding support, NICU and preemie-specific assistance, CPR instruction, community resource connections, and birth and bereavement care. These personalized supports grow alongside each family, nurturing infants, parents, and other family members while providing the skills and confidence needed to successfully navigate this exciting and challenging time.
Birthing Matters Doula Services
Birthing Matters Doula Services offers certified birth and postpartum doula services and childbirth education to families throughout the Greater Boston area. Through prenatal preparation, labor support, and postpartum support, clients enter their birth and new parenthood experiences with the confidence and resources they need to make the decisions that are right for them. Labor doula services include preparation on logistics, informed decision making, physical movement, comfort measures, and exploring the specific ways your doula may best support your family. Through postpartum support, families are able to focus on their life as a new family while the doula takes care of everything else, providing resources and guidance as needed, and helping you get that little extra rest you need to feel present for your baby. Birthing Matters looks forward to working with you and being a part of your story!
Beth Miga Photography
Beth Miga is a girl mom and a lover of dogs, travel, the ocean, and a good cocktail. She specializes in documenting babies’ first days with light, airy, naturally styled newborn sessions in the comfort of your home. She prefers simplicity, neutral colors, and natural poses that make baby the focus of the session rather than generic props and accessories. Beth is based on the South Shore and travels within the Greater Boston area, including Metro West and the South Shore of MA.
Modern Mama Midwifery
Modern Mama offers homebirth midwifery care and doula services to the modern parent. Modern Mama supports families through their birthing experiences in the setting in which they feel most comfortable — home, birth center, or hospital. Clients can expect holistic, personalized care that is evidence-based and steeped in a trust of birth as a physiologic process. Modern Mama believes in supporting families as informed decision makers, and they provide sensitive guidance and support through every stage of the childbearing years. Please reach out to learn more!
Baby Bean, Maternity Consulting
Baby Bean, Maternity Consulting provides individually tailored support, guidance, and education to women and their families throughout pregnancy, birth, and the first year of life. Baby Bean’s support looks different for each and every client but is always professional, compassionate, and judgment-free. Baby Bean supports all kinds of families through all kinds of pregnancies and birth experiences, leaving you feeling positive, empowered, and ready to tackle anything that comes your way as you transition to parenthood.
Considering natural childbirth, but scared of pain? Hypnobabies Boston can help!
Hypnobabies Boston is a 6-week childbirth class that teaches not only pregnancy and birth basics but also self-hypnosis techniques for an easier, more comfortable birth.
This is not your typical hypnobirthing course. Hypnobabies is the only hypnobirthing class that:
- teaches medical-grade hypnosis—the same kind used for surgery without anesthesia
- teaches “eyes-open” hypnosis, allowing you to walk and talk during labor while still deeply in hypnosis
- offers 21 hours of comprehensive, customized instruction to ensure your self-hypnosis toolkit is as effective as possible
Your Hypnobabies guide is Kelley Keenan, a two-time hypnomom with 50 hours of hypnosis training, 32 hours of Hypnobabies instructor training, and 32 hours of DONA birth doula training. Kelley teaches in Natick at the charming Roots and Wings Yoga Studio. Visit hypnobabiesboston.com for a current class schedule!
Shirley Anne Photography
Shirley Anne Photography specializes in birth photography and all motherhood portraits. Shirley focuses on providing a personalized experience and serves her clients with high-quality images and products tailored to their needs. Her sessions cover your story into motherhood — anywhere from pregnancy announcements, maternity sessions, birth stories, up until your child is older.
Shirley’s passion for birth photography allows her to capture unique moments of your labor and birth experience that portray your strength and endurance, your partner’s support, the amazing team that serves you, and the details of the day. Shirley Anne Photography captures that moment you meet and hold your little one for the first time. Allow Shirley the opportunity to capture your life story in images.
New World Doula Services
New World Doula Services is a full-service doula agency offering labor/birth support, postpartum and infant care support, childbirth education, and placenta encapsulation. Their team of highly trained professional doulas is available for all types of births (medicated, unmedicated, Cesarean, hospital, birth center, home birth), as well as postpartum and infant care services after you have your baby. New World Doula Services offers overnight help with your newborn, which can include feeding help, sleep guidance, and newborn care. Their placenta specialists perform encapsulation in the safest way possible, are bloodborne pathogen certified, and process your placenta according to food safety guidelines. They are CPR/First Aid certified and insured. Their service area consists of the Greater Boston area, the South Shore, Cape Cod, and Rhode Island. Contact them today for a complimentary consultation!
Boston Baby Care
Bringing your new baby home is wonderful and often overwhelming. Boston Baby Care’s goal as a postpartum doula is to ease your transition into “the fourth trimester” by offering guidance to help you feel confident in your instincts as a new parent.
New families need nurturing and gentle support. Focusing on mom’s needs and helping both parents develop confidence in their parenting skills is Boston Baby Care’s priority. In your home, they share techniques for newborn care, feeding, soothing, and bathing. They also help to ease your older child’s transition to his/her new role in the family.
There are many good ways to care for babies, although with input from the internet, parents, and friends it can be confusing. Boston Baby Care will help you get the information you need to make wise choices.
Boston-Area Hospitals and Birthing Centers
Boston is one of the best cities around when it comes to healthcare. So it’s no surprise that when you’re preparing to have a baby, your choice of labor and delivery hospitals is endless. For some Boston moms, your doctor and insurance will determine where you deliver, but for others, the choice is all yours.
We’ve got the scoop from real moms who’ve been there — the good, the bad, and the ugly of Boston-area hospital labor and delivery options!
330 Brookline Avenue, Boston
“Great medical facility but poor communication between nurses.” – Allison G.
“Doctors were great and so were nurses during delivery — very good communication and discussing with us options and what was happening (ended up w/unplanned C-sections both times). Maternity ward was great too, but they didn’t always inform us of what was happening, as in tests for baby or how long we could stay in the hospital, but everyone was friendly and nice.” – Stephanie T.
“They offer in-ward support groups and awesome lactation consultants. I struggled a lot with nursing and they had LCs iny room twice a day, plus daily support groups if you want. And the food is amazing. I can’t speak highly enough of my nurses either!” – Amanda L.
55 Fruit Street, Boston
“Wonderful experience. They had a free weekly support group post-baby that was facilitated by an RN and a lactation consultant that was life changing for us. I definitely had some postpartum blues and a difficult time breastfeeding, and this group was such a wonderful support system.” – Heather Y.
330 Mount Auburn Street, Cambridge
“I loved Mount Auburn both times and have zero complaints. Amazing nurses, super supportive of natural childbirth, very encouraging of lots of skin-to-skin time immediately following birth, breastfeeding, etc.” – Ashley D.
“The facilities were awesome. I didn’t love our nurse, but we had a doula, so she and the rest of the staff kind of left us alone to do our thing. The postpartum room menu was pretty on point.” – Allison D.
2014 Washington Street, Newton
“What I loved about Newton-Wellesley was everything. They literally saved my life and my baby’s, and considering I was told the odds of getting pregnant were close to none — and when I did it was at an extremely high risk for multiple reasons — it was that much more intense. They took such great care of me from pre to post, and I truly can’t say enough.” – Jenn S.
“For having my first child and not knowing what to expect at all, the nurses and doctors were absolutely amazing! They were so nurturing, caring, and made sure to always keep me in the loop with what was going on. I really had such a great experience all around!” – Korinn L.
75 Francis Street, Boston
“Great care team (including OB on call who wasn’t who I’d seen during my pregnancy). I didn’t feel supported in breastfeeding, and the lack of that support/connection to community supports was a big disappointment.” – Katrina M.
“Loved that they had everything thought out, and you could tell this was their specialty. Had an awesome experience from the second we came in until the second we left. I can’t really think of any negatives. The nurses and doctors were great, and the rooms were pretty nice too.” – Alicia M.
1493 Cambridge Street, Cambridge
“The nurses are amazing and the lactation support was fantastic. This may not be exclusive to CH, but I had an emergency C-section, and I felt they pushed the pain meds too much. I got sick of refusing Percocet.” – Stephanie G.
“Loved everything about it. Wrote a two-page thank you note to the labor nurses after I came home. I felt well cared for, respected, listened to, valued, etc. They’re talented and empathetic. I felt in control of my own medical decisions.” – Erin E.
800 Washington Street, Boston
“Amazing experience — wonderful nurses and entire OB staff! I felt so well taken care of during my entire pregnancy, during birth, and after! Can’t say enough nice things.” – Karin C.
1493 Cambridge Street, Cambridge
133 Old Road Nine Acre Corner, Concord
“I loved it both times I delivered there. The nurses rock! The only downside was there was no dessert cart this time around.” – Matina F.
36 Cambridge Street, Brighton
“I had to have a C section at 36 weeks due to preeclampsia and fetal stress. Everyone here at St E’s has been amazing to me, despite how hard my body has been fighting against everything. The doctors are very communicative. The nurses are wonderful, very helpful and knowledgeable. They really go above and beyond. NICU team are dedicated and make me feel my baby is in safe hands at her tiny size.” – Paige M.
42 Green Street, Gardner
“They were absolutely amazing and went beyond what I would expect. Though it certainly serves a more rural area compared to hospitals closer to Boston, my family and I were well cared for and received top-notch care.” – Jennifer W.
“Loved everything! Lack of interventions, supportive circle of trained and qualified midwives, but I hated (with a capital H) that I had to pay $5,000+ each birth, and insurance didn’t cover a penny!” – Alexandra E.
“Home is a very safe place for people having for low-risk, healthy pregnancies to give birth. I birthed both of my children at home with the support of fantastic, skilled midwives and my partner. While we did pay a bit up front, our insurance reimbursed all but a small portion; so, for us, it was actually even less expensive than giving birth at the hospital (unfortunately, this is very dependent on your insurance so do your research if it is a deciding factor)! ” – Lindsay W.
840 Harrison Avenue, Boston
295 Varnum Avenue, Lowell
55 Fogg Road, South Weymouth
41 Highland Avenue, Winchester