Community Partners

I highly recommend the following care providers and practitioners in the greater Boston community for thoughtful, effective, and compassionate work in their specialties. If you visit a community partner, please tell them All Bodies Birth sent you! You can read guest interviews with several of these partners on the blog.

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Childbirth Education and new parent groups

Can’t make one of my birth classes? Don’t sweat it. Here are some other great options:

There are also thriving groups for prospective and new parents happening around town! Check out:

  • Mama & Me, an artsy and sustainable studio in Jamaica Plain

  • Beantown Babies, a bright and beautiful space in Roslindale

  • Rachel Hess, who leads new parent and second-time parent groups in Roslindale

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Other birth, postpartum, and breast/chestfeeding support

Doulas often work together to provide backup for one another, share resources and referrals, and create a supportive community of birth and birth work in the area. Some partner doulas of All Bodies Birth include:

For breast/chestfeeding support, I suggest Kira of North Shore Birth Services (who works from a reproductive justice frame), Julie Brill of Well Pregnancy (who provides in-home consults), or Rachel O'Brien (who is explicitly trans and queer friendly).

Photo courtesy of The Gender Spectrum Collection by Broadly.

Photo courtesy of The Gender Spectrum Collection by Broadly.

Body work

This is an intense and exciting time for the body! There are many ways to take care of your body, including yoga, acupuncture/acupressure, massage, Webster technique chiropractic care, and more. These are my favorites:

Yoga: Brigitte Arle, who teaches at Rooted Boston (South Station) and Coolidge Yoga (South End) or Emily Masnoon, who teaches in Cambridge or in your home

Acupuncture: Ece at New Moon Acupuncture (Watertown)

Massage: Asi at Mahina Massage (Davis Square) or Erin at BodyWise Wellness (Newton)

Pelvic Floor Therapy: Wellest Integrative Health (Copley Square)

Chiropractic Care: Lizzie Sobel at Wholesome Healing Chiropractic Care (Back Bay)

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Bumps and Blessings - the fun stuff!

There are so many other exciting things you might want to do to mark this time in your life! Many of these practices are culturally specific, and I encourage you to reflect on which rituals may be appropriate for you and which may not, based on your own background, experiences, and heritage. Here are some suggestions for making memories around your pregnancy and birth:

Birth Photography: Shirley Anne Photography or Grazi Belucio Photography

Belly Art: Casting by Emily Boyce; Bowls by Carla Orr

Belly Binding: New Roots Holistic Midwifery and Birth Services

Belly Henna: Nimmi's Henna Art

Blessings and Spiritual Ceremonies: Rev. Hannah of Grace Ceremonies

Photo courtesy of The Gender Spectrum Collection by Broadly.

Photo courtesy of The Gender Spectrum Collection by Broadly.

Queer, Trans, and Nonbinary Parenthood

I am #wickedproud to support all types of birthing people and all family structures. For resources and information about all things queer family, I suggest consulting:

  • Fertile Ground, a midwife who provides comprehensive fertility and well gynecological care to gender non-conforming and queer folks

  • Fenway Health, a pioneer in LGBTQ+ family-building that runs a leading alternative insemination program, conducts fertility and parenting workshops, and serves as a hub for connecting LGBTQ+ families in the Boston area

  • Birthing Beyond the Binary, which provides online education in queer fertility, birth, and parenting

 
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Mental and Emotional Health

I encourage all pregnant people to develop a mental self-care routine before your new addition comes along, and then to access it (without shame!) as much as necessary after birth. This routine could include meditation, professional counseling, peer support groups, outdoor exploration, or any other things that restore and revitalize the mind, emotions, and spirit. I recommend looking into:

  • Jessica Foley, an LGBTQ+-friendly therapist with skills in reproduction and parenting (Waltham)

  • Annie Olinick Berkman, an LGBTQ+-friendly therapist who specializes in prenatal and postpartum health (Brookline)

  • The Meeting Point, a multimodal healing space dedicated to serving marginalized and underserved individuals (Jamaica Plain)

  • Jennifer Taub, a specialist in couples therapy who is explicitly LGBTQ+- and poly-friendly (Jamaica Plain)

 

 
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Loss and Termination Support

The end of a pregnancy, no matter how it comes about, can prompt an array of emotions. I am trained to care for a family experiencing abortion, stillbirth, or infant loss. I am also able to connect you with other community partners who specialize in loss and termination. The following providers and groups are useful resources to consult in the event of a loss or termination of pregnancy.

While there are many reputable providers of abortion in the Boston area, there are also many fake clinics or crisis pregnancy centers as well — I am happy to help you find a trusted provider to assist in termination.