We highly recommend the following care providers and practitioners in our greater Boston community for thoughtful, effective, and compassionate work in their specialties. If you visit our community partners, please tell them All Bodies Birth sent you!
Our inclusive childbirth education is coming soon! While we are in the development process, we suggest the following for quality childbirth education:
There are also thriving groups for prospective and new parents happening around town! Check out:
Doulas often work together to provide back-up 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:
Emma at Lavandoula, a skilled herbalist providing full-spectrum support
Meryl at Estabrook Birth Services
Sophie at Alight, postpartum care
Rachel Hess, postpartum care, parent groups, and LGBTQ+ inclusion workshops
Down to Earth Birth, nutrition and postpartum meal cooking
Nightingale Night Nurses, overnight care for newborns
For breast/chestfeeding support, we 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).
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 our favorites:
Acupuncture: Ece at New Moon Acupuncture (Watertown)
Pelvic Floor Therapy: Wellest Integrative Health (Copley Square)
Chiropractic Care: Dr. Lisa Geiger at Village Family Chiropractic (Brookline)
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 we 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:
Belly Binding: New Roots Holistic Midwifery and Birth Services
Belly Henna: Nimmi's Henna Art
Blessings and Spiritual Ceremonies: Rev. Hannah of Grace Ceremonies
We are wicked proud to support all types of birthing people and all family structures. For resources and information about all things queer family, we 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
We 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. We 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)
The end of a pregnancy, no matter how it comes about, can prompt an array of emotions. At All Bodies Birth, we are trained to care for a person experiencing or choosing abortion, but we are 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.
The Boston Abortion Support Collective provides free, compassionate support to those experiencing abortion
The All-Options Talkline offers peer-based counseling and support for all pregnancy choices and experiences
Mommy Interrupted provides peer-to-peer support for those experiencing perinatal challenge and loss
While there are many reputable providers of abortion in the Boston area, there are also many fake clinics or crisis pregnancy centers as well - we are happy to help you find a trusted provider to assist in termination.