Support Groups

 

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About our support groups

MotherWoman groups provide safe places of mutual respect and non-judgement where mothers can build community and support one another as they navigate the realities of motherhood.

At MotherWoman we acknowledge the enormous impact that mothers have in the world, both through their children and through their own lives. Our vision is to provide an opportunity for all women to engage in a MotherWoman group that provides them with the support, education and community they need to flourish as women and as mothers.

For the most up-to-date information about when a group is meeting, please see our calendar, call our office at (413) 387-0703, or use the contact information listed below. Please note that in the event of school cancellations due to bad weather support groups will not be held. 
If any corrections need to be made, please contact Jayke at jayke@motherwoman.org 

 

Amherst

MotherWoman Group: Getting Real About Motherhood - Last group before summer: June 18th
Wednesdays 9:30am - 11:00am
UMass Amherst Family Center
1200 N. Pleasant St, Amherst MA
MotherWoman Trained Facilitator

Community, diversity, self-discovery. Share laughter and tears. Be inspired. It's all here. Expectant mothers welcome. This group is for pregnant through postpartum mothers of infants through preschoolers.

A free group with snacks and childcare provided up to age five. 
This group follows the Amherst public school schedule and does not meet when the schools are closed or have delayed opening due to weather. 

For more info contact the Amherst Family Center, (413) 256-1145, afc@stuaf.umass.edu
Sponsored by the UMass Amherst Family Center.

Ashfield

Hilltown Village Mothers' Group - Last day of Mohawk Trail school schedule June 19th.
Mondays 11:00am-12:30pm
St. John's Corner House
469 Main St., Ashfield, MA
MotherWoman Trained Facilitator

Join mothers for a free, safe, confidential drop-in group for mothers of infants and young children. Expectant mothers welcome. Mothers are welcome in this space to say what is true for them about motherhood. Feel heard, valued, understood, nurtured and energized. 

Free childcare is available for children up to age five.

This group follows the Mohawk Trail school schedule and will not meet when school is closed or delayed due to weather.

For more information please contact Jessica Kuttner at (413) 522-9732 or JKuttner@gmail.com, or visit the It Takes a Village website: www.hilltownvillage.wordpress.com
Sponsored by The Hilltown Village and the St. John's Episcopal Church Mission. The Hilltown Village receives funding from The United Way of Hampshire County through a grant administered by the Hilltown Community Health Center.

Greenfield

Circle of Moms: We Are All In This Together
Fridays, 10 - 12:00pm
Community Action Family Center
90 Federal St. Greenfield, MA
MotherWoman Trained Facilitators. 

Join mothers for a free, safe, confidential drop-in group for mothers of infants and babies who are experiencing a challenging postpartum time. Expectant mothers welcome. Feel heard, valued, understood, nurtured and energized.

Free childcare up to four years old, snacks and parking.
Runs year-round except during December, February, and April school vacation weeks. Call for transpotration support.

 Contact Mareike Muszynski (group co-facilitator) of CSO at (413) 774-1000 x 2048, mmuszynski@csoinc.org or Andrea Tomsho-Dexter of Healthy Families, (413) 475-1566, atomsho-dexter@communityaction.us.

This program is funded by Clinical and Support Options, and Baystate Franklin Medical Center.

Hadley

MotherWoman Postpartum Group: A Circle of Moms
Fridays 10:00am - 12:00pm
MotherWoman Office
220 Russell St. (Rt. 9), Hadley, MA
MotherWoman Trained Facilitator. 

Join mothers for a free, safe, confidential drop-in group. For mothers of infants and babies up to one year old who are experiencing a challenging postpartum time. Expectant mothers welcome. Feel heard, valued, understood, nurtured and energized.

Free childcare up to five years old, snacks and parking 
Runs year-round except during December, February, and April school vacation weeks. This group follows the Northampton public school schedule and does not meet when the schools are closed or have delayed opening due to weather.

Contact Annette Cycon at (413) 387-0703 or annette@motherwoman.org.
Sponsored by MotherWoman. 

Holyoke

MotherWoman Postpartum Support Group
Wednesdays 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Midwifery Care of Holyoke
230 Maple Street, Holyoke, MA
MotherWoman Trained Facilitator.

Join mothers for a free, safe, confidential drop-in support group for mothers of infants and babies up to one year old. Expectant mothers and mothers in recovery welcome.

This group runs year-round. 
For more information, please contact (413) 534 - 2700. 
Sponsored by the Birthing Center at Holyoke Medical Center and Midwifery Care of Holyoke.

Northampton

Mom's Night Out - is running through (and incl.) Aug 4th. 
1st Mondays, 7:00pm - 8:30pm,
Grow (3rd fl, Thornes Marketplace)
150 Main St., Northampton, MA

This is a new evening MotherWoman Group: join mothers for a free, safe, confidential drop-in group. For pregnant through postpartum mothers of infants and children (through preschool age) who are experiencing a challenging postpartum time.
Expectant mothers welcome. Feel heard, valued, understood, nurtured and energized. 

We are sorry that childcare in unavailable; babies-in-arms are welcome.
This group follows the Northampton public school schedule and does not meet when the schools are closed.

For more information contact Grow at (413) 341 - 5285 or see Grow's Website.
Sponsored by Grow and MotherWoman.
 

Empty Arms Bereavement Support Organization: (4 groups)
MotherWoman Trained Facilitators. 

Empty Arms Bereavement for Infant & Pregnancy Loss
4th Wednesdays, 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Conference Room D, Cooley Dickinson Hospital
30 Locust Street, Northampton, MA.

The monthly bereavement meeting provides a safe space for families who have lost a baby during pregnancy, birth, or shortly after birth to connect and share about their experience.
In our meetings we support bereaved parents by naming the incredible challenges they are experiencing, knowing that this group is one of the few places where parents can speak the truth about the depth of their emotions and the details of their experience. We believe that speaking the truth about the heartbreaking journey of losing a baby is essential. Healing comes through understanding what we have been through and what may lie ahead. By speaking about our experiences they can become integrated into who we are and allow us to move along. We celebrate breaking the silence that bereaved parents have been historically subjected to. That being said, group members are also welcome to come just to listen to others' stories so that they can be supported by the knowledge that they are not alone. We believe nobody should suffer their loss alone. 

Contact facilitator at emptyarmsbereavement@gmail.com for more information. 
 

Miscarriage Support Group
2nd Wednesdays, 7:00pm - 9:00pm 
Owl and Raven Community Space
2 Conz St Unit #42 in Northampton, MA.

A monthly support group for women and partners who've experienced the loss of a baby by miscarriage or ectopic pregnancy. Please join us.
Miscarriage is something that happens far too often. It’s devastating, and it’s worth talking about. At MSG we create a safe place where women and their partners can openly share their stories of pregnancy and loss, or even just listen to others share, knowing that everyone else in the room has walked a similar road.
Contact facilitator at lexi.walters@gmail.com for more information.
 

Parenting after Loss
2nd Sundays, 3:00-5:00pm
MotherWoman Office
220 Russell St., Hadley, MA

The Parenting after Loss Empty Arms group is intended for those who are parenting the older sibling(s) of a baby who has died, or who are parenting a subsequent child who has joined the family (through birth, foster care/adoption, or surrogacy) after a loss. 
We know that parenting living children while grieving our babies is both a blessing and a challenge. We believe that parents have space in their hearts and homes for both their living children and for the baby or babies who have died. Parenting after loss includes challenges such as addressing the grief and other emotions felt by siblings of a lost baby, and balancing the daily care of living children with needed time to grieve. We recognize that there is no one right way to address these challenges, and that each family has the right to grieve and remember their lost baby or babies in ways that feel most comfortable to them. This meeting is a place where parents can support one another in both the joys and difficulties of this experience. 

Contact faciliator at ehenyey@gmail.com for more information.

Subsequent Choices Empty Arms
Time and location varied. 

Subsequent Choices meetings are designed to provide a space for bereaved families to look towards adding a new baby to their family, while recognizing that their losses have a great impact on this next journey. This meeting is intended for parents who are currently pregnant as well as for those pursuing other means of expanding their families--adoption, surrogacy, etc. Topics related to pursuing pregnancy or other means of welcoming a new baby are very important areas of conversation for bereaved parents, but not everybody is ready to discuss them in detail in our regular bereavement meeting. In recognizing this, we welcome families who may be simply considering pregnancy or trying to conceive to attend our SC meetings to get a sense of what the pregnancy/adoption/surrogacy journey may be like, as well as to raise some of their own concerns about potential and hoped-for pregnancies. At Subsequent Choices our focus is on supporting families who are dealing with the complicated emotions of adding further children to a family who has lost a child and will support one another through this experience. 

If you would like to attend or for more information, please contact emptyarmsbereavement@gmail.com 

Wilbraham

MotherWoman Postpartum Support Group: Pathways for Moms
3rd Thursdays, 12:30pm - 2:30pm
Scantic Valley YMCA
45 Post Office Park, Wilbraham, MA
MotherWoman Trained Facilitator. 

This is harder than I thought! Face the challenges of being a parent with a safe, confidential support group for mothers with an infant up to 12 months.

For more information, contact Pathways for Parents at (413) 583 - 3527 or pathwaysforparents5@gmail.com

Sponsored by the Coordinated Family and Community Engagement Grant from the Department of Early Education and Care, and the Safe Schools/Healthy Students Program of the Hampden-Wilbraham Regional School District. 

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