As a soon-to-be new mom, one of the things I’m most looking forward to is finding a group of other new moms to bond with. Finding others in a similar stage of parenthood can be a great way to gather support and share advice, especially during those tiring newborn days. Luckily, there are plenty of options to choose from in Boston, no matter what type of group you’re looking for or what neighborhood you live in. And best of all? Most of them are free!
Mount Auburn Hospital
Who: All new parents and non-crawling infants, regardless of place of birth or OB care provider
What: Free, drop-in group meetings with other new moms attended by certified nurse-midwives, guest speakers, and even massage therapists
Where: The Classroom at 355 Waverley Oaks Road, Waltham
When: Tuesdays, 2 pm-3:30pm
More information: Postpartum Support Group
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
Who: New moms and their babies
What: Free group meetings provide emotional support for new parents and the opportunity to discuss concerns about your baby and parenting issues, such as bathing, soothing and feeding. Registration is required.
Where and When:
- Dedham Daytime Group: Tuesdays, 10am-11:30am Dedham Health and Athletic Complex, 200 Providence Highway
- Dedham Working Moms Group: Second and fourth Tuesdays of the month, 7pm-8:30pm Dedham Health and Athletic Complex, 200 Providence Highway
- Chestnut Hill: Mondays, 1pm-2:30pm Healthworks Fitness Center, 1300 Boylston Street
- Milton: Fridays, 1pm-2:30pm Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital-Milton, 199 Reedsdale Road
More Information: Parent Connection
William James College, Freedman Center
Who: First-time moms with babies up to six months old (the center also has a separate support group for new dads)
What: New mothers ask questions, share experiences, make new friends, and get support from a professional facilitator and from each other. Babies are always welcome. Group sizes are limited and pre-registration is required, though the group is free.
Where: Freedman Center, One Wells Ave (Ground Floor), Newton
When: 6-week daytime sessions
More information: New Babies/New Moms or New Dads Support Group
Jewish Family & Children’s Service
Who: New parents and their babies under one year old
What: Offered by the Center for Early Relationship Support, these groups give new moms an opportunity to bring their babies and meet other new moms. Registration is not necessary and these groups are free.
Where and when:
(Portuguese and Spanish speaking group)
Fridays, 10:30 a.m.-noon
. St. Anthony's Church,
43 Holton Street. Contact Jacqueline Caceres, 781-693-5022
- Arlington: Fridays, 10am-11:30pm
Calvary United Methodist Church, 300 Massachusetts Ave.
- Brookline: Tuesdays, 10:30am–noon. Temple Ohabei Shalom,
1187 Beacon St.
- Cambridge: Thursdays, 10-11:30am
Congregation Eitz Chayim,
134-136 Magazine St.
- Jamaica Plain: Wednesdays, 1:30-3pm
Curtis Hall Third Floor Dance Studio, 20 South St.
- Marblehead: Tuesdays, 10:45am-12:15pm Jewish Community Center of the North Shore, 4 Community Road
- Melrose: Wednesdays, 10-11:30am Temple Beth Shalom, 21 E. Forster St.
- Medford: Tuesdays, 12:30-2pm Medford Family Network (at Medford High School), 489 Winthrop St.
- Sharon: Fridays, 10-11:30am
Temple Israel of Sharon, 125 Pond St.
- Waltham: (Portuguese and Spanish speaking group)
Tuesdays, 10:30am–noon. Temple Beth Israel (behind Hannaford Supermarket),
25 Harvard St.; contact Jacqueline Caceres, 781-693-5022
- Watertown: Fridays, 9:15-10:45am
Watertown Family Network, Phillips School, 30 Common St.
More Information: Parents of Newborns or Early Relationship Support Groups
A Mom is Born
Who: First-time moms and their non-mobile babies
What: Led by Maria Dolorico, these groups give new moms a chance to meet other new mothers, share stories, and ask questions about newborns, feeding, and sleeping tips, plus share the tips about what's working for them. The group is free, but there is a $5 suggested donation.
Where: Boston Integrated Health, 581 Boylston St., Suite 700B, Doorbell #703, Boston
When: Wednesdays, 12:30-1:45pm
More Information: First Time Moms Group
Massachusetts General Hospital
Who: New moms and their babies
What: Free, weekly group meetings that are open to the public. Moms are invited to discuss topics such as breastfeeding, newborn care and adjusting to motherhood in a supportive environment.
Where: Massachusetts General Hospital, 55 Fruit St., Yawkey Building Second Floor, Satter Conference Center
When: Tuesdays, 10-11:30am
More Information: Me and My Baby Support Group
Mama & Me
Who: First- or second-time moms and their babies (older siblings are welcome at the second-time group)
What: First Connections is a six-week group program that meets once per week to discuss the joys and challenges of new parenthood during your baby's first four months of life. Second Time Moms' Group is a six-week group program that meets once per week to discuss everything related to being a mom of two kids in the second baby's first six months of life. The groups cost $144 and pre-registration is required.
Where: Mama & Me, 284 Armory St., Jamaica Plain
When: Times and days vary by group and new sessions are starting all the time.
More Information: First Connections and Second Time Moms' Group
Little Lovage Club
Who: New moms and their babies aged 0-12 weeks
What: Join fellow new moms for a multi-week program where you can get used to getting out of the house with your new baby. Share experiences, gather tips and tricks, and learn ways to play with your baby, soothe fussy babies, and more. Cost is $165-198 per semester.
Where: Little Lovage Club, 778 Tremont St., Boston
When: Wednesdays, 11am-12:30pm or Fridays 2-3:30pm
More Information: Newbies
Photo courtesy of Cambridge Health Alliance
Cambridge Health Alliance
Who: New moms and their babies
What: This free, drop-in group meets three times per week so new moms can gather in a supportive environment led by CHA's doulas. The groups are held in English, but translation is available in multiple languages. A lactation consultant is available on Tuesdays to answer breastfeeding questions.
Where: CHA Cambridge Hospital Campus, 8 Camelia Ave. (next to the Cambridge Birth Center)
When: Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, 10am-noon
More Information: Mother's Support Groups
Post originally published May 2012; updated July 2017
Top photo: Friendships are born at the Little Lovage Club. Photo by Katy Doyle Photography