Family Health, Wellness, & Safety Resources

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Local Resources


Adoptive Families Together: AFT is a supportive network of adoptive parents who share combined experiences and information to strengthen their families and adoptions. Services include; facilitated monthly support groups for adoptive parents, foster parents, pre-adoptive parents as well as adult adoptees and birth parents, educational trainings, online discussion list, books and pamphlets, and workshops for adopted children. For more information contact Lori Baeumler 617-587-1522 or


Northampton Survival Center: The Northampton Survival Center provides low-income individuals and families in 18 communities in Hampshire County with free food, clothing, household goods, and referrals for emergency assistance. Through its main location in Northampton, the Center provides a choice pantry, where clients can select the foods they want to take home for their family.

The People’s Center: The People’s Center is a free clothing store serving the homeless, working poor, and victims of disasters in the local area. To make clothing donations: Call 739-0229 to arrange to drop off clothing or have it picked up. Organizations are encouraged to call this number if they would like to organize a clothing drive for The People’s Center. The People’s Center is operated by The Pioneer Valley Chapter of the American Red Cross and funded by the Community United Way of Pioneer Valley and is located at 2 Chestnut Street in Springfield, MA. They are open Monday-Friday 10am-2pm. For more info call 413-739-0229.


Breastfeeding Clinic: Are you looking for breastfeeding support? Do you have questions about latch? Are you worried that your nursling isn’t getting enough milk? Stop by the free breastfeeding clinic at Cooley Dickinson Hospital’s Childbirth Center, every Monday from 12 to 1. Many new moms have found this to be great resource. One mom said “Just being in a roomful of breastfeeding babies and moms was a wonderful experience. It was great to hear other people’s stories and learn from their experiences.” For more information:

The Mothers’ Milk Bank of New England
New England resource. A non-profit community milk bank whose mission is to provide donor human milk to newborns in need by: collecting, pasteurizing and dispensing donor human milk; educating the medical and general communities about indications for, benefits and use of donor human milk; and contributing to furthering our knowledge of donor human milk through research.


Free child car-seat inspection for Amherst residents. The Amherst Police Department conducts free inspections on the third Saturday of each month, by appointment only. Certified technicians will thoroughly inspect your car seat for wear and effectiveness, and install it properly. Call 413-259-3355 or email to schedule an appointment. For residents of other towns, visit Safe Kids of Western Massachusetts to learn about free car-seat inspections in Springfield.


Friends of Children: Advocates to protect the basic human rights of all children to have a safe, consistent and nurturing environment in which to develop their full potential. Programs include court-appointed special advocates, mentoring to children who age out of the child-welfare system, foster transition support, assistance and guidance to parents in their role of advocate for their children, and community education. For more information, visit or call 413-586-0011.


Preschool Enrichment Team (P.E.T.): The Preschool Enrichment Team (P.E.T), a non-profit resource, referral, and training agency, offers information to families, early childhood educators , and employers on: Massachusetts child care: infant and toddler care, preschool education, after school programs, subsidized care, children with special needs, summer camps, asthma, lead poisoning prevention, and more. Since 1976, P.E.T. has been here for the Western Massachusetts community. While they serve Hampden and Southern Hampshire Counties, they hope their web site can be a resource for all. Contact their Springfield, MA office at 413-736-3900 or toll free at 877-478-7727 for personal assistance if you are: a family needing solutions to child care or preschool dilemmas; an early childhood educator seeking information about professional development; or an employer thinking about family-friendly opportunities for your company. – For Massachusetts child care resource and referral programs outside of the area, please visit Outside of Massachusetts, visit


Food Bank of Western Massachusetts: The mission of The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts is to work with our community to reduce hunger and increase food security.

Hilltown Pantry: The Hilltown Pantry is a satellite program of the Northampton Survival Center serving residents of Chesterfield, Cummington, Goshen, Haydenville, Plainfield, Westhampton, Williamsburg and Worthington. Once a month recipients may select a supply of groceries which includes canned goods, frozen meats, fresh produce, dairy and bakery products, and household and personal care products. USDA foods, fresh produce and bread are available weekly. Bring proof of residency and you will receive groceries the same day. Located at the Goshen Town Office Building (Route 9). HOR are Wed 1-3pm, and 3rd Wed from 1-6pm. DONATIONS GREATLY APPRECIATED. 413-268-7578

Northampton Survival Center: The Northampton Survival Center provides low-income individuals and families in 18 communities in Hampshire County with free food, clothing, household goods, and referrals for emergency assistance. Through its main location in Northampton, the Center provides a choice pantry, where clients can select the foods they want to take home for their family.


The Garden: A Center for Grieving Children and Teens: Do you know a kid who is grieving the loss of a loved one? The Garden: A Center for Grieving Children and Teens welcomes families grieving the death of someone close. Families with children ages 5-18 are invited to join this free support group on Sunday afternoons. Children participate in small groups where they make projects, play games and other activities planned to support their grieving process, while their adult caregivers are part of a support group too. All groups are held at the Hampshire Regional YMCA in Northampton. For more information, visit, or contact Shelley Bathe Lenn at or 413-584-7086.


Healthy Communities Access Program (HCAP): The purpose of HCAP is to assist Hilltown residents who are uninsured, underinsured or unable to access health care. Their Mobile Outreach Treatment Team can help to enroll them in programs from their home, assist participants with transportation, referrals for other services, completion of health care proxies and other forms as appropriate, and coordinate other services. The Nurse Practitioner Meg Breymann, NP, will also provide screenings, assessments and primary direct health care and health education services. Eligibility: All residents of the 11 Hilltowns served by HCHC (Blandford, Chester, Chesterfield, Cummington, Goshen, Huntington, Middlefield, Montgomery, Plainfield, Russell, and Worthington). Residents of surrounding towns in central and southern Berkshire county may also be eligible. Please call for more information. All services are free to eligible participants. 413-238-4103.

Hilltown Community Health Centers: Hilltown Community Health Center’s mission is to provide high quality, accessible medical, dental, counseling and behavioral health care, and related services to people in the Western Massachusetts Hilltowns and surrounding areas. Center’s are located in Huntington and Worthington, MA.

Massachusetts Public Flu Clinic Finder: Families choosing to vaccinate for the flu can find a flu clinic in Massachusetts here. Enter your zipcode and find a local clinic. Powered by the Massachusetts Adult Immunization Coalition.


Reach Out and Read Program
Offered by the Hilltown Community Health Centers, this national pediatric literacy initiative provides a new book to every patient under age 6 years of age at each well-child visit. Our doctors give each child a new developmentally appropriate book and speak with parents about the benefits of reading aloud to their children. Over the course of their development children receive 10 new books for their home library.


Boys to Men New England: Boys to Men Mentoring Network. Boys between the ages of 12 and 17 can be matched with a male mentor. The Boys to Men experience gives young men higher self-esteem, empowered sense of self, and a greater capacity for compassion and empathy. Mentors go through a comprehensive training program, pass a background check, and agree to commit for one year. Boys are challenged and supported in new ways, and find their own integrity, courage, respect, passion, and leadership and they discover that they can access these qualities and put them to work. For more information visit or call 781-789-9227.


Parents Together: A free support group for parents with children five and under. Parents enjoy food and coffee while kids are in a free playgroup. Discussion topics include keeping ourselves and our children healthy, reducing financial stress, encouraging children to be creative learners, and more. This group supports parents who learn best in non-traditional ways – play games, do crafts, learn fun ways to reduce stress, and go on field trips. Thursdays in Amherst, Feb 25 – Jun 3, 9:30 – 11:00 am, Amherst Family Center, 121 N. Pleasant St. Mondays in Northampton, Mar 22 – May 17, 10 – 11:30 am, Northampton Headstart, 56 Vernon St. To register for this free group, contact Kris Larson at 413-834-3344 or

Pioneer Valley Baby Group
On-line MA resource for parents in the Pioneer Valley (Northampton, Amherst, Hadley, etc.) to exchange information and organize gatherings.


Families Together Program: Free parenting workshops and individual consultation provide families with information on child development, communication, health and safety issues (such as family CPR and first aid).

Nuturing Your Child: Workshops for parents of infants and toddlers cover topics such as infant massage, baby sign language, setting limits and positive discipline, coping with tough moments and more. In addition to learning new parenting tips, parents enjoy meting other Hilltown families with babies and young toddlers.


Green River Doula NetworkThe Green River Doula Network is an association of independent birth doulas, postpartum doulas, and related care providers who work with families during pregnancy, birth, and postpartum. They serve the Pioneer Valley, as well as eastern Berkshire County, and parts of VT, NH, and CT. Their mission is to provide doula support to women, including those who may not be able to afford a doula. During pregnancy, doulas provide prenatal advice and support. During childbirth, doulas provide continuous emotional, physical, and informational support. During the postpartum period, doulas help with household tasks and connect the family with support resources. Visit their website to learn more, and to search for a doula near you

Hilltown Baby: Hilltown Baby offers free childbirth education classes in various Hilltown locations, breastfeeding education and support, and parent infant groups. When families’ due dates or location do not fit scheduled classes, they offer private sessions or home visits.

It Takes a Village: It Takes a Village is a free-of-charge, community service that supports families in Western Massachusetts for the first three months after a baby is born. A family is matched with a volunteer who visits the family home on a weekly basis, providing support for anything from meal preparation and dishwashing, to companionship and playing with older children. The Village is modeled after ‘Many Mothers’ in Santa Fe.  They are based in the Hilltowns of Western Massachusetts and dedicate their service to the memory of Heather Egan, who gave her own life bringing a new one into the world. 413-634-5431


The Care Center: Alternative-education program for pregnant and parenting teens. The Care Center in Holyoke helps women who have dropped out of high school, but want a better life for themselves and their children. They offer GED classes, art, poetry, and writing classes, computer courses, parenting education, career exploration, athletic programs, and college transition, all in a supportive environment that encourages students to become lifelong learners. The Care Center also provides free transportation, nutritious food, on-site child care, on-site health care and personalized support counseling. For more information, visit or call 413-532-2900.

Health Families: Support for young parents. Healthy Families is a free home-visiting support program for first- time parents, age 20 and under. Home Visitors provide parenting support at participant homes, as well as in groups with other first time pregnant and parenting teens. Activities are geared toward young parents’ interests, whether it be support groups on relationships or making special journals about their child’s first years of life. All services are voluntary and confidential. Spanish speaking home visitors are available. For more information, visit or Franklin County residents can call 413-475-1545 or 978-544-5423, and Hampshire County residents can call 413-387-1270.


The Pegasus House in Lawrence, MA, is now accepting referrals for young women ages 16 to 19 who are experiencing health, emotional, family, developmental, or social dysfunction as a result of alcohol or drug use. Pegasus is a highly structured short-term substance abuse treatment service for medically stable young women. The program offers developmentally appropriate individual, group and family clinical services. Length of stay can be up to 90 days, and is based on the individual’s treatment needs. To make a referral or learn more, call 617-661-3991 or 866-705-2807.

Alcoholics Anonymous – Berkshires Intergroup
24-Hour Hotline: 413-443-0212.
Click HERE to find meeting schedules (click on “When & Where Meetings” to select a day of the week).

Alcoholics Anonymous –  Western Mass Intergroup
Click HERE for a list of AA meetings in Western MA
Click HERE for a Spanish-language AA meeting list
Click HERE to check out Western MA Young People’s AA
The Western MA Intergroup Office is located at: The Grace United Church, 474 Pleasant Street, Holyoke MA 01040
Hours: Tues – Sat  9am – 1pm, Thursdays 9am – 5:30pm
413-532-2111 – Please call with any questions.

Treatment Centers – If you have tried to stop drinking, using opiates or heroin, or other addictive drugs and have found it too hard to do on your own, call one of the centers below:

  • Brattleboro Retreat (Brattleboro, VT) – inpatient drug and alcohol detox; inpatient and outpatient addiction treatment; mental health care. Call 1-800-738-7328.
  • Providence Hospital (Holyoke, MA) – inpatient drug and alcohol detox; inpatient and outpatient addiction treatment; mental health care. Call 413-536-5111.
  • Gandara Center (various locations throughout Western MA) – Click on “Addiction Recovery” to select the program that’s relevant to your needs. Or call (413) 561-1020.
  • Behavioral Health Network (locations throughout Western MA)
    • BHN provides 24-hour crisis interventions to children, youth, and adults who experience mental health or addiction crises.
    • CRISIS HOTLINE: (413) 733-6661 in the Springfield area; (413) 568-6386 in the Westfield area.
    • Acute Treatment Services (Locations in Springfield and Greenfield) – Treatment Services are medically-monitored services for detoxification from drugs and alcohol. Individuals can stay up to 7-9 days. Services are available 24 hours per day. We also treat dually-diagnosed clients with both mental health and substance use disorders through our Enhanced Acute Treatment Program. To make a referral for Substance Use Disorder (SUD) Residential Services, please call (413) 733-1423.


Gateway School Safety Hotline: As part of Gateway’s School Safety Plan, the school safety hotline (413-685-1050) will remain in place for the coming school year. Monitored by the district’s Security Monitor, the hotline is a voice mailbox that can be used to report harassment, drug or alcohol concerns, vandalism, and school safety issues. The purpose of the hotline is to help keep Gateway schools in Huntington, MA, safe for all students.

Hotline – Area Safety Hotline: A confidential Safety Hotline in place, for Gateway students and Huntington & surrounding community members to share their concerns. Just call 685-1050 and leave a message.

radKIDS: National leader in children’s safety based in South Dennis, MA.


Autism Resources: Recommended local resources by local parent for families/children with autism spectrum disorders. Easthampton & Hadley.

Community Resources for People with Autism: Despite rather dry-sounding name, they have tons of referrals for medical practices, support groups, conferences, fund-raising and more. 116 Pleasant Street, Suite 366 Easthampton, MA 413-529-2428

The Support Network in Berkshire County: The Support Network is a program of the Department of Mental Health that provides support for parents and caregivers who have children with social, emotional and/or behavioral challenges. While it is funded by the Department of Mental Health, families are not required to receive services from DMH in order to receive services from The Support Network. They are able to provide support in the home, IEP meetings, Juvenile Court hearings, and in the community. They assist families in finding community resources and can help you become a strong advocates for your child/children. The Support Network’s services are at no cost and are completely confidential and optional. 333 East Street 4th Floor, Room 431 Pittsfield, MA 01201. 413.395.2023.

SPED Child and Teen: Great resource for families with children who have disabilities. SPED Child and Teen was created by a mom of has a child with Aspergers, to bring together in one place all of the upcoming events and opportunities in the region. Find out about camps, workshops, links to local resources, parent support, mental-health resources, financial and legal help, and more.

Autism Resources: Recommended local resources by local parent for families/children with autism spectrum disorders. Easthampton & Hadley.

Grace’s Place: Grace’s Place is a new resource for adaptive equipment for children with physical disabilities in Franklin and Hampshire County. They accept donations of good used equipment and adapted toys and offer them for free to families in need. Contact: Donna Walden, Director in Greenfield by calling 413-522-1750.


New England Learning Center for Women in Transition: A wonderful Valleyresource for women and children: The New England Learning Center for Women  in Transition offers counseling, safe homes, advocacy, and education to women and children who have survived domestic violence or sexual abuse. All services are free and confidential. They offer advocacy for women, men, and children; for able-bodied and disabled individuals; for straight, lesbian, gay, bi, and trans people; and for speakers of other languages. Free and confidential hotline offering support and resources regarding sexual assult and domestic violence: 413-772-0806 or 1-888-249-0806. For more information:


Railroad Street Youth Project
Local resource. South Berkshire county organization aims to support young people by creating youth-generated activities that promote self-worth, responsibility, and intergenerational respect and communication. Railroad Street Youth Project serves South Berkshire county residents ages 14 to 25 years with mentoring and apprenticeship programs, innovative and youth-inspired projects and trips, teen pregnancy prevention initiatives, and a drop-in center with referrals for housing, employment, and education, counseling, mediation and advocacy. RSYP’s drop-in center (60 Bridge Street in Great Barrington) is open 3-7pm every afternoon as a place where youth meet, develop ideas, make artwork, find a staff person to talk to, and just hang out.  Visit to learn more.



Adolescent Health
Fact sheets, data, and other material about adolescent health topics such as injuries, alcohol and drug use, sexual behaviors, nutrition and obesity, skin cancer, and youth violence. Includes background on the National Initiative to Improve Adolescent Health by the Year 2010, and links to related websites. From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

AMA: Adolescent Health
Fact sheets, publications, and other resources about health concerns affecting adolescents. Topics include injury prevention, violence and bullying, nutrition and physical fitness, mental health, and teen pregnancy. Newsletter articles are only available to members, but the other publications and resources are available for free download. Includes links to related websites. From the American Medical Association (AMA).


AllergyKids is the first independently funded food allergy organization in the United States. The goal of AllergyKids is to give parents the tools to protect their children with food allergies. Not only do we want to make it easy to identify a child with life threatening food allergies through our universal symbol for food allergies, but we also want to provide comprehensive independent research so that you can make the best choices for your family.

Peanut Aware: Onlineresource and practical guide to living with a nut allergy.




DHHS 2007 Immunization Schedule (pdf)

Guide to Immunizations
On-line guide of recommendations by the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Vaccine Schedule
You can use this on-line form to create a vaccine schedule for your child that follows the 2004 Guidelines of the American Academy of Pediatric.


Lead Safety
A list of issues and resources around lead safety in our homes and with our children, compiled by parents from the Park Slope Community in NY.


Family Equality Council
LGBTQ Family Friend Children’s Book List (pdf)


Anxiety & OCD Resources
Recommended on-line resources and book titles for parents with children with anxiety and OCD

Boys Council
Boys Council is a strengths-based group approach to promote boys’ and young men’s safe, strong and healthy passage through pre-teen and adolescent years.


Attachment Parenting
The mission of Attachment Parenting International (API) is to promote parenting practices that create strong, healthy emotional bonds between children and their parents. We believe these practices nurture and fulfill a child’s need for trust, empathy, and affection, providing a lifelong foundation for healthy, enduring relationships. Through education, support, advocacy and research, API seeks to strengthen families and increase awareness of the importance of secure attachment, ultimately helping to reduce or prevent child abuse, behavioral disorders, criminal acts and other serious social problems.


Advanced Recovery Systems provides free, researched, fact-based resources about addiction, substance abuse, and pathways to recovery. Readers can learn about the risks of various substances, symptoms and signs of substance abuse, risk factors, the latest approaches to treatment, and real stories of recovery.


Legal Resources for Special Needs
Keeping Disabled Persons Safe While Remodeling
Creating a Home Where Your Disabled Child can Thrive
Teacher Resources for Special Needs
Disability and Credit Scores
Home Accommodations for Special Needs
Disability Resources from the Department of Labor
Tips for Disabled Persons to Declutter and Organize their Home
Financial Planning for Special Needs


Toy Recalls


Twins Law
Home to The National Parental Movement seeking State to State Legislation mandating Flexible Placement Policies for multiple birth children within the classroom. Offers research, articles and links to assist in the making of appropriate placement decisions for multiple birth children.

Hilltown Families of Twin & Multiples
A Hilltown Families email discussion/support group serving families in Western Mass with twins or multiples.



  1. November 7, 2016 at 3:46 pm

    Empty Arms Bereavement Support is a local, peer led non-profit looking to support families and create community around pregnancy and infant loss. Whether through miscarriage, stillbirth, or early infant death, Empty Arms offers one-to-one support at the time of loss, support groups, peer-to-peer connections, and referrals to other practitioners.
    We have an office in Florence where we host meetings and consultations and are also available anytime for email and telephone support. For more information, please see our website or email us at


  2. December 10, 2015 at 9:25 pm

    Parenting Transgender Youth in Western MA. A guide for parents, guardians, and supportive adults. A publication of Community Action Youth Programs & Northampton Prevention Coalition


  3. Binda Colebrook said,

    November 13, 2011 at 8:16 am

    Your baby has arrived!
    Is it not what you expected?
    The Children’s Clinic now offers
    One on One postpartum emotional complications supports
    to mothers and their families at:
    The Children’s Clinic
    17 Brewster Court in Northampton
    call Binda at
    413 587 3265 ext 511


  4. August 27, 2011 at 8:16 am
    An online resource for MA residents in need of basic services. Find out what programs are available, who is eligible, which benefits you can get, and how to apply in Massachusetts.


  5. May 26, 2011 at 4:54 am

    Northern Berkshire County Community Resource Guide:


  6. Margaret Betts said,

    February 11, 2011 at 7:04 pm

    Fridays, 10am-12pm Community Action Family Center, 90 Federal St. Greenfield
    Join mothers for a free, safe, confidential drop-in group for all mothers
    Feel heard, valued, understood, nurtured and energized. Free childcare up to four years old. Runs year-round except during December, February, and April school vacation weeks. Call for transporation support. Contact Pam Baldwin at 413-774-1000 x2015 or Sandy Clark at 413-475-1566.


  7. December 29, 2010 at 9:50 am

    Useful Numbers offered by Child Care of the Berkshires:

    Berkshire Housing: 1-800-248-9002
    Berkshire Works: 663-1114
    Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-800-401-2425
    Mental Health Crisis: 1-800-252-0227
    North Adams Housing Authority: 663-5379
    Parental Stress Hotline: 1-800-632-8188
    Poison Control: 1-800-222-1222
    Head Start: North Adams- 664-4829 Adams-743-5150
    Early Intervention: 662-3315
    Lead Prevention Program: 663-9242
    Berkshire Nursing Families 743-5338
    Community Action: 663-3014
    WIC: 663-3012


  8. November 11, 2010 at 7:37 am


  9. October 20, 2010 at 7:47 am

    SHARE THE WARMTH (Ashfield, MA)

    A year round effort of Ashfield neighbors helping neighbors to sustain themselves through the winter months.

    Share the Warmth organizes several projects, including:

    Community wood pile
    Canning workshops
    Neighbors helping neighbors efforts
    Collection & distribution of gently worn, warm clothing & blankets
    Home weatherization
    Identification of local, low cost, energy saving resources
    Resources notebooks available at Town Hall, Post Office, Library

    For more information or to volunteer for one of the projects or to inquire for assistance, contact:
    Ann Scelba 628-3957
    Caroline Murray 628-3954
    Sue Craft 628-0289


  10. October 12, 2010 at 4:38 am

    Telling the Truth about Domestic Violence
    Wednesday, Oct. 27 at 7 p.m.
    Forbes Library in Northampton, MA

    Allan G. Johnson will read from his new novel, The First Thing and the Last, and tell the story of what it took to overcome the publishing industry’s resistance to bringing into print this inspiring story of healing and redemption in the aftermath of domestic violence.

    Allan G. Johnson is a nationally recognized writer and public speaker who has focused on issues of social inequality since receiving his Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Michigan in 1972. He first became involved in the issue of men’s violence against women in 1977 as a volunteer at the Rape Crisis Service in Hartford, Connecticut. He has authored research on sexual violence, testified before legislative committees, consulted with the National Center for the Prevention of Rape and the Connecticut Commissioner of Public Health, and served on the board of the Connecticut Coalition against Domestic Violence. During thirty years of college teaching, he regularly taught courses on gender, race, and social class. His nonfiction books have been translated into several languages and excerpted in numerous anthologies (for more on his work, visit his website at The First Thing and the Last is his first novel. He is married to Nora L. Jamieson, a writer, healer, and gatherer of women. They live in the hills of northwestern Connecticut.


  11. September 17, 2010 at 1:37 pm

    The Massachusetts Alliance on Teen Pregnancy advocates statewide and mobilizes communities to prevent teen pregnancy, to increase opportunities for youth and young parents and to empower young people to make healthy decisions about relationships, sex, parenting and live.


  12. Jacqueline Lee Jones said,

    September 2, 2010 at 9:48 am

    Jacqueline Lee Jones, MS, IBCLC, RLC
    Nutrition and Lactation Services for Women, Infants and Children in Western MA.
    Office and Home Visits are available.
    (413) 539-0094


  13. July 27, 2010 at 11:27 am

    The Massachusetts Association for Parents of the Visually Impaired is a non-profit organization dedicated to sharing information and resources relating to raising visually impaired children.


  14. July 26, 2010 at 12:20 pm

    Postpartum Support International of Massachusetts

    PSI is a non-profit organization whose mission is to promote awareness, prevention and treatment of mental health issues related to childbearing, and that all women and families have access to information, social support, and informed professional care to deal with mental health issues related to childbearing. – PSI of MA is a volunteer organization of providers, survivors and other concerned individuals dedicated to the mission of the non-profit organization, Postpartum Support International.


  15. June 5, 2010 at 5:55 pm

    Healthy Families is a statewide home visiting program for first-time mothers and fathers under the age of 21. They work with families beginning in pregnancy until their first baby turns three years old. They offer a range of services including home visiting, support groups, and help with resumes and job applications. They provide transportation to important appointments for parents and their infants/toddlers, parenting education information, referrals for community resources, general case management, and a non-judgmental listening ear. They work with both mothers and fathers, even if they are not living with their child. Be the best parent you can be, join Healthy Families today! Call 413-584-5690 x130, or email


  16. February 16, 2010 at 5:25 pm

    Parent Education Classes Offered by Cooley Dickinson Hospital

    Prenatal Yoga

    Feel more comfortable during your pregnancy. Practice positions and breathing for labor to prepare mentally and physically for childbirth. Relieve common symptoms such as back pain, shortness of breath, swelling, indigestion, and high blood pressure. Learn exercises to create a calm environment for baby to grow. Connect with other mothers and feel supported during pregnancy.

    Prenatal yoga classes run continuously and can be joined at any time

    • Mondays from 5:30 – 6:45pm in Amherst: CDH outpatient offices at 170 University Drive.
    • Wednesdays from 5:30 – 6:45pm in Northampton: Cooley Dickinson Hospital, McCallum Building (stone throw behind the hospital)

    Cost: $65 for 6 classes; or $13 per single class. Pre-registration is required: 582-2736, press “3” for Yoga

    Momma and Baby Yoga (Start after 7 weeks postpartum)

    Get back in shape through healthy movement that stretch and tone the new mother’s body gently. Connect with other mothers. Relieve aches and pains due to nursing and poor posture. Reduce stress through breathing and awareness. Recondition your abdominal and pelvic floor muscles. Whether baby is feeding in your arms or lying on you or next to you, your baby is included in the fun.

    Momma and Baby Yoga classes are offered weekly as long as there are enough families pre-registered to attend

    • Mondays from 10:15 – 11:30am in Northampton at Cooley Dickinson Hospital
    • Wednesdays from 10:30 – 11:45am in Amherst: CDH outpatient offices at 170 University Drive.

    Cost: $44 for 4 classes; or $13 per single class. Pre-registration is required: 582-2736, press “3” for Yoga

    Breastfeeding Support

    Lactation services offered by Lactation Consultants

    • Help by telephone. Many questions can be answered by phone. Please call 582-2096.
    • For concerns requiring a visit, we offer insurance billed, private consults and financial assistance.

    Free Mother-Mother Breastfeeding group hosted by a certified lactation consultant every Monday from noon-1:30.

    • Baby weight check
    • Information discussed includes but not limited to: latching, pumping basics, introducing bottles, introducing family foods, allergies, weaning.
    • Medela Symphony pumps available to rent by the day or month.
  17. Full line of Medela pumps and products are available, including camisoles and bras. Fittings by appointment.
  18. More info on all these programs can be found here.


  19. May 5, 2009 at 10:23 am

    Resources for Parents with Children with anxieties and OCD

    The Obsessive Compulsive Foundation

    Anxiety Disorders Association of America

    The Child Anxiety Network

    Worry Wise Kids is a web site developed by Dr. Tamar Chansky which contains example of explaining anxiety in child friendly terms.

    OCD and Parenting Listserv

    Book recommended by Dr. Plimpton of Amherst, MA
    Freeing Your Child From Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder by T. Chanksy
    What to do when your child has OCD by A. Wagner
    Talking Back to OCD by March & Benton
    The Anxiety Cure for Kids: A Guide for Parents by Spencer & Dupont
    Freeing Your Child From Anxiety by T. Chanksy
    You’ve Got Dragons by Cave and Maland
    What To Do When Your Brain Gets Stuck by D. Huebner
    Mr. Worry by H. Niner
    The Secret Problem by C. Wever
    Blink, Blink, Clop, Clop by Moritz and Jablonsky
    Up and Down the Worry Hill by Wagner
    Freedom from OCD by J. Grayson


  20. Karen Leet said,

    September 13, 2008 at 8:01 am

    A great resource for parents of children with autism spectrum disorders:

    Community Resources for People with Autism
    116 Pleasant Street, Suite 366 Easthampton, MA 01027
    Phone: (413) 529-2428 FAX: (413) 529-2567

    Despite rather dry-sounding name, they have tons of referrals for medical practices, support groups, conferences, fundraising and more.

    Another great resource for parents of children with autism, ADHD, Down’s Syndrome, Fragile X, etc:

    Whole Children
    8 River Dr. Hadley, MA 01035
    (413) 585-8010

    From the Whole Children website:
    “Movement, art, recreation and music programs for infants, children and teens of all abilities.
    Small Group Classes
    Social Skills Programs
    Soccer Recreation Program
    School Vacation and Summer Programs
    Homeschool Programs”


  21. Candice said,

    April 24, 2008 at 7:28 pm


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