Our Seacoast is brimming with resources for families. Let’s be honest– it takes a village to survive, let alone thrive, this role of parenthood! Here is a roundup of Seacoast Support Groups for Parents. Know that asking for help is a sign of strength, not weakness.
Hospital Support Groups for Seacoast Parents:
All of our local hospitals with birthing centers offer classes and support groups for parents on the Seacoast. Many state that you need not to have delivered there to attend.
- breastfeeding group meets Tuesdays 1-230
- “Get Your Body Back” – exercise tips for the new mother every 3rd Wednesday 1230-130
- new parent support group – babies on Wednesdays 11-1215 crawler/toddler on Monday 930-1045
- breastfeeding support group meets Wednesdays from 10-12 (8-18 months) and 1-3 (newborn – 7 months)
- breastfeeding support Mondays 130-3
- “Finding Yourself in Motherhood” Thursdays 11-12
- New Parent support groups Fridays 130-3
- Healthy New Mom fitness program at the Works
- New parent support group Thursday 2-4
Anna Jacques Hospital (Newburyport MA)
- “Mother and Baby” newborn to 6 weeks (formerly lactation support group) meets Wednesdays 2-330
Community Centers offering Support Groups for Parents on the Seacoast
Locations in Somersworth and Portsmouth NH, with additional classes offered in Epping and Exeter. Most offerings are free or low cost, and include childcare with advanced registration. Families First offers parenting classes and support groups, playgroups and programs to include the whole family. Their programs are part of a bigger organization for the greater Seacoast community health. Check them out for an extensive overview of their amazing programs.
Motherhood After Loss – biweekly at Relief Parenting
Finding Yourself in Motherhood – support for postpartum depression meets weekly on Thursdays at 11 at WDH
Seacoast Parents Coping with Perinatal Loss – first Thursdays at WDH 6-730
Local social organization that connects mothers and families online and through community events.
In Hampton NH. With classes focused on Tummy Time, Baby Sign Language, Baby Wearing. Additionally, they offer a free play group. While parents take advantage of yoga, reiki, chiropractic, massage and psychotherapy appointments, work rooms and respite (ahem – NAP) rooms, they also offer free childcare. Take advantage of their lending library of baby carriers before purchasing your own.
In Kittery ME. With pre-natal and postpartum classes, a grief group and private support, they have something for everyone.
In Kennebunk, check their events page for listings of support groups on the first Thursdays and third Mondays of the month.
Local Chapters of National/International Support Groups
This support group for breastfeeding moms meets second Thursdays in Dover and third Wednesdays in Rochester
International Cesarean Awareness Network (ICAN of the Seacoast)
This support group for moms who have had a C-Section meets monthly, at times in Hampton
Join their group online and attend a family event too, our local chapter is a part of the national organization – Multiples of America. In the Seacoast they also host a FABULOUS indoor consignment sale, twice per year.
Support Groups on the Seacoast for Parents of Kids with Special Needs
Parenting New Hampshire – Special Needs Services Directory
OCD New Hampshire – local chapters with meetings in Dover for individuals with OCD and/or anxiety