Snug harbors for new parents

It’s hard to leave the house with a baby, but the groups and classes listed below are warm, welcoming spaces for moms with newborns. Facilitated by knowledgeable professionals and attended by other sleep-deprived mothers just trying to figure it all out, these meetings are a lifeline in the fourth trimester.

The Ballast & Buoy calendar is not intended to be an exhaustive record of family-related events in greater Portland; it’s curated to reflect the most relevant information for parents of newborns. If you have a program you’d like to see listed here (especially for new fathers!), please let us know. We do our best to keep this page updated but schedules and locations can change. Calling ahead the first time you go is a good idea.

Weekly meetings

Breastfeeding Support Group: Mercy

Free, Tuesdays 10:00 am
Mercy Fore River, 3rd floor
Portland, ME 04102
This free group, facilitated by Mercy lactation staff, is open to all nursing mothers and their babies. Scale available for weighing your baby.

Baby Builders

Free, Tuesdays 10:30 am
South Portland Public Library, 482 Broadway
South Portland, 04106
South Portland Public Library hosts this weekly Duplo play group for kids from birth to 4 and their caregivers.

Breastfeeding Support Group: MaineHealth

Free, Tuesdays 1:00 pm
MaineHealth Scarborough, 100 Campus Drive, West Entrance
Scarborough, ME 04047
This free weekly meeting, facilitated by certified lactation consultants, is open to all nursing mothers and their babies. Scale available for weighing your baby

Mom & Baby Fitness

Wednesdays 10:00 am
Jade Integrated Health, 100 Fore Street, 2nd floor
Portland, ME 04101
A postpartum exercise class, hosted by Jade Integrated Health, designed to help mothers of newborns ease back into cardio and core strengthening. $15 drop-in rate or purchase a punch card.

Rhythm & Rhymes for Babies

Free, Wednesdays 10:30 am
Portland Public Library Main Branch, 5 Monument Square
Portland, ME 04101
Portland Public Library hosts songs, rhymes, finger plays and stories for babies (birth to 24 months) and their caregivers.

Mothering Circle

Free, Thursdays 10:00 am
MaineHealth Falmouth, 5 Bucknam Road
Falmouth, ME 04105
A safe space for mothers of newborns to connect with each other, this free, supportive discussion group is facilitated by Ellen Kunkle, a warm and witty childbirth educator, doula, lactation counselor, and grandmother.

Book Bambinos

Free, Thursdays 10:30 am
South Portland Public Library, 482 Broadway
South Portland, 04106
South Portland Public Library hosts a weekly story time for babies, birth through 18 months. Miss Kim will lead you through finger plays, rhymes, bounces, and books appropriate for this age group.

Mom & Baby Yoga

Fridays 10:00 am
Jade Integrated Health, 100 Fore Street, 2nd floor
Portland, ME 04101
Jade Integrated Health hosts a nurturing, gentle yoga class for postpartum moms and their babies. $15 drop-in rate or purchase a punch card.

Monthly meetings

BYO(Baby)

Little Tap House
Sunday afternoons check for dates

MHAme Empathy Circles

Free
Peer support for mothers struggling with feelings of anger, sadness, overwhelm, or other symptoms of postpartum depression, postpartum anxiety, postpartum OCD, and other postpartum mood disorders (PMADs).
Second Saturday of each month at 10:00 am at Maine Med East Tower, Family Birth Center
Fourth Wednesday of each month at 10:00 am at MaineHealth Learning Resource Center, Falmouth
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Grieving Still…

Free
Third Thursday of each month at 6:00 pm
(Sept. 21 , Oct. 19, Dec. 21, 2017)
MaineHealth Scarborough, 100 Campus Drive, West Entrance
Scarborough, ME 04047

Grieving Still: Remember and loving babies lost during pregnancy. Maine Med hosts a monthly support group (third Thursdays) for parents who have lost a baby at any stage of pregnancy. Facilitated by Jennifer Wagner, RNC, the Perinatal Loss and Bereavement Coordinator for Maine Med’s Labor & Delivery Department.

Healing Together

Free
Second Thursday of each month at 6:00 pm
(Sept. 14, Oct. 12, Nov. 9, Dec. 14, 2017)
MaineHealth Scarborough, 100 Campus Drive, West Entrance
Scarborough, ME 04047

Maine Med hosts a monthly support group (second Thursdays) for parents who have interrupted pregnancies due to fetal anomalies. Facilitated by Jennifer Wagner, RNC, the Perinatal Loss and Bereavement Coordinator for Maine Med’s Labor and Delivery Department. Healing Together provides parents a safe place to grieve, share experiences, give and receive support, and celebrate their babies. Parents are encouraged to bring pictures and other mementos that they would like to share.

Heart to Heart

Free
2nd and 4th Monday of each month
Call for time and location

Heart to Heart is an informal group of parents helping each other through the loss of a child through miscarriage, termination, stillbirth, and neonatal death. Grieving parents are welcome at our table regardless of when or how your loss occurred.