Snug harbors for new parents

Parenting is a big, messy, complicated transition. For many new mothers and fathers, the newborn months are isolating. It’s hard to leave the house with a baby, but the groups and classes listed below are warm, welcoming spaces for parents with newborns. Facilitated by knowledgeable professionals and attended by other sleep-deprived parents 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 non-gestational parents!), please let me know.

I do my 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

New!  Baby Lunch Date

Mondays 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
starting March 12th, 2018
Rosemont Wellness Center
Portland

I am so excited to host this new hangout for parents and babies! BYO lunch and baby to hang out in the beautiful new family-friendly studio at Rosemont Wellness. This informal group, facilitated by yours truly, is a chance to catch your breath, fill your tank, and connect with other parents…and/or eat a sandwich with both hands while your baby is otherwise entertained. Drop in for $5/parent

 

Breastfeeding Support Group: Mercy

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

Baby Builders

Free, Tuesdays 10:30 am
South Portland Public Library main branch
South Portland
South Portland Public Library hosts this weekly Duplo play group for kids from birth to 4 and their caregivers. Learn more >>

Portland Infant & Toddlers Playgroup

Free, Tuesdays 10:30 am
Reiche Community Center
Clark Street entrance, 2nd floor
Portland
This popular weekly group for families is hosted by the City of Portland’s Maternal Child Health nurses. All caregivers are welcome! Learn more >>

Portland Baby Hour

Free, Tuesdays 1:00 pm
Reiche Community Center
Clark Street entrance, 2nd floor
Portland
This free, weekly group for families is hosted by the City of Portland’s Maternal Child Health nurses. All caregivers and infants up to 12 months are welcome! Scale available for weighing your baby, as well as age-appropriate toys and information about feeding, sleeping, and life with babies. Learn more >>

Breastfeeding Support Group: MaineHealth

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

Mom & Baby Fitness

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

Rhythm & Rhymes for Babies

Free, Wednesdays 10:30 am
Portland Public Library main branch
Monument Square
Portland
Portland Public Library hosts songs, rhymes, finger plays and stories for babies (birth to 24 months) and their caregivers. Learn more >>

Mothering Circle

Free, Thursdays 10:00 am
MaineHealth Falmouth
5 Bucknam Road
Falmouth
A safe space for mothers of newborns to connect with each other, this free, supportive discussion group is facilitated by a professional childbirth educator. Learn more >>

Book Bambinos

Free, Thursdays 10:30 am
South Portland Public Library main branch
South Portland
Miss Kim hosts a weekly story time for babies birth through 18 months and their caregivers. She’ll lead you through finger plays, rhymes, bounces, and books appropriate for this age group. Learn more >>

Mom & Baby Yoga

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

Monthly meetings

BYO(Baby)

Little Tap House hosts not-quite-monthly happy hours for new parents on Sunday afternoons. This is a great way to get the whole family out of the house and meet other couples in the trenches! Check for dates >>

Looking for support groups for pregnancy and infant loss? Please visit my bereavement support page.