Reading List

"The Greatest Pregnancy Ever," Laurel Wilson and Tracy Wilson Peters

"Pregnancy, Childbirth, and the Newborn: The Complete Guide,"  Peggy Simkin et al.

"Ina May's Guide to Childbirth," Ina May Gaskin

"The Birth Partner," Penny Simkin

"Touchpoints," T. Berry Brazelton, MD

"The Baby Book," William Sears, MD & Martha Sears, RN

"The Happiest Baby on the Block," by Harvey Karp, MD

"Infant Massage, A Handbook for Loving Parents," by Vimala McClure

"Nursing Mother's Companion," by Kathleen Huggins, RN,MS

"The Breastfeeding Book," by William Sears, MD

"Feeding Baby Green," Alan Greene, MD

"Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child," by Marc Weissbluth

"The No-Cry Sleep Solution," Elizabeth Pantley

"Solve Your Child's Sleep Problems," Richard Ferber, MD

"Secrets of the Baby Whisperer," Tracy Hogg

Pregnancy & Parenting Resource Lists 

Organizations and websites

American College of Nurse-Midwives--           

         (The certifying body for nurse midwives that offers a web-based midwife finder service).

American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists--

          (Educational materials related to pregnancy and women's health issues)

American Academy of Pediatrics-- 

         (AAP guidelines, resources, and support for parents.) --

        (Find local babysitters, nannies, child care)

Childbirth Connection-- 

           (Current evidence based information & resources to help woman with pregnancy, labor, birth & postpartum period)

DONA  International--

         (Links to help find a doula for support and encouragement throughout labor and childbirth.)

International Lactation Consultant Association (ILCA)--

          (Guidelines for lacatition educators and information on breastfeeding.)


           (Provides information on parenting and breastfeeding)

La Leche League Alliance for Breastfeeding Education -- 

          (Breastfeeding Support for new mothers)

March of Dimes  --

         (Information on pregnancy and infant health, premature birth, preventing birth defects and annual "March For Babies")

Massachusetts Alliance on Teen Pregnancy -- ; 617-482-9122

         (Parenting and childcare help for teen parents.)

Massachusetts Early Education and Care Programs -- 

         (Find Licensed MA Early Education and Care Programs-- search by location.)

Massachusetts Mothers of Twins Association --

       (Massachusetts Mothers of Twins Association is an organization that supports 20 local parents of multiple birth children clubs in         Massachusetts and Southern New Hampshire. Find a local club.)

National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration --

          (Child Safety. Car Seat Finder Tool)    

*Parental Stress Line -- 800-632-8188 

           (This is a 24-hour call line staffed by Parents Helping Parents of Massachusetts, providing a supportive ear for parents. Parents  support groups are also offered for staff and volunteers.

Postpartum Support International --  ; 800-944-4773  (WARM LINE)--866-472-1897

         (Increases awareness about emotional changes during pregnancy and postpartum and offers support.)

Safe Beginnings --  800-598-8911  The Baby Safety Experts. 

(Everything you need to childproof your home and keep your baby safe!)  *Discounts for New Arrival Educators Clients 

Social Work Therapy Referral Service --  617-720-2828

        (This is a service of the National Association of Social Workers ( offers free referrals for individuals, couples & family therapy

South Shore Hosptial,  Weymouth, MA -   new mom emotional support group: "Transitioning into Motherhood" 

(2nd and 4th Wed at 6:30 pm at Weymouth Woods Medical Building)--781-624-3704 

U.S. Dept of Health and Human Services: National Women's Health Information Center --

         (Provides free information on pregnancy, breastfeeding and women's health.  *Several languages available)

ZipMilk --   

         (Resources for parents including, Breastfeeding support by zip code.)