Hannah Sykes is a modern-day renaissance woman with a passion to create, heal, and teach. She specializes in supporting folks throughout pregnancy, birth, and the postpartum period; treating infertility, stress & anxiety, pregnancy discomforts, and much more.
A top of the line, beautiful freestanding birth center in Frederick, Maryland. Frederick Birth Center provides a homelike, safe, alternative birth experience while maintaining the highest standards of quality care for birthing families.
A cozy, freestanding birth center in Arnold, Maryland (just outside of Annapolis). Special Beginnings offers a peaceful, homelike setting for your birth experience.
La Leche League is celebrating 60 years of progress! LLL’s mission is to help mothers breastfeed through support, encouragement, and education. Local LLL support groups can be found in Reisterstown, Baltimore, and Frederick.
Carroll Hospital Center’s breastfeeding groups provide encouragement and mother-to-mother support, as well as current breastfeeding information from certified lactation consultants. The daytime group meets weekly on Thursdays, from noon–1pm and an evening breastfeeding support group meets the third Thursday of each month from 6:15-7:15pm. No registration is required and walk-ins are welcome.
Call 410-871-7000 for meeting locations.
Susanah Smith is a Certified Lactation Counselor through the ALPP and a DONA trained birth doula. She is a friendly, calming, and very knowledgeable presence. She offers prenatal breastfeeding education (both group and private options) as well as in home lactation counseling.
Susanah also hosts a free breastfeeding support group at the Stewartstown Public Library every Friday morning at 10:30.
Susan Weyer is an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant and a Registered Nurse with experience in maternal and infant health settings. She offers in-home lactation consultations and continuous support as well as breastfeeding classes and assistance with breast pump rentals.
Susan also hosts a free breastfeeding support group and the Eldersburg Public Library on Tuesday afternoons at 12:30.
Dr. Sharon Dongarra is a licensed chiropractor who specializes in the care of families, pregnant women, and children. Dr. D is kind and gentle; she is also extremely knowledgeable and passionate about chiropractic care.
FIT4MOM is the nation’s leading prenatal and postnatal fitness program, providing fitness classes and a network of moms to support every stage of motherhood. From pregnancy, through postpartum and beyond, our fitness and wellness programs help make moms strong in body, mind, and spirit. Group fitness classes scheduled locally in Howard County, Baltimore, Towson, and Montgomery County.
Workout Mamas offer Mommy and Me style interactive HIIT Workout classes for parents at all fitness levels. Workout Mamas’ instructors are certified in Prenatal and Postpartum Fitness to ensure we give all of our mamas the workout they deserve. Indoor and outdoor classes scheduled throughout Baltimore, Carroll, and Howard counties.
The Birthing Circle is a non-profit organization that offers peer-based support to birthing and young families in the area. The Birthing Circle has local chapters in Carroll, Frederick, Howard, and Montgomery counties with monthly meetings and various events, classes, and discussion groups.
Maryland Families for Safe Birth is a grassroots, consumer driven, social welfare organization focused on expanding access to the evidence-based midwifery model of care in all birth settings in Maryland. Maryland Families for Safe Birth is currently focusing on addressing racial disparities in maternity care and increasing access to VBAC in all settings; MFSB is always looking for support.
Jessie Bernstein is a Maryland Licensed Massage Therapist and Board Certified in Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork, specializing in oncology and pregnancy/postpartum massage, and infant massage instruction. Jessie’s approach involves coming up with a plan together with her clients to support their unique needs. She’s supported individuals with a variety of health challenges including chronic pain, anxiety, headaches, scar tissue, depression and more. Jessie practices out of Indigo Physiotherapy in Baltimore (linked below).
Mental Health and Postpartum Support
The SPRING Project psychotherapists are available to help if you are an expectant or postpartum individual that thinks you might be suffering from a mood disorder. They are a network of therapists that offer affordable care and will work on a sliding fee scale. For assistance in the Baltimore area contact Cynthia Mendelson at 410-296-2920 or email@example.com
Dr. Nett is a Clinical Psychologist with a special interest in assisting folks through postpartum adjustment and those that might be suffering from postpartum depression or anxiety. Group and individual support is available at Dr. Nett’s office just south of Towson. Group postpartum support meetings are held on the third Saturday of every month at 9:30am. For more information, call 443-470-3124 or email Contact@DrSaraNett.com
A monthly meeting for new moms who are feeling overwhelmed, hopeless, sad or out of control. Come to share experiences, connect with needed resources, and get support. this groups meets on the fourth Thursday of every month in the Shauck Auditorium at 1pm. For more information, call 410-871-7403.
New babies are hard work! And they change everything. Many women feel stressed, alone, sad, angry, irritable, worried, overwhelmed, sleepless, ‘foggy,’ guilty and/or just not themselves. Join our Postpartum Support Group for a chance to talk about the challenges (and joys) of welcoming a new baby. All members of the community (and their babies) are welcome in this free drop-in support group. We meet every Wednesday, 1:30-3:00 p.m., in the Lactation Resource Center at Sinai Hospital (2401 W. Belvedere Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21215)
Creating wellness, hope, and connection for people going through the adjustment to parenthood, experiencing emotional and mental health challenges during pregnancy and postpartum. Alicia Barmon (LCPC, ERYT, Ahimsa Therapy) and Iwona Gerner (LGPC, FBM, The Journey Counseling) will be leading a peer-to-peer support group for mental health issues during pregnancy and postpartum. This group meets the first Saturday of every month in Frederick, Maryland. For more information contact Iwona at Gerner@thejourneycounseling.net or 240-422-8811
Yoo-Neek Studios offers Multiple Photographers with a variety of styles, focus, packages and pricing. As well as a team of Wholistic Practitioners serving the public with Reiki and Energy Healing, Yoga, Workshops, Mentoring and Group Support.
Recently named one of Baltimore’s 21 Best Newborn Photographers by Expertise.com, Photography by Ellen strives to create vivid, memorable images that capture the precious first few weeks in the life of a newborn. Ellen believes that every photo shoot is unique and uses her experience to create beautiful images of your newborn. Ellen also offers free consultations.
Physical Therapists (specializing in perinatal care)
Her Health Physical Therapy is a privately owned physical therapy clinic with locations in both Columbia and Mt. Airy. Treating incontinence, pre/post natal care, osteoporosis, pelvic surgery, and sexual and pelvic health dysfunction.
Indigo is located in Baltimore and specializes in pelvic pain, pelvic floor dysfunction, incontinence, sexual dysfunction, tailbone pain, and pregnancy and postpartum care. The therapists at Indigo focus on their clients’ individual goals for healing, with a framework on whole-body health.
Kristina Cole PT, DPT
Kristina Cole is a Physical Therapist at Pivot Physical Therapy in Westminster, Maryland. Kristina specializes in pelvic/women’s health. She works primarily to support folks with urinary incontinence, pelvic organ prolapse, pelvic pain, pain with intercourse, pregnancy and postpartum rehabilitation and wellness, as well as pregnancy related back/SI pain and diastasis recti. Call 410-876-5600 to schedule an appointment with Kristina or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org
Lauren has been providing placenta services in the Baltimore area for over 10 years. She is a certified PBi Placenta Encapsulator with Placenta Benefits; her training, education, and experience ensures that the encapsulation process is completed safely, in your home. Lauren’s 16+ years as a doula and her calm, peaceful presence ensures that her clients have the most positive, healthy encapsulation experience possible.
Located in Reisterstown, Mindful Freedom is operated by professional instructors and offers a variety of yoga classes to the beginner, intermediate, and advanced level students. Mindful Freedom is a warm and inviting space to practice.
Located in the heart of Westminster, Downtown Yoga offers a wide variety of classes daily from prenatal to hot vinyasa, all within their beautiful, bright space.