A handy listing of family resources in the Seacoast
Family Support Services
Innovative, Montessori-based School. The infant program starts at six weeks. The focus is to provide a loving and safe environment as consistent to a child’s own home.
Dogs & Storks is an international program that helps expecting families with dogs get ready for life with baby. The program offers positive, practical, and fun solutions to challenges that often arise when a family with a dog, or dogs, adds a new baby to the household.
Health and Wellness
Ryan Bailey, PT, DPT, WCS – Mechanical infertility – Abdominal & pelvic scarring – Muscle tension or spasm – Back pain (mid and low) – Pelvic pain (front and back) – Hip pain- Rib pain – Constipation – Neck pain – Diastasis recti – Urinary or fecal incontinence – Blocked milk ducts – Abdominal pain – Painful intercourse – Organ prolapse. Dr. Ryan works with mothers in their home to bring their pregnancy, birth and postpartum dreams into focus by helping build a deeper body awareness through pelvic health education, fascial nourishing, mindful movement and core corrective training.
Advanced spinal correction utilizing “state of the art” chiropractic techniques. Never in the history of chiropractic have we been able to provide the level of help and expertise that now exists. These newer correction methods are even safer, more comfortable and more effective than ever before. As Doctors of Chiropractic, Dr. Cassie and Dr. Brian have years of training and experience in spinal adjustment.
Dover and Portsmouth, NH
We take a very unique approach to healing in this office that goes beyond pain relief. We embrace the fundamental principle that BETTER STRUCTURE leads to BETTER FUNCTION. It goes without argument that a better functioning spine will lead to better health.
At Life Starts Here Chiropractic we specialize in specific chiropractic care for pregnancy, children & families. Chiropractic is particularly important during pregnancy to encourage a properly positioned baby, natural delivery and overall comfortable experience.
Individual and Couples Counseling. Bringing Baby Home workshops
Increase friendship in your relationship, Deal effectively with conflict, Improve the quality of parent-infant interaction, Recognize the psychological and emotional needs of your child.
Are you struggling to hold it all together as a parent? Does your child need extra support? “I pride myself on being positive and focused on the unique strengths of my clients. I love what I do and I believe that has a strong impact on the families and individuals that I meet with. I draw from a variety of therapeutic models and work from a place of respect, kindness, and understanding. ”
Individual, couples, and group therapy sessions for: Reproductive Health Issues, Maternal Mental Health, Anxiety/Depression, Life Transitions/Challenges, Grief/Loss, Work-related Stress, Relationship/Marriage Difficulties, Military/Veteran/Spousal Support
North Hampton, NH
Shelby has a special interest in women’s health, prenatal and postpartum nutrition, nutrition therapy for thyroid and adrenal dysregulation, weight management, food intolerance and diet modifications, culinary nutrition, and family meal planning. Her office is located at the Luna Center in Dover, NH
Since 1989 our little shop and sweet gardens have grown and evolved to become one of the finest facilities and resources in the country for bulk herbs, herbal products and education. While our gardens are not certified organic, we have used organic practices since the beginning.
Support Groups (Free)
ICAN is a support network for mothers healing from past birth experiences and preparing for future births.
They meet the second Tuesday of the Month, from 6:30pm – 8:30pm at 750 Central Avenue, Unit U, in Dover.
Meet other new parents and discuss topics of concern to you. Facilitated by lactation consultants and child life specialists. Held every Monday, EXCEPT for holidays, from 1:30 — 3 p.m. No registration necessary for this class and there is no fee. It is not necessary to have delivered here to attend. Find them on facebook
Becoming a mother, again or for the first time, can be joyful and challenging. If you’re not feeling quite yourself or it’s not what you expected, you’re not alone. Many women feel overwhelmed, isolated or scared at times. Talking with other moms who are experiencing the same feelings can help. Join us for our free mothers support group where you can be real, valued and understood. – Babies are welcome.
This group meets weekly on Thursdays rotating between Wentworth Douglass Hospital, Dover NH and the Wentworth Douglass Hospital Lee Campus. Meetings in Dover occur from 11am -noon and in Lee from 6:30-7:30pm. * There will be an occasional week missed due to scheduling and holidays.
*Pre-registration is strongly recommended. Communication regarding cancellations due to weather and other important information happens via email based on the email provided when registering.
This weekly meeting is designed for women to gather together in support of one another and begin to grow your circle of support now – before your baby arrives! Each meeting will be hosted by one of our affiliated Birth Doulas. These gatherings are free, but we ask that you register in advance.
Bring your partners events on special topics held several times a quarter!
Held on Wednesdays (except major holiday weeks) from 6:30-8 pm in the family center Steinberg room. It is not necessary to be planning to deliver at WDH to attend.
Families First, Porstmouth, NH offers support to mothers during their baby’s first year, when postpartum depression and anxiety are common. Come be with other mothers who know what it’s like!
Leaders: Traci at 603-842-4435 and Sarah at 410-274-6903.
The Seacoast Group meets:
- Second Thursday of each month at 10:30 AM at the First Parish Church located at 218 Central Ave, Dover, New Hampshire 03820
- Third Wednesday of each month at 10:30 AM at the True Memorial Baptist Church located at 21 Ten Rod Rd, Rochester, New Hampshire 03867
- Last Monday of each month at 6:00 PM at the First Parish Church located at 218 Central Ave, Dover, New Hampshire 03820
Please Join us on Facebook for more information.
LOCAL Online Support
Activities and Clubs
SMA is for moms and/or expectant moms. We connect moms with similar interests, provide a support network, facilitate information sharing and develop friendships between our members and their families.
Our on-line community provides forums for member communications, a calendar of SMA events, social events for moms, information on businesses offering SMA members discounts, play dates and much more.
Focused on getting families outside and active and is a great way to meet new friends for both you and your child!
*Hikes are posted to the main website calendar first and then promoted through Facebook events and posts. Find hikes here: http://hikeitbaby.com/find-a-hike Check out the Hike it Baby website: www.hikeitbaby.com
Offering unique expressive therapies and creative arts enrichment classes for children and adults throughout our community. including Baby GROOVES ages 0 to 9 months and Singalong Story Time.
How many times have you found yourself asking,
“What on Earth am I going to do with my kids today?”
Believe us, it’s not that there’s a lack of fun things to do on the seacoast—the challenge is finding them! If it’s happening anywhere from Ogunquit, Maine to Portsmouth, NH to Newburyport, MA and everywhere in between, you’ll hear about it right here.
But we’re more than just a good time. As parents, it’s also our job to find the best birthday party venue, pack lunches that will actually get eaten and come up with things to do at home that doesn’t involve clean-up with a wet vac. To that end, we are searching every day to share with you the best activities, most unique services, coolest restaurants and most useful sanity-saving tips out there.
Just think of us as the Parents’ Help Desk. And, we’re open 24/7. Awesome.