About The Natural Child Collaborative

About The Natural Child Collaborative

Updated 2011 May - South Shore MA

This collaboration of parents and local organizations will help families create connections with others through shared values around the environment, health, and creating community. This is a volunteer-based partnership to connect families with local resources and support. Please let us know if you would like to be listed or help sponsor us! For more information contact Jessica at NaturalChildCollaborative@gmail.com or visit: www.facebook.com/TheNaturalChildCollaborative

Wednesday, September 30, 2009


**DRAFT** Starting a list to be incorporated into a resource list on the website....

Local Natural Family Groups & Resources:

Bellies Babies ‘n More*
Cloth diapers, cloth wipes, mama pads, baby gifts and educational kits. http://hyenacart.com/belliesbabiesnmore/

Birth Year Network* http://www.birthyearnetwork.org/

Cape & Islands Babywearing Group*
Contact nora_gardner@yahoo.com http://capeandislandsbabywearers.blogspot.com/

Bridgeview Montessori School* Sagamore, MA
www.bridgeviewschool.com or contact Suzanne Lawson, Director of Admissions at 508-888-3567.

Center for Breastfeeding / Healthy Children’s Project http://www.healthychildren.cc/
327 Quaker Meeting House Road, East Sandwich, MA 02537 508 888 8044

Colchester Neighborhood Farm* Plympton, MA

Holistic Moms Network Plymouth/South Shore* www.holisticmoms.org
For more info contact Juli Ford 617-733-1124 or juli@wholemomhealth.com

International Cesarean Awareness Network ICAN of Eastern MA (Greater Boston Area)
http://www.ican-online.org/ Local contact: Caroline Kelley ICAN-EMASS@comcast.net
(617) 472-4880 or Estelle Nancy Grygent 508-564-7616

La Leche League of Silver Lakes* http://www.llleus.org/web/SilverLakeMa.html
Lisa 781-829-9075 Krishyon 781-294-7477 Lee Ann 781-829-6518 Heidi 781-582-1187
La Leche League of Massachusetts

Massachussets Midwives Alliance * http://www.massmidwives.org/

Massachusetts Friends of Midwives (MFOM) *
www.mfom.org Visit the blog at: http://mfomnews.wordpress.com/

My Mamma’s Milk, Cape Cod MA http://www.mymammasmilk.com/ 508-415-1295
Breastfeeding information, support groups, Moms group and playgroups.

South Shore AP Group (online discussion group and occasional playgroups)
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/SouthShoreAP/ Contact: SouthShoreAP-owner@yahoogroups.com

South Shore Home Learners* http://groups.yahoo.com/group/SSHLmembers/
Contact: SSHLmembers-owner@yahoogroups.com

The Natural Child Collaborative* http://thenaturalchildcollaborative.blogspot.com/

Waldorf School of Cape Cod* http://www.waldorfschoolofcapecod.org/ 508 759-7499

*Natural Child Collaborative Partners

Music Together
Allegro Music Together in Plymouth MA
Laura Donnelly, lauradonnelly29@gmail.com

South Shore Kids Blog

Natural Childbirth Classes
Jamaica Plains area
also possible to add another South Shore location with interest
International Birth and Wellness Project (IBWP) certified childbirth educators (CBEs) seek to help all women experience birth’s transforming power with respect and dignity, support, and confidence. CBEs empower women and their families to choose what is best for them by informing them of their options surrounding labor and birth. IBWP trained CBEs have a holistic perspective of birth, and view birth as a women-centered process. My goal as an IBWP-trained CBE is to help women reclaim trust in their ability to safely and dependably give birth. During this 8 wk course, pregnant mothers and their birth partners will learn about the birth process as a normal and natural event. Although we will focus on natural pain relief methods, such as movement and positions for each stage of labor and birth, visualization techniques, relaxation techniques, and other comfort measures, all forms of pain relief during labor and birth and medical and non-medical interventions will be discussed so that parents can make confident and informed decisions that fit their needs during birth. Techniques learned are applicable to birth in all birth settings: hospital, birth centers, and home. We will discuss the anatomy and physiology of birth, the stages of labor and birth, the roles of caregivers and support people during birth (particularly birth partnersa and doulas), fears about pregnancy and childbirth, and how to know when "it's the real thing!". We will also touch on nutrition, breastfeeding and postpartum care of the mother and baby.
Classes run from 2 - 2 1/2 hours and meet consecutively for 8 weeks. Tuition is $275/couple and includes the textbook and handouts. Need-based sliding scale, payment-in-kind, and payment plans are offered as well.
Bridget Colvin
ALACE/IBWP* (provisionally) certified Childbirth Educator
*The International Birth and Wellness Project/IBWP (formerly Association of Labor Assistants and Childbirth Educators?ALACE), is an international nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting women’s choices in childbirth. Our goal is to help women reclaim trust in their ability to safely and dependably give birth.

Woodside School and Community Resource Center
34 Southers Marsh Lane
Plymouth, MA 02360
Phone: 508-830-3384

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Upcoming: Events

Here are the events from some of our partners... please send me an email to include events! jessjgh1@gmail.com

Upcoming events from our partners:

The Natural Child Collaborative Booth

October 1st Plymouth Farmers’ Market booth 2:30-6:30
Please check our website for some other September dates under work.
La Leche League of Silver Lakes
Series Meetings - Wednesday, Sept 16, Oct 21 7:15 pm Duxbury Free Library -Merry Room
Toddler Meetings – October 5th - 10:30-12 Hanover Library
Holistic Moms Network
Monthly Meetings - Sep 9th, Oct 14 at 6:30 PM, Plymouth Library 132 South Street, Fehlow Room
Playgroup- October 1st 3:30 Playgroup at Stephen’s Field playground
Book Club- Please contact Paula if interested:
Reading "How to Talk so Kids will Listen and Listen so Kids will Talk" by Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish
International Babywearing Week 9/21-28 “Close Enough to Kiss”

Holistic Moms Network
Make Our Chapter Your Chapter! September Monthly Meeting
Please join us as we share an open discussion to get to know each other better and make plans for where to take our chapter next. We have had a great start since April and now it is time to really get down to business to decide what we want this chapter to be about, which issues are really important to us and how we can all make it happen together!
If you are already a member of our chapter, please attend this meeting because your input and participation is really needed. If you are not, please feel free to join us as this will be a great meeting to help you decide if this chapter is a group you would like to make your own.
Please note- family members of all ages are welcome.
For more information contact Juli Ford at juli@wholemomhealth.com

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Booth today

See you at the market! I'll try for more updates later this week--