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New Beginnings is a program to promote education and support for pregnant and postpartum women in recovery from opioid use. Here at Cooley Dickinson Women’s Health, we want to partner with you to improve health outcomes for you and your baby.

Who is eligible:

Pregnant and postpartum women (up to 1 year postpartum) in recovery from opioid use. We will primarily be focusing on women who are earlier in recovery (less than one year sober) and women who are on medication assisted treatment (Subutex and methadone) during their pregnancy. However, any woman with a history of opioid use who feels like they would benefit from either group is welcome to join. To be eligible while you are pregnant, you must be a patient with Cooley Dickinson Women’s Health. The postpartum group is open to all regardless of where you delivered.

Topics will include the following and more:

•Discomforts of pregnancy & comfort measures
•Stress management & relapse prevention
•Nutrition during pregnancy
•Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (neonatal withdrawal) – expectations, scoring system, and how to soothe a baby with withdrawal symptoms
•Labor & birth
•Postpartum planning
•What to expect from Social Work/DCF
•Breastfeeding and newborn care

Session Schedules:

Pregnancy: Session dates determined at time of enrollment. Hours: noon – 2 pm

Postpartum: Every Tuesday 2:30 – 3:30 pm (starts March 20, 2018) , Yellow House Community Room, 10 Denniston Pl., Northampton, MA.

The Yellow House is the Midwifery Office in the parking lot at Cooley Dickinson Hospital in Northampton.

Groups are confidential and led by a midwife and a co-facilitator. They always meet at the same time and in the same place. Refreshments served at all groups.

To Enroll:

Contact Amy Walker (Nurse Midwife) at 413-586-9866, ext. 3690 or speak to your doctor or midwife at Cooley Dickinson Women’s Health.

When February 4, 2020
2:30 pm


Yellow House Community Room
Cooley Dickinson Hospital campus
10 Dennison Place