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La Leche League
This is a support group for women who are thinking of breastfeeding, or are currently breastfeeding and have questions. Meetings are held on the 3rd Wednesday of each month at 7 p.m. at Athens Public Library, 30 Home Street, Athens, OH 45701. Please call if you have questions or would like more information.
Crysta is a member of DONA (Doulas of North America), a trained hypno-doula, and believes that, “every family deserves a gentle beginning.” By protecting and honoring positive birth wishes she hopes to show women a pregnancy and childbirth experience that will become one of their most treasured and cherished memories. Having attended several births in the mid Ohio valley area, she is well recommended by her previous clients.
Crysta is currently accepting new clients, and is supportive of any woman’s educated, informed birth plan. She offers help with forming such a plan by providing the necessary resources. She provides continuous support throughout pregnancy, labor, birth and the postpartum period.
Holly Poulson, Doula
Holly attends many births to provide emotional support for mothers and their partners. Holly is also a trained hypno-doula. She is the mother of four children, all born using the Bradley Method of Natural Childbirth. She has had two hospital births and two “out-of-hospital” births and has been an accredited Bradley instructor since 1999. She has also had the privilege of attending numerous births as a labor support professional, or Doula, in both hospital and home environments.
Holly believes the majority of women can experience a natural childbirth, through education, learning how to stay healthy and low-risk through diet and exercise, and having a supportive and caring “coach.” Her goal is to eliminate the fear of birth so the couple can work together using relaxation techniques for a positive birth experience.
Angela provides birth doula services in the Athens, OH area.
Sam Doak, LPN, IBCLC, Doula
Sam provides professional childbirth, breastfeeding support, and is a hypno-doula.
Parent Connection of the MOV
Meetings are the 3rd Monday of each month at 10AM, First Presbyterian Church, 4th and Wooster Streets, Marietta. Parent Connection of the MOV welcomes stay-at-home moms, working moms, dads and grandparents. Most activities are planned for parents and kids to enjoy together. They offer opportunities for long time residents and newcomers to explore the community’s resources and give back to the community, while meeting other parents. This is a way for children to make lasting friendships.
MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers)
Christy Minard (740 374-5504) and Pamella Masselli, Coordinators
Meetings are the 2nd Thursday of the month from 9:15-11:15AM, September through May. They are held at the First Baptist Church of Williamstown, 431 Highland Avenue. MOPS is a support group for mothers with any children from birth to kindergarten. This group offers teaching, discussion, creative projects, presentations, and community services. Separate programming for children is available (crafts, stories, playtime) while mom meets with the group.
Amy Mendenhall, Editor
304-485-1891, ext. 220
P.O. Box 1787, Parkersburg, WV, 26101
Look for Mid-Ohio Valley Parent Magazine around town for lots of local parenting news, information, and resources. Contact Amy for more information, or if you have a great idea for a story.
The Birth Circle is an informational discussion and support group for pregnant women, their partners and new parents in the Athens, Ohio area. It is a group that gathers once a month to share in each other’s lives, creating a sense of community through the experience of parenthood. Athens Birth Circle meets the 4th Thursday of each month from 7-9 pm in the Athens Public Library. Check the website for announcements, news, meeting topics, and time or location changes.
Child Development Programs
Help-Me-Grow – Washington County
202 Davis Ave., Marietta, OH 45750
Help-Me-Grow is a resource to call when you are not sure if your baby is developing skills appropriately. Their Family Support Specialists are available to answer your questions and provide developmental and therapy services.
Resolve Through Sharing
Naomi King, Coordinator
RTS is a pregnancy and perinatal (after birth) loss support group. Call for meeting times and locations.