BBC Support Groups for Moms and Dads

We currently offer support groups in the Portland/Vancouver-Metro areas of Oregon/Washington, but we are happy to help you find a group in your area no matter where you live.

  • All of our groups are free of charge.
  • Information shared in groups is confidential.
  • We provide judgment free safe spaces to share experiences.
  • We are LGBT friendly.

Anyone interested in attending the group meeting is encouraged to call BBC first to get on the group list. Please call 1-800-557-8375 (toll-free) for more information.

MamaCare Groups

Our MamaCare groups are designed to help and support pregnant women and postpartum women as we learn to handle stress related to becoming parents as well focusing on depression, anxiety and birth trauma.  All of our trained facilitators utilize the same techniques.

You may bring your infant with you to group sessions, and breastfeeding is welcomed. Some groups have the space to allow older children to attend too.

SE Portland Night-time Group
(babes in arms only please)

The night-time SE group meets in a tranquil and calming spa environment. Our room has comfortable seating and we offer hot tea and water. We regularly have pregnant, postpartum and nursing/bottle-feeding women attending group. Babies in arms are always welcome, but since it is an evening group it is also a great opportunity to come without baby and focus on your own self-care! We often discus birth stories, nursing issues, relationship challenges such as ‘how to reconnect with your partner after baby’s arrival’ and many of the other joys and challenges of motherhood. If you are looking for support, we would love to meet you!

SE Portland Day-time Group
(older children invited)

  • Meeting time: every Friday 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
  • Meeting place: Mamalates Studio (3825 SE Belmont, Portland OR 97214)

One of our newest group locations, we meet in a yoga studio with bright light and hardwood floors. This group consists of pregnant and new moms who support one another through our journey into motherhood. We talk openly about a wide array of topics with kind, caring facilitators who truly understand.

West-side Group

Pregnant mothers, as well as those with newborns and young toddlers are welcome to attend this nonjudgmental support network.

West-side Day-time Group
(older children invited)

This group is for both new moms and those with toddlers who are experiencing postpartum depression and anxiety and are looking for a caring and non-judgmental environment in which to express themselves freely. The room is very large with windows and wall to wall carpet, great for little ones to run around in. Please park in the designated parking area in the back of the church. From the parking lot, enter the double doors and head to room 14.

Vancouver Group
(babes in arms only please)

  • Meeting time: every Monday 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
  • Meeting place: Santé Mama (113 Northeast 92nd Avenue  Vancouver, WA 98664)

We meet in a quiet, comfortable but small space. We focus on providing support for where ever mother is at in her experience be that stress related to becoming a new parent, anxiety and concern for the child, depression or need for self-care/”me time”. The facilitators have been volunteering with BBC for many years as well as their own experiences to draw from. We welcome you to our group!

LAST DAY- JAN. 2nd, 2015
Gresham Group
(older children invited)

This group focuses on helping stressed out moms, including moms with depression, anxiety, and other disorders.  We are a relaxed group that welcomes moms who are pregnant and moms who have infants or toddlers.  We understand that childcare can be a difficult issue, so children, including older siblings, may attend too.  The meeting space is a comfortable toy-filled playroom that helps keep busy kids entertained while mamas chat.  During nice weather, we even spend time at the playground outside.  Tea, water, and a microwave are available.

NE Group
(babes in arms only please)

  • Meets every Friday 10:00 am – 11:30 am
  • Doula Love (Milagros Family Room, 5433 NE 30th Ave. Portland, OR 97211)

This group meets in a wonder space with lots of natural light and a variety of comfortable seating.  Coffee and tea is available. The meeting space is one block south off Killingsworth. Come meet up with us!

NEW GROUP
St. John’s Group- starting Jan. 8th, 2015
(older children welcome)

Located in the heart of St. John’s, this group meets in a private room that is very welcoming and calming. There are couches to sit on and a small play area in the corner for toddlers.

 

Dad Groups

Dad’s need support too.  Our groups for dads are designed to focus on the male perspective of pregnancy and parenting as well as paternal postpartum depression, anxiety, and stress. You may bring your infant with you to group sessions.

Dad Drop-in Group
(babes in arms only please)

  • Meeting Time: the first Sunday of the Month 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm
  • Meeting Place: Cafe Au Play (5633 Southeast Division St. Portland, OR 97206)

Guys, are you realizing that parenthood isn’t quite what you expected? Need some tools to help get you through the rough spots? Wonder what’s up with this baby, and your partner? This is the group for you. Come meet other new and soon-to-be dads in a casual environment where you can grab coffee and ask questions — the real questions — and get answers.

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