Thanks to MotherWit Integrative Medicine, a boutique pediatric practice, for sponsoring this guide to East Bay moms groups. Motherwit Integrative Medicine provides personalized, integrative medical consultations spanning preconception, infancy, and childhood based on the latest research. They deliver their services via convenient video visits directly to your home.
When I joined Support Group For Mothers back in 2004, I had one simple goal: to make a friend with the same-age baby. I knew I was about to meet ten women with babies close in age to mine, and I thought, “If I truly like just one of them, this will be money well spent.” The support of fellow postpartum women turned out to be invaluable, but I was just thinking it would be nice to have someone to hang out with while I was on maternity leave.
I liked ALL of them, and some of us still get together. A handful of the kids are in middle school together now, and they have a special (awkward?) bond, knowing that they were in the same “Moms Group”.
Looking for an opening to connect with other new mothers? Here are some resources, divided between support groups and activity groups:
Support Groups for New Moms
BANANAS Support Groups
Offered periodically on the “parent workshops” calendar, moms will get to share their feelings, ask questions, and build friendships with one another. Facilitated by Alexis Azzam, MFT in North Oakland. Check schedule to find the next group >
Support Groups For Mothers
Facilitated weekly meetings put new moms on a path to a support group and a baby-friendly social life in these non-hospital affiliated groups held at a lactation support office in North Oakland. Learn more>
Then Comes Baby
This sweet spot for moms in the Grand Lake area of Oakland offers a full schedule of classes from prenatal to Potty Training as well as support and connection groups. See the website >
Alta Bates New Parents Groups
For brand-new moms recovering from childbirth. Here's the schedule for drop-in breastfeeding support at Alta Bates in Berkeley (free). And here is the page for new parent support groups at Alta Bates, though none were scheduled at the time of this writing.
Kaiser new parents support groups
Groups for Kaiser members and are facilitated by a lactation consultant or licensed therapist. Tues and Weds in Oakland, 10 am to 12 noon, 3701 Broadway, Ground Floor.
La Leche League meetings
Dedicated to supporting breastfeeding, you'll find locations and details on their interactive map, which includes groups for Alameda and Oakland/Berkeley.
This Berkeley organization offers prenatal classes, but also new mom's support groups that meet for a 6-week series. Learn more >
JCC Group “Not Just For Moms”
This weekly facilitated group will go for 6 or 8 weeks. All parents, adoptive, LQBTQ, single, and their babies 0-12 months are welcome. For more information or to register.
Bay Area Babywearing
Group with monthly meet ups. 1) in Berkeley – 3rd Saturday ~ 11am-1pm for kids of all baby-wearing ages at Totland. 2) Union City – 2nd Sunday ~ 3 pm at Kennedy Park. Website for this group >
Berkeley Rose Waldorf Mothering Circle
Session-based meetings run in five-week cycles. Learn more >
S P O N S O R M E S S A G E
Activity-based mom meeting opportunities
Mom and baby yoga classes
Drop-in to any postpartum yoga class and find a supportive environment to spend time with your baby among other moms. If you're shy, you might find it hard to meet women this way, but keep showing up and the same faces will become familiar. We love Yogalayam's postnatal yoga class in Berkeley, near the Oakland border.
These classes coach postpartum women through a fun outdoor workout with their jogging strollers. The current schedule has classes at Lake Temescal.
A bring-your-baby (or toddler) fitness class with playgroup events incorporated. Locations for stroller-based classes are Grove Park in Berkeley and Doyle-Hollis Park in Emeryville. Additional events take place at Sports Basement in Berkeley and Rec Room in Berkeley. Learn more >
Berkeley Rose Waldorf Sweet Pea Class
Session-based toddler groups run in eight-week cycles and are divided between older and younger toddlers. Learn more >
Missed the boat on a mom's group when your baby was an infant? For toddlers, these groups have sessions and meet in the playroom of a church in North Berkeley. There is no religious component to the playgroups. Find out how to join >
Kindergym in Oakland
The leader of Kindergym, hosted in an activity room at Temple Beth Abraham near the Grand Lake Theater, will make sure you feel welcome at this playgroup. She assembles age-appropriate toddler playthings, wrangles everyone together for circle time, and passes out a little snack. Learn more >
A child and family resource center in Oakland with playgroups for kids 0-4. Learn more about their playgroups >
Look for an existing group near you or start your own. Hoping to find fellowship among mothers of color, working moms, lesbian moms, triathlete moms, or moms with babies who have special needs? Meet Up is a great tool for that. Learn more>
For babies over 6 months, there are baby-friendly circle time activities at nearly every East Bay library. Check our round-up of East Bay storytimes to see if there's one you want to try.
So many cool places offer play classes for parent/babies for pre-crawlers on up in so many subject areas. Get inspired by our class guide for preschoolers, toddlers, and babies.
4-week sessions offer new parents tips on infant massage, baby songs, and tips on how to spend time together. See dates, times, and locations.
Thanks to Motherwit Integrative Medicine for sponsoring this guide and for sharing these special prices for 510 Families readers: