Open Circle: Wellness and Education for Growing Families

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Open Circle is a holistic wellness center for you during your pregnancy, birth and child’s early years (0-4). Every parent deserves support and community during these major life transitions. At Open Circle we trust that you want what is best for your family. We believe that access to education, different types of care and advocacy will help you make the best choices to support your unique family.

We offer birth and parenting education, pregnancy and parent + baby yoga and dance, lactation support, massage therapy, acupuncture, doula services, photography and advocacy for expecting and new families.

We welcome families from all backgrounds, cultures, traditions and sexual + gender orientations. Our wellness services and class costs are based on your family’s income. This allows you to participate even when insurance won’t cover the fees. We respect each family’s background and financial situation, and know that every family enriches the Open Circle community in a different way. Learn more about our mission, our focus on community building and inclusion on our website. We look forward to supporting your family!
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Open Circle and a small group of queer-identified professionals joined together to create a pregnancy and parenting group for the LGBTQ+ people in Rhode Island and Southeastern Massachusetts. ... moreOur goal is to provide a place where queer families can grow their network of support, access resources (healthcare, legal, education, etc.) and talk about challenges and rewards of being LGBTQ+ and pregnant or parenting.
This is a group open to all LGBTQ+ people at every stage of the process – from those simply exploring becoming parents to those parenting older children. People who are single or in relationships are welcome, as are people who are transgender, gender-fluid or non-binary. This is a space designed to be welcoming and safe.

Facilitated by Nichole Heig, CNM, Jess Cronin, LICSW, Ancha Santana, LICSW, and Sarah Bowman, MPH

Sessions will be drop-in, monthly, and last 90 minutes. Pre-registration is not required. We will have water and snacks. Each group will have a topic but we expect that the bulk of the time together will be spent discussing matters pertinent to the participants’ expressed needs.

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Support Group
The Open Circle Fathering Group* aims to create a shared space for fathers-to-be, new fathers, and fathers with younger children. This group is designed as a safe, brave, and comfortable ... morespace to talk about joys, hopes, and frustrations, share the numerous obstacles and challenges we experience, and brainstorm/share practical solutions. Becoming a parent forces us to come face-to-face with intense inner experiences — joy, love, and humor, but also perhaps anger, anxiety, jealousy, shame, grief and more. Often, our identities, priorities, independence, and relationships with our partners change at a disorienting speed during pregnancy and after the baby arrives. This group will offer a space to air it all out so that we can ride the waves of fathering with more skill and find renewed energy and meaning in our ever-changing roles and identities.

Facilitated by Sheldon Malcolm and Avi David.

*Open to anyone identifying as a father or father-figure

NOTE: babies/children (up to age 3) are welcome to attend under their parent's care and supervision.

First and Third Sundays of the month at 1:30-2:30 PM.
Suggested donation $5-10. Drop-ins welcome.
Event Type:
Support Group
Our newborn can seem like a tiny, strange creature from another planet. She may not look or act the way we expected, and often seems a random mash-up of confusing wiggles, cries, jerks, ... morestaring, sleeping and suckling episodes. Who is this little person? And what, on earth, are we to do with him? Join other families as we explore these amazing, sweet and strong (if confounding!) little beings. Learn that instead of being made up of random and impossible to understand behaviors, they are actually highly organized and communicative. As we begin to recognize the journey our newborn has made from inside to out and the ways she engages with the world, we discover how to more confidently and effectively respond to her needs. As we learn to respond to his needs, we discover a calmer, more settled baby, and a life that supports parents’ rest and well being, as well as baby’s.
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Birthing / Parenting Class
As birth approaches, we tend to know much more about pregnancy and birth, than we do about what happens after our babies are born. Birth is a profound process, but it is also merely ... morea doorway into a new world. What happens to mom’s body in the weeks and months after birth? How do our relationships change? How can we support ourselves and our partners/families through these changes? When and who do we call for help? Spend an afternoon with your birth partner or family to engage in discussion and activities that can help you can make your adjustment into parenthood less stressful and more supportive of the new family. Simple but effective tools can help you know better what to expect, and create an effective support network in the 4-8 weeks after birth. Preparation and support can profoundly impact the mother and baby’s physical healing and adjustment, and the entire family’s emotional well-being during the precious and challenging postpartum time.
Event Type:
Birthing / Parenting Class
Birth is filled with contradictions. We cannot control it but must learn to ride whatever waves it brings us. At the same time, there are many opportunities to steer the course of ... moreour birth. Families often don’t realize the choices and rights they have, or how strongly these choices can impact their births, experience, and postpartum health. Join other couples and explore the importance of making intentional choices in a practitioner, birth location, and practitioner or hospital practices and procedures. Learn about building positive relationships with your medical team, and your legal right to informed consent or refusal of all procedures and interventions. Learn how to use this information to create a birth plan that represents what is important to you as a family, and which can be easily read and responded to by your medical team.
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Birthing / Parenting Class
Whether the sensations of birth are called “rushes,” “waves,” “pressure,” or “pain,” few will argue that the sensations are immense and intense – and they must be to move the baby ... moreout of the body. Learning to cope with this level of intensity asks women to find deep power and belief in themselves. Using experiential exercises and group discussions, this workshop explores what it means to work WITH intensity, instead of trying to push it away or change it. Discover how, by bringing your attention to yourself and your breath, you already have the tools needed to work with the powerful sensations of birth. Birth partners will learn how important they are to helping a woman find her endurance and strength through the birth process. This class is recommended to women planning the use of an epidural as well as women planning on birthing naturally. It is medically recommended for most women to labor without pain medication until they are in active labor. These methods will support a woman up until the point she is able to receive pain medications, or, if she so chooses, until she births without them.
Event Type:
Birthing / Parenting Class
Does squatting really open the pelvis wider than lying down? How on earth is a baby going to fit out of there? Don’t I have to lie on my back while I’m pushing the baby out? How can ... moreI use movement if I’ve had an epidural? What if I want to labor on hands and knees? Come together with other expecting mothers and birth partners to discover answers to these questions and more. Together we will practice movements, postures and breath practices that support the labor and birth process. Learn why breath and movement help us cope with the sensations of birth, and how movement helps the body adapt to birth and the baby finds his/her best way out. Discover how the birth partner’s physical support and hands-on techniques can help the mother throughout labor. And discover the powerful connection that is built between birth partners as they learn to breathe and move together.
Event Type:
Birthing / Parenting Class
Traveling to the “land of birth” is like parachuting into an unknown universe. It can be the adventure of a lifetime or can be overwhelming and frightening. Understanding how it all ... moreworks is an important starting point in preparing for a positive, empowering experience. Spend an afternoon or evening with other couples and learn how baby travels from inside to out. Discover the important role of the baby, the mother and the support person. Explore how emotions and thoughts shift and change through the process of birth, and how you can work together with, not against, the natural power of birth.
Event Type:
Birthing / Parenting Class
For parents with babies crawling to 2 years old. Classes focus on self-care and strengthening exercises to help you keep up with your now mobile baby. Yoga postures and breath work ... morefocus on healthy movement patterns and releasing tension in parents, while involving the babies with song and rhyme. Focus continues to be on supporting parent health, while creating opportunities to play and bond with baby.
Event Type:
Fitness / Yoga Class
Classes engage toddlers- (and their parents) through story and song based yoga. As children explore their full range of activity and feelings–from wild things to cuddlers, from love ... morebunnies to fierce tigers, they experience sensory system balancing movement and rest. –and in turn, parents will discover how to create a safe responses to the often unnerving energy level of these little forces of nature, without being overcome by anger, fear, or overwhelm!

Classes are only offered as a full series to support the children’s comfort and learning.
Event Type:
Fitness / Yoga Class
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