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When you are experiencing a change in your life with pregnancy or have added stress due to illness, there is nothing more beneficial than meeting other women who are dealing with similar issues. Women & Infants offers a variety of support groups for bereavement, cancer patients, new or expectant parents, and general health to meet the many needs of our community and our patients. For more information on any of the support groups, call the number with the description listed below.

New or Expectant Parents Support Groups:

New Mothers' Group - An informal way to meet with other new mothers to share the new experiences of parenting. Groups meet weekly in the following locations:

  • Wednesdays, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.; Health Education Department, 300 Richmond Street, Suite 102, Providence. Free parking across the street.

Breastfeeding Support Group - In order to provide additional help once breastfeeding moms go home after delivery, Women & Infants offers a weekly Breastfeeding Support Group. Learn more about breastfeeding support services.

  • The group meets on Wednesdays from noon to 1:30 p.m. in the Malcolm and Elizabeth Chace Education Center, South Pavilion, Women & Infants Hospital, 101 Dudley Street, Providence.

Please bring your baby's birth date, birth weight and weight at discharge.

Choices in Family Building - A support group for single women and lesbian couples. The objective of this program is to offer support for women and couples using cryopreserved sperm to share their experiences and build a network of community support.

  • Meets the second Wednesday of each month from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. on the third floor of Women & Infants’ Fertility Center, 90 Plain Street, Providence. Facilitated by Lynn Finochiaro, LICSW, clinical social worker. Please register at (401) 274-1122, ext. 43438.

Pregnancy Loss Support Groups

Miscarriage, Infant Death & Stillbirth (M.I.S.) Group - Meets the first and third Wednesdays of the month at 7:00 p.m. at the Ronald McDonald House, 45 Gay Street, Providence, (401) 274-1122, extension 44049. Click here to view the M.I.S./P.A.L.S. website.

Pregnancy After Loss (P.A.L.S.) Support Group - This support group is for women who are pregnant following a loss and would like to share their fears and concerns with other women. The group meets the second Wednesday of each month at 7pm at the Ronald McDonald House, 45 Gay Street, Providence, (401) 274-1122, ext. 44049. Click here to view the M.I.S./P.A.L.S. website.

Cancer Support Groups

BRCA+ Educational and Support Group - 668 Eddy St., Providence. Please call for dates and times at (401) 230-3627.

Breast Cancer Support Group (Warwick) - For breast cancer patients and their families. Meets the second Thursday of every month, 6:30 to 8 p.m., Breast Health Center at Kent Hospital, 455 Toll Gate Road, Warwick. (401) 736-3737.

Cancer Support Group (South County) – For all cancer diagnoses. Meets the second Tuesday of every month, 3 to 4:30 p.m., Care New England Medical Office Building, 49 South County Commons Way, South Kingstown. Faciliated by Diane Thompson, MSW, LICSW, (401) 274-1122, ext. 47202, dthompson@wihri.org.

Cancer Support Group (Westerly) - For men and women of all cancer diagnoses. Meets the first Thursday of every month, 4 to 5:30 p.m., 11 Wells St., Westerly. Facilitated by Angela Greene, RN, or Lisa Fiore, MSW, LICSW, (401) 596-8165, lfiore@wihri.org.

Caregivers Support Group - For anyone caring for a patient with cancer or another serious illness. Meets the fourth Monday of every month, 6 to 7:30 p.m., 668 Eddy St, second floor conference room, Providence. Facilitated by Dana D’Alessandro Haseotes, MSW, LICSW, MPH, (401) 274-1122, ext. 47111, dhaseotes@wihri.org.

CLIMB Program - a program for kids ages eight to 12 who have a loved one with cancer. First floor conference room, 668 Eddy St., Providence. Call for dates and times. Facilitated by: Allison Bisio, MSW, LICSW (401) 274-1122, ext. 47211.

Expressive Therapies Support Group - For patients diagnosed with cancer, this group utilizes guided meditation and artwork, no artistic experience necessary. Meets the first Wednesday of every month from 10 a.m.to12 noon, 668 Eddy St., third floor conference room, Providence. Facilitated by Sandra Salzillo, MA, CAGS, LMHC (401) 274-1122, ext. 47104, ssalzillo@wihri.org.

GYN Cancer Support Group - For patients who are diagnosed with a gynecologic cancer. Meets the first aThursday of every month, 5 to 6:30 p.m., 668 Eddy St., third floor conference room, Providence. Facilitated by Diane Thompson, MSW, LICSW, (401) 274-1122, ext. 47202, dthompson@wihri.org.

Hereditary Breast and Ovarian Cancer Discussion Group - Third Tuesday or Thursday-bimonthly, 5:30-7 p.m., 668 Eddy St., third floor waiting area, Providence.

Lymphedema Support Group - First Thursday of every month, 1-2 p.m., 668 Eddy St., first floor multi-purpose room, Providence, (401) 274-1122, ext. 47280.

Metastatic Breast Cancer Support Group - For breast cancer patients with metastatic disease. Meets the fourth Thursday of every month, 5:30 a.m. to 7 p.m., 668 Eddy St., third floor conference room, Providence. Facilitated by Nike Kendall, MSW, LICSW, (401) 274-1122, ext. 47211, nkendall@wihri.org.

Transition to Survivorship Educational/Support Group - For survivors transitioning from active treatment to post treatment. Please call for dates,times, and location. Facilitated by: Dana D’Alessandro Haseotes, MSW, LICSW, MPH, (401) 274-1122, ext. 47111, dhaseotes@wihri.org.

Young Women's Support Group - For patients under the age of 40 with all types of cancer. Meets the second Tuesday of every month, 5:30 to 7 p.m., 668 Eddy St., third floor conference room, Providence. Facilitated by Dana D’Alessandro Haseotes, MSW, LICSW, MPH, (401) 274-1122, ext. 47111, dhaseotes@wihri.org.

Other Support Groups

Crohn's Disease and Colitis Support Group for Women - First Wednesday of each month, 6-7p.m., Health Education Department, lower level classroom, 100 Dudley St., Providence, (401) 453-7953.

Take Off Pounds Sensibly (T.O.P.S) - Nominal Fee. Second and fourth Thursdays of each month, 5:30-7 p.m., 668 Eddy St., Breast Health Center, Providence.