Parent Enrichment

Watch the Replay to our 2023 Parent Support Forum here

Our Parent Support Resource Guide contains quick links, discounts and bio pages for 35+ service providers in the local Greater Boston Area. You can view, download and share this invaluable resource at the links below:

Google Drive


The Wayland Children and Parents Association  gathered an incredible panel of service providers in the Greater Boston Area who provide mental health, physical health and spiritual health care to support parents on their parenting journeys. 

Recorded live on 3/23/23 we chat with practitioners in the areas of:

Acupuncture & Reiki to Chiropractic, Physical & Mental Health Therapies. Doulas, Feeding & Sleep specialists to prepping for baby with Education Classes, Support Groups & Self Care. You'll also Learn how to leave a lasting legacy with Estate Planning, Photography & Memory-keeping.

Quick Reference to our Panelists and their websites:

Timecodes from 2023 Parent Support Forum:

0:00- Intro with Kiera Liu, Moderator, Photographer at Frame of Life

2:38- Yamini Ranjan of Women of Wayland Podcast

4:16- Heather O'Brien, LICSW at First Connections and

15:24- David Feakes, Parents Estate Planning Attorney

20:08- Suz Thornfeldt at Btone Fitness Wayland

24:24- Lauren Oliver, Vibrant Body Yoga

29:39- Jacqueline Parks Aesthetician at The Skintique Wayland

34:27- Heather Chiancola, Reiki at Connect the Dots

42:39- Hedy Herrick, Acupuncture at Nurture Whole Health

49:00- Ali Van der Baan, Acupuncture at Yintuition

52:35- Melissa Diaz, Chiropractor at Northeastern Chiropractic

57:47- Natalie Ollmann, Pelvic Floor Physical Therapy Specialist at Joint Ventures Wayland

1:06:16- Natasha Heitman, Physical Therapist at Inspire Motion PT

1:12:32- Shari Schultz, Pediatric Occupational Therapist,

1:19:12- Dawn Ellis, LICSW, Dawn Ellis Groups

1:25:05- Hillary Witcher, Doula, New Family Needs

1:27:29- Emily Villatoro, Doula

1:32:57- Laurel Segal, Pediatric Sleep Consultant

1:37:43- Madison Fugere, Doula/Sleep Consultant

1:43:57- Jessica Petrus Aird, Sleep/Parent Support

1:49:58- Michelle Stolow, IBCLC Lactation Consultant

1:53:25- Melanie Venuti, IBCLC

1:59:06- Janel Funk, Registered Dietician

2:00:28- Amanda Hemm, Parental Leave Consultant

2:03:58- Elaine Freita s, Maternity and Newborn Fine Art Photographer

2:09:31- About Kiera Liu - Frame of Life and how to manage digital photos through photo organization, memory keeping and intentional memory making. 

2:11:15- About the Wayland Children and Parents Association Member Care and other community offerings / Conclusion.

If you or someone you know is in need of immediate mental health support please reach out to:

Postpartum Support International  Call or text "HELP" to 800-944-4773

Parents Helping Parents (Stress Line) Contact 24/7 at 800-632-8188

National Maternal Health Hotline Call or text 1-833-943-5746

988 Lifeline (Suicide & Crisis Prevention) Call or text 988 or chat online

Mindfulness Programs 

Links to the sessions and content:


Handout of Mindfulness Exercises for Kids

COVID-19 Parental Resources Kit

Ensuring Children and Young People’s Social, Emotional, and Mental Well-being:

For Parents: 

  • The Ten Percent:

    Research continues to demonstrate that one of the most time effective things parents can do right now to take care of their mind and body in these times of heightened stress, is to incorporate mindfulness more regularly into their routine. For some, this could mean starting a formal meditation practice, for others, this could mean just integrating a few new daily habits throughout their day that facilitate being more present and focused. The Ten Percent app has been offering free resources through their website and app to facilitate this aim by sharing meditations, podcasts, blog posts, and discussions with leaders to help people build resilience and find calm amidst the chaos. 

  • Yale Science of Well-Being:
    When the pandemic began, Yale started offering one of their most popular classes, entitled the Science of Well-Being, to the general public for free. You can complete it online at your own pace. In this course you will engage in a series of challenges designed to increase your own happiness and build more productive habits. As preparation for these tasks, Professor Laurie Santos reveals misconceptions about happiness, annoying features of the mind that lead us to think the way we do, and the research that can help us change. You will ultimately be prepared to successfully incorporate a specific wellness activity into your life. 

Past Speaker Content:

The WCPA's Parent Enrichment Team organizes various talks and workshops throughout the year.  Below you can find some of the material shared by past speakers.

  • Smart Financial Planning for Your Family's Future (October 2019)
    Cynthia Shepherd from Northwestern Mutual presented on financial planning for young families and shared a  "New Parents Financial Planning Checklist" and a wealth of information in the packet "Saving for College with Confidence."  You are welcome to contact Cynthia directly if you would like more information or have any questions you would like to explore.

  • Raising Children in the Digital Age (May 2018)
    Digital learning specialist, Kerry Gallagher, discussed key research findings on the upsides and downsides of technology's impact on children's growth and development.  In her talk she touched on the role of parents and educators in navigating this space and shared best practices and strategies for a healthy and thoughtful approach to technology at school, home, and work.  Check out her resource guide to children and technology.
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