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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.
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.

Cancer Support Group Westerly - First Thursday of each month, 4 to 5:30 p.m., 11 Wells St., Westerly. Facilitated by: Lisa Fiore, LICSW, (401) 274-1122, ext. 47106.

Caregivers Support Group - Second Monday of each month, 6-7:30 p.m., second floor conference room, 668 Eddy St., Providence. Facilitated by: Dana Haseotes, MSW, LCSW, MPH, (401) 274-1122, ext. 47111.

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 - Experience guided meditation and hands-on art class to help transform feelings and emotions into images that help us find meaning through symbolic representation. Meets the first Wednesday of every month from 10 a.m.-12 p.m., 668 Eddy St., second floor conference room, Providence, (401) 274-1122, ext. 47104.

GYN Cancer Support Group - First and third Wednesdays of every month, 5-6:30 p.m., Breast Health Center, 668 Eddy St., Providence, (401) 274-1122, ext. 47202.

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 - Third Thursday each month, 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m., 668 Eddy St., third floor, Providence.

Transition to Survivorship Educational/Support Group - For survivors transitioning from active treatment to post treatment. Please call for dates and times. Facilitated by: Dana Haseotes, MSW, LCSW, MPH, (401) 274-1122, ext. 47111.

Young Women's Support Group - For patients with all types of cancer under the age of 40. Second Tuesday of each month, 5:30 to 7 p.m., 668 Eddy St., second floor, Providence. Facilitated by: Allison Bisio, MSW, LICSW, (401) 274-1122, ext. 47211.

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.