Maternity Support Groups

Pregnancy and childbirth bring exciting but challenging moments. Sharing your stories with others helps you face those challenges and learn from others’ experiences. Northside Hospital offers parents access to a variety of support groups.

New Mom Support Group

You and your baby are invited to a share group where you can receive support from other mothers and Psychotherapist and Coach, Elizabeth O'Brien. Elizabeth is a Licensed Professional Counselor who specializes in pregnancy, post partum issues, parenting concerns, traumatic events and relationship problems. There is no charge to attend. Classes occur on two Thursdays each month at Babies R Us in Dunwoody. For more information, go to and search for "New Mom Support Group."


Special breastfeeding groups and classes provide parents with instruction, resources and support. 

  • MothersFirst Breastfeeding Classes

  • Mom-Me Connection (0-9-month infants welcome) - Share your stories, give and receive support with this informal group. A certified lactation consultant will be on hand to answer an questions. Discussion topics include breastfeeding frequency, feeding at night, pumping, when and how to wean, low milk supply and more. For more information, call (404) 303-3329.

    Northside/Alpharetta Medical Campus
    3400 Old Milton Parkway
    Alpharetta, GA  30005
    Building C, Education Center, Third Floor
    Fridays at 10:30 a.m.

    Dunwoody United Methodist Church
    1548 Mt. Vernon Road
    Atlanta, GA  30328
    Women's Activity Room in the Chapel building
    Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m.

    Northside Hospital-Forsyth
    1200 Northside Forsyth Drive
    Cumming, GA  30041
    Women's Center, Family Learning Center, Classroom B
    Thursdays at 10:30 a.m.

    Northside Hospital-Cherokee
    130 B Oakside Court
    Canton, GA  30114
    2nd & 4th Tuesdays of each month at 10 a.m.

Special Care Nursery

  • Special Care Nursery Group - This group is for parents with infants in the Special Care Nursery. For more information, call (404) 845-5790.

  • Parents Partnered for Preemies - Parents who have made the transition successfully from NSH Special Care Nursery to home partner with other parents whose infants were recently admitted to the SCN. This group offers new parents emotional support and understanding through shared experience. For more information click here.

H.E.A.R.T.strings Perinatal Bereavement

Our Perinatal Bereavement team consists of nurses, chaplains, bereaved parents and hospital staff, who are trained to help parents with their loss. We are available to help, guide and support you during your journey toward healing. A variety of resources and support groups are available for you, depending on your loss. Led by professionals, these resources seek to help preserve memory and understand natural emotional reactions.

For locations and driving directions, please contact our office at (404) 851-8177 or You also can visit our dedicated website at and click on the "Support Groups" tab. All groups are free of charge.

  • Caring and Coping - A support group for parents and grandparents who have lost a baby due to miscarriage, ectopic pregnancy, stillbirth or neonatal death. Group meets the second Monday of every month, 7-9 p.m.

  • Rainbow PALS (Pregnancy After Loss Support) - A social group for those who are experiencing a subsequent pregnancy following  the loss of a baby. Group meets at different times.

  • ANEW - A support and social group for those who have lost one or more multiples, and who are struggling with the joys and challenges of raising the surviving baby(ies). Group meets at different times.

Additional perinatal bereavement support resources also are available including:

  • Memorial Events - Opportunities for families to remember their babies and to enhance community awareness of perinatal grief.

  • H.E.A.R.T.strings Perinatal Bereavement Website ( - Contains grief information and links to resources, blogs and local memorial events.

  • Newsletters - Published several times a year, these newsletters include information and resources along with poems and stories written by grieving families and friends. To be added to our mailing list and email database, please send your address to

Northside Hospital

Northside Hospital – Atlanta

1000 Johnson Ferry Road NE
Atlanta, GA 30342
Phone: (404) 851-8000

Northside Hospital – Cherokee

201 Hospital Road
Canton, GA 30114
Phone: (770) 720-5100

Northside Hospital – Forsyth

1200 Northside Forsyth Drive
Suite  240
Cumming, GA 30041
Phone: (770) 844-3200

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