The Freedman Center at MSPP

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Freedman Center

New Babies/New Moms Group

FREE! New Babies/New Moms

Bring your infant and meet other new mothers!

Groups for first-time moms with babies up to 6 months. Choose a 6-week daytime series.

Each group meets with a professional facilitator and provides a wonderful opportunity to ask questions, share experiences, make new friends, and get some support. Discuss developmental issues, expectations of oneself as a new mom, changing relationships with family members, child care options, and much more.

6-Week Sessions Begin:
Tuesdays, 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
March 3 thru April 7, 2015, Register Online
May 5 thru June 9, 2015, Register Online

Click to read more about Group Leader, Nadja N. Reilly, Ph.D.

Nadja ReillyNadja Reilly is a clinical psychologist with over 15 years of experience specializing in children, adolescents, and families. She was a staff psychologist at Children's Hospital for 12 years prior to transitioning to MSPP as the Associate Director of the Freedman Center for Child and Family Development. At the Freedman Center, Dr. Reilly is the training director for doctoral students, focuses on the early childhood programming, and conducts school and community consultations. Dr. Reilly is a mom of two boys, has a true passion for working with new moms and babies, and is looking forward to welcoming and working with many new families at the Freedman Center.

Click to read more about Group Leader, Anya Dashevsky, Psy.D.

Anya DashevskyAnya Dashevsky, Psy.D., leads the New Babies/New Parents Group at the Freedman Center, and is an MSPP alum. Anya has worked in different capacities with children and families for over 10 years. She is currently a postdoctoral fellow at the Brenner Assessment and Consultation Center, specializing in neuropsychological assessment of young children. As a mother of three young children, Anya understands the joys and challenges inherent in transition to parenthood. She is eager to help new parents navigate this exciting stage in their life.

The Freedman Center is pleased to announce that we now offer New Babies/New Moms groups free of charge. Groups meet at the Freedman Center, One Wells Ave (Ground Floor), Newton MA 02459. Click here for detailed DIRECTIONS.

Register OnlineClick on our online registration button to pre-register for the next series or contact us at 617-332-3666 or

New Babies New Moms

New Babies/New Moms Group

The Freedman Center as a Training Site
Observation Notice for Families

To Parents/Guardians of Children Participating in Freedman Center Programs:
The Freedman Center for Child and Family Development at The Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology is a training site for students in our Child Studies Program.
For educational purposes only, some of the groups or classes at The Freedman Center will be observed by graduate students of MSPP as part of their study of child and family development. No individuals in the groups or classes will be identified by name in these observations and no research papers will be produced as a result of these observations.
When an observation is taking place, the graduate student observers will be introduced to the group or class before observing behind the observation window.

Photos by Jenny Devereaux

* Wait Lists

If the group or class for which you would like to register is FULL, please register for the next program offered. To be put on a Wait List for the program or series that is not open, you may email us at or call 617-332-3666 x1250 and leave a message for us. When you contact us, please leave your name, which program you want, a phone number, and email address. We will contact you if we are able to accommodate you in the program.

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Each Freedman Center New Babies/New Moms Group includes a private BigTent or Facebook chat group. Click the "Register" button above to sign up for a group. You will be added to the BigTent or Facebook Group after your first group meeting.

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New Moms Tell Us:

"Big thanks to Nadja for creating such a warm atmosphere so conducive to sharing! I loved hearing from so many other moms in the same boat."

"Your new baby new mom workshop was fantastic. I attended a couple different ones and yours was superior. I still keep in touch with the other Moms from my group and am so thankful I attended. What a great resource and support for new moms."

"This class is doing exactly what I had wanted, connect me with moms in the area! I have found an activity partner and a buddy for my son!"

"I met a lot of new moms and did not feel isolated anymore with my questions about taking care of a young baby. Great Program. Thank you very much."

"My New Babies/New Moms group was truly a great experience... a chance to share my excitement and anxiety with other mothers and realize I wasn't alone."

"It was great to meet other people having the same experiences and concerns and to be able to share my thoughts in a comfortable environment. The leader was very professional, warm, and non-judgmental."

"I liked the supportive environment and educational exchange of info. The leader facilitated open dialogue and made sure each person received answers to her specific questions."

"The leader was compassionate, caring, and so knowledgeable. Her encouragement for us to 'trust our guts' was great. I will recommend this group to others. Thanks!"

"It helps you feel you're not alone - as if we're all having growing pains together."

"Our group still meets regularly on our own, even after two years."