Support Groups

Baby and Me Play Group

The Baby and Me Playgroup is open to any baby 3 months or younger who comes with a caregiver. Snacks and diapers will be provided to all that attend. This is a great opportunity to connect with area families, learn about your child’s development, ask questions about feeding (including breastfeeding support), sleeping, and overall health. This play group is free and is held the 2nd Thursday of each month, 10 – 11:30 a.m. in the Level D Conference Room at Springfield Hospital. For more information, please contact Lyndsy at 802-885-7129.

Childbirth Education

The Childbirth Education Class is provided to prepare the mother and her support person for the birth by providing opportunities to address questions and concerns, and education regarding the birth process. The goal is to provide information to the family so that the mother can be confident of her capabilities. The ultimate goal is a healthy mother and healthy baby. This class is free and is held the 2nd Saturday of each month, from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Pre-registration is required. Please call Sandy at 802-885-7686.

Breast Cancer Support Group

Meets monthly, facilitated by Nancy Thibodeau, RN, Certified Breast Care Navigator. Please let Nancy know if you wish to attend a meeting and she will provide the latest date, time and location information. Please call 802-885-7584.

Pulmonary Puffers (formerly Better Breathers)

This support group, facilitated by Mary Anne Riley, RRT, TTS, meets regularly.В For more information, please call 802-885-7421.

Tobacco Cessation

Support groups and individual tobacco cessation counseling are available. For information on tobacco cessation classes, please contact Sarah Doyle at 802-886-8946 or email sdoyle@springfieldmed.org

You may also contact the Vermont Quit Network at 1-800-QUIT-NOW (784-8669).

COMMUNITY SUPPORT GROUPS

Caregivers Support Group

Caring for a person with dementia can feel isolating and overwhelming, but you are not alone! Join a Family & Friend Support Group and: – Build relationships and learn from other caregivers who understand what you are going through. – Develop new coping strategies and healthy lifestyle practices for you and your loved one. – Find comfort, strength and hope in a compassionate and safe environment, led by a trained group leader. This support group meets the third Wednesday of every month, 5:00 – 6:30 pm at Springfield Hospital Level D Conference Room, Springfield, VT. Presented by Alzheimer’s Association, Vermont Chapter. For more information about this group or to learn more about the resources available through the Alzheimer’s Association’s dial our 24/7 helpline at 800.272.3900 or visit www.alz.org/Vermont.

Grief Support Group

Tuesdays, 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm House Facilitator: Heidi Smith, Visiting Nurse & Hospice of VT and NH – This is an open and ongoing group that meets at the First Congregational Church in Springfield. Come as often as you like. Contact 802-578-0826.

NAMI Connection – Springfield, VT

This free weekly support group is a peer recovery support group for adults living with mental health challenges. Groups meet weekly for 90 minutes. The Springfield Connection group meets every Monday, from 1:30 – 3:00 pm at Health Care and Rehabilitation Services (HCRS) in the CRT Room. HCRS is located at 390 River Street in Springfield, VT. No registration is required to attend the group. Individuals looking for more information can call 1-800-639-6480 or visit  www.namivt.org.

Overeaters Anonymous – Bellows Falls, VT

A 12-step recovery program for people striving to overcome obesity, compulsive overeating, binge eating, bulimia or anorexia. Monday nights, 7:00 – 8:00 pm, Parks Place, 44 School Street Ext., Bellows Falls, VT. Contact Celeste, 802-376-3507.

If you have questions about community education or support groups, please contact Sarah Doyle at 802-886-8946 or email sdoyle@springfieldmed.org.