PO Box 33128, Portland, OR 97292

BBC Support Groups for Moms and Dads

BBC currently offers support groups in the Portland Metro area of Oregon, but we are happy to help you find a group in your area no matter where you live.

  • All of our groups are free of charge.
  • Information shared in groups is confidential.
  • We provide judgment free safe spaces to share experiences.
  • We are LGBT friendly.

Please call 1-800-557-8375 (toll-free) for more information.

MamaCare Groups

Our MamaCare groups are designed to help and support pregnant women and postpartum women as we learn to handle stress related to becoming parents as well focusing on depression, anxiety and birth trauma.  All of our trained facilitators utilize the same techniques.

You may bring your infant with you to group sessions, and breastfeeding is welcomed. Some groups have the space to allow older children to attend too.

SE Portland Night-time Group
(babes in arms only please)

The night-time SE group meets in a tranquil and calming spa environment. Our room has comfortable seating and we offer hot tea and water. We regularly have pregnant, postpartum and nursing/bottle-feeding women attending group. Babies in arms are always welcome, but since it is an evening group it is also a great opportunity to come without baby and focus on your own self-care! We often discus birth stories, nursing issues, relationship challenges such as ‘how to reconnect with your partner after baby’s arrival’ and many of the other joys and challenges of motherhood. If you are looking for support, we would love to meet you!

SE Portland Day-time Group
(older children invited)

This down-to-earth, welcoming group consists of pregnant and new moms who support one another through our journey into motherhood. We talk openly about a wide array of topics with kind, caring facilitators who truly understand how tough it can be. Shoe free space.

Outer SE Portland Afternoon Group- new group starting 1/10/18
(older children welcome)

  • Meeting time: every Wednesday 12:30 pm – 2 pm
  • Meeting place: Tidee Didee Diaper Service and Natural Baby Boutique (6011 SE 92nd Ave., Portland, OR 97266)

Please join us when this group opens!

West-side Night-time Group- temporarily on hold

SW Portland/Bethany- new group starting 1/10/18
(babes in arms only please)

  • Meeting time: Every Wednesday 10:30a-12p
  • Meeting place: Santosha Yoga Studio (4876 Northwest Bethany Blvd Portland 97229)
  • The Yoga studio located in the corner of an outdoor shopping center in between a restaurant called Sweet Lemon and the Washington County Sheriff’s Department.
  • There is ample free parking in the lot.

Our group gathers in a peaceful space at the Santosha Yoga Studio.  We are here to support moms who are struggling or experiencing tough times during motherhood. Being a mom is really hard and we want to hear your story and know you are not alone in this experience. . Please come share your story if you want, or just listen. Since we are meeting in a yoga studio, we will be sitting on pillows and blankets on the floor. Babies in arms are welcome to come too but it is also a good time to come by yourself and focus on self-care.

Multnomah Village Day-time Group- not meeting through holidays, resumes 1/5
(babes in arms only please)

  • Meeting time: every Friday 11:00 am – 12:30 am
  • Meeting place: Sacred Money Studios  (7814 SW Capitol HWY, Portland, OR 97219)

This group is for new moms who are experiencing postpartum depression and anxiety and are looking for a caring and non-judgmental environment in which to express themselves freely. Parking is free in the neighborhood.  Once you come in the shop, come on back to the meeting room and feel free bring in a drink or snack from the cafe.

Downtown Portland Night-time Group
(babes in arms + limited childcare available)

Join current NICU families and families of NICU graduates as we discuss what it’s like to be the parents of medically-fragile children, while living with depression, anxiety, and birth-related PTSD. There is a NICU focus to this group, but one need not be a NICU family to attend. The group is facilitated by a parent of a NICU graduate and a former NICU social worker. Please join us– we’d love to hear your story.

For additional information about group including childcare, location, parking and OHSU tram instructions click here.  

 

Dad Groups

Dad’s need support too.  Our groups for dads are designed to focus on the male perspective of pregnancy and parenting as well as paternal postpartum depression, anxiety, and stress. You may bring your infant with you to group sessions.

Dad Drop-in Group
(babes in arms only please)

  • Meeting Time: the first Sunday of the Month 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm
  • Meeting Place: Seahorses (4029 SE Hawthorne Blvd.)

Guys, are you realizing that parenthood isn’t quite what you expected? Need some tools to help get you through the rough spots? Wonder what’s up with this baby, and your partner? This is the group for you. Come meet other new and soon-to-be dads in a casual environment where you can grab coffee and ask questions — the real questions — and get answers.

Dad Drop-in Group, Evening – New Group!
(no kids please)

  • Meeting Time: the third Wednesday of the month 7:30-9 p.m.
  • Meeting Place: Barley Mill Pub (1629 SE Hawthorne) *In the loft*

Guys, come meet up with some other dads. Casual group to talk about the challenges you might be facing in your new role.   Food and drink available for purchase.

 

 

Parent support Group -New group!
(older kids welcome)

  • Meeting Time: every Monday 7- 8:30 pm
  • Meeting Place: Hammer and Jacks (6416 SE Foster Rd, Portland, OR 97202)

This group welcomes individuals across the gender spectrum – mom, dad, or non-binary folks in a primary parenting role! While we’re inclusive of all parents this group is geared toward individuals rather than couples. It is held in the back of the store in a welcoming space with a play area for kids. Toddler children welcome but we encourage you to take “me-time” and come alone when possible.