Women’s Health, Prenatal/Postpartum, Newborn, Pediatric, and Teen Care – YES! We do it all!
At AFP, we offer Women's Health, Prenatal/ Postpartum, Newborn, Pediatric, and Teen Care. We pride ourselves on the support we provide to you and your family as you bring your baby into the world. Our care includes everything from maternity mental health, nutrition support, in home lactation consultation and newborn care to support groups and workshops revolving around pregnancy, parenting, and more. Additionally, we have expertise in supporting families who are experiencing pregnancy loss and infertility.
If you are a patient with us or are considering starting care with us during your pregnancy, please schedule a “meet and greet” visit to learn more. New patients will need to fill out our online new patient packet. We provide prenatal, newborn, and pediatric care at both our Amherst and Northampton offices.
In addition to our experienced primary care providers and psychiatric professionals, we have several specialists who offer unique supports for families at various stages of the life cycle.
Chaia Wolf, LICSW
My name is Chaia Wolf, LICSW and I work closely with all the pregnant/postpartum women in our practice as well as women undergoing fertility treatments, grieving from a pregnancy loss or struggling with the decision to become a parent. As part of the Atkinson Family Practice team, we believe it is important to support women throughout all of these life transitions.
For women who are pregnant or postpartum, having a baby is a major life TRANSITION and we want to offer you an opportunity to discuss how you are doing emotionally, screen for postpartum depression and to help with issues related to parenting, relationships, intimacy, body image and changes in work, finances and identity.
For women who are grieving a pregnancy loss, we want to offer you an opportunity to have a place to share your grief on your journey towards healing. For women undergoing fertility treatments or in the process of trying to decide if you want to become a parent or not, we want to offer you a supportive environment to discuss these important aspects of your lives.
In that light, we have developed a program for women in the Atkinson Family Practice to meet with me for a supportive session. To set up your first intake appointment, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org so we can set up a time to meet.
Nora Lynn Holland, MSN, RNC-MNN, IBCLC, HN-BC
Nora Lynn Holland is a certified registered nurse, with a specialization in Maternal Newborn Nursing and an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant. In addition, she is a board certified Holistic Nurse.
Nora has always been focused on the care and support of mothers and babies. She has been a postpartum doula, birth doula, homebirth midwife, and lactation counselor, all of this before becoming a nurse.
Nora graduated from Springfield Technical Community College Nursing program and received her Masters degree in Nursing from Grand Canyon University. Nora is currently a clinical instructor for UMASS-Amherst in maternal newborn nursing.
In her spare time, she enjoys watching the hummingbirds, bees and butterflies in the family’s pollinator garden. Being outdoors, whether it is by the water or in the woodlands, is very relaxing. She also enjoys cooking and sewing.
Nora lives in Ware with her husband, grandson and pet rabbit. She has known Kate longer than her two youngest children.
Please reach out to your PCP if you’d like a referral to our Lactation Consultant!
Evan Shopper, LICSW
Evan Shopper, LICSW is a psychotherapist and former educator who has spent years teaching parenting classes to parents of young children.
Jason Potash, DC, LMT
Dr. Jason Potash is a chiropractor and licensed massage therapist offering gentle conservative care throughout pregnancy. He has received additional training in specialty techniques for the pregnant patient and is able to provide natural pain relief for common musculoskeletal issues during pregnancy including low back and pelvic pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, neck and shoulder pain, knee, foot and ankle pain as well as tension headaches.
For more information, contact Chaia Wolf, LICSW ~ Emotional support for pregnancy, labor and postpartum period, maternal health education and guidance in planning for the transition into parenthood.
Pregnancy and Childbirth: https://familydoctor.org/family-health/pregnancy-and-childbirth/
(*our PCP's do not provide maternity care but will work in conjunction with your chosen maternity care provider throughout your pregnancy, and we will provide in-home care for the initial newborn visit.)
Care During Pregnancy
For many patients, pregnancy is a highly anticipated and exciting phase of life, but it also is a major life TRANSITION and we want to offer you an opportunity to discuss how you are doing emotionally, educate and screen for postpartum depression and to help with issues related to parenting, relationships, intimacy, body image and changes in work, finances, and identity. We want to ensure you and your baby have the best start, and we are here to support you during your pregnancy along with your maternity care providers.
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We offer comprehensive support and services for newborns and moms starting during your pregnancy. We will work with your maternity care provider during the pregnancy and just after the birth to establish a seamless transition of care. We encourage you to schedule your baby's first visit during the third trimester so we can answer questions about feeding, common baby concerns, in home support following the birth, and lactation services. All of our pregnant moms are referred to Chaia Wolf, LICSW, for emotional support during this time.
Lactation/Newborn in Home Care Information
For more information, contact Nora Holland, MSN, RNC-MNN, IBCLC, HN-BC ~ in-home lactation support
La Leche League International – numerous breastfeeding topics covered: https://www.llli.org/breastfeeding-info/
Getting Started with Breastfeeding https://familydoctor.org/breastfeeding-hints-to-help-you-get-off-to-a-good-start/
How to Pump and Store Your Breast Milk https://familydoctor.org/breastfeeding-how-to-pump-and-store-your-breast-milk/
Returning to Work https://familydoctor.org/breastfeeding-returning-to-work/
Formula Feeding: https://familydoctor.org/infant-formula/
AFP providers recommend routine childhood immunizations as specified by the CDC Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP): https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/schedules/hcp/index.html
Vaccine Education Center at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia – comprehensive resource on immunizatons: https://www.chop.edu/centers-programs/vaccine-education-center
The Journey of Your Child’s Vaccine Video
WE LOVE KIDS. Our PCPs can handle all routine pediatric care and love taking care of your entire family!
Well Child Care for Your Kids at Every Age: We follow the recommended visit schedule for preventative care in childhood, with multiple visits in the first few years of life to assess growth, development, and family well-being. For toddlers and above, we recommend annual visits for preventative care services as well as education and tips about what’s ahead for your child/teen. Click here to learn about what to expect at each stage as your child grows.
General Parenting Topics for Healthy Kids and Families: Click here to learn more about a variety of important topics relevant to raising healthy kids.
When Your Child is Ill: Call us! We are available after hours for emergencies and never want a fearful parent to cope alone with a sick child. Please call our office and ask to speak to the On Call provider if your child is ill after hours. During business hours, we will see your child the same day for acute illnesses. Click here for additional information about a variety of childhood illnesses.
Fertility, GYN and Breast Cancer, GYN Trauma: For more information, contact Chaia Wolf, LICSW -For women who are grieving a pregnancy loss, we offer a place to share your grief on your journey towards healing. For women undergoing fertility treatments or in the process of trying to decide if you want to become a parent or not, we offer a supportive environment to discuss these important aspects of your lives. For women diagnosed with cancer or suffering from medical gynecological trauma, we offer supportive and trauma therapy on your path towards wellness.
GYN Services: Our PCPs offer breast exams, routine Pap smears, and pelvic exams for cancer screening and specific GYN concerns. We also provide endometrial biopsies when needed and are experienced in supporting patients through and after menopause.
Contraceptive Services: We offer a wide spectrum of support for birth control/reproductive health services including IUD and Nexplanon insertions.
Gender Affirming Care: Our providers are experienced in supporting LGBTQIA+ patients and those undergoing transition. Please tell us your preferred pronouns if we forgot to ask!
Workshops, Series & Support Groups
We offer a variety of group medical visits, series, and support groups at Atkinson Family Practice. Listed below are some recent examples. Visit our Group Medical Visits Page for the latest schedule.
ADULT SLEEP WORKSHOP--Learn about the function of sleep, the physiological control of sleep, and how best to enjoy the innumerable benefits of good sleep. Led by Chaia Wolf.
BODY KINDNESS COMMUNITY --A monthly supportive group led by Amanda Mittman, MS, RDN, LDN. Each month you will discuss topics designed to foster body respect and improve body image. This is a safe space for people of ALL size bodies.
INFANT SLEEP WORKSHOP -- Learn about important and healthy sleep habits for your infant. Led by Chaia Wolf.
OPEN HEARTED FAMILY SERIES--If you are overwhelmed with the social-emotional tenor of your family, then this online course is for you! The instructor will be sharing three systems that are designed to maintain heart to heart connection for the family. System 1: Using Children’s Books To Teach Connection; System 2: Creating a Wheel of Choice for Self-Regulation; System 3: How to Institute Effective Family Meetings. Led by Gina Simm, Author of Heart to Heart and Katelyn Dutkiewics, PA-C
PARENTING TODDLERS--Toddlers are a handful: they are constantly changing and by the time you have the newest challenge figured out, they've changed again. Their world--and their awareness of it--are ever expanding, which means a parent's job is always changing. Led by Evan Shopper, LICSW and Miranda Tsoumas, PA-C.
PARENTING PRESCHOOLERS---Topics covered include: discipline, the preschooler’s mindset, social and emotional health, anxiety, toileting/ sleep/nutrition, sibling relationships, and more. We’ll especially focus on how you, as parents and caregivers, can tailor what you do to best help your child. The class will also be a time to connect with other parents who are in similar circumstances. Led by Evan Shopper, LICSW and Miranda Tsoumas, PA-C
TEEN SUPPORT GROUP (AGES 13-17) (ONLINE)--This weekly group will provide social and emotional support for teenagers to help with life's challenges. Space is limited. Led by Jennifer Smolinski, Ed.D, JD, MS