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Room to Grow

Room to GrowAbout Room to Grow

The mission of Room to Grow is to enrich the lives of babies born into poverty throughout their critical first three years of development.

Located in Boston, Room to Grow provides parents raising babies in poverty with one-on-one parenting support and essential baby items throughout their children's critical first three years of life. Parents expecting a baby are referred to Room to Grow by selected prenatal programs assisting low-income families. Upon their referral, parents visit Room to Grow's warm and inviting space once every three months from just before the birth of the baby until their child turns three. During their one-on-one appointments with our staff social workers, typically lasting two hours, parents receive developmental information, customized support, and all of the needed baby items to ensure a healthy and secure start for their child.

Room to Grow’s Goals

Children will thrive during their critical first three years of life, meeting appropriate cognitive, social, and physical milestones in their development.

Parents will attain the knowledge, skills, and confidence necessary to assure that children fulfill their emotional, intellectual and physical potential.

Low-income families will have access to clothing, books, developmentally appropriate toys, and other items, thus relieving families’ financial strain and ensuring that they have high-quality items similar to those in middle-class homes.

Program Enhancements

Room to Grow’s program employs evidence-based practices shown to be effective in promoting babies’ healthy development. Our national advisory council, comprised of distinguished national experts in early childhood development, offers Room to Grow advice and information on the adoption of research-proven, cutting-edge practices. In addition, staff social workers participate in early childhood development professional networks and supervision. These activities have led to several important enhancements to the Room to Grow model, including:

  • Support groups for parents with babies 0-6 months old to strengthen social networks
  • Post-partum care and visits to reduce maternal isolation
  • Increasing the focus on early literacy and teaching parents how to nurture language development and engage in daily book sharing
  • Continuing contact after families graduate from Room to Grow with check-in calls six and 12 months after program completion

Upcoming Events & Classes

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Meet the Team

Maternity TeamThe maternity team at St. Elizabeth's Medical Center includes experienced physicians, nurse-midwives and registered nurses.

Maternity Services

Maternity ServicesSt. Elizabeth's Medical Center offers a wide range of maternity services

Patient Resources

Maternity Services at St. Elizabeth's Our pregnancy checklist and guide to birth certificates will help you have a successful pregnancy

Patient Testimonials

St. Elizabeth's Maternity PatientsHear what some of our patients have to say about their time with St. Elizabeth's Maternity Department.

For more information on St. Elizabeth's maternity services, contact the Women's Health Pavilion at 617-562-7007. Find more contact information here.

Steward Maternity Services accepts most major health insurance plans including Medicaid and Medicare.



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