Mother’s Day

  • May 10, 2024

On March 12th, 2024, mothers, aunts, grandmothers, step-moms, foster moms, sisters, and cousins, will be celebrated across America for Mother’s Day. The holiday is dedicated to showing our love and appreciation for the amazing women in our lives who selflessly work to make every day better for us.

At Whittier Street Health Center, we are grateful for the caring women who nourish our community. We celebrated some of the strong women in our community with our annual Mother’s Day event on March 10th. Carolyn Reynolds, Whittier’s Co-Associate Director of Behavioral Health Services and Adult and Substance Abuse Services, spoke about the importance of self care which can help reduce feelings of exhaustion, stress, and burnout. There was also a presentation about the ‘Strong Women’ quilt which has been created over the last six years by Whittier’s sewing club. The quilt included portraits of several strong women from Roxbury and beyond who have inspired the sewers, such as Billie Holiday, Mother Teresa, and Whittier’s President and CEO, Frederica Williams.

Whittier provides many services and programs to support mothers before, during, and after pregnancy. Our OB/GYN center, led by Dr. Raja Sayegh, offers highly trained and culturally sensitive care to address any health concerns that a woman might experience.

The Centering Pregnancy Program aims to reduce black maternal mortality by raising awareness about potentially life-threatening warning signs during and after pregnancy. Relaunched in 2023 after the COVID-19 pandemic, the program provides vulnerable mothers with essential skills and support through pregnancy and early postpartum. Additionally, the Moms Do Care Program focuses on helping pregnant and postpartum women recovering from opioid addiction.

If you would like to access any of these services and programs, please call the OB/GYN center on 617-989-5322.

A note about Whittier and COVID-19

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak in our area, we ask all clients and patients to call ahead before coming to any of our sites. We are working to take care of most clients/patients via phone/video encounter so we can meet your ongoing healthcare needs. This is for your safety and so we can provide the highest quality of care to you while following CDC guidance for COVID-19. Please call 617-427-1000 for any questions or concerns.

Whittier will provide COVID-19 testing from 10 am to 4 pm on Monday to Friday. Following CDC guidance, we recommend testing if you have a fever AND one of the following three symptoms: cough OR shortness of breath OR sore throat. Please bring your picture identification and your insurance card (if you have insurance).