Isis Parenting, which provided classes, consulting and products for expectant and new mothers, announced yesterday it's closing all of its centers in the area - Back Bay, Arlington, Needham and Hanover.
The chain, which started in Brookline in 2003 - and which provided pre-natal classes for a number of local hospitals - broke the news on its Facebook page last night:
With heavy hearts, we announce the extremely sad news that Isis Parenting must close. Effective immediately, no classes or phone consults will take place.
A number of mothers said they were crying or near tears at the news - and some even offered to raise funds - on top of the fees they were already paying:
I just am so devastated:/ this place was like a second home to me when I had my first. Getting to know the staff at the Needham location and always having a smiling face to greet us. I was looking forward to taking a class with my second in the spring. I'm just completely washed with overwhelming sadness and disbelief. Mothers and babies need you. This is a huge huge loss for the birth and baby community!