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Shop Local, Support Families, and Win Fabulous Prizes! 

You can do all three at the Touch of Vermont Holiday Market on December 15th at Montpelier City Hall. Each year, Touch of Vermont shoppers make a difference in the lives of hundreds of local families with babies – and win amazing prizes at the same time – by entering for a chance to win in the holiday market’s raffle.

NOW IN ITS 13TH YEAR, the Touch of Vermont Holiday Gift Market is the spot to buy gifts from some of the best makers in Vermont. When you “gift local” you not only support our Vermont community, but also turn your friends and family onto another great Vermont business. From booze to booties, clay to quilts and sweets to balms, the Touch of Vermont Holiday Gift Market has crafts from over 45 Vermont artisans to complete your gift list. And this year Good Beginnings and Touch of Vermont Holiday Gift Market are proudly partnering on an amazing raffle, with prizes awarded throughout the day and 4 grand prize winners at the end of the day. Every vendor has generously donated a unique Vermont made craft , so that’s nearly 50 chances to win!

NEW THIS YEAR: Can’t make it to the market this year? You can still win great prizes and support the mission of Good Beginnings!  Get your tickets online or at the market for a chance to win these 4 grand prizes:

  1. Family outing to the Pump House Waterpark
  2. A round of golf or 4 at the scenic Northfield Country Club
  3. Sumptuous dinner for 4 at Waterfall Haven, an elegant country bed and breakfast
  4. Bowling birthday party for 6 children at Twin City Family Fun Center.

LAST YEAR was our first time participating as the raffle beneficiary, and it was just a phenomenal experience. We saw so many dear friends, both old and new. Such a wonderful reminder of how many lives our volunteers have touched – and how many of our fellow Central Vermonters have contributed, over the years, to the Good Beginnings mission of bringing community to families and their babies. We hope to see you all again this year.

Our Mission

To bring community to families and their babies.

Our Vision

​We envision a society where the transition to parenthood is supported and communities come together to ​ensure all infants thrive.

Our Story

Good Beginnings was founded in 1991 by three mothers in Northfield, VT who recognized a growing need for support for new parents due to the combined effects of shorter postpartum hospital stays and a diminished role for extended family and other traditional sources of support.

Are you expecting a baby?

Connect with us before baby arrives and let us help you with your postnatal support system. Learn about our Journey into Parenthood program that will help you feel ready for your postpartum transition. Request a prenatal visit from one of our amazing Postpartum Angels.

Are you a new mom or dad?

Check out what’s going on at The Nest, a cozy baby-friendly drop-in space designed for you and your little one. You can even get fitted for, or purchase a baby carrier on our sliding scale. We’ve also got lots of information about activities and resources especially for families with babies and toddlers.

Looking for ways to help make the postpartum transition smoother for families in your community?

Learn more about volunteer opportunities or make a donation to Good Beginnings.

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Angel We Love

We would like to take the time to celebrate and recognize the efforts of Tammie Paterson as an incredibly amazing Good Beginnings Postpartum Angel. Tammie has done an absolutely over-and-beyond job of carrying out our mission to bring community to families and their babies. We are so blessed to have her on our Postpartum Angel team!

 Meet Our Postpartum Angels

Meet Our Postpartum Angels