Support Groups

Talking with other women who have experienced postpartum depression can be extremely helpful.

Support groups offer the opportunity to validate experiences, share coping strategies, and gain support and encouragement.

The volunteers running peer support groups all have firsthand experience with postpartum depression, either personally or with a family member.  However, these volunteers are NOT medical professionals and therefore cannot give professional advice, diagnose, prescribe, or in any way treat postpartum mood disorders.   Support groups are an adjunct to — not a replacement for — medical treatment.  Those with medical, mental, or personal issues are strongly urged to seek advice from physicians and/or mental health professionals.



Virginia Hospital Center
2nd and 4th Wednesday mornings of the month
JaLynn Tiffany, 312-952-6438,


Fairlington United Methodist Church
2nd and 4th Wednesday evenings of the month
Mara Watts,


Fair Oaks INOVA Hospital, Joseph Siewick Drive
2nd and 4th Thursday mornings of the month
Andrea Proper,


Fairfax INOVA Women’s Hospital
1st and 3rd Thursday mornings of the month
11:30 am — 1 pm; 5th floor
Mara Watts,


Central Rappahannock Regional Library
Headquarters Branch on Caroline Street
3rd Thursday evening of the month
Mandy Walsh,


Centra Medical Group Women’s Center
2nd Wednesday evening of the month
Rhonda Turner,
434-847-8035 or 434-385-8948


Gloucester Family Center
1st Monday afternoon of the month
Autumn Coxe,


UPPS and DOWNS: Understanding Pregnancy and Postpartum Stress and Depression : Offering Women Needed Support.
Sentara RMH Funkhouser Women’s Health Center
4th Thursday evening of the month
Teresa Oliver, RN, 540-564-7200
Calendar of events


Womens’ Health Services of Central Virginia
4th Wednesday evening of the month
Rhonda Turner,
434-847-8035 or 434-385-8948


Wyndhurst Counseling Center
2nd and 4th Monday evenings of the month
Jilyane Luckey,


Prince William Medical Center
Hylton Birthing Center Conference Room
1st & 3rd Friday mornings of the month
Nancy Sonnenberg, 703-369-8649

Newport News

Riverside Partners in Women’s Health
401 Oyster Point Road
1st & 3rd Friday afternoons, 2:30 – 3:30 pm
Laura Jones, or
Taylor Harrison,


Norfolk Public Library, Larchmont Branch
1st Wednesday evening of the month
Laura Shields, 757-388-3350


Children’s Hospital of The King’s Daughters
1st Tuesday of the month (NICU moms)
3rd Wednesday of the month (all moms),


Military members and dependents
Portsmouth Naval Medical Center –  Social Work Conference Room, Building 3, 4th floor
2nd and 4th Thursdays mornings of the month
Kimberly Barnard-Bracey, 757-953-5861


HCA Johnston Willis Hospital
Atrium Conference, 4th floor
Every other Wednesday morning, 10 — 11:30
Register HERE


Cypress Counseling
3rd Friday morning of the month
McKenzie Casad,


Life Wellness Center on Garrisonville Road
1st Thursday evening of the month
Mandy Walsh,

Virginia Beach

Kempsville Presbyterian Church
4th Wednesday evening of the month
Ann Warnock-Beaver, 757-971-7264

Virginia Beach

Sentara Princess Anne Hospital
2nd Tuesday evening of the month
Mary Clement, 757-656-5771


Sentara Williamsburg Regional Medical Center
4th Wednesday of every month
11 am — 12:30 pm
Sentara Williamsburg Regional Medical Center
Yorktown Conference Room
Diana McSpadden, 757-349-6441

Washington DC (Northwest)

4601 Connecticut Avenue NW, Suite 20
2nd and 4th Wednesday evenings of the month
Michelle High,

Long Distance Resources.  Can’t find someone to talk to close to home?  Several resources are available online or via phone:

  • Chat With An Expert offers weekly phone-in sessions with mental health professionals.
  • Daily Hope is an inspirational weekday series of quotes and messages designed to provide gentle guidance through postpartum depression and/or anxiety.
  • Online PPD Support Group offers online moderated discussion forums about perinatal mood and anxiety disorders.
  • Postpartum Progress has partnered with Smart Patients to offer an online community where women can learn from each other about recovery, treatments, the latest science, and how it all fits into the context of their experience in a private space where they can feel comfortable sharing openly.
  • Regroup Therapy provides individual therapy and group support via webcam.

If this is a medical emergency, or if you feel you might harm yourself or your baby, contact 911 or go to the nearest hospital emergency room.

National Hopeline Network: 1-800-SUICIDE (784-2433)

Pin It on Pinterest

Share This