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.

 

Arlington

Virginia Hospital Center
2nd & 4th Wednesday mornings each month
JaLynn Tiffany, 312-952-6438
jtiffany@postpartumva.org

Alexandria

Alexandria INOVA Hospital
2nd & 4th Wednesday evenings each month
7:30 — 9 pm
Mara Watts, alexandria@postpartumva.org

Chantilly

Fair Oaks INOVA Hospital
2nd & 4th Thursday mornings each month
Katie Tolbert, katie@nvbirth.com

Fairfax

Fairfax INOVA Women’s Hospital
1st & 3rd Thursday morning each month
11:30 am — 1 pm
Mara Watts, fairfax@postpartumva.org

Fredericksburg

Central Rappahannock Regional Library
Headquarters Branch on Caroline Street
3rd Thursday evening each month
Mandy Walsh, mwalsh@postpartumva.org

Forest

Centra Medical Group Women’s Center
2nd Wednesday evening each month
Rhonda Turner, rturner@postpartumva.org
434-847-8035 or 434-385-8948

Gloucester

Gloucester Family Center
1st Monday afternoon each month
Autumn Coxe, acoxe@postpartumva.org

Harrisonburg

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

Lynchburg

Womens’ Health Services of Central Virginia
4th Wednesday evening each month
Rhonda Turner, rturner@postpartumva.org
434-847-8035 or 434-385-8948

Lynchburg

Wyndhurst Counseling Center
2nd & 4th Monday evenings each month
Learn more HERE

Manassas

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

Midlothian

St. Francis Hospital
2nd Thursday of the month, 9:30 — 11 am
4th Thursday of the month, 6:30 — 8 pm
Lisa Hardy, 804-218-2673
stfrancis@postpartumva.org

Newport News

Riverside Partners in Women’s Health
401 Oyster Point Road
1st & 3rd Friday afternoons, 2:30 – 3:30 pm
Laura Jones, 757-768-9769
NewportNews@postpartumva.org

Norfolk

Children’s Hospital of The King’s Daughters
1st Tuesday each month (NICU moms)
3rd Wednesday each month (all moms)
HealthyMommyHealthyBaby@CHKD.org
757-668-7165

Portsmouth

Military members and dependents
Portsmouth Naval Medical Center
Social Work Conference Room (Bldg 3, 4th floor)
2nd & 4th Thursdays mornings each month
Kimberly Barnard-Bracey, 757-953-5861

Richmond

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

Richmond

Cypress Counseling
3rd Friday morning each month
McKenzie Casad, 757-553-2780
mcasad@postpartumva.org

Stafford

Life Wellness Center on Garrisonville Road
1st Thursday evening each month
Mandy Walsh, mwalsh@postpartumva.org

Virginia Beach

Kempsville Presbyterian Church
4th Wednesday evening each month
Ann Warnock-Beaver, 757-971-7264
abeavers@postpartumva.org

Virginia Beach

Sentara Princess Anne Hospital
2nd Tuesday evening each month
Mary Clement, 757-656-5771
mclement@postpartumva.org

Williamsburg

Sentara Williamsburg Regional Medical Center
Yorktown Conference Room
2nd & 4th Tuesday evenings each month
5:45 — 7:30 pm
Danielle Cauley, 757-209-2062
williamsburg@postpartumva.org

Washington DC (Northwest)

4601 Connecticut Avenue NW, Suite 20
2nd & 4th Wednesday evenings each month
Michelle High, 202-297-8737
michellebhigh@gmail.com

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.
  • Online PPD Support Group offers online moderated discussion forums about perinatal mood and anxiety disorders.
  • Postpartum Support International — in partnership with Smart Patients — offers 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)

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