Support Groups

Talking with other women who have experienced postpartum depression and anxiety 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 and anxiety, 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.

Groups are open to women experiencing anxiety or depression during pregnancy or first year postpartum.

Military Moms Support Group

Virtual videoconference group
1st & 3rd Monday evenings each month
7:30 — 9 pm
Register HERE
Melissa Nauss, 717-654-9285
mnauss@postpartumva.org

 

Arlington

Virginia Hospital Center
1701 North George Mason Drive, Arlington
Lobby Classroom / Women & Infant Health
2nd & 4th Wednesday mornings each month
10:30 am — 12 noon
arlington@postpartumva.org

 

Alexandria

Alexandria INOVA Hospital
4320 Seminary Road, Alexandria
2nd & 4th Wednesday evenings each month
7:30 — 9 pm
alexandria@postpartumva.org

 

Fairfax

Fair Oaks INOVA Hospital
3600 Joseph Siewick Drive, Fairfax
2nd & 4th Thursday mornings each month
fairoaks@postpartumva.org
2018: Group will change to evenings

Fairfax INOVA Women’s Hospital
3300 Gallows Road, Falls Church
5th floor Lobby / Atrium
1st & 3rd Thursday morning each month
11:30 am — 1 pm
fairfax@postpartumva.org

 

Fredericksburg

2018: Group moving to new time/location

 

Forest

Centra Medical Group Women’s Center
2nd Wednesday evening each month
forest@postpartumva.org

Harrisonburg

Sentara RMH Funkhouser Women’s Health Center
2010 Health Campus Drive, Harrisonburg
4th Thursday evening each month
Teresa Oliver, RN, 540-564-7200
Calendar of events

 

Lynchburg

Horizon Wellness Center — Courtland
620 Court Street, Lynchburg
4th Wednesday evening each month at 6 pm
Rhonda Turner, rturner@postpartumva.org
434-847-8035

Provided through The Motherhood Collective
at Wyndhurst Counseling Center
105 Hexham Drive, Lynchburg
2nd & 4th Monday evenings each month
Learn more HERE

 

Manassas

NOVANT/UVa Health Prince William Medical Center
8700 Sudley Road, Manassas
Hylton Birthing Center Conference Room
1st & 3rd Friday mornings each month
Nancy Sonnenberg, 703-369-8649

 

Norfolk

Children’s Hospital of The King’s Daughters
601 Children’s Lane, Norfolk
1st Tuesday each month (NICU moms)
3rd Wednesday each month (all moms)
chkd@postpartumva.org, 757-668-7165

 

Portsmouth

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

Richmond (Metropolitan Area)

HCA Johnston-Willis Hospital
1401 Johnston Willis Drive, Richmond
Atrium Conference, 4th floor
Every other Wednesday morning, 10 — 11:30 am
Register HERE

Cypress Counseling
1312 West Main Street, Richmond
3rd Friday morning each month
McKenzie Casad, 757-553-2780
mcasad@postpartumva.org

Bon Secours St Francis Medical Center
13710 St Francis Boulevard, Midlothian
Conference rooms past cafeteria
2nd Thursday of the month, 9:30 — 11 am
4th Thursday of the month, 6:30 — 8 pm
stfrancis@postpartumva.org

2018: New group at 
Bon Secours St. Mary’s Hospital 

 

Stafford

2018: Group moving to new time/location

 

Virginia Beach

Kempsville Presbyterian Church
805 Kempsville Road, Virginia Beach
4th Wednesday evening each month
virginiabeach@postpartumva.org

Sentara Princess Anne Hospital
2025 Glenn Mitchell Drive, Virginia Beach
2nd Tuesday evening each month
virginiabeachspah@postpartumva.org

 

Williamsburg

Sentara Williamsburg Regional Medical Center
100 Sentara Circle, Williamsburg
Jamestown Conference Room
2nd & 4th Tuesday evenings each month
5:45 — 7:30 pm
williamsburg@postpartumva.org

2018: New group at
Child Development Resources

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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