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 during pregnancy or first year postpartum.  No official diagnosis is required to attend.  Babies in arms are welcome.

Alexandria

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

Fairfax

Fair Oaks INOVA Hospital
3600 Joseph Siewick Drive, Fairfax
Conference Center; ask at reception desk for directions
1st & 3rd Thursday evenings each month
7:30 — 9 pm
fairoaks@postpartumva.org

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

Forest

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

Fredericksburg

Starting March 1!

Spotsylvania Regional Medical Center
4600 Spotsylvania Pkwy, Fredericksburg
1st & 3rd Thursday evenings of the month
7:30 – 9 pm

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

Leesburg

INOVA Loudoun Hospital
44045 Riverside Parkway, Leesburg
Suite 114
1st & 3rd Wednesday mornings of the month
11:30 am — 1 pm
loudoun@postpartumva.org

Lynchburg

Horizon Wellness Center — Courtland
620 Court Street, Lynchburg
4th Wednesday evening each month
6 — 7:30 pm
Rhonda Turner, 434-847-8035
rturner@postpartumva.org

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

Midlothian

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

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)
Info: 757-668-7165
chkd@postpartumva.org

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 Thursday mornings each month
Kimberly Barnard-Bracey, 757-953-5861

Richmond

HCA Johnston-Willis Hospital
1401 Johnston Willis Drive, Richmond
Atrium Conference Room, 4th floor Atrium
1st & 3rd Wednesdays of each month
10 — 11:30 am
johnston-willis@postpartumva.org

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

Bon Secours St. Mary’s Hospital
5801 Bremo Road, Richmond
Education Room by cafeteria
1st & 3rd Saturdays of each month
9 — 10:30 am
stmarys@postpartumva.org

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 floor FMC Classroom
2nd & 4th Tuesday evenings each month
6:30 — 8 pm
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

Child Development Center
100 Point O Woods, Williamsburg
1st & 3rd Wednesday afternoons each month
1:45 — 3 pm
757-566-3300

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

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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