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.

Groups are FREE, drop-in, and ongoing; no need to register. 

No official diagnosis is required to attend. 

Babies in arms are welcome.

 

UPDATED MAY 2019

Alexandria

INOVA Alexandria Hospital
4320 Seminary Road, Alexandria
HEC 1&2; 1st floor near auditorium
2nd & 4th Wednesdays 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 Thursdays each month
12:30 — 2 pm
arlington@postpartumva.org

Charlottesville

Sentara Martha Jefferson Hospital Outpatient Care Center
595 Martha Jefferson Drive, Charlottesville
3rd Floor, Community Education Room

2nd & 4th Thursdays each month
10:30 am to 12 noon

and

1st & 3rd Mondays each month
7 — 8:30 pm

sentaramarthajeff@postpartumva.org

Chesapeake
Lifestyle Health and Fitness Center
(on the Chesapeake Regional Medical Center campus)
800 Battlefield Blvd., North
First & Third Tuesdays each month
6:30-8:00 p.m.
Fairfax

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

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

Fredericksburg
Tree of Life Birth Center

1003 Mahone Street, Fredericksburg
2nd Tuesday 9:30 – 11:30 am
4th Saturday 9:30 – 11:30 am
fredericksburg@postpartumva.org

Hampton

Hampton Support Group
Sentara Careplex
Conference Room D, 1st floor
3000 Coliseum Drive, Hampton
1st & 3rd Tuesdays each month
6:30 – 8:00 pm
hampton@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
harrisonburg@postpartumva.org

Loudon/Leesburg

INOVA Loudoun Hospital
44045 Riverside Parkway, Leesburg
Suite 114
1st & 3rd Wednesdays each month
11:30 am – 1 pm
loudoun@postpartumva.org

Lynchburg

Horizon Wellness Center — Courtland
620 Court Street, Lynchburg
4th Wednesday
6:00 – 7:30 pm
Rhonda Turner, 434-847-8035
lynchburghwc@postpartumva.org

The Motherhood Collective
120 Linden Avenue, Lynchburg
2nd & 4th Mondays
7:00 – 8:00 pm
lynchburgtmc@postpartum.org

Manassas

NOVANT/UVa Health Prince William Medical Center
Hylton Birthing Center
8700 Sudley Road, Manassas
2nd & 4th Wednesdays each month
10 – 11:30 am
manassas@postpartumva.org

Midlothian

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

Norfolk

Children’s Hospital of The King’s Daughters
601 Children’s Lane, Norfolk
4th floor, Neonatology Conf Room
1st Tues each month, 12:30 pm (NICU moms)
3rd Wed each month, 6 pm (all moms)
757-668-7165
chkd@postpartumva.org

Sentara Leigh Hospital
Lafayette Conference Room, across from gift shop
830 Kempsville Road, Norfolk
1st & 3rd Tuesdays each month
6:30 – 8:00 pm
norfolk@postpartumva.org

 

Richmond

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

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

Urban Baby Beginnings
Sarah Garland Center
2600 Nine Mile Road, Richmond
1st & 3rd Saturdays each month
1 – 3 pm
Learn more and register HERE

Richmond - VCU

VCU Health
Children’s Pavilion
1000 East Broad Street
Richmond, Virginia 23219
5th Floor Conference Room – Room 5-086

Twice meetings each month – 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm

For the complete schedule and to register, visit: vcuhealth.org/postpartumsupport

Healthy snacks, childcare and parking vouchers are provided to VCU group registrants.

Virginia Beach

Sentara Princess Anne Hospital
2025 Glenn Mitchell Drive, Virginia Beach
4th floor Classroom
2nd & 4th Tuesdays each month
6:30 – 8 pm
virginiabeachspah@postpartumva.org

Williamsburg

Sentara Williamsburg Regional Medical Center
100 Sentara Circle, Williamsburg
Building 500 Room 101 across from Williamsburg OBGYN
2nd & 4th Tuesdays each month
5:45 – 7:00 pm
williamsburg@postpartumva.org

Child Development Center
150 Point O Woods Road, Williamsburg
1st & 3rd Thursdays each month
10:00 – 11:30 am
(757) 566-3300
williamsburgcdr@postpartumva.org

Winchester

Winchester Medical Center
1840 Amherst Street, Winchester North Tower 
Women & Children’s Classroom B
Beginning June 11:  Second & Fourth Tuesdays
11:00-12:30 pm
winchester@postpartumva.org

Woodbridge

Woodbridge

Sentara Northern Virginia Medical Center
2300 Opitz Boulevard, Woodbridge
Hylton Education Center
2nd & 4th Tuesdays each month
10 –11:30 am
woodbridge@postpartumva.org 

Long Distance Resources

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

  • Postpartum Support International offers weekly online support groups, including a group just for military mothers.
  • Online PPD Support Group offers online moderated discussion forums about perinatal mood and anxiety disorders.
  • Smart Patients Postpartum Community 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.

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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