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.




INOVA Alexandria Hospital
4320 Seminary Road, Alexandria
HEC 1&2; 1st floor near auditorium
2nd & 4th Wednesdays each month
7:30 – 9 pm


Virginia Hospital Center
1701 North George Mason Drive, Arlington
Lobby Classroom / Women & Infant Health
2nd & 4th Thursdays each month
12:30 — 2 pm


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


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

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.

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

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

Tree of Life Birth Center

1003 Mahone Street, Fredericksburg
2nd Tuesday 9:30 – 11:30 am
4th Saturday 9:30 – 11:30 am

Mary Washington Hospital – begins February 6, 2020
1001 Sam Perry Boulevard
Classroom F, Fick Conference Center
1st & 3rd Thursdays each month
10:00 – 11:30 am


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


The UPPS and DOWNS Support Group
Sentara RMH Funkhouser Women’s Center
2275 Health Campus Drive
2nd Thursday 12 noon – 1:00 pm, 4th Thursday 7:00 – 8:00 pm
Shani Armstrong (540) 271-0208 or Tracy Koblish (540) 476-2306


Langley Air Force Base Hospital
Women’s Health Clinic Classroom, 1st floor
77 Nealy Avenue
Langley Air Force Base, VA
1st & 3rd Fridays from 1400-1530 


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


The Motherhood Collective
150 Linden Avenue, Lynchburg
2nd & 4th Mondays
7:00 – 8:00 pm

NICU Support Group
With The Motherhood Collective
150 Linden Avenue, Lynchburg
1st & 3rd Mondays each month
7 – 8 pm
Learn more HERE


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


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

Newport News

Newport News

Riverside Regional Medical Center
Medical Office Building
12200 Warwick Boulevard, Newport News
Neuroscience Conference Center (1st floor)
2nd and 4th Tuesdays each month
6:00 – 7:30 pm 

Newport News — Now meeting!

Bon Secours Mary Immaculate Hospital
2 Bernardine Drive, Newport News
Campus Health Resource Building, Sister Fidelia Room
1st and 3rd Tuesdays each month
11:30 am – 1:00 pm



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)

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




MyBirth – Holding Space Group
1726 Altamont Avenue, Suite 2, Richmond
1st Wednesday each month
10:00 – 11:30 am

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:

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


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

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


Winchester Medical Center
1840 Amherst Street, Winchester North Tower
Women & Children’s Classroom B
2nd & 4th Tuesdays
11:00 am – 12:30 pm



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

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



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