Social Support Groups

New moms often isolated and alone, especially if experiencing anxiety or depression. Peer support groups offer non-judgmental listening, support, and encouragement from others experiencing similar issues. Support group leaders are caring and empathic, and can connect new mothers with additional resources.

Groups are open to women during pregnancy or first year postpartum.  Babies in arms are welcome.

Groups are FREE, drop-in, and ongoing; no need to register.  No official diagnosis is required to attend.

Bon Secours St. Mary’s Hospital

5801 Bremo Road, Richmond
Education Room by cafeteria
1st & 3rd Saturdays, 9 – 10:30 am

Bon Secours St Francis Medical Center

13710 St Francis Boulevard, Midlothian
Conference rooms past cafeteria
2nd Thursday, 9:30 – 11 am
4th Thursday, 6:30 – 8 pm

My Birth

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

Cypress Counseling

1312 West Main Street, Richmond
3rd Friday morning each month
McKenzie Casad

Substance Use Disorder Group

Richmond Medical Park
2010 Bremo Road, #112, Henrico
1st Wednesdays, 10-11 am
Contact Ann Nost or Karen Branin

Urban Baby Beginnings

Sarah Garland Center
2600 Nine Mile Road, Richmond
1st & 3rd Saturdays, 1-3 pm
Learn more and register HERE

VCU Health Children’s Pavilion

1000 East Broad Street
5th Floor Conference Room – Room 5-086

Meetings twice per month
Tuesday and Thursday evenings
5:30 pm to 7:00 pm
Snacks, childcare, and parking vouchers

Questions? Contact Janet Abraham
(804) 828-3423

Talk Therapy

New mothers may need to address topics such as their new role, communications with partner, and changes in relationships. Talking with a mental health professional can help put things in perspective, solve problems, and introduce coping skills. Therapy in this timeframe is often short-term, problem-focused and pragmatic. Therapists listed below have all been trained to work with new and pregnant mothers.  Most therapists do NOT have administrative staff; please leave a message saying that you are a new mom needing help and someone will return your call within 24 hours.

Sara Babb, MSW, Supervisee in Social Work
7489 Right Flank Rd
Mechanicsville, VA 23116
Accepts in-network insurances
Joy Brock, LCSW

2008 Libbie Avenue, #101
(804) 665-4681

Susan Buniva, LCSW

6802 Patterson Avenue
(804) 677-7721

McKenzie Casad, LCSW

1312 West Main Street
(757) 553-2780

Lauren Collins, LCSW

(804) 608-6785

Maria Dierdorf, LPC CSAC

707 North Courthouse Road
North Chesterfield, VA 23236
Phone: 804-924-2236
Accepts in-network insurances

Kristin Francisco LCSW

2000 Bremo Road, Suite 105
(804) 282-8332

Lauren Hoffman, PsyD
530 East Main Street, #530
Richmond, VA 23219
Robin Hornstra, LCSW

6501 Mechanicsville Tpke
(804) 305-4621

Becky Jacobson, MA, ATR

8100 Three Chopt Road
(804) 303-9622

Sarah Kindig, LPC
1900 Byrd Avenue
(804) 592-6311
Jennifer Lumpkin, PsyD

3108 North Parham Road, #100C
(804) 205-7452

Christa Marshall, PsyD

2800 North Parham Road, #107
(804) 482-0744

Carrie Meyer, LCSW

520 West Clay Street
(804) 901-3922

Jenna Miles, LPC

6722 Patterson Avenue, Suite B
(804) 282-4000 ext. 2

Erica Mindes, PhD

413 Stuart Circle, #200A
(804) 237-8918

Rachel North, LCSW

2201 Libbie Avenue
Suite 200
(804) 316-9207

Jessica Summers, LCSW

9327 Midlothian Turnpike, #2G
(804) 277-9034
Learn more HERE

Amy Thomas, LCSW
1900 Byrd Avenue
(804) 592-6311
Waller Thompson, EdD
7409 Tanglewood Road
(804) 893-0250
Learn more HERE
Linda Zaffram, LCSW

8600 Quiocassin Rd, #201
(804) 482-0852
Learn more HERE

Virtual Therapists

Several therapists provide therapy via HIPPA-compliant online platforms.
Learn more HERE.


Ann Nost, LCSW
1525 Huguenot Road
Midlothian, VA 23113

Accepts in network insurance


Psychiatrists are medical doctors who can prescribe and manage anti-depressant medications, as well as help identify and treat any underlying medical conditions.  Providers below have expertise in working with new or pregnant mothers.

Brusha Shah, MD

VCU Health
1200 East Main Street
(804) 828-2000

Online and Virtual Support

There are many other options for support, including online support groups and therapists who provide virtual therapy, safe and secure in your own home.  Click HERE for more information.  And PSVa volunteers can help; call (703) 829-7152 or email

PSVa Board Members in Richmond

Janet Abraham, MSW is a clinical social worker with over 20 years of experience in the fields of clinical social work, administration, health policy, fundraising and advocacy.  Janet currently serves as the Clinical Social Worker at VCU Health, Women’s Health at Nelson Clinic practicing in the High Risk Clinic within the Department of OB/GYN. She is the recipient of the 2014 Ambulatory Women’s Health Week of the Nurse award at VCU Medical Center for “True Collaboration.”   Janet received her undergraduate degree from Boston University and her MSW from VCU Graduate School of Social Work.


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