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
1312 West Main Street, Richmond
3rd Friday morning each month
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
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.
Carrie Meyer, LCSW
520 West Clay Street
Several therapists provide therapy via HIPPA-compliant online platforms.
Learn more HERE.
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
1200 East Main Street
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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.