How local support groups are helping new mothers stay connected
Where to find local groups for new moms
By Rebecca Gale
Some local moms groups require registration and have a set fee, others offer free drop-in sessions. Babies are typically invited to attend, though there are certain classes for parents only. Options are available for second-time mothers.
Mamas Link, www.mamaslink.com. Open to moms with babies under a year old. Activities include yoga, music and creating keepsakes. Group meets six times, registration required. Babies come to all events. Cost: $220, or $187 with early sign-up.
Parenting and Childhood Education (PACE), www.pacemoms.org. Sessions available for first- and second-time moms. The group is led by a trained therapist, and discussion topics are set ahead of time. Registration required. Cost: $325 for eight two-hour sessions. Second-time moms: $175 for four two-hour sessions.
Postpartum Support International, www.postpartum.net. Drop-in support group for moms suffering from postpartum depression or anxiety. Free. No registration or commitment required. Meeting locations in Silver Spring, D.C. and Northern Virginia.
Breastfeeding Center for Greater Washington, 202-293-5182; www.breastfeedingcenter.org. Classes available for mothers and pregnant women interested in breastfeeding. Registration encouraged but not required. Most classes are free; some include a minimal fee, noted on the online schedule.
La Leche League, www.lllofmd-de-dc.org/Groups.html. Monthly drop-in group meetings with locations in Kensington, Takoma Park and Washington, D.C. Group focuses on educating and supporting breastfeeding mothers. There is no cost to attend and no commitment required. Pregnant women encouraged to attend; babies and toddlers welcome.