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12 Empowering Mom Support Groups in the DC Area

Making a baby can sometimes be easier than making mom friends. Getting out of the house may seem impossible while surviving the newborn sleepless stage, fluctuating hormones, an ever-evolving schedule, and finding clothes that fit (other than those mesh underwear).

For many of us in the DC area, we don’t have a tribe as a new mom. Being a transplant here myself, I felt isolated without my closest friends and family nearby. We love these amazing new little people with all of our hearts, but we do need some adult interactions too!

One of the best things I did as a new mom was join a local, weekly support group. Every week for 2 hours we sat together to talk about highs/lows, questions we needed answered, finding support, and just having a safe place to cry. I had no idea how much I would value this time getting to know other new mamas who were in the same place as me.

Between the crying and leaking boobs, we all realized how strong we really are. We learned so much about ourselves as we evolved into motherhood. Most importantly, we gained friends who had each other’s backs.

If you need some ideas on how to connect with local mamas through support groups, check out this list:

Support Groups for DC Area Moms

1. DC Area Moms Community & Conversation Groups

  • Join the Facebook Group that is closest to you
  • Free
  • These groups are for organic meet-ups. Looking to read a book together or go to a park, reach out, introduce yourself, and get too planning. This is an intentional space for positivity and community within motherhood. We are just getting started!
  • Greater Washington, DC Area
  • The DC Area Moms Blog Community & Conversation Groups exist to help moms create more intentional face to face time with fellow moms. They are broken up into three different sections for DC, MD, and VA. These are more organic groups with no set “meet-ups”, but know when you join, that this is an intentional space for community with local moms. We are just getting started! If you have something specific you are interested in within the groups, please don’t hesitate to reach out at info (at) dcmomsblog.com. Of, course you are always welcome to come to an event of ours too! 

2. Takoma Mamas and Families

  • [email protected] 
  • Free
  • Weekly (email group for specific information)
  • Near Takoma Park, MD
  • Takoma Mamas and Families welcomes parents of children aged 0-4 months to join their weekly, in-person, casual discussions for free. This parent-led group is open for all local families, not just restricted just to Takoma residents. Reach out to the coordinator of the current cohort for more specific meetup information. 

3. P.A.C.E.

  • [email protected] 
  • Paid
  • (8) 2-hour sessions meeting weekly
  • Bethesda, MD
  • P.A.C.E. provides weekly topics of discussion facilitated by mental health professionals for moms to share and learn together. Groups are formed with first-time or second-time moms so discussions match specific interests. 

4. MONA Mothers of North Arlington

  • [email protected]
  • Paid
  • North Arlington, VA
  • MONA is a large network of Moms in North Arlington. They offer monthly gatherings for moms in the 22201, 22203, 22205, 2207, 22209 or 22213 zip codes. They also have playgroups, directories, and events.

5. MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers)

  • Email varies (find your local group)
  • Paid
  • Varies (find your local group)
  • Weekly or bi-monthly ongoing
  • MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) started as a local group in 1973 and has expanded to thousands of local chapters around the country. There are SO many chapters, you are guaranteed to find a meetup nearby using their zip code search tool. MOPS welcomes kids of all ages, 1st/2nd/7th-time moms, and offers groups in various languages.

6. Mama’s Link

  • [email protected]
  • Paid
  • 6-week sessions
  • Varies; close to Bethesda, MD
  • Mama’s Link provides 6 weeks of opportunities for mamas to chat with other new moms while experiencing new things with their babies. Past activities have included music and movement classes, photography sessions, creating hand/footprint ceramics, yoga, and more. 

7. Mama’s Circle

  • [email protected]
  • Paid
  • Tenleytown and Chevy Chase, DC
  • 6-week sessions
  • Mama’s Circle is a mom-designed meetup group for those with newborns and older babies. This is one of the few groups that invite children up to age 3 to join and one of the few that have weekend meetups. Mama’s lead the discussions each week based on their needs which helps grow this community closer.

8. DC Baby

  • [email protected]
  • Paid
  • Tenleytown, DC
  • 6-week sessions
  • DC Baby helps local DC mamas come together while discussing topics such as sleeping, postnatal nutrition, infant feeding, returning to work, and more. They also offer events outside of their weekly sessions to continue building community and relationships for new moms. 

9. Petite DC

  • [email protected]
  • Paid
  • Varies, close to Northwest, DC
  • 6-week sessions
  • Petite DC is an activity-based meetup group which brings moms of children aged 0-12 months together as they try new things such as music classes, stroller fitness, chatting with a sleep consultant, babyproofing experts, and more. 

10. Lemon Tree

  • [email protected]
  • Paid
  • Adams Morgan, DC
  • 8-week sessions
  • Lemon Tree offers a new mom meetup in their gorgeous playspace. During their 8-week sessions, moms get to know other local new mamas while participating in topics of discussion such as sleeping, playing with your baby, baby massage, childcare, transitioning to work, and more. 

11. Mother Nation

  • [email protected]
  • Free and some paid events
  • Location varies
  • Mother Nation is a new community that cares about the vulnerability of motherhood, diversity, and supporting one another. They offer fitness classes, events, mama matches, and circles to join. 

12. Moms Club

  • Email varies (find your local group)
  • Paid
  • Varies (find your local group)
  • Moms Club is a support network for at-home moms. They offer meetups and moms night out. Check your local chapter for specific schedules and locations for gatherings. 

We also love the support of the Breastfeeding Center which offers various classes for new parents. And LOVE Fit4Mom and SLAM (stroller strong moms) for fitness. 

Looking for more ideas on how to make mom friends? Check out, Five Tips for Making Mom Friends in DC. Of course, there are also Facebook groups, religious organizations, and the peanut app too!  

Do you have another great support group? Comment below to add to this list!

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