12 Empowering Mom Support Groups in the DC Area

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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 to 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 to planning. This is an intentional space for positivity and community within motherhood. We are just getting started!
  • Greater Washington, DC Area
  • DC Area Moms’ 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 the 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) dcareamom.com. Or if you would like to become a leader with DC Area Moms, send us an email!

2. Takoma Mamas and Families

  • Takomamamas@gmail.com 
  • 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.

  • Pace.registrar@gmail.com
  • 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

  • monamembership@monamoms.org
  • 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 Circle

  • Elizabeth@sienawellness.com
  • 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.

7. Fit4Mom DC

  • Connect with Fit4Mom here
  • Paid
  • Various locations.
  • Connect with local moms over workouts throughout the DMV. They not only offer workout classes, but a strong community network too!

8. Sweat Like a Mother (S.L.A.M.)

  • Connect with SLAM here
  • Paid
  • Arlington, Vienna, and Online Classes
  • This is a fitness group that really turns into a mom group with friends. Bonding with moms during a work out together is a great way to connect and feel good.

9. District Motherhued

  • Connect with the network here
  • Paid
  • Varies (find your local group)
  • District Motherhued is the premier hub for Black Melinial mothers in the DC, MD, and VA area. They host events, have a society you can join, and a plethora of support for black moms and community in our area.

10. Moms Club 

  • Email varies (find your local group)
  • Paid
  • Varies (find chapters here)
  • Moms Club is a support network for at-home moms. They offer meetups and moms’ nights out. Check your local chapter for specific schedules and locations for gatherings. Here is a link to Moms of McLean. Don’t have a club nearby?! Start one today.

11. Mamistad

  • Join a Mamistad Group here
  • Paid
  • Location varies based on your location
  • Mamistad connects moms with other moms who have similarly aged children.

12. Vienna Moms, Inc.

  • Email vmiboardandofficers@gmail.com
  • Paid, just $35 a year
  • Vienna and Oakton, VA (zip codes 22180, 22181, 22182, 22027 and 22124)
  • Vienna Moms promotes and creates community with local moms through their events, private Facebook group, and website.

13. Moms of Mantua

  • Email membership@momsofmantua.org
  • Free
  • The Mantua Neighborhood
  • This large neighborhood group for moms has events for families, moms, and even date nights! Delve into this group for meaningful neighborhood community and resources.

13. Breastfeeding Center of Greater Washington, DC

  • Join a Class here
  • Paid and free options
  • 1020 19th St NW, Suite 150, Washington, DC 20036
  • The Breastfeeding Center not only supports parents on their breastfeeding journey, but also on their journey to raising babies. Through classes, you’ll naturally meet new mom friends. Don’t be shy during class! Everyone there is figuring it out just like you. Ask a new mom friend for their number to grab a coffee or go for a walk!

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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