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Support Groups

Please contact the groups ahead of time to make sure that they are currently active.

 VIRTUAL/ONLINE 

Weekly Support Group hosted by Postpartum Support International

 

Join the meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone. Get comfortable and listen and share your stories about motherhood. Meetings in Spanish offered. To register visit:http://www.postpartum.net/psi-online-support-meetings/

Pregnancy Support Group by Tourmaline Birth and Wellness Collective

In this time of uncertainty, let’s come together in virtual community and support one another. Despite the current pandemic we all need to remain connected to each other, and families need to remain connected to their growing babies. Staying healthy in mind and body is key. Join Josie Patricio Petrich, Licensed Midwife, in a support group for pregnant mamas and families. All pregnant persons and families welcome.  Friday, March 27 at 1:00pm hosted by Tourmaline Birth & Wellness Collective

Prevent Postpartum Depression

Online educational course around perinatal mood and anxiety disorders and how to prevent them. Find a self-paced program with readings, guided journaling, a private community, and videos. Psychotherapist and perinatal mental health expert Abby (Abigail Burd, LCSW, BDC, PMH-C, LCS 26867). provides evidenced based skills and strategies you will normally find only in therapy to prevent postpartum mood and anxiety disorders. You can take this course from your own home when pregnant, or any time after becoming a parent. Don’t just survive the fourth trimester and transition to parenthood, but thrive! Visit: www.PreventPPD.com

Relationships After Baby

Two thirds of couples report their relationship satisfaction tanks after the birth of a child. Naturally, we shift our focus to caring for a newborn. But maintaining a strong and supportive relationship with our partner is one of the most important foundations we can provide our children. So how do we take care of our romantic relationship as we make the transition to becoming parents and a family? Make a commitment to your relationship by enrolling in the online course “Relationships After Baby.” You can take it alone or with your partner, before baby comes, or at any point after becoming parents. In this inclusive, online course, you’ll find seven videos, 20+ lectures combining readings, a private discussion forum, and questions for guided journaling and/or discussion with your partner. As a bonus, there are over 12 free handouts and worksheets to download on getting sleep for the whole family, sex postpartum, anger and how to structure communication! Visit: www.RelationshipsAfterBaby.com 

Dadventures

Support for Moms and Dads at home with little ones: www.hellodadventures.com

Online Meetup Group with Cara Fairfax, LCSW

Online Meetup Group am offering an online group (not therapy) via Meetup for parents to ‘gather’, talk, share, and support one another as they cope with the social impact of COVID19.  Here is the link – please feel free to share.

Parents coping with COVID19 –

San Diego, CA
15 Members

Dear Parents,In light of the drastic social changes we are all dealing with I would like to plan some virtual meet-ups for parents who would like a place to talk about how th…

Check out this Meetup Group →

Banker’s Hill

Milestones Mommy + Me

Open to all moms with babies 0-12 months; this is an 8-week, supportive + educational group series designed to help you combat information overload, navigate your experience, and surround yourself with people who “get it.” Amid laughter, tears, babies, and REAL conversations, here you’ll build lifelong friendships, gain practical skills and perspective, and leave confident you’re doing it “right.” Founded and facilitated by Renata Cameron, a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and mom of two, each 8-week series meets once a week for 90 minutes. Located at the Future Generations’ Center for Healthy Families – 3355 Fourth Ave, San Diego, CA 92103. Group registration opens monthly. www.sdmommyandme.com

Daring Women: Daring Greatly

This group is based on the research of Dr. Brené Brown around shame, vulnerability and courage. The curriculum is designed to help participants develop greater self-awareness and gain new skills and comfort with having the permission and courage to show up and be seen.

This group would be a good fit for anyone who struggles with perfectionism, scarcity mindset, comparison or feeling not enough– themes we see so often in reproductive and perinatal mental health. This is an 8 week workshop that meets on Thursday mornings April 9 – May 28 from 10:30am – 12:30pm. Cost is $550. Contact Rachel Rabinor, LCSW for more information and registration: rachel@rachelrabinor.com

City Heights 

New Parent Support Group 

Fridays (4:00- 5:30 pm) the Center for Community Counseling will be holding a weekly new parent support group. We invite parents and their children (0-24 mos old) to discuss relevant topics to their transitions into and experiences with parenthood. Topics will include but aren’t limited to building strong family connections, self-care, and creating support. There is a suggested donation of $12, however, there are accommodations that we are happy to make for those who cannot afford the fee.

If anyone is interested in learning more about the group and waitlist, please contact the CCCE either by e-mail at csp@ccce@gmail.com or by phone at 619-594-4918. Please be sure to leave contact information so we can get back to you as soon as possible. Our clinic is located at 4283 El Cajon Blvd, San Diego CA 92105. For further information on the clinic, please go to http://www.centerforcommunitycounseling.org.

Clairemont 

NICU Families Support Group

Many parents are on auto-pilot while their babies are hospitalized and its only after they go home that the traumatic effect starts to be felt. Learning how to adjust to life after the NICU can be difficult. Join us for a monthly support group specifically for parents who have experienced the NICU. In this safe place you can share your story, express your fears and celebrate your progress with other parents who uniquely understand what you have been through. Every 3rd Tuesday of the month from 6-7:30PM , please call to pre-register 619-219-4313 carafairfaxlcsw@gmail.com

Little Frogs and Polliwogs

Support and education for mother of crawlers and walkers who are coping with depression and anxiety. Education is based on positive parenting and nurtures the child/parent attachment. Join us for a safe, honest conversation about the realities of parenting a very young child. Learn how to cope with and manage behavior changes in your young child and understand why they behave the way they do. Cara, Early Childhood and Family Therapist,  facilitates this group on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month. Space is limited for each group. Please call to learn more and find out which group has openings. Please call to pre-register 619-219-4313 carafairfaxlcsw@gmail.com

Well Mamas Tribe

Build your tribe of support to ease your transition with your new baby. Develop and practice new coping strategies to reduce feelings of insecurity and fear in your role as a mama. Gain confidence and skills to better bond with your baby during 4 hands on coaching session that cover topics such as reading your babies cues, sleep/feeding support and infant massage. 8-week group. Sundays 1:30-3pm. Cost $240. Facilitated by Claudia Rios-Gastelum, LMFT & Itzel Ballew, LMFT www.wellmamastribe.com

Well Mamas Tribe (en Español)

Construir tu grupo de apoyo-la tribu maternal-para reducir el estres durante tu transition maternal. Desarrollar y practicar nuevas estrategias para reducir inseguridades y temores que bienen a raiz de tener un bebe. Crea confianza y habilidades para vincularse mejor con su bebé durante la sesiónes de entrenamiento que cubre temas como entender las señales de sus bebé y el masaje infantil. 8 semanas. Lunes 6-7:30pm. Tarifa $240. Este grupo esta facilitado por terapeutas familiares que son bilingües (Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists): Claudia Rios-Gastelum, LMFT #97284 y
Itzel Ballew, LMFT #101210. www.wellmamastribe.com

Downtown

Circle of Security Parenting Group

At times all parents feel lost or without a clue about what our child
might need from us. Imagine what it might feel like if you were able
to make sense of what your child was really asking from you. The
Circle of Security® Parenting™ program is based on decades of research
about how secure parent-child relationships can be supported and
strengthened. More information, upcoming dates, and contact info
online at: www.jillianearlylcsw.com/circleofsecurity

Parents of Wildlings Therapeutic Group

Come join parents of infants and toddlers (mothers, fathers, and all partners welcome) in a nourishing, supportive atmosphere! We’ll meet together weekly to share our challenges and victories, and to learn actionable strategies from a Licensed Psychotherapist.  This group is appropriate for parents experiencing anxiety or depression and their partners, as well as those simply struggling to adjust to the challenges of parenthood. Topics covered include identity/role shifts, self-care strategies, navigating others’ expectations, relationship challenges, and emotional and physical changes. Childcare is FREE, and infants are welcome in the room during group if you’d like. You’ll find the most support by coming weekly, but drop-ins are also welcome. Facilitated by Amy Lajiness, LCSW.  Group meets 9:30 AM – 11:00 AM on Wednesdays from 2/12/20-4/1/20 at CO/CREATE, 4031 Pacific Hwy, San Diego, CA 92110.  Fee is $20 for CO/CREATE members / $30 non-members, including free childcare. Register online or email me at amy@innernaturetherapy.com.

Encinitas 

General Support Group

A general support group for new moms to discuss the changes and challenges of new parenthood. For more information email info@headwaytherapygroup.com.

Postpartum Therapy Group

A support group for moms struggling with depression or anxiety. In this group, you will learn the importance of coping skills and self care; understand how you have changed; improve your relationship with your partner; and developing your attachment with your baby. For more information, email info@headwaytherapygroup.com.

Bringing Baby Home Group

An educational group to help support parents adapt to the challenges of growing their family and building a solid relationship foundation to support one other. For more information, email info@headwaytherapygroup.com.

Escondido 

Moms in Bloom

A professionally run therapeutic support group for pregnant and postpartum women during this transition period to prevent and recover from Postpartum Depression and Anxiety.  You will gain support and coping strategies for emotional, physical, and relational stress along with evidence-based mind-body skills to manage feelings and thoughts, and to nurture yourself! First session is FREE. Each group session thereafter is $40 and is held every other Thursday from 7:00 – 8:00 pm.  Contact us to see if this group is a good fit for you and to register!  Call 760-489-1092, visit http://inpsychcenter.com/moms-bloom-support-group/, or email inpsychcenter@gmail.com.

Hillcrest

Transitions Women’s Group

Are you going through a life transition, such as a new relationship, birth of a child, divorce, parenting challenge, medical condition, menopause, empty nest, or loss of a loved one? We all go through periods in our life when a little extra support could be helpful. Our goal is to create a community of women in support of one another as we re-define identities, build self-awareness and esteem, take on new roles, or adjust to life stages. In doing so, we hope to identify and work towards our preferred ways of living and engaging with the world around us.

Email Mona to reserve your spot. Fee: $300 (prepaid) Duration: Ten 90-minute weekly sessions. Group Facilitator: Mona Klausing, LMFT, Licensed Therapist & Co-Director
NISD Counseling: 3636 Fifth Avenue, Suite 104, San Diego, CA 92103
Phone: 619-786-5850; Email: mona@nisdcounseling.org, Web: www.monaklausing.com

Modern Dating & Relationships, A Group of Women

What does it mean to be in a relationship? What does it mean to be a partner? How do I maintain and develop my individual identity while playing an active role in my intimate relationship? If you are a woman age 18-34 and have ever asked yourself the above questions, you are in the right place. Join us in building a community of women who are eager to explore their relationships with themselves and their partners in a safe, collaborative space. Weekly topics include relationship in the media, relationships in social context, nontraditional relationships, technology and relationships. There are eight weekly sessions on Saturdays from 2:00-3:30pm. $80 prepaid (payment plan available) or $10/session. Facilitated by Elana Richmond and Rachel Tumlos, pre-licensed marriage and family therapists working under the supervision of NISD Co-Director, Mona Klausing, LMFT #101243. Located at 3636 Fifth Avenue, 2nd Floor, San Diego, CA 92103. Call or email to reserve a spot: 619-786-7184 or info@nisdcounseling.org.

Kearny Mesa

Postpartum Support Group 

A FREE Postpartum Support Group at the Sharp Mary Birch Outpatient Pavilion- Room A & B at 5075 Health Center Drive, San Diego CA 92123. No registration needed, drop-ins welcomed! For questions, call 858-939-4141. Groups held on Tuesdays from 9:30-11:00 am.

Kensington

Getting Beyond the Unexpected

A Pregnancy and Postpartum Support Group for moms who are struggling. Receive information, support, and tools to help get beyond prenatal and postpartum depression and anxiety. You are not alone. At least 1 in 8 mothers suffer during pregnancy and the first year. Facilitated by Mary Obata, MFT, and meets on the first Friday of the month from 12:30-2:00 pm. To learn more, call 619-220-4680 or visit the website https://www.meetup.com/Pregnant-Postpartum-Moms-Support-Group/ Sliding scale ($45-$5).

La Jolla

Postpartum Support Group

A FREE Postpartum Support Group meets on the second Thursday of each month, 2:00 -3:30 pm, at the Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla. Pre-registration is required.  Please call 858-626-6364 to register.

La Mesa

Postpartum Support Group 

Free support group Monday at 9am at the Sharp Grossmont Women’s Center, run by Lori Alford, LCSW. For more information please call 619.740.3483

Postpartum Support Group at San Diego Breastfeeding Center

Postpartum is hard, but talking about it doesn’t have to be. Join Carly Jean Wright, Associate Social Worker, Postpartum Doula & Coach for new moms in this free weekly support group to connect with other families in postpartum.

In this semi structured weekly group, we will discuss different self care topics and the general ups and downs of postpartum. This is a great opportunity to build your circle of support, spend some time caring for you and learning new skills to master this phase of your life.

GROUP INFO: Fee: None Place: San Diego Breastfeeding Center (8325 University Ave., La Mesa, CA 91942) Date and Time: Every Monday, starting March 2nd, from 11am-12pm See calendar for details.

Here is where your clients can find more information: https://www.sdbfc.com/support-groups

Mission Hills

Variety of Support and Education Groups

Located at CO/CREATE in Mission Hills and Liberty Station (also find info under Point Loma NTC). For more info visit www.cocreatecommunity.com

North Park

Maiden to Mother Support Group

A circle of new motherhood led by a woman of wisdom, in a nurturing supportive environment. The group covers breastfeeding, natural baby health, baby sleep options, baby wearing, cloth and diaper free options and postpartum concerns. This is a FREE class. Babies are welcome. Groups held each Friday from 12:45-2:00 pm at Nature’s Whisper School of Yoga, 4205 Park Blvd, San Diego CA 92103.

Perinatal and Postpartum Support 

Free Community Group is Thursdays 12-1pm 4443 30th St, Ste 205 San Diego 92116. Scale Available as well as support from Midwife, IBCLC and CLE.

Point Loma

New Mothers Support 

New Mothers Support Group, Kaiser Permanente, Point Loma.  A FREE group for the public and for Kaiser members.  Offered on the third Thursday of the month from 1-2:30pm.  Call 619-221-6114 for more information.

Point Loma – NTC 

Military Mamas Support Group 

A support group for active duty members or dependents who are pregnant or postpartum.  Babies up to 12 months are welcome to attend.  The group meets Tuesdays from 1330-1430 at NTC – Conference Room, 2nd Deck, Section B.  2051 Cushing Rd. 92106.  Registration is not required.

Journey of the Lotus Postpartum Support Class

A space where Postpartum mOMs and mOMs experiencing Perinatal Mood or Anxiety Disorders can come and feel safe, supported, move, connect, ground and share their practice with baby. This support class takes mOM on a journey to a mindful  recovery, each class is designed to explore the important matters of the path, providing tools and resources while building a blooming community. Using powerful tools such as Peer Support, Breath-Mindfulness, mOMmy-Baby Yoga and Reiki, the path of recovery is much stronger. The Benefits are endless. Newborns up to pre-crawling (around 9moths in age) are welcomed. I asked that you are cleared from your physician to practice yoga. Anywhere from 3 weeks post delivery vaginal birth, 5-8 for C-section. Class Details: Every Tuesday at 11am. Location: Co/Create Community 4031 Pacific Hwy. San Diego, Ca. Cost: $11. Class updates on Instagram. @diana.curiel.bamford and Website: https://www.thejourneyofthelotus.com/journey-of-the-lotus-8-part-petal-p

Variety of Support and Education Groups

Located at CO/CREATE in Liberty Station and Mission Hills (also find info under Mission Hills). For more info visit www.cocreatecommunity.com

South Park

Baby Garten New Mom Support Group

Free Moms Support Group led by Jaimi Martin, LCSW. This group is a FREE group for New Moms held every Wednesday of each month from 1:15pm – 2:15pm. Usually guest speakers are present. Babies welcome! Located at the Baby Garten Studio,  1947 30th Street, South Park CA 92102. For questions or to RSVP, please email jaimi@womanhoodcounseling.com.

Vista

Blooming Mamas
A weekly postpartum support group designed for increased support after baby is born and beyond. Many mothers struggle with postpartum depression and/or anxiety. Join us for support from a licensed Marriage and Family therapist and gain a deeper connection with other mothers. Every mother deserves to have a safe and comfortable space to share her thoughts and feelings while learning better ways to cope. Children under one year are welcome to attend with mother. Held every Thursday from 12:00 – 1pm at Babies in Bloom 1948 Via Centre, Vista, CA Cost is $10 per group – cash, check or venmo.

Breastfeeding Support Groups

Banker’s Hill

Breastfeeding Mothers Circle 

Free Breastfeeding Support Group every Wednesday from 11:30am – 1:30pm at the San Diego Breastfeeding Center. Come do weighted feeds and get help from IBCLCS and join the loving community of other mothers with babies. Partners welcome and encouraged!

Hillcrest

The Mother’s Circle: Parenting & Breastfeeding Support Group

Spend time with other moms and babies. Learn and share valuable parenting advice. Find out how much breast milk your baby is getting with a pre- and post-feed weight. Latch, positioning, and other breastfeeding assistance will be offered by a registered lactation consultant. The Mother’s Circle is a free group led by Ruth Hale, CLEC, and Ashley Tehrani, IBCLC on Wednesdays from 11:30am-1pm at The SD Breastfeeding Center: 8325 University Ave., La Mesa, CA 91942.

Mission Valley

Breastfeeding Support 

Free support group to new breastfeeding mothers. The support group is held every Tuesday from 10:30am-12:00pm by Heather Shabestari, BS, IBCLC, CLEC at Hapa Yoga studio, 4242 Camino Del Rio N #10, San Diego, CA 92108. Facilitator answers questions new mothers may have and provides a baby scale to the participants. Drop in’s welcome.

North Park 

Boobies and Babies
Lactation consultant supported group
Open house style
Tuesday’s 2:30-4pm
Weigh in available
https://clients.mindbodyonline.com/classic/ws?studioid=28194&stype=-7&sView=day&sLoc=0&sTrn=100000102

University Heights

Breastfeeding Support

Free support group to ALL New Mothers – breastfeeding or otherwise. The support group is held every Wednesday from 11am – 1230pm led by a Certified Lactation Educator.  The group is held at Nature’s Whisper Yoga Studio, 4205 Park Blvd San Diego, CA 92103. Pre/Post feed weights, supply issues, difficulty latching, concerns about weight gain, returning to work and pumping, weaning, breastfeeding supplies for sale, meet other Moms and discuss any and all topics related to Mothering. Contactinfo@mothertomothermidwifery.com.

Click here for a full list of breastfeeding groups around SD County

Infertility Support Groups

Escondido

This group is for a woman at any point in her infertility journey. It is a safe place to share and get support for the impact of infertility on your life, and to learn coping strategies for the emotional, physical and relational stresses of reproductive difficulties. You will learn and practice techniques for relaxation and focus based on mind/body work. In addition, you will receive information and support in the areas of self-esteem, decision-making, relationship difficulties, and preventing and managing anxiety and depression. Cost is $50/group ($45 with code PHA15). Six session commitment and registration required. Located at127 East Third Avenue, Suite 201, Escondido, CA 92025. Current group held Mondays at 6:00PM. Contact: Rachael Stracka, LCSW at inpsychcenter@gmail.com or 760.489.1092

Mission Valley

“Trying to Conceive”
Fee: $20 per individual/$30 per couple
Date: Every Wednesday from 6:00-7:00
Location: 2333 Camino Del Rio S, #160, San Diego, CA 92108
Contact Info: kirsten.badre@gmail.com or 619-798-6106
Website: www.kbadre.com

Banker’s Hill

 6-week Mind-Body Fertility Support Group 

For women experiencing primary or secondary infertility. The group focuses on both skills and support, offering women coping strategies for the anxiety, stress, loneliness and isolation that so often accompany the fertility journey.

In addition we explore issues related to fertility challenges, including the impact on identity, self-esteem, sexuality and relationships.

April: 17, 24
May: 1, 8, 15 and 29 (No group on 5/22)
Time: 12:15 – 1:45pm — Please feel free to bring your lunch
Cost: $300 for 6-week group (or $60 per group*)
Location: Banker’s Hill, San Diego
Maximum Group Size: Ten. This group is intentionally kept small to provide an intimate environment for maximum connection and benefit for participants.

Registration: An intake is required for all new clients.  Intake appointments last 45 – 50 minutes and can be scheduled in-person, by phone or by video. There is a $130 fee for the intake appointment.
* Cigna insurance accepted

Perinatal Loss Support Groups

SD County (multiple locations)

Empty Cradle

Our monthly group meetings provide a forum for the open discussion of feelings and concerns. Parents are free to share in whatever way is most comfortable for them. Although there are no simple answers to the complex emotions surrounding the death of a baby, mutual reassurance is obtained in the group setting. We offer 5 peer support meetings at 5 different locations each month. www.emptycradle.com

North Park

Perinatal Loss Group

Join Kayla Lauriano on this special evening. Perinatal Loss Support Group is a community for those who have suffered miscarriage, stillbirth or early infant death and for those who experience pregnancy after loss. In this group you will meet other bereaved parents, find hope and learn ways to heal your heart and womb through mindfulness and self care. Offered monthly at Nature’s Whisper and info can be found at

https://clients.mindbodyonline.com/classic/ws?studioid=28194&stype=-8&sView=day&sLoc=0&sTrn=100000159

Infant-Sleep Support Groups

Online

Join this private online video conference or call-in. Ask your questions and benefit from hearing other parents’ questions, too. First-Come-First-Serve Basis – As many questions as possible will be answered in an hour. On select Tuesdays, view calendar to see this months FREE Q & A Sleep Support. Registration Required. Hosted by sleeping training expert, Jen Varela of Sugar Night Night.

Call our warmline at 619-254-0023 to receive referrals to postpartum depression resources and mental health providers specializing in the treatment of perinatal mood disorders.

Take a postpartum depression self-test, the Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale.