I moderate two support groups at Virginia Hospital Center (VHC); The Breastfeeding Group meets twice a week, and The Working Moms Group, typically meets on the 1st and 3rd Sundays of each month at 7pm. Check out my class calendar to discover when the groups are meeting.
Are you interested in meeting with me for a 1:1 consultation for you and your baby, but would like to get to know me beforehand? Attending one of the groups provides a great opportunity to meet me and see if we are a good match.
What are the benefits of a group?
Motherhood is hard. It can also be lonely and tedious. And there are so many questions. I like to think that motherhood is about learning new roles. Your new associate is often demanding, unappreciative of your efforts, and frequently changes the rules. Group is a space where you might make a new friend, make a connection, and most importantly feel like a normal parent. We share feeding strategies and mom tips to make motherhood better.
What to expect
I can often solve a lot of breastfeeding challenges in a group setting, but the support groups are usually not "hands-on" forums. If you need more in-depth help or prefer an in-person consult, contact us to set up a home visit. Groups can be a little chaotic, so please take a moment to introduce yourself!
How to get there
Directions to VHC are here. If you are on a driving restriction, arrange for a drop off at the Women and Infant Entrance. If you are driving, park in the Garage C (formerly Green garage) and follow the sidewalk to the Women and Infant Entrance. There is complimentary valet parking in the Garage A (formerly Blue garage). Metered parking is also available on the side streets. Allow for 2 hours.
Groups are held directly across from the information desk in the Lobby Classroom. You might see a gaggle of strollers in the alcove. If you are running late, no worries. Just join whenever you arrive!
I believe in helping families in various ways. Therefore, I offer a variety of monthly classes on topics including ways to establish a strong breastfeeding relationship, starting solids, what to expect your second time around, the art of pumping and returning to work, flange fitting, and bottle skills.