We know that a strong support network is essential for moms and moms-to-be. But if you’re new to the area, or new to motherhood, it can be difficult to meet other parents, especially if you stay at home. We’ve found that our region is full of groups and clubs that are dedicated to supporting moms and their families. Check their websites to find info about events going on near you.
Mothers of North Arlington (MONA) – This is a very active moms group with a wide variety of offerings including a cooking club, book club, gardening club, scrapbooking club, and the list goes on. You can sign up for playgroups and new mom groups, a babysitting co-op and they even put out a preschool directory. http://www.monamoms.org
Old Town Moms (Alexandria) – This group is located in Old Town Alexandria but welcomes moms from all over. groups.yahoo.com/group/Oldtownmoms/
MOMS (Moms Offering Moms Support) Club – With over 2,100 chapters in the US, including several in Virginia and Maryland, this is a group whose main goal is to provide a support group to at-home moms. Activities include Mom’s Night Out, holiday parties, playgroups, weekly outings, service projects and more. Look for a group in your area- http://www.momsclub.org/join.html
P.A.C.E. Moms – P.A.C.E provides “educational and emotional support groups for new and second time around mothers in the DC area”. These groups meet for 8, 2-hour sessions and are run by professional mental health educators. Groups are for moms and their 2-week to 5-month-old infants. http://www.pacemoms.org
Vienna Moms, Inc. – The Vienna Moms include over 400 at-home and working moms who live in the Vienna area. This is an extremely active group with moms and kids socials, playgroups, book clubs, cooking clubs, a speaker series, Mom’s Night Out and more. You have to live within one of 4 zip codes to join (22180, 22181, 22182, 22124). http://www.viennamoms.org
MOTH (Moms on the Hill) – This group is for moms and moms-to-be in the Capitol Hill neighborhood of Washington, DC. Request an invitation by emailing Mothinvites@yahoo.com.
MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) – MOPS is a Christian organization for moms with young children. Local chapters vary in size from 10-200 women and meet at least once a month. http://www.mops.org
DC Expectant Moms –Moderated by birth professionals, this group is committed to helping moms-to-be in the DC area find what they need for their pregnancy. Resources for everything including doulas, childbirth workshops, massage therapists and more. http://www.dcexpectantmoms.com
National Organization of Mothers of Twins Clubs – NOMOTC is dedicated to supporting moms of twins, triplets and higher order multiples. Activities include monthly meetings, social events, consignment sales, playgroups, holiday events, and summer picnics. Check out the website to find info on Northern Virginia, Fairfax, Loudoun and Montgomery County chapters. http://www.nomotc.org
KidWX– Kidwx.com – member based website that offers unfiltered reviews of service professionals for children. KidWX offers trustworthy, candid opinions from real parents!