Nice to Meet You, Dr. Perinatal Mental Health Expert!

Today, I got a phone call I’ve been anxiously awaiting; I left a message over a week ago and finally heard back today. I spoke with Dr. P, who apologized profusely for not getting back to me sooner. We talked for a little bit, and she was kind enough to say, “I have to commend you; most of the women we see [in women’s mental health] come in and say ‘Oh no! I’m pregnant! Now what!'”

I had mentioned my psychiatrist’s name in my message, because I knew that he was familiar with some of the doctors at the program. Turns out, they know each other quite well. I have no idea how well or why, because psychiatrists just never tell you very much about themselves. So the conversation quickly moved to who, exactly, I should make an appointment to see. I could see one of the fellows (or interns? not sure). Or I could see one of their supervisors. (Both options are in New York City, but I knew that trip would be necessary.) Now, I am all about helping doctors learn. Dr. C was fellow (intern?) when I met him, and he was still awesome. These psychiatrists already have their MDs; they’re being trained in women’s mental health, specifically, so they know a whole lot more than your average psychiatrist. I did have one thought, though, and it turned out to be a good one–if I am adding another member to my growing-fast team of medical/mental health professionals, wouldn’t it be nice if two of them already knew each other? Dr. P agreed.

Now, we just have to find a time to meet. That’s not going to be super easy… but I still feel like I’m one step closer to Baby. I needed to feel that, today. Thanks, Dr. P!

5 Comments

  1. Laura said:

    Do you happen to have a list of perinatal mental health experts in NYC?

    February 11, 2013
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    • Anne-Marie said:

      I was asked not to include the name of the place I went/the doctor I saw, but I am allowed to email it to you!

      February 11, 2013
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    • Anne-Marie said:

      Hi Laura,
      The doctor I saw was Dr. Lucy Epstein Hutner at the Columbia Center for Women’s Health. She is unbelievably fantastic and ridiculously expensive. Our insurance reimbursed us, but I just wanted to warn you. They changed locations, so I don’t think the phone number I have for the office is correct. I suggest calling the office on East 59th St and asking them. I got this off the website: 212-750-7404. If that doesn’t work, or if you don’t hear from her, I can email her and ask for the new number. (I’m not comfortable giving out her personal info.)
      Whether you see Dr. Hutner or one of her associates, Columbia will absolutely take care of you. They are the cutting edge. You are incredibly lucky to be anywhere near them. I took the train in from NYC to see them, so you can make the trek from Staten Island! The cost, the trip–it’s all worth it.
      xo
      AM

      February 11, 2013
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