Supporting your mental health before, during and after pregnancy from the comfort of your own home.
Perinatal and Reproductive Psychiatry Services via Telehealth

Supporting your mental health before, during and after pregnancy from the comfort of your own home.

Perinatal and Reproductive Psychiatry Services via Telehealth

My name is Dr Cathrin Kusuma

Preparing for and having a baby can be one of the most wonderful times in your life. But it can also be one of the most difficult.

I am a psychiatrist and I support women with their mental health during the perinatal period.

I hold a Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery from Monash University, a Masters degree in Psychiatry from Melbourne University and I am a Fellow of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists.

I help women with their mental health while planning for a baby, difficulties falling pregnant, pregnancy, birth and coping with a new baby.

My services are via telehealth which allows you to access help from where you feel most comfortable.

I find this is most helpful when you feel you cannot get out the house, are not located nearby or juggling a new baby, young children and other commitments.

The support I provide:

Planning Pregnancy - Psychiatric Services - Dr Cathrin Kusuma

Planning a Pregnancy

  • Pre-existing mental health conditions including Depression, Anxiety, OCD, Bipolar Affective Disorder and Schizophrenia.
  • Pre-conception medication and mental health planning.
  • Mental health issues related to fertility including Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder.

Pregnancy & Birth

  • Mental health conditions during pregnancy and related to complications and loss.
  • Perinatal Mental Health Plan.
  • Liaise and connect with other specialists as necessary, including obstetricians, maternity wards, maternal chid health nurses and psychologists.

After Pregnancy

  • Mental health conditions including Postnatal depression and anxiety, postpartum psychosis and bipolar disorder after birth.
  • Mental health issues related to pregnancy/birth complications, birth trauma and loss.
  • Stress/anxiety/ambivalence with adjustment to parenthood.
  • Issues bonding with your baby.

Mothers need just as much attention as a newborn. Because they too have just been born.

Help is available.

You are not alone

Mental health issues are some of the most common comorbidities of pregnancy. At least 20% of women experience depression and/or anxiety during their pregnancy and/or after they give birth.

As a perinatal psychiatrist, I understand the specific issues related to your mental health including reproductive issues, pregnancy planning, pregnancy, birth and parenting a young baby.

I connect with other perinatal support services, including psychologists and obstetric care providers, to ensure you have holistic care.

After taking a detailed and sensitive history, I collaborate with you and your family in formulating the right treatment for your individual needs, whether it be talking therapy, medications or both.