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“In the Ladies’ Room with Dr. Donnica” is the only public ladies' room you can enter any time without ever waiting on line! Hosted by women’s health expert and media commentator Donnica Moore MD, the podcast will feature real conversations, with real women, about really intimate issues. They may be embarrassing, sad or funny, but they will always be
interesting & informative. You know, like the best conversations you've ever had in ladies' rooms with your best friends. . .or total strangers. . .and a physician!

With a wide variety of guests with “been there, done that” expertise, Dr. Donnica discusses the health and wellness topics women often talk with her about in the ladies’ room. . . after speaking engagements, media
briefings, at events, or just because they happen to be chatting anonymously while waiting on line or over the sink. Generally, these topics tend to be things that are embarrassing; issues Dr. Donnica calls “the Toilet Talk topics” (anything related to bowel or bladder issues, gas, bodily functions, periods, discharges, etc.); questions related to sex and intimacy; subjects women are uncomfortable discussing in public or in “mixed company”; challenges women are struggling with; or anything top of mind or in the news. In each topic, we add our Top Tips about that topic as well as a call to action.

Dec 9, 2021

The HealthyWomen 2021 Survey reveals that moms still feel pressured to ‘do it all’ and continue to deprioritize their mental health and well-being.  Ummmm. . .we needed a study to find that out?!

In all seriousness, research shows that women are more likely to experience postpartum depression (PPD) if they receive little or no support from family, friends, or community after childbirth than women who receive appropriate support. With 1 in 8 mothers in the U.S. reporting experiencing symptoms of postpartum depression (PPD) each year, there is a need for greater fourth trimester (the 12 weeks following baby’s arrival) planning and support.

So what are we going to do about it?  Check on Mom is a program to help new and expectant moms create a maternal mental wellness plan and designate a group of trusted friends and family who are empowered to help her through the postpartum period. The site also features ongoing inspirational content and helpful information and tips.

Here to discuss this with us today is Dr. Kristina Deligiannidis, Director, Women’s Behavioral Health of Northwell Health.  Dr. Deligiannidis is a national leader in the field of perinatal depression and novel therapeutics research. Her research program includes a focus in psychoneuroendocrinology, particularly neurosteroids and hormones, and neuroimaging in women’s behavioral health. She has authored more than 50 peer-reviewed articles plus several textbook chapters and has given more than 170 scientific presentations.


Dr. Deligiannidis completed her undergraduate degrees in biology and psychology at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. As a recipient of predoctoral intramural research training awards, she trained in molecular neuroendocrinology research at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH). She received her medical degree from and completed her psychiatry residency and chief residency in psychopharmacology research at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. After residency, she completed a visiting fellowship and further training in multimodal neuroimaging at the Massachusetts General Hospital/Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging.

Dr. Deligiannidis joined faculty at Zucker Hillside Hospital, the Feinstein Institutes for Medical Research and the Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell in September 2016. She is board certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and currently serves as the director of women’s behavioral health at Zucker Hillside Hospital. As a reproductive psychiatrist, she has expertise in treating women with mood and anxiety disorders linked to the menstrual cycle, pregnancy/postpartum and perimenopause.