Perinatal Psychiatrist

Dr Jessica Kuc

Dr Jessica Kuc is a perinatal psychiatrist who completed Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatry Advanced Training in the area of Perinatal Psychiatry

Dr Kuc completed her medical degree at Monash University in 2010, and completed a Masters of Psychiatry at the University of Melbourne in 2014. In 2015, Dr Kuc was awarded the RANZCP Block Family Memorial Grant to complete additional training in supporting the parent-infant relationship with the ‘Circle of Security’ Parenting program. In 2016 Dr Kuc also undertook training in the ‘Watch, Wait and Wonder’ parent-infant dyadic therapy and presented on this topic to the Marce Society for Perinatal Mental Health Australasian Conference in 2017.

Dr Kuc worked at the Raphael Centre Berwick between 2015 and 2018 before taking up a position as a Consultant Psychiatrist with the Eastern Health hospital network.

“The perinatal period is such a special and vulnerable time in a new parent’s life, whether you are a first time parent or welcoming another child to your family. It is a privilege and a joy to come alongside families in my specialist role to support them to manage mental health challenges throughout this time.

As a mum of two young children myself I am particularly familiar with the challenges and pressures facing new parents and parents of young children. The core values I strive for in my work in perinatal mental health are kindness, understanding, and integrity. After undertaking a comprehensive initial assessment I always work with my patients to develop a plan for their care together that takes into account their own unique situation and preferences, as well as my specialist expertise.

Some of my particular areas of interest are:

anxiety and depression in the antenatal or postnatal period, birth trauma, supporting parents of unsettled babies, second-time mothers (or more!) who have struggled with mental health difficulties with previous pregnancies, establishing healthy parent-child relationships, and supporting new mothers with a past history of childhood trauma.

I work with mothers in all stages of pregnancy, the postpartum period and throughout the preschool years. I look forward to meeting you at Glow.”

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