Catherine Birndorf, MD



Catherine Birndorf, MD is co-founder and medical director of the Motherhood Center of New York. Dr. Birndorf is Founding Director of the Payne Whitney Women’s Program at the New York-Presbyterian Hospital Weill Cornell Medical Center, where she is an Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Obstetrics & Gynecology. Dr. Birndorf is a board member of Postpartum Support International, a non-profit organization for awareness, prevention and treatment of mental health issues related to childbearing worldwide. For 10 years, Dr. Birndorf was a regular mental health columnist for Self Magazine and has appeared on numerous television programs, including the The Today Show, Good Morning America, MSNBC, and CNN. Her first book, The Nine Rooms of Happiness, co-authored with Lucy Danziger, was published in 2010. She is the author, with Alexandra Sacks, of What No One Tells You.

Education & Training

Smith College

Brown University Medical School

New York Presbyterian Hospital (Cornell), psychiatry residency, serving as Chief Resident

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by Anonymous on Catherine Birndorf

Being with other mother’s struggling and feeling not alone was a huge turning point for me. The community of women there made me feel strong and secure. I left there with so much knowledge and a new understanding of selfcare. My son and I still go to the Motherhood Center for check in appointments and to visit. The women there have become like a family to us.

by Anonymous on Catherine Birndorf

To say that the staff at The Motherhood Center were patient and supportive would be an understatement. Each person, from the staff at the front desk, to the clinicians leading groups, to the child-care providers watching my daughter, were kind, non-judgmental, incredibly skilled and compassionate. Most importantly, they kept the hope alive for me that I would get better, even when I had lost all hope myself. My husband, my daughter and I will be forever grateful!

by Anonymous on Catherine Birndorf

Thank you from the bottom of my heart for a safe place to feel heard and supported and recover. The Motherhood Center has given me my life back. I’m so grateful for the intensive day program and all the treatment I’ve received!

by Anonymous on Catherine Birndorf

Thank you so much for all of your help, support and expertise over these past 2 months. You saw me through the most challenging time in my life with kindness, patience and non-judgmental support, and my daughter, my husband and I am all better because of it.

by Anonymous on Catherine Birndorf

Thank you so much! My daughter and I are so lucky to have had you come into our lives. With love and gratitude.

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