Dr. Connie Guille talks about symptoms of post partem depression, and new medication available for moms with this disorder.
We understand how pregnancy and motherhood can be a wonderful but also stressful, difficult and even traumatic time in women’s lives. We are dedicated to supporting women’s transition into motherhood so they can emerge as strong leaders in their family and community.
The mission of our program is to improve the emotional health and well-being of pregnant and postpartum women through clinical care, education, teaching and clinical research. We have expertise in the treatment of mental health problems during pregnancy and postpartum and provide clinical services that are easily accessible, stigma free and confidential.
Our program provides mental health treatment for pregnant and postpartum women. Our program has expertise in the treatment of peripartum:
Our program helps women and their families understand the risks associated with untreated mental health problems in pregnancy and/or postpartum as well as any potential risks of treatment including medications in pregnancy or during lactation. We offer an array of treatment options including therapy (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Interpersonal Psychotherapy, Mindfulness, etc.), alternative and lifestyle interventions (yoga, exercise, sleep, nutrition, light therapy, rTMS, etc.) as well as medication, if appropriate. Treatment plans are individualized to support women’s needs, preferences and values. With permission, treatment plans and ongoing care are communicated and coordinated with obstetric and/or pediatric providers.
In order to protect our patients and providers, beginning Thursday March 26th all of our services can be accessed virtually. Women can access our services without an appointment through MUSC's virtual care platform. Go to www.musc.care and select Get Care Now. Simply create an account or log on and complete a free Women's Behavioral Health Screening.
Upon completion of the screening a care coordinator will contact the patient Monday through Friday 8am-5pm and assist the patient with accessing virtual services. Mental health and substance use disorder services can be provided within women's homes via any device (iPhone, Android, iPad, desktop or laptop computer with internet access).
We believe that pregnant or postpartum women should have readily available access to mental health care and therefore offer a ‘walk-in’ clinic for all new patients needing a first appointment every Monday and Wednesday from 8 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at MUSC Women’s Health Services.
If you are not local to the Charleston area, we offer telemedicine services from obstetric and pediatric practices throughout SC. Our telemedicine sites are:
MUSC Women’s Health Resolute Way - North Charleston, SC
McLeod Hospital OBGYN - Florence, SC
McLeod OBGYN Seacoast Little River - Little River, SC
McLeod OBGYN Seacoast Loris - Loris, SC
Riverside Pediatrics - Kingstree, SC
Carolina OBGYN - Murrells Inlet, SC
Tidelands Health Women’s Center at Georgetown - Georgetown, SC
Georgetown Pediatric Center - Georgetown, SC
Riverside Pediatrics - Georgetown, SC
Magnolia OBGYN - Myrtle Beach, SC
Tidelands Health Family Medicine at Holmestown Road (Tidelands Health Women’s Center) - Myrtle Beach, SC
All Children’s Pediatrics Port Royal - Beaufort, SC
We also see women through video visits from their home.
Please call telemedicine scheduling at 843-792-9907 for more information about telemedicine and video visits.
MUSC accepts most insurances. Please call 843-792-2311 if you have any questions about your insurance coverage.
Our clinic is staffed by a full time reproductive psychiatry fellow and psychiatry residents. Patients are evaluated and treated by a psychiatry resident or fellow and supervising attendings Drs. Constance Guille, Lisa Boyars,or Rubin Aujla.
Constance Guille, M.D., MSCR
Dr. Guille is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at MUSC. Dr. Guille completed her psychiatry residency training and sub-specialty training in perinatal psychiatry at Yale University. She established and is currently the Director of the Women’s Reproductive Behavioral Health Program at MUSC. The mission of the program is to improve the mental health of pregnant and postpartum women through clinical care, education, teaching, and clinical research.
Lisa Boyars, M.D.
Lisa Boyars is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at MUSC. Dr. Boyars completed her psychiatry residency training and fellowship in perinatal and reproductive health at the Medical University of South Carolina. She currently works at the Women’s Reproductive Behavioral Health Program at MUSC. She grew up in Galveston Texas and cheers for her alma mater, the Texas Longhorns. Outside of work, she keeps busy with soccer and her faithful canine companion, Monty.
Rubin Aujla, M.D., MPH
Rubin Aujla is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at MUSC. Dr. Aujla attended the University of South Carolina for medical school, and completed her MPH and psychiatry residency training at Tulane University in New Orleans. She returned home to Charleston and completed a fellowship in perinatal and reproductive health at MUSC. Dr. Aujla currently works at the Women’s Reproductive Behavioral Health Program at MUSC. When not at work she can be found volunteering at a local horse rescue and baking for friends.
Claire Smith, M.D.
Claire Smith is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at MUSC. She received her medical degree from ETSU Quillen College of Medicine and completed her psychiatry residency training at the Medical University of South Carolina. She is currently completing a fellowship in perinatal and reproductive psychiatry at MUSC. Her professional interests include treating pregnant and postpartum women who are struggling with mood and anxiety disorders, substance use, or life stress.
Edie Douglas, MPH
Edie Douglas is a Program Manager at MUSC and works with the Women’s Reproductive Behavioral Health Program in clinical research. Edie completed her undergraduate degree in Health Sciences at Furman University and a Master of Public Health at the University of Alabama Birmingham. In her spare time she enjoys running, hiking and traveling.
Lauren Shipley, BA
Lauren Shipley is a Program Coordinator at MUSC with the Women’s Reproductive Behavioral Health Program in clinical research. She completed her undergraduate degree in International Studies at the College of Charleston. In her spare time she enjoys traveling to East Africa and volunteering with a nonprofit in Northern Uganda.
Savannah Lee, BA
Savannah Lee is a Research Assistant at MUSC under the Addiction Sciences Division and works with the Women's Reproductive Behavioral Health Program in clinical research. Savannah received her Bachelor’s degree in Public Health from the University of Kentucky with a minor in Health Promotion. While not at work she can be found cheering for the Wildcat's basketball team and exploring what Charleston has to offer.
Nicole Dietrich, LMSW
Nicole Dietrich is a Social Work Director in the Women’s Reproductive Behavioral Health Program. She completed her undergraduate degree at Virginia Tech and earned her Master of Social Work at New York University. Nicole has extensive training in family therapy and specializes in treatment of substance abuse. Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with her family and volunteering.