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What’s New At Lexington Women’s Care

Lexington Women’s Care has provided comprehensive women’s health services – from routine care to specialized treatment and surgery – for more than 40 years. And now the practice has even more to offer its patients.

On September 18, Lexington Women’s Care West Columbia moved into its new office in Lexington Medical Park 3 on the hospital’s main campus. The practice, located in Suite 300, features four labs, four ultrasound rooms, education and Centering™ rooms, and two procedure rooms. Suite 300 occupies the entire third floor of Lexington Medical Park 3. 

Lexington Women’s Care is also growing to meet the needs of patients throughout the Midlands. Sandhills Women’s Care joined the physicians, nurse practitioners and midwives at Lexington Women’s Care as Lexington Women’s Care Sandhills on September 18. Douglas M. Addy, MD, FACOG; Jully A.F. Aguirre, MD; Thomas C. Austin, MD, FACOG; Crystal Y. Johnson, MD, FACOG; and Jennifer B. Linfert, MD, FACOG, will continue to care for their patients at the practice’s Northeast Columbia office and will relocate their West Columbia office to Lexington Women’s Care West Columbia.

“The quality and personalized care Lexington Women’s Care has provided for more than 40 years is now more accessible throughout our community,” said James E. Estes, MD, an OB/GYN at Lexington Women’s Care West Columbia.

Lexington Women’s Care also welcomed two physicians. Andrea Garrick, MD, joined the practice in August. She will care for patients at Lexington Women’s Care West Columbia and Lexington Women’s Care Lexington. The practice welcomed Bert Hutchinson III, MD, to Lexington Women’s Care West Columbia on September 18. He has provided comprehensive obstetric and gynecologic care to women in the Midlands for more than 30 years. He previously practiced at River Bluff GYN.

“Our doctors share the same philosophy on the best ways to deliver quality, consistent care that is tailored to each patient’s needs,” said Dr. Estes.

With Lexington Women’s Care West Columbia moving to its new location in Lexington Medical Park 3 and the additions of Lexington Women’s Care Sandhills, Dr. Garrick and Dr. Hutchinson, the practice can continue to provide customized care for women throughout the Midlands for years to come.

For more information about Lexington Women’s Care services or to find a location, visit LexingtonWomensCare.com.

Lexington Women’s Care West Columbia
Lexington Medical Park 3
155 North Hospital Drive, Suite 300
West Columbia, SC 29169

Lexington Women’s Care Irmo
1 Wellness Blvd., Suite 203
Irmo, SC 29063

Lexington Women’s Care Lexington
Lexington Medical Center Lexington
811 West Main Street, Suite 209
Lexington, SC 29072

Lexington Women’s Care Sandhills
233 Longtown Road
Columbia, SC 29229

Lexington Medical Center Welcomes Andrea Garrick, MD

Lexington Medical Center is pleased to welcome Andrea Garrick, MD, to the hospital’s network of care. Dr. Garrick will practice obstetrics and gynecology at Lexington Women’s Care, a Lexington Medical Center physician practice. Lexington Women’s Care provides comprehensive obstetric, gynecologic and diagnostic services for women in all stages of life.

Andrea Garrick, MD

A magna cum laude graduate of the College of Charleston Honors College in Charleston, South Carolina with a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry, biology and chemistry, Andrea Garrick, MD, earned her Doctor of Medicine at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston. While there, she became a member of the Gold Humanism Honor Society.

Dr. Garrick then completed her obstetrics and gynecology residency at Georgia Regents University in Augusta, Georgia, and received several awards and honors, including Intern of the Year, consecutive Resident Teaching awards and a certificate for Global Women’s Health.

Dr. Garrick has experience providing general obstetric and gynecologic services ranging from outpatient care and surgery to routine visits and complicated consultations. In addition to this training, she served as co-investigator in a research study during her residency to evaluate the effect of support group participation in women with gynecologic cancer.

Dr. Garrick is accepting new patients.

Lexington Women’s Care
155 North Hospital Drive, Suite 300
West Columbia, SC 29169
(803) 936-8100

LexingtonWomensCare.com

You’re Not Alone: The Truth About Postpartum Depression

You’ve seen the pictures on social media: happy new mothers holding their swaddled, sleeping newborn.

Exhausted, you looked in the mirror. You didn’t have enough energy to put on makeup and you still have no idea why your newborn won’t sleep.

You scrolled through a trove of pictures of smiling families with their babies and wondered, “What am I doing wrong? What am I missing?”

You felt alone.

According to Douglas M. Addy, MD, FACOG an OB/GYN at Sandhills Women’s Care, a Lexington Medical Center physician practice, that misconception is a new mother’s first mistake. You’re not alone.

While commercials, social media and magazines may portray motherhood as a perfectly joyous time, Dr. Addy said many new moms experience depression after giving birth, something often referred to as the baby blues. And 10 percent of all women who give birth experience postpartum depression, a debilitating form of depression that can, in extreme cases, be life threatening to both a new mom and her children.

“Postpartum depression can get so bad that it’s difficult to care for yourself, much less your baby, or anyone else in your family,” Dr. Addy said. “It can be a psychiatric emergency that needs to be monitored closely to make sure you’re getting better.”

Despite the severity of this condition, many women with postpartum depression often go untreated because of the stigma associated with it.

Dr. Douglas Addy

“When you have a baby, you’re supposed to be so happy that the baby is there,” Dr. Addy said. “It’s really hard for people to come to grips with what happens to their moods, and they may feel as if they’re not bonding with their baby. These women consider their feelings a sign of weakness, but it isn’t.”

Diagnosing postpartum depression can be difficult because many new moms brush off the symptoms that include lack of sleep, no appetite and an overwhelming sense of sadness as something women experience as part of childbirth.

“Women with postpartum depression find themselves crying at everything,” Dr. Addy said. “Anything can trigger an emotional response, which makes normal activities impossible.”

While the medical community knows that hormonal changes after pregnancy lead to postpartum depression, which specific hormonal changes have not been identified.

There is help for women struggling with depression after childbirth. They only need to speak with their doctor. Currently, most pediatricians also screen new moms for postpartum depression.

If a medical professional feels you have depression, he or she may refer you to a counselor, prescribe an antidepressant, or refer you to a psychiatrist for treatment. Sometimes just having someone to talk to can help.

“While postpartum depression will eventually get better, it can take a long time and there’s no need for new moms to needlessly suffer,” Dr. Addy said.