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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

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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.

Carolina Women’s Physicians Opens New Office In Irmo

Carolina Women’s Physicians has opened a new office in Irmo to better serve its patients. Located near Lexington Medical Center Irmo at 7045 St. Andrews Road, patients will have access to the same services offered at the practice’s West Columbia location.

Pictured left to right: Amy McMillan, PA; Julie A. Reed, MD; Elizabeth S. Lambert, MD; Jennifer A. Greene, MD; Allyson I. Jones, MD; and Samantha F. Morton, MD

“Since I joined Carolina Women’s Physicians five years ago, patients have asked me if we would ever open an office in Irmo. We’re happy to say that we listened, and our Irmo location is now open,” said Julie Reed, MD.

The providers at Carolina Women’s Physicians – Jennifer Greene, MD; Allyson Jones, MD; Elizabeth Lambert, MD; Samantha Morton, MD; Julie Reed, MD; and Amy McMillan, PA – and their teams will rotate their schedules between the two offices, which means patients will receive the same compassionate care for women, by women at the Irmo location.

“All of our providers are excited about this new space. We have so many patients from the Irmo/Chapin area, and we hope they will enjoy the convenience of this office for years to come,” said Dr. Morton.

This location is extra special to some of the providers at the practice because they call this area home.

“Our children and families are part of this community. We’re delighted to make our practice part of it as well,” said Dr. Jones.

Appointments at Carolina Women’s Physicians’ West Columbia and Irmo locations are available Monday through Thursday from 7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and Friday from 7:00 a.m. to noon. For more information about the practice and its providers, visit CarolinaWomensPhysicians.com.

Two Convenient Locations
146 North Hospital Drive, Suite 240
West Columbia, SC 29169

7045 St. Andrews Road
Columbia, SC 29212

Now Accepting Patients
(803) 936-7590