When I begin reading Sexual Intellectual Female by Regina G. Hanson, things seemed to be going well. She explored a range of sexual orientations, pointed out the problems with abstinence-based sex ed, and challenged the pressure on women to have kids.
Then the wheels fell off.
She writes that author Gina Tomaine, in an article in Philadelphia Magazine, reported that:
her research had revealed a niche career field: Reproductive Psychiatrists. Numerous women are seeking counseling for their lack of desire regarding having children. If you are a psychiatrist specializing in this ‘issue’ then there has to be a need for it or you wouldn’t stay in business two minutes.Regina G. Hanson
Um, okay, but no… Curious where that bit of incorrect info came from, I went to have a look at Ms. Tomaine’s article. She mentions a podcast that:
… featured a “reproductive psychiatrist.” (Turns out there’s a growing market for these, as well as for “baby-decision clarity mentors.” Yup. Look it up.)Gina Tomaine
The “look it up” linked to a site run by a woman whose “about” page said that she was a “Motherhood Clarity Mentor” and Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist.
Having worked in the field of psychiatry, I know what a reproductive psychiatrist does. If I didn’t know, I’d probably check with Google before making assumptions. A quick Google search for reproductive psychiatry immediately makes it clear that neither author did that quick Google search.
If you’re mentally ill and pregnant and need to figure out which of your meds are safe to continue, who are you going to be seeing? A reproductive psychiatrist. Postpartum depression? Reproductive psychiatrist. Postpartum mania? Reproductive psychiatrist. Postpartum psychosis? Reproductive psychiatrist. Depression developed during pregnancy? Reproductive psychiatrist. If I want input on the risk of me having a baby in the context of my treatment-resistant depression, who am I going to get a consultation with? A reproductive psychiatrist. Are we sensing a theme here?
I stopped reading at that point, but I felt the need to rant about it, so here it is. Don’t believe everything you read (or write, for that matter).