Ariela Frieder, MD is a psychiatrist specializing in perinatal psychiatry and certified in Perinatal Mental Health by Postpartum Support International (PSI).

Dr. Frieder will review principals of psychopharmacology in the perinatal period, the treatment of affective and psychotic disorders, and evidence about medication use while breastfeeding.

Participants will leave with and understanding of the risk of untreated psychiatric illness during pregnancy and postpartum, medication management in the perinatal period, and be able to discuss the decision making process for treatment of perinatal mood and anxiety disorders (PMADs)

Hi, I’m Dr. Ariela Frieder.


I am a board certified psychiatrist specializing in perinatal psychiatry and certified in Perinatal Mental Health by Postpartum Support International (PSI).

My background includes a residency in OBGYN in Argentina, and a residency in Adult Psychiatry and a Fellowship in Consultation Liaison Psychiatry at Montefiore Medical Center/ Albert Einstein College of Medicine in the Bronx. Initially, after graduation I worked at the Primary care and High Risk OBGYN clinic at Montefiore Medical Group where I treated women suffering from different psychiatric conditions and going through pregnancy, postpartum, infertility and perinatal losses and both men and women with medical problems who needed psychiatric treatment. I taught and supervised residents, fellows and medical students. In 2015 I left Montefiore to join Northwell Health where I worked as the Director of Psychiatry at LIJ Forest Hills Hospital and at Zucker Hillside Hospital perinatal program. Eventually, I transitioned to be the physician in charge of the Perinatal Program at Zucker Hillside Hospital in NY. There, I had the opportunity to treat hundreds of women with psychiatric problems during the perinatal period. I also continued to teach and supervise psychiatrists in training and medical students. I had the opportunity to present in conferences, write articles and still do. 

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Psychopharmacology in Pregnancy in Postpartum