Hey Jane offers Complete Care — therapy, safe medication, and community support, all in one place.
Together, they can make you feel better sooner.
*A $20 fee will be charged for no-shows or appointment cancellations within 48 hours.
Jessica Vernon, MD (she/her)
I’m a mom and an OB-GYN, with a focus on pregnancy and postpartum support—because I’ve been there. I’m now on a journey to help as many birthing parents as possible find their own paths to recovery.
Karen Sheffield-Abdullah, PhD, RN, CNM (she/her)
I’m a registered nurse, certified nurse-midwife, mindfulness instructor, and mother of four who’s passionate about addressing stress and anxiety in Black women.
Vanessa Barisano, PMHNP-BC, MSN, BSN, RN (she/her)
I’m a perinatal psychiatric nurse practitioner, certified parent educator, perinatal mood and anxiety disorder (PMAD) survivor, and mom who has dedicated the past 30 years to supporting my patients through this journey called parenthood.
Still have questions?
Perinatal mood and anxiety disorders (PMADs) describe a group of disorders and distressing feelings that parents may feel during pregnancy and throughout the first year after pregnancy. The term “perinatal” refers to the period during pregnancy and for the first year postpartum. Approximately one in three new parents experience some symptoms of PMADs, and many partners do as well. As many as four in five new birthing parents experience the "baby blues", a postpartum state of emotions ranging from tearfulness and unhappiness to worry, self-doubt, and fatigue. While baby blues are very common in the first few weeks after delivery, they go away on their own within a couple of weeks. If symptoms are more severe or last longer than the first few weeks, you may be suffering from a PMAD. Symptoms include feeling/having:
- Hopeless or helpless
- Overly stressed or overwhelmed
- A lack of motivation, energy, or interest
- More scared or worried than usual
- Angry, guilty, shameful
- Reliving past trauma
- Obsessive thoughts
- Panic attacks
- Sleep problems
There are increased risks to both you and your baby if anxiety and depression during the perinatal period is left untreated or suboptimally treated (that is, treated but still symptomatic).
Increased risks for you:
- Poor nutrition
- Poor compliance with prenatal care
- Preterm birth
- Low birth weight
- Mania, psychosis, suicidal ideation, death
- Substance use
- Chronic depression and anxiety symptoms
- Mania, psychosis, suicidal ideation, death
- Decreased productivity at work
- Decreased quality of life
- Increased healthcare costs, visits to ER
Increased risks to your child:
- Poor bonding between infant and parent
- Breast/chest feeding difficulties and decreased duration
- Infant death
- Delays in Cognitive development
- Early onset of depressive illness
- Emotional and conduct disorders
- Special education needs
You are eligible for treatment with Hey if you are::
- At least 18 years old
- Reside in NYC, Long Island, or Westchester county
- Are pregnant or have given birth within the last year and a half
- Medically eligible
Check your eligibility here.
There are three treatments that Hey Jane offers for perinatal mood and anxiety disorders.
For early access members who join our pilot program, treatment will include six 45-minute therapy sessions (two per month) via video calls over the course of three months. It will also include unlimited messaging with your provider and access to The Lounge, our anonymous online perinatal support community. Optional a la carte video therapy sessions are available if you and your provider find it would be beneficial to meet more frequently.
During your initial consultation, a certified perinatal mental health care provider will perform a comprehensive evaluation, provide a diagnosis, and develop a treatment plan, which may include antidepressant medications.
If you are prescribed medication, your provider will use a combination of video follow-up visits and secure messaging every two to four weeks to check in. Your medication dosage may be adjusted based on your needs. Your treatment will also include unlimited messaging with your provider should anything come up in between check-ins, as well as access to The Lounge, our anonymous online perinatal support community.
Complete Care (Medication and Therapy)
For many, the most effective treatment for anxiety and depression is a combination of antidepressant medication and therapy. This includes those navigating perinatal mood and anxiety disorders. This treatment option includes six therapy sessions (one every other week) and medication management for three months. It will also include unlimited messaging with your provider and access to The Lounge, our anonymous online perinatal support community. With this comprehensive treatment plan you will have all of the tools you need to start feeling like yourself again as soon as possible.
Hey Jane’s team consists of board-certified, US-licensed providers from top institutions—who also understand what you’re going through, because they’ve been through it themselves.
Jessica Vernon, MD, is Hey Jane’s Medical Director (and mom to Cahya and Lyla). For more than a decade she has been focusing on pregnancy and postpartum support, to help as many birthing parents as possible find their own paths to recovery—because she’s been there. She believes that taking care of your mental wellness means you’re helping your whole family thrive. Jessica also serves as the director of the Perinatal Mental Health Program at NYU Langone Obstetrics and Gynecology Associates, and is a physician advisor for the Black Mothers Matter Committee, where she received a grant to create an educational curriculum training OB/GYNs in caring for perinatal mood and anxiety disorders (PMADs). Jessica received her MD from the University of Texas and completed her residency at Sinai Hospital of Baltimore.
Karen Sheffield-Abdullah, PhD, RN, CNM, is a certified nurse-midwife, mindfulness teacher, and researcher (as well as mom to Eddie Jr., Brynn, Amaya, and Laila). Her research examines and explores stress and anxiety in Black birthing parents and the impact on their birth outcomes, quality of life, and wellbeing. She is dedicated to providing culturally humble, person-centered care that elevates the voices of marginalized communities so that they are seen, heard, and valued. Karen is a member of the APA Maternal Health Board and had been a nurse abstractor on the Maternal Mortality Review Committee. She received her MSN from Yale University, and her PhD in nursing from University of North Carolina Chapel Hill.
Vanessa Barisano, PMHNP-BC, is a perinatal psychiatric nurse practitioner, certified postnatal educator, PMAD survivor, and mom to Daniela and Anthony who has dedicated the past 30 years to supporting her patients through this journey called parenthood. Her focus is medication management in combination with supportive talk therapy tailored for her patients’ specific needs, and has vast experience treating a broad range of mental health conditions—integrating evidence-based research, clinical expertise, and patient priorities. Vanessa received her BSN from the College of Mount Saint Vincent, her MSN from Stony Brook University, and completed the Psychiatry Program at Massachusetts General Hospital. She is board certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center, and received her perinatal mental health certificate from Postpartum Support International. Vanessa currently serves as an adjunct clinical professor with the accelerated baccalaureate nursing program at Stony Brook University.
The cost of your treatment will depend on your plan. As an early access member in our pilot, we’re currently offering three treatment plans at 50% off for a limited time: Complete Care ($175 per month), Therapy only ($140 per month), and Medication only ($45 per month) in return for your feedback. There is a minimum four-month commitment to join the pilot program.
All fees are waived for early access Medicaid participants—because everyone deserves care and support throughout their postpartum journey.
We’re not currently accepting insurance for our postpartum support treatment plans. Join as an early access member today and get 50% off any plan for a limited time, plus the chance to help other parents by sharing feedback on the program and your experience. All fees are waived for early access Medicaid participants—because everyone deserves care and support throughout their postpartum journey.