Commitment to Patient-Centered Care
“I am very interested in helping patients create new narratives to find meaning in their suffering and to parent and embrace their children with an urgent awareness of the opportunity to rewrite the negative or tragic narratives they have inherited. I find ways to express patient narratives that challenge the stigma of mental illness.”
Dr. Kim is the Director of the Hennepin Healthcare Mother-Baby Program whose mission is to support struggling pregnant women and mothers and to help them parent their children with awareness, love and compassion. In 2013, she helped create the Mother Baby Program to specifically focus on the mother-child relationship as a target for intervention using a multidisciplinary team that draws from attachment-based, psychodynamic, mentalization-based, family system, narrative, and mindfulness therapy. The Mother Baby Program includes the Mother Baby Day Hospital, the 4th intensive outpatient program in the U.S. and the first in Minnesota to focus on perinatal women and their attachment to their babies.
The Mother-Baby Program also includes the HopeLine, a centralized phone service for struggling pregnant women and parents which offers triage and connection with resources as a way to save lives, relieve suffering, and reduce the risk for child maltreatment and abuse. The HopeLine also fields calls from medical professionals and offers guidance on psychotropic medication, treatment and resources for pregnant and postpartum women with mental illness.
As a member of the Mother-Baby team, Dr. Kim sees herself as an integrative medicine practitioner who encourages compassionate curiosity about how the mind, brain, body, and spirit are interconnected and how meaningful connection, nutrition, movement, purpose, and, sometimes, psychiatric medication, can facilitate mind-body health and emotion regulation.
- Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA, USA
- Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, University of Minnesota
- Top Doctors, Mpls/St. Paul Magazine, 2018
- Top Doctors, Minnesota Monthly, 2018