Everyone has a unique motherhood journey. No matter where you are in that journey, the right strategy can help you reach your goals and create more freedom in your life.

Jill Zechowy, MS, MD.

Perinatal Psychotherapist & Family Physician
Author of the Motherhood Survival Manual
Mother of two


Dr. Jill has been working with new moms & babies for over 25 years since she graduated from University of Maryland School of Medicine. Upon completion of her family medical training, she fulfilled her US Public Health Service Scholarship providing comprehensive medical care to families in an underserved community. While there she supervised the refugee medicine program, nine school-based health centers, and became acting Medical Director at Lynn Community Health Center. She then moved to California, started her family, and became an assistant professor of medicine at the Santa Rosa Family Medicine Residency. In 2010 she completed her master's degree in counseling psychology and opened up her practice in Women's Mental Health. Dr. Jill is passionate about helping women navigate the transition to motherhood and both preventing and treating perinatal depression.


Dr. Jill's Story


Dr. Zechowy has a background in medicine as well as counseling psychology.  She graduated Magna Cum Laude from University of Rochester with a Bachelor of Science in Molecular Genetics.  She received the Take Five scholarship allowing her to persue studies in anthropology and art for a fifth year tuition-free. 

In 1996 she graduated from University of Maryland School of Medicine.  She completed her residency in 1999 at Boston University’s Malden Hospital Family Practice Residency program with rotations in obstetrics, gynecology, psychiatry, pediatrics, neonatology, and adult medicine.  She was chief academic resident her final year there and received the Resident Teaching Award.  She then fulfilled her Public Health Scholarship at a community health center in Lynn, Massachusetts. While there she served as Medical Director of nine school-based health centers and as interim Medical Director, supervising 11 physicians and 10 nurse practitioners.


After moving to California she became an Assistant Professor of Medicine at UCSF’s Santa Rosa Family Medicine Residency Program.  In her medical practice she has provided prenatal care, newborn and pediatrics, as well as adult medicine for over ten years.  She then obtained her master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from Dominican University with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy.  She has also pursued extensive graduate training in psychotherapy for women and young children at the Family Service Agency of Marin and Women’s Health Services in San Rafael. 

Dr. Zechowy is a professional member of Resolve, an association to support women experiencing infertility and also Postpartum Support International (PSI), an organization dedicated to helping women with perinatal mood disorders and anxiety. She is also a certified provider of Triple P – Positive Parenting Program, an evidenced-based intervention to assist families with young children. 

In her practice Dr. Zechowy combines her knowledge of medicine, health, and human nature to assist women on their way to greater life satisfaction.

"Dr. Zechowy’s support and guidance helped me to feel like there was hope again. She gave me the tools I needed to get to the other side of my depression and for my kids to have their mommy back. Forever grateful for her."

- LS

"Dr Zechowy has provided me with detailed and practical steps to help me recover from postpartum depression and also manage my long term mental health. The plans and advice that Dr Zechowy has given me over the years has helped me lead a happier life!"

- TS

"Dr. Zechowy guided me through my PPA with kindness and practical recommendations that made a world of difference."

- AP

Strategies to Prevent

Postpartum Depression

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