Helen Kim, MD


Dr. Kim is the Director of the HCMC 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.

During her Bush Medical Fellowship, Dr. Kim developed an interest in helping low income mothers see how their early experiences of trauma undermine their ability to parent and even more tragically, can lead to unconsciously driven re-enactments that perpetuate trauma in the lives of their children. She is 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. She finds ways to express patient narratives that challenge the stigma of mental illness and deepen empathy and compassion for those struggling. She trained at Massachusetts General Hospital and is now a Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Minnesota.

Medical School

Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA, USA