May 2017 – Supporting the RHA

It is essential that the Comprehensive Contraception Coverage Act and the Reproductive Health Act get passed by the NYS Senate before the Affordable Care Act provisions that protect women’s health are stripped federally.  Please consider signing the petition through the link found below.  It is sponsored by Planned Parenthood and NY Civil Liberties Union.

December 2015 – New Support Groups

Coping with loss group: Thursdays at 5:15 pm – 6:15 pm
For more information or to sign up, email

New moms group: Every Wednesday from 1 pm – 2 pm
Babies welcome – This is a month long program – Group cycle starts first Wednesday of the month and runs for 4 sessions for $140
Next group to start Wednesday January 6th at 1 pm
To sign up email:

Breastfeeding sucks support group: Thursdays from 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Babies welcome – Group cycle starts Thursday January 7th and runs for 6 sessions for $210
This group runs in 6-week cycles – following group to start February 18th
To sign up email:

Working moms group: Thursdays from 7:15 pm – 8:15 pm
Babies welcome – Group cycle starts Thursday January 7th and runs for 6 sessions for $210
This group runs in 6-week cycles – following cycle to start February 18th
To sign up email:

August 2014 – Dr. Buxbaum Interviewed in AM New York

In the Auguest 18th edition of AM-New York, Downtown Women’s own, Dr. Buxbaum was interviewed for an article regarding HPV to increase knowledge of the disease, its risks and what can be done to prevent it.

July 2014 – Listeria

A supplier of stone fruit has recalled its fruit due to possible Listeria contamination. Fruit from this supplier was sold at a number of stores in the area such as Fresh Direct, BJs, and Trader Joes. These stores are now contacting people who have purchased these stone fruits over the past month or so.

Over the past several days, we have received a number of calls/emails/texts from anxious patients and referring providers in the NYU community about how to handle this outbreak. We (and the CDC) advise the following:

1. There is no good screening test for Listeria in the asymptomatic patient.

2. If a patient has a possible exposure, please advise her to be vigilant about symptoms: fever, chills, myalgias, diarrhea. These symptoms should be reported to our office if they occur.

3. If a patient has the above symptom(s), consider sending stool or blood cultures for Listeria.

4. Listeriosis can manifest up to 2-3 months after the exposure. The median incubation period is 35 days.

Finally, patients in general can be reassured that to date, there have been no cases of human infection related to the contaminated fruit.

This is a link to the CDC patient page on Listeria in pregnancy:

December 2013 – Dr. Whitehead Board Certified

Downtown Women’s very own, Dr. Antonette Whitehead, is now board certified by The American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecologists!

To become Board certified, Dr. Whitehead had to pass a written test, demonstrating that she has obtained the special knowledge and skills required for medical and surgical care of women, as well as an oral examination administered by a team of well-respected national experts.

Please join us in congratulating Dr. Whitehead in her certification!

November 2013

Dear Patients,

As you may know, , Sammy Eckstein, a 12 year old middle school student, was killed in a traffic accident in Park Slope in October. The depth of his family’s sorrow is truly unimaginable.
The partners at DTW would like to share with you a beautiful letter his family wrote, requesting action be taken on traffic safety in this city and beyond. Whether you know Sammy and his family or someone else who has been affected by a similar tragedy, or simply hope for better traffic safety, we hope you will consider contacting your representative.

Thank you, DTW


Dear Family, Friends, Colleagues and Neighbors,

Please accept our thanks for your support during this extremely difficult time. The full measure of our loss is still unfolding for us. But as time passes and we begin to resume our normal routine, we are particularly grateful to be a part of such a caring community. We received an extraordinary level of support in the outpouring of condolence cards, donations in Sammy’s memory, shiva visits, gifts of food, assistance in opening our home to so many visitors, serving, cleaning and storing food as well as help attending to various matters big and small. We have also been deeply moved by the many things Sammy’s schools and soccer teams have done to honor his memory. While the tremendous level of support was extremely helpful, the sheer scale of it makes it impossible for us to properly thank each individual personally, as much as we would like to do so. But do know that each and every act of kindness and generosity has been duly noted and is greatly appreciated. It is comforting to know that our community shares some of Sammy’s most endearing qualities.

Many of you have asked if there is anything you can do. We ask that you take a few minutes and send a personal note or call your elected official encouraging the promotion and enforcement of traffic safety measures. Below are some statistics and websites you can use to craft a letter. If you live in NYC, please send letters to your City Council representative and Bill de Blasio, our presumptive Mayor-elect.

With love and gratitude,

Amy, Gary, & Tamar
PS – When including Sammy’s name, please note that the press misspelled his last name. Despite Amy’s efforts to have him use her last name, Cohen is actually his middle name and not a hyphenated last name (i.e., Sammy Cohen Eckstein).

Bill de Blasio contact information:
New Yorkers for de Blasio
32 Court Street, Suite 902
Brooklyn, NY 11201

How to identify your Council Member: Note that nearly half of the Council seats will be turning over due to term limits but you can send a letter to the winner of the primary listed here: or call the League of Women Voters at (212) 725-3541. (If Brad Lander or Steve Levin is your representative, thank them for their support and request that they lead the charge for change.)

Local Statistics & Proposed Solutions:
Every 33 hours a New Yorker is killed in a traffic crash. According to NYPD data, 60 percent of these fatal crashes are caused by speeding, failure to yield, and a small number of other traffic violations. Yet the NYPD does not prioritize the enforcement of these violations – known from their own data to be most deadly – choosing instead to focus on violations that do not cause widespread crashes, injuries or fatalities. NYC needs to prioritize implementation of 20 MPH Slow Zones (request they be named in memory as “Sammy” Slow Zones) and Safe Routes to School improvements for more comprehensive solutions to neighborhood traffic safety concerns as well as install safe crosswalks at corners and highly-trafficked mid-blocks, especially along school routes.

National Statistics for those of you outside NYC:
In 2010, 4,280 pedestrians were killed in traffic crashes in the United States, and another 70,000 pedestrians were injured. This averages to one crash-related pedestrian death every 2 hours, and a pedestrian injury every 8 minutes.Traffic fatalities in the U.S. have been on a steady decline for nearly a decade, the result of safer cars, (hopefully) safer driver behavior, and laws that enforce seat belt use and crack down on hazards like drunken driving. But even in the midst of that big-picture trend, a small subset of this same data has lately been worrisome: Since 2009, pedestrian fatalities have actually been rising. And compared against national traffic statistics, as riding in cars has gotten safer, this means that pedestrians have grown to represent a larger share of all traffic fatalities in the U.S.


August 2013

Did you know Downtown Women offers classes and support groups?  It true!  Downtown Women is happy to announce we have just added a new postpartum support group to our growing list of classes and groups.  Support Groups will be held one Thursday evening and one Saturday afternoon a month beginning September 12th and are open to the public.  Downtown Women also currently offers Childbirth Education Classes and Early Pregnancy Classes.

For more information on our classes and groups visit our facebook page or ask your provider for a class flyer during your next visit.

July 2013 – Find Us On Facebook

Downtown Women is on facebook! Downtown Women will be using facebook to share announcements and updates about the practice as well as to share information on current women’s health issues.  Like us on facebook to stay up to date.

October 2012

Downtown Women is pleased to announce that our original 5,000 square foot space on the 3rd floor at 568 Broadway has been expanded to include a 4,000 square foot 4th floor office suite, which has added many more exam and consultation rooms. This expansion enables us to continue to provide the patients of Downtown Women OB/GYN with the fullest possible range of medical and health care needs in a spacious environment that, while state-of-the-art, remains inviting, authentic and personal.  Our physical space is an embodiment of our philosophy as practitioners and a representation of our commitment to deliver the finest medical care in an atmosphere of warmth and wellness.