The Short Answer: Yes, an OB/GYN (Obstetrician/Gynecologist) can technically write an ESA (Emotional Support Animal) letter for their patients, but they are usually not the best option. Most ESA letters come from mental health professionals with assistance animal experience.
What gives OBGYNs the ability to write ESA letters?
For an ESA letter to be valid, it must come from a licensed healthcare professional who has evaluated the patient for a mental health condition. Typically, ESA letters are issued by licensed therapists, counselors, and social workers.
Obstetricians cover pregnancy, childbirth, and the postpartum period. Gynecologists are medical specialists in the health of the female reproductive system – vagina, uterus, ovaries, and breasts.
While mental health symptoms like depression and anxiety can certainly accompany conditions that these doctors specialize in, OB/GYNs typically are not responsible for directly addressing mental health concerns.
Who should you see instead?
The easiest way to see if you qualify for an ESA letter is to consult with an online licensed mental health professional. ESA rules allow online providers to evaluate clients for emotional support animals.
ESA Doctors connects individuals to licensed mental health professionals specializing in ESA letters. If you qualify, they will provide a signed ESA letter that complies with the latest ESA regulations.