Mama Doc Medicine: Finding Calm and Confidence in Parenting, Child Health, and Work-Life Balance

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Available January 2014! From Seattle Mama Doc blogger, pediatrician, and mom Wendy Sue Swanson comes this great resource, which is a collaboration of blog posts on parenting, work-life balance, vaccines, and prevention. This insightful book will support parents and provide a sense of relief when making decisions in parenting while also detailing Wendy Sue's experience as a mother and pediatrician.
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Overview

Available January 2014! From Seattle Mama Doc blogger, pediatrician, and mom Wendy Sue Swanson comes this great resource, which is a collaboration of blog posts on parenting, work-life balance, vaccines, and prevention. This insightful book will support parents and provide a sense of relief when making decisions in parenting while also detailing Wendy Sue's experience as a mother and pediatrician.
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
01/20/2014
Pediatrician, mother of two, and “Seattle Mamma Doc” blogger Swanson combines some of her most popular blog posts with new information in this helpful guide for parents. Swanson has a busy pediatric clinic schedule, so she understands the struggle to balance family life and professional responsibilities. Arranged in four sections (“Prevention,” “Social-Emotional Support,” “Immunizations,” and “Work-Life Balance/Mothering”), her guide is practical as well as personal. Swanson shares her vulnerabilities and fears: admitting to “helicopter parent” tendencies, she frets about her baby’s soft spot, and panics at the thought of the bouncy house and a certain bike her son rides. In addition, she writes with candor about her (ultimately unfounded) doubts that she could love a second child as much as the first. Wearing her doctor hat (and partnering here with the AAP), Swanson devotes an entire section to defending immunizations; while recognizing parental concerns, she is a strong proponent of their use. She supports technology and encourages parents to seek information online, from reputable sources. Parents looking for current research as well as friendly advice will appreciate Swanson’s centered approach to doctoring and parenting. (Mar.)
From the Publisher

Dr Wendy Sue Swanson is a brilliant pediatrician, but she is a mom first. She has an unmatched talent for conveying important health-related information with compassion and empathy by providing the data, offering her opinion, and empowering parents to make informed choices. This collection of blog posts and stories is for parents who want to join other parents in understanding the true science behind pediatric recommendations and the struggles we all face with work-life balance.
- Alanna Levine, MD, FAAP

A funny, irreverent, compassionate, and timely guide to how to raise a child in an era when misinformation often rules the day.
- Paul A. Offit, MD, FAAP; Chief, Division of Infectious Diseases; The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia; Author of Autism's False Prophets: Bad Science, Risky Medicine, and the Search for a Cure

I first discovered Wendy Sue Swanson as @SeattleMamaDoc on Twitter. I loved seeing her take on the most important children's health issues of the day. From there I found her terrific blog. Here in one collection is the best of Seattle Mama Doc, evidence-based advice on so many of the questions parents raise. It is packed with practical information; loaded with facts and tips to let you make informed decisions about your child's life. It also contains great advice on balancing your role as a parent with the other things you do in your life. A must read for new parents!
- Richard Besser, MD, FAAP; Chief Medical Editor, ABC News; Author of Tell Me the Truth, Doctor

In Mama Doc Medicine, Dr Swanson effortlessly tackles some of the most difficult and controversial parenting topics with guidance, facts, and real-world examples – leaving you informed and inspired. Life would have been a lot less stressful if my wife and I had had this book when we were starting our family.
- Seth Mnookin; Associate director, MIT Graduate Program in Science Writing; Author of The Panic Virus

I dare you to read this book and NOT immediately incorporate several new techniques into your parenting style. You’ll find yourself continually quoting “Mama Doc” to family and friends over the course of any given day.
- Michele Borba, PhD; Internationally recognized parenting expert; Today show contributor; Author of 22 books including The Big Book of Parenting Solutions and Building Moral Intelligence

Dr Swanson has used the tools of the digital age to define herself as one of this generation’s most genuine and influential physician voices. Mama Doc Medicine delivers actionable, evidence-based information with the type of transparent, reassuring authority that only she can deliver.
- Bryan Vartabedian, MD; Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Baylor College of Medicine/Texas Children’s Hospital; Blogger at 33charts.com

I wish I had this book when I was a new mom! Filled with humor and compassion, Mama Doc Medicine is a great guide for helping parents navigate all the stages of childhood and not forgetting their own health in the process!
- Laurie David; Author of Stop Global Warming: The Solution Is You!; Producer of An Inconvenient Truth

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781581108378
  • Publisher: American Academy of Pediatrics
  • Publication date: 3/4/2014
  • Pages: 389
  • Sales rank: 180,471
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Wendy Sue Swanson, MD, MBE, FAAP, is a practicing pediatrician living in Seattle, WA, with her husband and 2 young boys. Partnering with her patients and their parents fuels her passion to improve health care. As executive director for Center for Digital Health at Seattle Children’s Hospital, she works to revolutionize health care delivery using social media and digital tools to bridge the gap between parents and doctors. In her blog Seattle Mama Doc, Dr Swanson tackles issues ranging from vaccines to work-life balance, providing a voice of reason to help parents gain clarity and eliminate fear when making decisions for their children. Dr Swanson is an executive committee member of the American Academy of Pediatrics Council on Communications and Media. She is on the Board of Advisors for Parents magazine and the Advisory Board for the Mayo Clinic Center for Social Media.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 22, 2014

    Really good book for new moms!

    Good information for new parents. I wish I had had this when I was raising children and my daughter who has three already was thrilled for the help. Good stuff from a pediatrician who is also a mother herself. Also bought one for my son and wife who just had their first baby 2 months ago and they also like the good info. And they are planning on following her blog.

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