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

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

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by Wendy Sue Swanson
 

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“Parents want to do what’s right,” explains Mama Doc blogger and physician Wendy Sue Swanson. Yet many parents find that defining what’s right can sometimes be elusive, so Dr. Swanson has created this innovative guide to help.
Pediatrician, mother and blogger Dr. Wendy Sue Swanson helps decipher today’s conflicting medical opinions,

Overview

“Parents want to do what’s right,” explains Mama Doc blogger and physician Wendy Sue Swanson. Yet many parents find that defining what’s right can sometimes be elusive, so Dr. Swanson has created this innovative guide to help.
Pediatrician, mother and blogger Dr. Wendy Sue Swanson helps decipher today’s conflicting medical opinions, offers helpful online resources, and shares what she’s learned over many years from her patients, friends and family in this enlightening guide to parenting.

Based on the popular SeattleMamaDoc blog, Mama Doc Medicine is a timely collection of almost 100 entries grouped under the following headings:
1. Prevention for Infants and Toddlers
2. Social-Emotional Support
3. Immunizations
4. Work-Life Balance/Mothering

Using Dr. Swanson’s experience as a mother and physician, this book provides simple answers to the “how,” “what,” “why,” and “who” questions of parenting.

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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781581108378
Publisher:
American Academy of Pediatrics
Publication date:
03/04/2014
Pages:
389
Sales rank:
1,242,486
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.00(d)

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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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Mama Doc Medicine: Finding Calm and Confidence in Parenting, Child Health, and Work-Life Balance 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
MomsChoiceAwards More than 1 year ago
A recipient of the Mom's Choice Awards! The Mom's Choice Awards® (MCA) evaluates products and services created for parents and educators and is globally recognized for establishing the benchmark of excellence in family-friendly media, products and services. Using a rigorous evaluation process, entries are scored on a number of elements including production quality, design, educational value, entertainment value, originality, appeal and cost. Around the world, parents, educators, retailers and members of the media trust the MCA Honoring Excellence seal when selecting quality products and services for families and children.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.