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Mama Doc Medicine: Finding Calm and Confidence in Parenting, Child Health, and Work-Life Balance Paperback – March 4, 2014
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Grandmas will find themselves thinking, “If only pediatricians wrote parenting blogs (and turned them into books) when I was pregnant!” Swanson—a pediatrician, mom, and blogger (Seattle Mama Doc)—tackles everything from vaccines (get them) to bouncy houses (beware) and has organized her book into four sections covering “Prevention,” “Social-Emotional Support,” “Immunizations,” and “Work-Life Balance/Mothering.” The chapters consist of enhanced posts from her blog accompanied by vital statistics, links, and helpful summaries and charts, and this format works well. Swanson explains the science of everything from those six soft spots on a baby’s head (they let the fast-growing brain expand and cushion the skull until it closes) to chicken-pox parties (not a good idea) and discusses a wide range of subjects from colic to same-sex marriage with candor and humor. For parents who want even more, Swanson lists good online, Twitter, and Facebook resources. The result is a celebration of momhood that ends with the memorable line: “Bear witness to the ultimate luxury of life: the gift of your child.” --Karen Springen
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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Each of the book's four sections is divided into short, pithy chapters well suited to the stolen moments of time we tend to have as parents. It was a great read cover to cover, but it certainly wouldn’t have to be read this way. This is a book one could easily pick up and read for 5-10 minutes on a topic that you are worried about, finding answers to those late night questions quickly and easily. It is obviously a book written for the digital age parent with helpful infographics and links to websites with further information.
Dr. Swanson’s subtitle is “Finding Calm and Confidence in Parenting, Child Health, and Work-Life Balance” and remarkably (unlike many other parenting books) I did feel more calm for having read this book. I came away with renewed belief that, with a few important exceptions, our child’s health and well being is most impacted by us loving them the best way we know how. We all likely know this instinctively. But having it reinforced in such a lovely way is perhaps the best reason to read Mama Doc Medicine.
On another note - I have ADD when I read and this book kept me occupied. With most books, I can get through 4-5 pages, I get distracted and its off to the races. Mama Doc Medicine totally mixes it up between short, high-yield chapters, "Mama Doc Vitals" highlight sections, excerpts from her twitter account, graphics, expert interviews, and an overall entertaining style of prose.
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Two things I really appreciate about Wendy Sue Swanson's work: she cites facts and delivers insights with a smile, like an understanding and expert friend. Arm yourself with those facts and nurture yourself by reading her personal take on them.
Useful for both parents and the practitioners who care for their children, Dr. Wendy Sue Swanson brings levity and evidence to the issues we grapple with on a daily basis. Each chapter is extremely informative and punctuated by her own stories as a concerned parent and pediatrician. She seamlessly weaves in the expertise of the network of trusted pediatric subspecialists that she has built through more than a decade of medical training and practice.