Being a pediatrician did not prepare me for parenting
“I hope being a parent will now equip me to be a better pediatrician. I hope I can teach them whatever I know about safe sleeping, breastfeeding, and newborn care, but I also hope to acknowledge the reality and struggles of parenting. I hope my statements and recommendations do not sound generic and rehearsed. I hope I can tell them every child is different and will not follow the book. I hope I can be more understanding and empathetic towards the angry and worried parents and applaud them all for what an amazing job they are doing. I hope they can remember me as a friendly face who understands their struggles and not just their doctor who tells them what to do.”
Saba Fatima is a pediatric hospitalist.
She shares her story and discusses her KevinMD article, “Being a pediatrician did not prepare me for parenting.” (https://www.kevinmd.com/blog/2021/01/being-a-pediatrician-did-not-prepare-me-for-parenting.html)