About the mom
Becoming a mother has been one of the most challenging experiences of my life. Nothing could have prepared me for this new chapter. No amount of reading, studying and not even my medical degree was enough, and this was what my younger naive self had to learn. I had planned everything right from my diet to my birth plan, I was going organic and planned on breastfeeding for the first two years, I knew everything about over and understimulation and I was ready!
I was not…
If ever there is a more overwhelming moment in your life it has to be when your first child is born. It also has to be the first day of many where things just don’t go according to plan. My birth plan went out the window together with my many months of planned breastfeeding. I started to question everything I had ever learnt and read about newborns and really doubted whether or not this parenting gig was for me, because I just could not get anything right!
My daughter is older now and I still have days where I feel like I am failing, but I now know that I am not alone. There is an amazing tribe of parents out there that continue to teach me so much about motherhood (more than any textbook ever could). Thanks to all the support we offer each other and the community we continue to build, together we can help make our parenting days a little more easier.
About the doc
I am a general practitioner and have spent most of my working career practicing medicine in the Emergency Room. I guess I love the adrenalin rush and the copious amounts of caffeine that needs to be consumed to get through a shift! Seeing patients in an emergency setting after an accident or with chronic end-stage disease made me realise my passion for disease prevention, health education and promotion. I wanted to be able to help my patient before he ended up in my ER.
With a focus on Child Health, I completed my Masters in Public Health and started my business, OneAid. I have also created this blog to share my journey as a MomDoc with you. I hope to share some useful information and tips around various child health and safety topics at home, at play and on the go to help keep your little ones healthy and safe.