What is your most recent book?
Tell us a bit about it.
The Newborn Baby Blueprint is a survival guide for new modern moms. Being a new parent is awesome and amazing and…terrifying. There is so much to learn, so much to prepare for. For most moms I meet, it can be hard to think beyond the birth experience to caring for the actual baby. This is not a time parents want to completely wing it but, regrettably, that’s what often happens. I wrote The Newborn Baby Blueprint to help modern mothers feel confident and educated as they start their motherhood journeys.
Tell us something about yourself.
I’m a full-time pediatrician and a mom to two young girls. As a journalism major and aspiring doctor, my goal was to use my unfiltered storytelling skills and my medical expertise to give parents the information they need in a way that resonated and inspired. After completing my Masters of Public Health at the University of California, Berkeley, my pediatrics training at Stanford University, and years of private practice office visits, I started blogging at Modern Mommy Doc to make my original vision a reality. The response was overwhelming, with moms locally and nationally expressing relief that, finally, a doctor was being real with them about how to navigate the early years of parenthood.
What inspired you to write this book?
My own experience with Postpartum Depression and Anxiety inspired me to write a guide for new moms. Even though I was an experienced pediatrician when I had my first baby, the never-ending sleepless nights, colicky days, and miserable evenings hit me hard. I realized there was a ton of practical information about mommy self-care and infant care no one else was talking about. Once my second daughter became a toddler, I started working on developing resources for others moms like me.
Do you have a daily or weekly writing schedule, or do you write only when you are inspired?
I can’t write well when I’m not inspired, but I can still write. When I’m not “in the zone,” I keep telling myself as I craft sentences that the version I’m creating now is only a draft— there will be plenty of time for revisions later. Keeping this perspective helps me avoid writer’s block and keeps my momentum going.
What is the best advice you could give other writers about writing or publishing?
I had lofty dreams of authorship for years, never able to bring myself to put pen to paper. It was only when I developed an online course, essentially writing what would become my book’s contents in Powerpoint presenter notes, that I was able to get out of my own head and just say what I need to say. If you’re thinking of writing a book, don’t let the thought of working through an entire manuscript stop you. Even if it takes writing in a less traditional way or writing in sections, just start!
Who is the perfect reader for your book?
This book is for first-time expectant mothers who want to win at parenting without losing themselves. It’s especially helpful for understanding what to expect in the hospital, at the doctor’s office, and at home with a newborn.
Where can others learn more about you and your book?
You can find me blogging at modernmommydoc.com. At Modern Mommy Doc, our goal is to help new moms win at parenting without losing themselves. We provide free infant care and toddler parenting guides. My book is sold in eBook and paperback formats on iBooks, amazon.com, and barnesandnoble.com, plus in eBook format on our website. Follow us on Instagram, Pinterest, and Facebook!