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Author: Dr. Mona Amin

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Welcome to The Pedsdoctalk Podcast. A podcast hosted by U.S. based Pediatrician and mother Dr. Mona Amin to educate and empower parents in their journey through parenthood. Episodes will include education regarding hot topics in Pediatrics, interviews with experts in the field, conversations with fellow parents, and insight into her experience as a mother and Pediatrician. Content is both evidence-based and experienced-based to give you tips to keep your child healthy and mindful. Follow her on Instagram @pedsdoctalk and YouTube (PedsDocTalk TV) for more!
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In honor of Black Maternal Health Week, I welcome Dr. Jasmine Johnson (@mrsmommymd on Instagram). a Maternal Fetal Medicine Fellow with a focus on women’s health disparities. Her research looks at the disparities that exist for Black women in pregnancy, labor and delivery.Systemic Racism is a reality and healthcare plays a huge part of this.Racism and bias can play a huge roll in the outcomes of Black mothers. In this episode we discuss:1. Why it's important that we discuss systemic racism as it relates to healthcare.2. Research in racism and pregnancy outcomes. 3. Breastfeeding statistics for Black women compared to non-Black women.4. How  systemic racism put Black women, especially Black pregnant women, at a disadvantage. 5. Why systemic racism effects us all.6. What we can do to cause change. Further reading:https://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/volumes/68/wr/mm6834a3.htmhttps://www.pbs.org/newshour/health/racial-disparities-persist-for-breastfeeding-moms-heres-whyhttps://implicit.harvard.edu/implicit/takeatest.html
On this first episode of Monday Mornings with Dr. Mona I answer two questions from two parents.A 13 month old who started Baby Led Weaning (BLW) at 6 months and was a great eater who is now going through food refusal. And Rachel, a mother of a 4 month old, who had questions about when her child can go into the pool, ocean, and if floaties were recommended. Tune in to hear me help these parents.If you have a question, call 954 526 2641 to leave a message.I may feature your question on a future episode. 
On this episode of "A Mother's Message," I welcome Lori, who was diagnosed with autism as an adult. We discuss what prompted her to get evaluated for autism, what the diagnosis meant for her, how it helped her to have this diagnosis, and a message to all regarding autism. As a reminder, this is the perspective of only one autistic adult. It's important that in honoring neurodiversity, we remember to open up our minds and conversations about neurodiversity and that includes interacting with various neurodiverse adults and children. 
On this episode, I welcome Katie. As part of my "A Mother's Message" series, I welcome moms to discuss things they would like to share with their world. This series is meant to inspire and educate moms through the experiences we go through as mother. Our hope is to also spread acceptance of diversity, especially neurodiversity, in honor of Autism Acceptance Month. Tune in as we talk about when her daughter was diagnosed with autism, the process in getting the diagnosis, how she navigated the process, and a message she has for parents of both neurotypical and neuroatypical children. 
On this episode in honor of Autism Acceptance month, I welcome Andi Putt (@mrsspeechiep on Instagram) . She is a pediatric speech language pathologist who conducts Autism evaluations and is a neurodiversity advocate.I welcome her to discuss the following:What is identity-first versus person-first language?Outdated terminology when discussing our autistic communityBiggest misconceptions regarding autismCommon characteristics with a breakdown of questions that your Pediatrician may ask or screen for during well-visitsTune in to learn more and make sure to follow us on Instagram (@pedsdoctalk and @mrsspeechiep) 
In honor of Autism Acceptance and acceptance of neurodiversity, I invited Dr Tamar Nazarian Chorbadjian, a Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrician. We discuss the following:The role of a Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrician in taking care of neurodiverse childrenThe current statistics of autism and why we think we are seeing higher rates nowKnown risk factors How the diagnosis is made Misinformation regarding autism The importance of establishing services early for a child. Tune in to learn about autism and make sure to follow us @pedsdoctalk and @drtamardbp to continue the conversation
A person's breastfeeding journey can be filled with so many emotions.Choosing to wean your baby from breastfeeding can be filled with excitement, sadness, nerves, and/or guilt. Every woman is different in how she feels when this time of her and her child's life transitions and it's important to recognize these spectrum of feelings as normal and valid.On this episode, I welcome back IBCLC Melissa Mancini (@more_than_milk on Instagram).  We discuss how mothers decide the time is best for them to wean, some tips on how to wean, and we discuss the emotional aspects of weaning that are not always talked about.Make sure to follow us at @pedsdoctalk and @more_than_milk for more! Thank you to our sponsor: BetterHelp for sponsoring this episode. To schedule your first therapy session, visit https://www.betterhelp.com/peds to get 10% off your first month 
One of my favorite things about this podcast is meeting and talking to other experts in the field of pediatrics. There is no better expert than a mom. I started this series: "A mother's message" to invite mothers to share their stories. Our stories can help others and I am so excited to welcome @abbyrosegreen in honor of World Down syndrome Day. We discuss her family's journey when they found out their son has Down syndrome, the misconceptions out there regarding Down syndrome, and some of the invisible struggles that others may not realize. Abby's message is so important for the world to hear and I'm so honored she joined me today for this very important epiosde.Abby co-hosts her own podcast, called HERself sharing stories and motivation for every woman.Make sure to follow her on Instagram @abbyrosegreen and subscribe to her podcast to be inspired! https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/herself/id1489878793
March 21st is World Down Syndrome Day. A day to recognize and spread awareness of those with Down syndrome. THIS EPISODE IS PART 1 OF 2 EPISODES: MAKE SURE TO LISTEN TO EPISODE 58: A MOTHER'S MESSAGE-DOWN SYNDROME AWARENESS. In honor of this, I welcome Dr. Sajel Lala (@Lalagenetics on Instagram). We discuss Down syndrome statistics, risk factors, how the diagnosis can be made, what is monitored through the child's life, and some misconceptions about those with Down syndrome.Make sure to listen to Episode 58 for more insight and awareness celebrating World Down syndrome Day. 
It is the year anniversary of this pandemic being declared by the WHO. We have seen many lives lost, many families impacted, and are always being required to stay flexible with changing guidance, research, and data.When it comes to kids, many parents have felt like guidance has been lacking. We know kids are not severely affected with complications as much as older adults, but they are at risk of getting this illness. And some risk is still risk.I invited Jessica Malaty Rivera (@jessicamalatyrivera on Instagram), who is an Infectious Disease Epidemiologist,  Science Communication Lead at The COVID Tracking Project, and mother.  We discuss the pandemic as it stands and what it means for our children and some of the following:What does Jessica do as an infectious disease epidemiologist?When do we foresee kids receiving the vaccines?Is there a chance kids won't need the vaccine?Why is it important to test the vaccine in children?Why is a vaccine important for kids even if they are not as affected by severe disease? What has been the hardest part of being on social media and spreading evidence-based information during this pandemic? How to most recent CDC guidelines (From March 8th) regarding vaccinated adults impacts those with children. Tune in and make sure to follow us @jessicamalatyrivera and @pedsdoctalk for more COVID-related education! Thank you to our sponsor: BetterHelp for sponsoring this episode. To schedule your first therapy session, visit https://www.betterhelp.com/peds to get 10% off your first month 
Am I giving my child a well-rounded diet?How much salt and seasonings is okay?What is the deal with marketing for kid's foods and why is it a problem?How can we balance "convenience" foods and healthy foods?These are all common questions I get asked as a Pediatrician and on my Instagram @pedsdoctalk. I welcome Monica Auslander (@eatlikemonica on Instagram). She is a Registered Dietician and founder of Essence Nutrition.We both discuss food-shopping for our families, how to be a more conscious food shopper, and how to remove the guilt surrounding what we feed our kids.Make sure to follow @eatlikemonica and @pedsdoctalk for more! 
As an OB and Pediatrician, a common assumption of us two doctor moms is that we have it all figured out. Not. Always. I welcome my friend Dr. Marta Perez (on Instragram as @dr.martaperez), who is an OB and new mom. We chat about motherhood and everything that got us here today. We share a heart-to-heart about the assumptions that are made of us as physicians and doctor moms. Did we fear pregnancy, labor, or motherhood?Did we experience anxiety in pregnancy or postpartum even with all we know?Do we experience momma guilt?Did we empathize more with our patients after our experiences being pregnant and becoming a mom?Dr. Marta Perez and I break it all down and also educate about the real deal--the truth behind pregnancy, labor, delivery, and motherhood!Make sure to follow us on Instagram (@pedsdoctalk and @dr.martaperez)
As parents, one of our hopes is to allow our children to live a long and healthy life.Part of this, is creating heart healthy habits for our children.I welcome Dr. Renee Rodriguez (Paro), who is a Pediatric Cardiologist and mom, to talk all about how we promote heart healthy habits for our patients and our own families.We discuss the importance of creating heart-healthy habits and offer simple ways to make this a possibility for your family.What are some ways we can create heart-healthy habits?Why is this important?How can we teach our children the importance of this?What are screening tests done in Pediatrics for heart health?What do Pediatric Cardiologists do as a specialty?Tune in as we discuss heart health for our children in honor of American Heart Month Make sure to follow @pedsdoctalk and @drreneeparo on Instagram for more tips! 
Oh toddler sleep!This can be a struggle for many families. Perhaps you had an infant who was a 'great' sleeper and is now going through a regression OR you want to teach your toddler to fall asleep independently for the first time. Toddler sleep issues can be a struggle. I welcome Victoria from Bella Luna Family, who is a  sleep consultant and mother to a toddler. We discuss toddler sleep including regressions. How can we teach our toddler independent sleep skills?What are toddler sleep regressions and why do they happen?What do we do during these regressions?What is the key to success in helping teach our toddler to sleep?What are some various strategies to consider?Tune in as we discuss all of these questions Make sure to visit https://bellalunafamily.com/ for more help with all things parenting (sleep, behavior, and potty training!) Follow @bellalunafamily and @pedsdoctalk on Instagram for more sleep and parenting tips! 
Pandemic+Winter+Kids= can be a tough combination.That's why I invited Elina, who is a Physical Therapist, mom, and lover of all things movement for kids. She comes on the episode to talk all about how we can keep our kids moving indoors during this pandemic winter.She offers practical ways to encourage movement for our children from her experience as a working-from-home mom in a cold-weather climate. How can we make screen time more physically active?What items can we use around the house to create activities?What are some ways to develop motor skills at home?We discuss this and so much more.Make sure to follow @elinadpt and @pedsdoctalk for more content. 
Child safety can be overwhelming.I find a lot of my families struggle with how to make sense of all this information.So, I welcome Holly Choi. She is a mother, CPR/first aid instructor, child burn educator, and child passenger safety technician to speak about 10 things she wishes every parents would know about child safety.How can we prevent burns in the home?What are the biggest safety tips around the home? What are the most common injuries we see as a Pediatrician and safety educator? How do we make sure toys are not choking hazards? What is one thing we want every family to feel comfortable knowing how to do? Make sure to follow her @safebeginnings on Instagram to learn more about infant and child safety! We only hit 10 things here and of course there is so much more to learn. Resources:@safebeginnings free guide on anchoring furniture: https://safebeginnings.ca/anchoring-furniture/ Free babyproofing checklist: https://view.flodesk.com/pages/5f066b9e65532200269e28dbInformation on @safebeginnings webinars and e-courses: https://safebeginnings.ca/onlinecourses/US Car seat checks: safekids.org/eventsCanadian Car seat checks: cpsac.org/findatechPoison Control in US: (800) 222-1222 Follow me at @pedsdoctalk on Instagram for more 
It is an honor to welcome Emily Oster who is an economist, mother, and author of the New York Times Bestselling book, Cribsheet, to the podcast today.Emily's book Cribsheet: A Data-Driven Guide to Better, More Relaxed Parenting, from Birth to Preschool breaks down so many topics and choices parents struggle with in parenthood.From deciding to circumcise, sleep train, to introduce screen time, she breaks it all down with the evidence.I welcome her on this episode to talk about the limitations of breast feeding research.Breast milk is beneficial, but is it really FAR superior to formula feeding?We break down the research and discuss if breast is REALLY best. https://emilyoster.net/https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/572658/cribsheet-by-emily-oster/Make sure to follow @profemilyoster and @pedsdoctalk on Instagram 
What is your parenting style?Have you really thought about what goes into finding your parenting style and WHY finding your unique parenting style is important for you?i welcome Mercedes Samudio, a licensed psychotherapist, parenting coach, and author of Shame Proof Parenting: Find your unique parenting voice, feel empowered, and raise whole, healthy children.I welcome her on the podcast to discuss parenting styles, how a parent can find their unique parenting style, what a parent should consider when establishing this parenting style, and why it's important for a parent to find their unique parenting voice. Listen in as we try to empower parents in their parenting journey through SHAME PROOF PARENTING. For more resources visit:https://shameproofparenting.com/Make sure to follow @Diversityinparentinginc and @pedsdoctalk on Instagram to continue the conversation 
For my final episode of 2020, I want to talk about the year that has felt like five.So many people wanted to "cancel" this year. And although this year was tough in so many ways, it has taught us more about the world and ourselves than we may have realized. It has also taught our children so much as well.Listen in as I celebrate the GOOD this year has brought us. By celebrating the good, I am not undermining the lives loss and those who experience injustice in this world. Let's celebrate this year and what's to come tomorrow, in 2021, and the years to come.Follow @pedsdoctalk on Instagram for more educational and uplifting and honest content! 
How many of you have heard the following myths in regards to your child??"Wait for tummy time!""Put alcohol on an umbilical cord to clean it.""Sleeping on your belly as a newborn is fine!""Give your baby formula or oatmeal to make them sleep longer." "Your baby needs a walker to help them learn how to walk.""Bouncing your baby on your legs will make them bowlegged." "It's okay to give your baby/child aspirin for a fever." "Slapping is a good way to discipline a child." "Every boy should be circumcised." "Wait until one year to give allergenic foods" "Toddlers NEED cows milk and juice and should have milk with every meal"On this episode, I welcome my best friend, fellow Pediatrician and momma Dr. Marie Jones to bust these myths and why these are not true. This is an episode you may want grandma and/or grandpa to hear because I have a feeling you have heard many of these from them. Tune in and make sure to follow @pedsdoctalk for more!  
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