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Pediatrician moms discuss the intersection of parenthood and medical practice and how it gives them a unique perspective.
Pediatrician moms discuss the intersection of parenthood and medical practice and how it gives them a unique perspective. / sturti / Getty Images

Pediatrician moms know first-hand what it’s like to stay up all night with a feverish toddler or face down a defiant 5-year-old. We asked mama docs: How does being a parent influence how you practice medicine (and vice versa)?

Martha Snyder, assistant professor of pediatrics at Duke University School of Medicine: Mother of two

More empathy. "Having kids made me more understanding and flexible. I had a very difficult time with breastfeeding due to low milk supply, so I have a lot of compassion towards struggling moms. They put enough guilt on themselves without pediatricians causing more.”

Germs are OK. “I don’t carry hand sanitizer around with me, and I let my kids go to ‘germ-infested’ play areas. I firmly believe in exposing your children to dirt and germs to build up that immune system.”

Abby Geltemeyer, assistant professor of pediatrics at the University of Texas Health Science Center: Mother of four

Look and listen. “Before I had kids, moms used to tell me they knew their child was sick because he or she would have “sad eyes,” and I didn’t fully understand what that meant. Now, I look for that and many more classic signs before I even examine the ears, throat, etc.”

Lee Beers, assistant professor of pediatrics at Children’s National Medical Center: Mother of two

Safety first. “Being a pediatrician makes me more attentive to safety issues than the average parent. My daughter jokes about how deprived she is. She’ll periodically ask if we can get a trampoline, and our answer is always, no. Never.”

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