Why I Nominated Our Pediatrician for Save the Children's Real Awards
For moms, but especially new moms, having a good relationship with your child’s pediatrician can be the difference between crazed anxiety and peace of mind. Pediatricians are like the bridge between mom’s intuition and scientific knowledge when it comes to your child’s health. Our pediatrician is great, but it’s the way she treats me that is so extraordinary. That’s why I’m nominating her for Save the Children’s The Real Awards.
In their second year, “The REAL Awards was created to celebrate the work of a truly deserving group of people; healthcare workers who are saving lives every day around the world. For some of us, healthcare workers are available close to home, whenever we need them, but for many others, they are a scarce and distant resource. However, we all benefit from their extraordinary dedication to keeping our families and communities healthy.”
The REAL Awards is our opportunity to honor a health worker who has inspired us in any capacity. For me, that means my children’s pediatrician. But I’m not nominating her because of the way she cares for my healthy children. Other than the occasional shot and looking into their ear canal, she’s done nothing special. While I’m so appreciative that my children were born healthy, I struggled with constant worry for their well being as a new mom.
As a mom herself, our pediatrician never rushed me as I rattled off the long list of questions I brought with me to every doctor’s visit. Even though I struggled at first, and as my new baby started to lose weight, she never once discouraged me from breastfeeding. And not because she thought breast was best. She knew I was battling postpartum depression and grieving over not having the natural childbirth I so wanted—instead I got an emergency c-section. She knew that giving up on breastfeeding was not best for me, and probably realized it wasn’t such a big deal for her little patient. When my child does need medical care, she is always reassuring, knowing that I’ll run home to research side effects online. She remains positive amidst my constant, frantic anxiety that something might go wrong with my otherwise very healthy kids. And when I need it, she raises her doctor voice to the point that grabs my attention to remind me to slow down, enjoy their youth, and be grateful for the incredible blessing I have been given.
Sure, when it comes to medical care our pediatrician has not done anything special. But when Save the Children asks me to nominate someone who inspires us in healthcare, I think of my kids’ pediatrician and her stable and loving support. She makes me a better mom, which is exactly what my kids need.
In addition to the honor, Save the Children’s winners of The Real Awards were honored on Capitol Hill last year. Consider nominating someone that inspires you!
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