Natasha K. Sriraman
MD, MPH, FAAP, FABM
the process of becoming stronger and more confident, especially in controlling one’s life and claiming one’s rights.
a woman in relation to her child or children.
a person qualified to practice medicine. a person who cures moral or spiritual ills; a healer.
I am a mother, a wife, a board-certified academic pediatrician … and now, I’m entering the world of blogging and public speaking to share my experiences and expertise in hopes of empowering women as we navigate the postpartum period and parenthood.
I moved to this country when I was young with 2 physician parents who had to restart much of their training to enter the US. Even though I grew up entrenched in the medical field with 2 surgeon parents, I actually did not want to be a physician nor did I want to marry a physician. Well, I am 0 for 2.
As you will learn about me, my path to medicine was a circuitous one. And while my path may have not been easy or the norm, it makes me appreciate my profession even more. I have the honor and privilege of not only taking care of the cutest patients, but also their mothers and families. Since my training has spanned over different countries and cities, I see my patients and their families through different lenses. The trust of my patients and their families are of the utmost important in my career.
Before entering medical school, I received my Masters in Public Health during my ‘gap year.’ Being the youngest student in my classes, I had no idea how public health would impact my future career. My degree in health policy and maternal/child health allows me to practice medicine with a holistic viewpoint, while allowing me to conduct research to help solve clinical problems.
As a pediatrician, with expertise in breastfeeding medicine and maternal mental health, my care encompasses mother-baby wellness while caring for the mother-baby dyad.
However, as a mother, I feel that empowering women, the mother, is so very important. Whether it’s been within my career, marriage or having children, my path has taken many twists and turns…all leading me to help women, mothers from all walks of life, while caring for children.
The underlying result of my experiences is that I hope to empower women – help a mother who is struggling with breast feeding or postpartum depression; help a new mother by reassuring her that she will eventually get a full night of sleep; being a sounding board for a woman who may be thinking about entering the medical field and so on. I realized that I had experiences and stories from which others could benefit. Hence, my blog and public speaking.
I look forward to sharing my journey with you as I talk about topics that impact women of all ages, our children and female physicians. Because, as we all know, parenthood does not come with a handbook. And while being a mother is fulfilling, it is perhaps one of the toughest jobs out there!
My hope is to share information and resources that will be useful to women, as you go through the many different stages of life. We are nurturers, our role is to care for others, but my blog will also give you information so that you can take care of YOU.
You cannot pour from an empty cup.
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