For me, being a pregnant pediatrician was not all it was cracked up to be. Most of my pregnancy was spent in hospitals, working with newborns and their families. My job was to attend high risk deliveries, resuscitate newborns and provide care for sick and premature babies. At times caring for infants that were younger than my baby inside, to say caused anxiety, is an understatement.
I was not one of those glowing pregnant women emanating light from the very start. The moment I found out I was pregnant, I was happy, yes, but also terrified. I had seen so many unexpected things happen during birth and so many bad things happen to families, why would my personal experience be any different?
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Are you an overwhelmed or anxious mama?
Feeling frustrated by the lack of support and continuity in the traditional medical model?
Could you benefit from individualized, tailored support from an experienced doctor mama?
I studied Anthropology at Brown University and attended medical school at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York City. I completed my pediatric residency at Seattle Children’s Hospital. I continue to work clinically with babies and families as a newborn hospitalist in the Boston area, where I live with my husband and daughter.
This anxiety consumed my pregnancy. After 10 months and 26 hours, she was finally here. My labor was long and I needed stitches after giving birth. My physical recovery was painful. Breastfeeding was hard and my nipples were scabbed and bleeding. I was exhausted. My baby needed to stay in the hospital longer than expected because she needed phototherapy, a treatment for jaundice. By the time we got home, I hadn’t slept in almost one week. I could barely get off the couch, let alone stop crying.
My experience highlighted for me a gap in our medical system: there is a lack of postpartum and parenting support. I am a PEDIATRICIAN, I kept thinking in those first few months after my daughter was born! If the transition to mamahood is this hard for me, it must be hard for other people too!
And with that, Ariana Witkin, LLC was born.