Hi everyone and welcome to ‘Doctor Mummy’, an honest and open account of my experiences of being a mum. This site is not intended to be a ‘how to’ guide, I have absolutely no idea how to be a ‘good’ parent and think you just have to trust your instincts and know your own child(ren). It is meant to be an open, truthful look at the things I’ve learnt along the way and I hope that it will let others share their experiences and maybe realise that it’s OK not to know everything.
I’m a busy GP and mum to two incredible children – my 3 year old daughter and baby boy. My husband and children are the centre of my world and raising my kids is the most important job I have. I never understood how much I could love until I had my two children and I can’t imagine life without them. They are the best part of every one of my days.
However, being their mum is also the hardest thing I have ever done. I have made life-and-death decisions, I have made it through medical school, professional exams, years as a junior doctor. It all pales in to insignificance when compared to the momentous task of raising two little human-beings.
Why Create ‘Doctor Mummy’?
In my professional life I was used to working long hours, making decisions and feeling like I never had enough time to do everything. I gave a lot of advice to parents in the course of my practice, I saw children frequently and I had experience of assessing both healthy and sick children. I thought that all of this would help me once I had my own kids.
It took me exactly 48 hours after having my first child to realise that I had absolutely no idea what I was doing and that a lot of what I had been told and had been telling patients was wrong.
After chatting with my sisters-in-law(SILs) about all the things I wished I’d known when first becoming a mum, I started writing it down for them to use when they had their own kids.
Then it occurred to me that there might be other people out there who were as confused or as lost as I had been, so I started turning my SILs’ cheat sheets in to ‘Doctor Mummy’.
I have learnt so much from being a mum, but I’m still learning all the time and I hope that this blog will help other parents to learn from my mistakes!
‘Even with my back against the wall, I don’t give up’ – Carol Danvers/Captain Marvel, Earth-616
This is really all being a parent is – keeping going, no matter how hard things get and no matter how many obstacles are put in your way. So no matter if you’re a mum, a dad, a grandparent, a step-parent, a foster parent, or any other type of caregiver, if you’re raising small people then hats off to you – you’re already a superhero!
I hope that you enjoy my blog and that it helps parents everywhere to feel less alone.
If you ever need a hand with the site or have any questions or comments, please feel free to leave them below and I will be more than happy to help you out. I’d love to hear other people’s experiences!
All the best,
Amy (Doctor Mummy)
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