65. Working Pediatric Moms: The Myth of Work Life Balance

Dr. Whitney Casares is a private practice pediatrician, American Academy of Pediatrics author, and a mom to 2 young girls in Portland, Oregon.  She says that her kids are her best teachers, but that she also went to school for forever. After completing her undergraduate degree in journalism, she completed her medical school training at the University of Vermont and pediatric residency training at Stanford University. She also holds a Masters of Public Health in Maternal and Child Health from the University of California, Berkeley.

Whitney said that after her daughters were born, she got lost in their needs and let hers fall to the wayside. When she went back to work postpartum, life got even more complicated as she layered on more responsibilities and added more to-dos. She had to dive deep to redefine what it means to be a successful mom.  By flipping the switch and investing in her own social and emotional health, she stopped just surviving motherhood and started thriving.

 

[00:01] Dr. Whitney Casares Shares Her Story With Us

  • Whitney talks about her story as a privately practicing pediatrician
  • Here’s why she started blogging and podcasting

[07:11] Achieving Work-Life Balance

  • Whitney gives us a sneak peek into the life of a pediatrician mom
  • The pressure of being a working mom–regardless if you’re a patient or not
  • If pediatricians are always stressed, this is what will happen
  • Is work-life balance really possible?

[17:48] Dealing with Trauma and Stress

  • Here are some practical tips from Whitney to de-stress
  • How to deal with trauma as a pediatrician?
  • What listeners can learn from Whitney’s podcast
  • The priorities that working pediatrician moms should always have
  • Whitney’s life framework

[31:45] The Special Part of Working in the Pediatric Sector

  • Holiday hacks from Whitney that you should not miss!
  • Whitney has a message for her resident self 
  • The special part of being a pediatrician according to Whitney

 [39:27] Closing Segment

  • Final takeaways:
  • The reality of being a working mom
  • The harder we work, the less we have to give
  • What people should realize about work-life balance
  • You just can’t be present if you don’t feel good
  • Practical steps for working moms to improve their lives
  • Resources you can access in Whitney’s website
  • Whitney’s life framework that you can follow too
  • 2 holiday hacks you can try
  • Why pediatricians should take care of themselves
  • Things to reflect upon this holiday season

Key Quotes:

“We can control how we show up for our own lives.” – Dr. Whitney Casares

“You are enough.” – Dr. Whitney Casares

Email [email protected] to connect with Whitney. Check out Modern Mommy Doc or her Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages to know more about her work.

Listen to The Modern Mommy Doc Podcast to learn tips and strategies to be successful as a working mom!

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