Release Date: Digital- May 4, 2021, Paperback -September 14, 2021
As a neonatologist for over thirty-five years and a mother to three of her own children, Dr. Landers describes how the full-time practice of neonatology influenced her experience as a mother. As a neonatologist, she survived and thrived during a lengthy NICU practice, and she relates her experiences of finding resilience and endurance, managing to postpone burnout until late in her career.
In her book, Dr. Landers discusses:
The most important things parents need to know when their child is in NICU
The roles of doctor’s counsel and parental wishes.
The toughest clinical cases that provided challenging ethical dilemmas.
Vulnerable Child Syndrome and divorce rates among parents of NICU survivors
Physician burnout – with a warning for women in the medical field and tips for prevention.
The American Mother Culture – can women ever REALLY have it all without motherhood guilt in their careers.
About The Book:
So Many Babies describes one overworked physician-mother as she journeys through medicine and motherhood raising three children.
While practicing medicine in the NICU full time for over thirty years, Susan Landers, MD met and managed many trials raising her three children, trials typical for many working mothers, such as breastfeeding, sibling rivalry, bedwetting, dyslexia, a gifted child, ADHD, a dog bite, and an adolescent eating disorder. The challenges of a full time practice and many twenty-four-hour shifts in the high-stress NICU always complicated issues with Susan’s children, but also provided her the privilege of caring for thousands of critically ill newborn infants.
Susan always felt that her career and accomplishments in medicine were equally as rewarding as raising three children. It was the constant attempt to balance these two worlds – physician and mother – that was so daunting a task. Susan believes that most, if not all, working mothers are similarly challenged as they attempt to manage their work and being a good mother. So Many Babies describes Susan’s experiences of finding resilience and endurance throughout her career as a physician and mother. It is an entertaining and reassuring story for working mothers.
About The Author:
Dr. Susan Landers is a neonatologist, which is a pediatrician with extra training in the care of sick and premature babies. Her first book, So Many Babies will be published in May 2021. After attending Auburn University, in Auburn, Alabama, Dr. Landers graduated in 1973 and received two BS degrees, in Biology and Chemistry. Dr. Landers attended medical school at the Medical University of South Carolina, in Charleston, South Carolina. After completing medical school, she completed three years of pediatric residency training at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School in Dallas, Texas. Next, she completed three years of neonatology fellowship at Baylor College of Medicine affiliated hospitals, in Houston, Texas. Dr. Landers practiced academic neonatology for fourteen years and private practice neonatology for eighteen years. While caring for patients full-time in private practice, she served as a speaker for the Texas Department of State Health Services. She was the Medical Director of the Mothers’ Milk Bank at Austin and served on the milk bank’s board of directors. Additionally, she served on the Executive Committee of the Section on Breastfeeding or the AAP. Together with her husband, Dr Phillip Berry, she raised three children, one son and two daughters. Her family resides in Austin TX.
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From Kellly Fradin, MD, author of “Parenting in a Pandemic:” As a part-time pediatrician and mother, I’ve often struggled to find frank and uncensored mentorship about balancing parenting and navigating practice as a woman. I found Dr. Landers’ book full of excellent anecdotes and ripe with the valuable perspective of a working mother who has seen her children through all sorts of ups and downs. I particularly enjoyed hearing about the moments when Dr. Landers was deeply affected by her work as a neonatologist such as her awareness that it could have been her child with the congenital heart defect. I found myself rooting for her success when she joined an all male private practice and had to advocate for her needs as a working parent. All parents can relate to how she coped with feelings of guilt and unease as she worked to help her children through common struggles (like moving a tween) and more difficult challenges (like learning disabilities and ADHD). I highly recommend the book for mothers looking for guidance and perspective on parenting.
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