Rupal (Pinto) Gupta, MD, FAAP
I officially started this blog at a hair short of 27 weeks pregnancy. I had meant to blog for several years, but residency and pediatric board studying made that a challenge. After passing my pediatric boards, starting part-time work as a community physician in Philadelphia, and embarking on the journey of motherhood, I suddenly found myself with the time that I wanted to write, to read, to learn about the future of BABY, and to prepare our home for our new addition.
Building a family is something I looked forward to all my life. Like every other step in life, parenthood poses unique challenges. I know that many pediatricians are parents, but it did feel special to go through that transition myself. For that reason, I started doc2mom.com.
I have been giving advice to families about how to raise and treat children now for almost ten years. Maybe the “Dadima” in me (the Hindi word for grandmother, but also a word my uncle used for me to say I was a bossy know-it-all) destined me for pediatrics. But the mom in me has made me an ever-more-sympathetic doc. It’s tough raising kids and making decisions that will keep them safe, and then letting them go out into the world to do for themselves.
But just as I acknowledge being more prepared than I expected, I continue to look forward to the surprises that may change my practice as a pediatrician. Hope you enjoy my musing. I look forward to sharing various tidbits of my scattered brain with you all.