Stethoscopes & Little Folks was started in 2017 with the aim of sharing practical tips on how to help kids go through medical issues. The idea came about after a weekend with my two best friends from high school the year before. It was one of our rare annual get togethers (without husbands and kids!) which turned into a 'life intervention' for me. I was struggling to juggle working as a doctor, being a wife and being a parent. When I had a long day at work, I felt guilty about not spending more time with my kids. When I had a day with the kids, I was thinking about work. It was a vicious cycle that was really getting to me, and was starting to affect my home life. But how to make a change? Especially when you love your work and your family?
The answer for me was to take a giant leap into the unknown.
And so I left my family's medical practice in regional Australia with its 2hr daily commute. I left my wonderful patients of over 10yrs. I left my 'safe place' to forge a new place for myself in the world.
My first goal is to be the best mum I can be to my 3 wonderful kids (I am realistic enough to know I cannot be that perfect mum). My second goal is to continue helping people as a doctor but this time without sacrificing my family to do it. Through Stethoscopes & Little Folks I combine the knowledge that I have gained through my work as a GP with my experience as a mother. Hopefully you will find these simple practical tools helpful when dealing with medical issues that crop up in everyday parenting life.
PLEASE NOTE: It is important that any medical problems be discussed with your doctor. The materials provided and linked to by this website are for information purposes only, and are not intended to be used as a substitute for medical advice given by your treating healthcare professional. The information is generally Australian-based and may differ slightly from that of other countries.