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s I held my newborn in my arms for the first time at Long Island’s North Shore University Hospital about 20 years ago, I remember saying, “Hi, Emily.” While it was such a momentous moment, what else could I say?
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Of course I wanted to fill her in on everything. Like, what had just happened to her, where she was, who we were, and that she’d be an “Emily” from now on. But since this little pink bundle of life was so helpless, I thought starting off with something simple was the way to go. Didn’t want to overwhelm the poor thing.
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However, while she was happy as a clam, it was my husband and I who were overwhelmed. But just in the nick of time, in walked the one person who’d be part of the joys and sorrows of parenting, who would be there to answer our every question after question. Was it my mother? No, it was Dr. Marc Lashley...pe
diatrician. We met him months before Emily was born, and felt an instant connection, and thus began one of the greatest parenting collabora- tions, not only with my oldest, but with our second, Caroline. Dr. Lashley was patient and kind and the one person we could call at any hour of the day or night, with any dilemma dumb or lame, who’d reassure us on our regular monthly visits that we weren’t messing up this parenting thing.
An afternoon scare
One steamy afternoon, I had to rush Emily to his office. We’d been
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at the park, and she may have been 5 or so. She made a quick move, hit her head, and now blood was mixed up in her dirty blonde hair. Trying to contain my panic, I collected our things, ushered her into the car, and took off for the doctor’s office.
I learned one important lesson that day: my pediatrician and his staff were kind to mothers out of their minds about an itsy-bitsy- teeny scrape on the scalp. “Mrs. Goff,” Dr. Lashley said
sweetly, “cuts on the head can seem to bleed a lot, but it just gets mixed up in the hair and looks worse than it is.” He educated me as well as explained the problem.
Countless other times, I called in the middle of the night with symptoms of croup, a sudden onset of fever, and endless vomiting. And each time, Dr. Lashley called back, asked for a few more details, and always gave enough advice to get through the night, plus an action plan for the next day. Sleep came easy after that call.
In this issue
We provide parents-to-be with the right questions to ask a prospective pediatrician so that you can find a pediatrician that calms not only your baby, but you, the parent.
Also, find ways to choose new baby shoes; what moms can expect in their second pregnancy; and reminders that babies come with their own timetable.
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