Podcast: Mom Driven, Doctor Aligned

Join Agatha Relota Luczo and Dr. Alan Greene on the Mom Driven, Doctor Aligned podcast as they discuss common pediatric ailments and the parenting tips and tricks they've learned on the job.
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S1, Ep 9: Wild Wonders of the Outdoors: The Benefits of Playing Outside During Coronavirus and Beyond

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Published May 20, 2020

This episode was recorded before the onset of COVID-19, and has been amended to reflect current guidelines and research.

Most of us can remember one time or another when our parents strongly encouraged us to “Go outside!” While they probably wanted us to burn off some kinetic energy built up throughout the school day, studies continue to show that outdoor playtime is ripe with benefits for growing children.

Even under orders to shelter in place, spending time outdoors (at a safe distance) can be extremely beneficial to both children and adults who have been cooped up inside. Not only does time spent outside improve mental development and spatial recognition, it also boosts mood, clarity of focus, and even wards away nearsightedness. If you don’t have a yard, don’t despair; getting to a nearby park or going hiking offer great opportunities to soak in all the benefits that nature has to offer!

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S1, Ep 8: There’s No Place Like Om: Supportive Practices for Family with Hilaria Baldwin

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Published on May 5, 2020

When situations become tense or stressful, remembering to breathe is usually the last thing on anyone’s mind. It’s ironic, then, that this is one of the best tools to help both the body and mind reset, calming the senses and taking us out of fight or flight response.

Agatha and Dr. Greene sit down to chat with health and wellness enthusiast Hilaria Baldwin. A mother, yoga instructor and co-host of the Mom Brain podcast, Hilaria shares some of the practices that keep her family feeling grounded at home, even getting the littlest members involved in yoga! Incorporating breathwork and a healthy dose of gratitude, Hilaria illustrates simple customs that can calm even the most rambunctious kids (and parents!).

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S1, Ep 7: Patience and Forgiveness: Skills for Work and Parenting with Katya Libin

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Published April 29, 2020

We know there are lots of people out there managing parenthood and careers, made all the more complex by the current landscape influenced by COVID-19. In this special episode, Agatha interviews the co-founder and CEO of HeyMama, Katya Libin, as she discusses the mission behind HeyMama, and the ways in which being a parent and entrepreneur have helped inform each other.

HeyMama aims to help mothers in the workforce connect, collaborate and learn from one another. Katya reflects upon her role as mother and CEO, and how managing company culture is surprisingly similar to creating an atmosphere in the home that is guiding and supportive to children. Integral to that is the presence of ritual and gratitude, values Bambini Furtuna holds dear to the heart! (Keep an eye out for future collaborations between these two!)

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S1, Ep 6: We’re In This Together: COVID-19 Q&A with the HeyMama Community

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Published April 8, 2020

Coronavirus is on everyone’s mind lately, but there’s not necessarily a whole lot of information circulating that speaks to the needs of children and parents at this time. This week Mom Driven, Doctor Aligned pairs up with HeyMama for a Q&A session, addressing parents’ concerns during quarantine. 

Some of us have been sheltering in place longer than others, but it’s safe to say homes with little ones are really feeling the effects of isolation. Dr. Greene draws on his pediatric expertise to answer your questions, ranging from screen time to breastfeeding to how to best make a homemade mask. 

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S1, Ep 5: ABC, BPA: How to Protect Yourself and Your Children from Environmental Toxins

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Published March 11, 2020

We’ve all seen plastic water bottles that advertise themselves as “BPA-free,” but what does that really mean? Agatha and Dr. Greene take a look at some of the synthetic chemicals that commonly show up at home and in our food, including how they affect the human body, and how to avoid them.

Thankfully, our bodies are resilient organisms very well adept at clearing out the things that don’t belong. So even if there is a concern about one of the 85,000 (!) chemicals approved for use within the U.S., there are simple ways to reduce toxic exposures and, chances are, given the right conditions, kids’ bodies are remarkably resilient.

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S1, Epi 4: Starting Solid Foods: Creating a Constellation of Flavors

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Published February 26, 2020

For nearly the past century, many families in the Western world have automatically reached for jarred (or in more recent years, pouched) baby food when it comes time to introduce solid food to their infants. While there are certainly some brands that are more nutritious than others, in truth there is no reason not to simply share whatever food the rest of the family is enjoying for their meal.

Avocadoes, bananas, and cooked sweet potatoes are a great place to start, but many soft fruits or cooked vegetables can be mashed, mixed with a little breast milk or formula, and shared with your little one. Not only does this set the stage for healthy choices later in life, but your baby then takes part in the family mealtime experience, which is priceless.

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S1, Ep 3: Picky Eating: A Feature and Not a Flaw

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Published February 12, 2020

We all have our favorite foods, and some that we avoid at all costs. Thinking back to childhood, it can be easy to see how proclivities for particular foods are formed. Perhaps our parents emphasized having vegetables at every meal, or maybe there were lots of sugary treats in the house. What we consume in early childhood sets the stage for eating habits later in life.

What may be surprising, however, is that so-called “picky eating” is not in and of itself a bad thing. In nature flavors indicate if something is safe to eat, or if it is potentially dangerous. Aversion to certain foods is the body’s natural way of trying to protect itself. The good thing is that children learn to trust the example of parents and older siblings, creating the opportunity to open the gateway and explore many different types of food – even delicious vegetables!

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S1, Ep 2: Rockabye Baby: Cultivating Sleep Rituals for Health and Wellbeing

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Published January 29, 2020

As people grow older and lead busier lives, sleep often becomes an unconscious paradise longed for throughout the day. For children, however, sleep is often avoided at all costs. The world is new! Exciting! And must be explored!

Agatha and Dr. Greene delve into the circadian rhythm, ways to create sleep rituals, and even explain how we’re affected by zeitgebers. (Hint: That’s not a type of alien). With a little discipline, it’s possible to cultivate good sleeping habits from even the earliest days, encouraging deep rest and relaxation so children are primed to be their most healthy and happy.

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S1, Ep 1: Hear Us Out: Ways to Treat Ear Infections in Children

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Published January 15, 2020

Many sleepless nights are spent soothing children as they struggle to deal with ear infections. It’s no coincidence that ear infections are the number one reason antibiotics are prescribed in the U.S. However, there’s no need for these pesky infections to keep coming up like a greatest hits playlist from last year’s Spotify.

Agatha and Dr. Greene discuss ways to identify an ear infection, how to treat them naturally, and even ways they can be prevented. The surprising twist is that many ear infections don’t need to be treated with antibiotics at all – oftentimes they heal just fine on their own. Good news for kids and parents alike!

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Thanks for joining us for Mom Driven, Doctor Aligned

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Published on: May 18, 2020
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Dr. Greene is a practicing physician, author, national and international TEDx speaker, and global health advocate. He is a graduate of Princeton University and University of California San Francisco.
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