Wednesday, June 7, 2023

How Do I Cope with the Guilt of Working Mom Burnout?

Have you – or someone you know – had ‘working mother’ burnout? 

Dr. Susan Landers is a neonatologist who worked full-time in the NICU for over 30 years and raised three children. She achieved many academic and professional accomplishments, and she encountered challenges along the way, both in her career and in her mothering.

She achieved many academic and professional accomplishments, and she encountered challenges along the way, both in her career and in her mothering. Susan suffered through one difficult period during her midlife, after the birth of her third child, that propelled her to make specific choices and a career change.    

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She loves to share stories that reassure younger mothers to know that they, too, can become  “good enough mothers” even if they work full-time. She supports mothers with her social media posts, her blog, and her newsletter.

Are you trying to be a "Super Mom" or a good mother? During her interview, Dr. Landers shares how to identify and recover from working mother burnout:

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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 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.



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