About Dr. Mona

Being a mom is overwhelming and stressful.

I’m here to help you drop the “mom guilt” as you navigate your life as a mom.

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Hi there!

I’m Dr. Mona, I’m a Board Certified Pediatrician, IBCLC, and mom.

When moms come to see me in my medical practice, they tend to have the same questions.

And the same worries.

How do I help my baby sleep at night? Do I have to help them?

I don’t know if I should breast or bottle feed? Or both?

Why is my toddler having so many tantrums? Is this normal?

I became a mom in 2019 to my son Ryaan and again in 2023 to my daughter Vera, and I experienced all the same thoughts and feelings many new moms do.

And it changed me as a doctor. 

Now I know the real questions all moms have are:

How do I know if I'm making the right decisions for my child?

How do I know if I'm a good mom?

Dr. Mona takes the complexity out of parenting and medical advice

I love that Dr. Mona talks about her experiences as a mom. She’s real about her postpartum struggles – I struggled, too. 

Her vulnerability is important. She shares her own motherhood struggles and mixes in the medical stuff. 

She has the power and knowledge of a pediatrician and is maternal. Her advice is evidence-based, and she takes the complexity out of it.

She doesn’t speak textbook. She speaks textbook & mom.

– Chelsea, Toddler Mom

Navigating motherhood is hard.

Nobody leaves the hospital with a manual on how to become a parent. 

The birthing and bringing home baby classes only cover the basics like how to swaddle or change a diaper.

They don’t teach you how to deal with all the worries and uncertainties of motherhood. Or how to BE a mom. OR how it feels like you’re starting from scratch once you hit the toddler years.

Mothers need just as much attention as a newborn, because they too have just been born.

When we’re confused or overwhelmed, we do what any modern mom does: pull out our phones during nighttime feeds and ask Google for the answer.

Here’s the thing:

There’s a lot of misguided parenting advice and crappy information to wade through.

And the mom-forums are full of judgey comments.

That’s why it’s my mission to share balanced, well-researched parenting advice to lessen those big worries and help moms find more joy in motherhood

First time – and more experienced – moms love the insights and advice I share as a pediatrician.

They love following along BTS as I navigate life as a first time mom.

I hope you will too.

Welcome to a safe, trusted space to get parenting advice from a doctor -
who’s also a mom trying her best, just like you.

How Can I Help You?

Yes, I’m really a doctor

Dr. Mona’s Education & Credentials

I’m a first-generation Indian American, born and raised in southern California. I attended UCLA for my undergraduate training, majoring in psychobiology (the study of how biology affects our brains and vice versa).

I went on to attend medical school at ATSU-SOMA in Arizona where I obtained my Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine Degree. 

After medical school, I completed  pediatric residency training at the Bernard and Millie Duker Children’s Hospital in Albany, New York.

I’ve been a practicing pediatrician since 2015 where I see newborns to 22-year-olds!

I’ve had my IBCLC (Certified Lactation Consultant) since 2021.

I love my work.

I love sharing smart, helpful advice to make the motherhood journey a little easier and a lot more joyful.

I love guiding parents to raise children with a healthy relationship with food, positive body image, healthy coping skills, and a value for sleep. All things that can prevent major health issues in adulthood and beyond.

I’ve built an inclusive and caring community of over 500,000 supporters and followers on my various channels.

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We focus on baby’s checklist so much that we often forget our own!

I want to alter this narrative and focus on YOU before baby. Download this handy checklist of things to do in each trimester as you prepare for the birth of your baby!

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All information presented on this blog, my Instagram, and my podcast is for educational purposes and should not be taken as personal medical advice. These platforms are to educate and should not replace the medical judgment of a licensed healthcare provider who is evaluating a patient.

It is the responsibility of the guardian to seek appropriate medical attention when they are concerned about their child.

All opinions are my own and do not reflect the opinions of my employer or hospitals I may be affiliated with.