Wendy Sue Swanson MD, MBE, FAAP

Dr. Swanson provides a voice of reason for parents and pediatricians faced with an abundance of online noise. She is focused on helping parents gain clarity and eliminate fear when making decisions for their children.

Dr. Swanson graduated with Honors in Psychology from Kenyon College. After college, she taught bilingual, middle school science for two years through Teach for America in Oakland, CA. She earned an MD and MBE (Master's in Bioethics) at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and then completed her residency at Seattle Children’s Hospital.

Author, Seattle Mama Doc, a blog for Seattle Children's Hospital; Clinical Instructor, Department of Pediatrics, University of Washington; Member of the American Academy of Pediatrics Council on Communications and Media; Member of Parents Magazine Advisory Board; and Mayo Clinic Center for Social Media Board Member.

Earthquake Lessons: Get Emergency-Prepared

Editor's note: This week's earthquakes (and yes, I felt the babyquake in San Francisco Tuesday night), and the news about Hurricane Irene, made me stop and think about the state of my emergency kit. I was naughty and raided it several times for camping trips this summer. This weekend, I'm using the fabulous checklist SeattleMamaDoc made after the Japan quake and tsunami to restock and expand my kit. I recommend that you do, no matter where you live. -- Julie ...more

@carrieactually: great point about pet crates. I'd not heard that and it is a nice reminder. ...more