ScienceofMom is written by Alice Callahan, PhD.
I was a scientist first. I earned my PhD in Nutritional Biology from the University of California, Davis, in 2008. I spent 2.5 years as a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Arizona, where I studied the effects of diabetes during pregnancy on the developing fetus. I toiled at the lab bench, running experiment after experiment, trying to understand my tiny corner of biomedical research. I published scientific papers and wrote grants in which I struggled to make my writing as precise and concise as possible. I was also a wife, daughter, sister, and friend, but day in and day out plus nights and weekends, I was a scientist.
And then, in November 2010, I became a mother. And of course, everything changed.
Day in and day out, plus nights and weekends, I was consumed by this little human. She amazed me and exhausted me, and either way, I didn’t want to miss any of it. The desire to understand a little corner of biomedical research was gone, but the skeptical scientist in me would not go away. When I had a parenting question, I couldn’t just do a quick internet search and trust some website. Instead, I found myself poring over scientific papers trying to answer my questions on breastfeeding, nutrition, health, behavior, and development. (But don’t worry – I still wing it most of the time!)
ScienceofMom began when I started writing summaries of my research. I figured that since my questions were probably shared by other new mamas, I might as well share what I was learning through my research and my own experience. I also write about lots of everyday things – about being at stay-at-home mom, about the many ways my little girl continues to amaze me, and every once in a while, about a (kid-friendly) recipe that went over well in our house. After years of writing for an academic publications, I am enjoying writing for myself and for you.
I am not selling anything, and I have no agenda or particular parenting philosophy to promote. I am interested in using science to inform the decisions I make as a parent, but there are lots of other factors in there, too: intuition, hormones, logistics, convenience, and LOVE.
For ScienceofMom, my baby girl goes by BabyC and my wonderful husband goes by Husband, until we come up with a better pseudonym. I hope you enjoy following us on our adventures, scientific and otherwise.
I welcome your ideas for blog posts! What nutrition or health related questions have you had as a parent? Please add them below in the comments.
You can find more about me, including my professional qualifications, on my LinkedIn Profile.
Disclaimer: The information and opinions on this site do not constitute medical advice. Please consult your pediatrician or other medical professional if you have medical questions.