Stephanie A. Wellington, MD
Dr. Wellington is a mom of a 13-year-old son and an 11-year-old daughter, a hospitalist in the Level III NICU at Bellevue Hospital Center in New York City, and the medical coach and founder of Postpartum Neonatal Coaching, a sacred space for moms and dads to honor their journey into parenting. As a coach and speaker she advocates for parents to embrace their journey so they can begin to redesign their lives.
What is your favorite parenting tip? Children are always changing. The time passes so quickly and then they have grown up. In our busy lives, multitasking is the norm. My tip is to stop multitasking and to make time in the day that is focused on them.
What did you find surprising about parenting? As my children grow older, I miss the baby years. I guess as a neonatologist I really like that stage. To my surprise I find things at every stage to love and enjoy. Children say the most wise, amazing, and funny things when we take the time to be present and listen.
How do you get your kids to eat healthy foods? It’s not always easy to get children to eat healthy. Now that they are older, involving them in the planning and preparing of meals helps a lot. We have the food pyramid on the refrigerator for quick reference. There is also reinforcement in the schools which increases their awareness of healthy eating.
How do you work exercise into your family’s life? Exercise for our family is in the form of fun activities. We live within walking distance to a park. Weather permitting, you’ll find us on the basketball court getting pointers from my son on our game. My daughter loves dance and takes lessons. During the week, we love to put on music and try out new dance moves.
How do you recharge your batteries? It wasn’t until I trained as a Certified Professional Coach and Energy Leadership Index Master Practitioner that I really understood the need for me to recharge my batteries daily, rather than waiting until I scheduled a vacation. I wake up 30 minutes before the rest of the house. That’s the time I set aside to focus on me. I enjoy a cup of tea and read inspirational and spiritual literature.
Before I go to bed at night I repeat the process with prayer, journaling, and daily gratitude. I do my best to maintain this practice even when I’m working in the hospital.