An Open Letter to the Colorado Legislature re: HB 21-1232

From a Maternal Health and Pediatric Physician: reasons why we, Physicians, are against Colorado HB 21-1232. I am a Neonatologist and Pediatrician with a focus on delivering high quality care that supports maternal mental health.  I have been a resident of Colorado since 2009. I feel it is important to publicly share my opinion regarding Colorado House Bill 21-1232 since …

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Bath time: How often should I bathe my baby?

For new parents, this is a constant ask and worry if they are doing the right thing.  Commercials depicting a smiling baby lathered in gentle bubbles is an image most parents want to replicate.  And like any aspect of parenting, there is the ideal image and then reality.   Newborns actually don’t like baths for a couple reasons.  One, the bath …

Now is the time for postpartum home visits

I ring the doorbell, waiting patiently outside.  I hear a weak “coming” and some shuffling.  Who greets me is a mother in her robe, hunched over at the waist, supporting her protruding postpartum belly.  Her hair is disheveled.  Her mask is revealing exhausted eyes with attempted mascara to look a “little freshened up,” she confesses a little later. “My husband …

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Next Level Physicians: Thriving Outside the Box Podcast

On the last episode of the season, next level physician Dr. Sonal Patel and I took the conversation to another level as we chatted about getting past the fear and taking action anyway. Highlights from the conversation: Dr. Sonal Patel ● A board certified pediatrician, and the owner of NayaCare. Mother of four boys. ● Making a transition from practice …

Confessions of a bed-sharing pediatrician mom

I remember lying in my bed after my second delivery in severe pain. With my first delivery, I had already endured a C-section. Four years later, I wanted to experience a “natural” delivery. I opted for a vaginal delivery after C-section (VBAC). The VBAC quickly turned into an emergency where the maternal-fetal medicine (MFM) physician gave me two options: Get …

Fearless Freedom with Dr. G Podcast

Dr. Sonal Patel is a Board-Certified Pediatrician and a Neonatologist. She founded NayaCare: Newborn Speciality Clinic at Your Doorstep in 2017. This one-month evidence-based clinic is viewed as an extension of hospital care. Comprehensive care comprised of a Pediatrician, Lactation, and Counselor is delivered to your doorstep. By bringing care home, stressors are alleviated during this fragile time of maternal …

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All About Pregnancy & Birth podcast with Dr. Nicole Rankins

On this episode of the All About Pregnancy & Birth podcast, Dr. Sonal Patel, is doing some pretty amazing things to revolutionize care for both moms and babies during the postpartum period. She has a unique model of care where she provides in home care for newborns in the first month of life, along with breastfeeding support, and mental health …

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Her American Story Podcast

Dr. Sonal Patel shares her incredible journey to the United States from India, (via Nigeria and Libya), arriving to the United States at 9 years old. She talks to me about what it was like growing up in Omaha Nebraska and how her extraordinary experiences have lead her to become the woman she is today. Listen to the podcast on …

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Breast Feeding for Trauma Surgeons

Sonal Patel is a neonatologist who recognized a gap in the transition of care from a hospital delivery to discharge to the first pediatrician visit, so she created a practice that fills that gap from the ground up.  We discuss how she went about doing that and what she thinks every physician, from pathologists to trauma surgeons, need to know …