Afraid of the Doctor: Every Parent's Guide to Preventing and Managing Medical Trauma is the first book written for parents with the primary goal of equipping them with the knowledge and skills to support their children through medical challenges.
Medical trauma and experiences in healthcare can profoundly affect a child’s response and willingness to even go to the doctor. Yet, the challenge of medical trauma is often under-recognized and overlooked in the healthcare system, leaving parents to learn about it and manage it on their own.
When parents understand medical trauma and learn strategies to reduce and even prevent it, they become empowered to better care for their child’s emotional and physical health.
“A book on this topic is desperately needed right now. Not only do we need a book that educates us on medical trauma, but also one that points us toward healing. This is that book. We can all learn something from Meghan and Melissa describing the scenarios we can't put into words and that leave parents exhausted and bewildered. More importantly, they describe solutions.”
John Whyte, M.D., M.P.H.
Chief Medical Officer, WebMD
"Every parent and health professional impacted by medical trauma in children should read this gem of a book. It provides a perspective rarely written about, and poorly taught to those involved in the medical care of children. This book will serve not only as an essential resource for parents and families, but also for the whole community of caregivers who strive to help children with medical trauma every day."
Steven A. Webber, MBChB, MRCP
Chair, Department of Pediatrics, Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt