Evidence-driven parenting advice. Delivered with equal parts love & science.
A Note from Dr. Linnea Passaler, Founder and Chief MamaDoctor
Welcome to MamaDoctors!
I’m Linnea Passaler, and I’m a surgeon and mom of a daughter and a pair of twins (a boy and a girl), all currently under the age of four. You might think that extensive medical training and 15 years in clinical practice would prepare you for anything you might face in your motherhood journey, but in my experience, that was not the case.
As I was recovering from a very difficult pregnancy and a second C-section in under two years, I found myself exclusively breastfeeding two newborns and taking care of a full-blown sleep regression in my 18-month-old toddler- and I literally thought, “there’s no way I’m going to make it.”
And I did make it… but not on my own.
I found enormous empathy, intelligent insight and unwavering support in online communities, which helped me calm my anxiety on a daily basis.
Always the scientist, I also scoured the internet for evidence-based information to help me make informed choices about my family’s and my own health and wellness. With a seemingly endless amount of commentary trying to characterize the “type” of moms there are – at-home, working, crunchy, silky, scrunchy, to name a few – I found there was no one online resource that brought balance, clarity, and transparency to the spectrum of decisions we as moms make on a daily basis.
I’ve long held the belief that healthy virtual spaces where people can share their honest thoughts, feelings, questions, and concerns and get help from knowledgeable, trustworthy sources change lives for the better.
It was from this desire as both a scientist and a mother that I conceived and birthed MamaDoctors. Our goal is to provide a combo platter of unbiased, fact-based information and a caring, experienced and authentic community dedicated to providing truly helpful support from free articles to resources, courses, and parenting tools.
For this I have assembled an international team of writers, researchers and editors to create and share research-backed information to help support women in making the best decisions for themselves and their families.
Our mission is to help make families healthier and mothers happier by cutting the cord of misinformation that feeds the confusion and frustration of online parenting advice. As the Chief Medical Officer (CMO) of your family, you’re tasked with making multiple choices every single day that affect the health and well-being of your family. Research shows that 94% of moms make decisions for themselves and for others. We provide women with the high quality, evidence-based guidance, tips and recommendations they need to raise decent, healthy humans as they navigate their own personal motherhood journey.
The team at MamaDoctors and I oversee, write and edit site content, bringing to our work scientific rigor rooted in the best health-related practices from both Western and Eastern medicine and approaches.
We’re also here to help you feel strong, healthy and supported. Parenting is the hardest job in the world, and we’re here to remind you that you are not alone. The doctor is in for you, too!
To help you get started, please check out our guides, including my first post for MamaDoctors:
A surgeon and the founder of MamaDoctors.com, she has a background in clinical research which led her to become the youngest ever (at age 27) member to join the exclusive ranks of one of the top Italian scientific societies in the field of oral medicine.
A passionate advocate for empowering people with evidence-based information about their health and wellness, dr. Linnea is also the founder of Pazienti.it, the largest online community of doctors and patients in Italy.
After giving birth to three children in just 18 months, Linnea realized that all her medical and scientific training aside, nothing quite prepared her for the physical, mental and spiritual upheaval of this incredible journey.
In her personal life, Linnea left behind a stress-filled conventional lifestyle in favor of a simpler, more sustainable existence to enjoy every moment with their three young children.
And while there are days when surgery feels like the easier choice than raising three busy kids, Linnea will tell you she wouldn’t change a thing.
Dr. Changa Kurukularatne, MD
A medical doctor with 20+ years specializing in internal medicine and infectious diseases, Changa is also the father of four children and frequently consults with parents on a range of issues.
A graduate of St. George’s University in Grenada, Changa did his residence affiliated with Yale University Hospital at Danbury Hospital, CT.
A frequent collaborator with regional and international arms of the World Health Organization (WHO), he’s held leadership positions at medical organizations worldwide, from the US to Singapore, New Zealand and beyond.
Equal parts influenced by training and by fatherhood, Changa has a keen interest in preventative medicine, holistic wellness, lifestyle and nutrition based therapy, cell signaling technology, and the use of biomarkers in human disease.
Dr. Silvia Goggi, MD & Certified Nutritionist
A certified nutritionist and mother of two children under the age of six, Silvia is a graduate of School of Medicine of Milan University, Italy.
She has made her career specializing in food science, and in particular the health benefits of a Mediterranean plant-based diet.
Working closely with Dr. Neal D. Barnard, founder of the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, which promotes preventive medicine, conducts clinical research, and advocates for higher ethical standards in research, Silvia is dedicated to helping families eat well for happier, healthier lives.
Josh Korda, Dharma Teacher
Josh Korda has been the presiding teacher at Dharmapunx NYC for the last decade (his talks can be found at dharmapunxnyc.podbean.com). Over the last five years, he’s been a visiting teacher at Zen Care and Against the Stream.
Josh teaches multiple retreats each year, mentors a wide array of spiritual practitioners; his meditations can be found on the popular mindfulness app insighttimer.
In addition to MamaDoctors, Josh writes for a number of publications, including many pieces on Huffington Post. Tricycle Magazine has recently featured a short documentary film about Josh’s teaching, which you can find here: Watch the documentary on dharma punx NYC hosted by tricycle.com.
Caitlin Goodwin, MSN, RN, CNM
Caitlin Goodwin is a board certified nurse-midwife, runs the family travel and autism blog, Typically Twitterpated and is a mom to four children.
She graduated with an MSN from Frontier Nursing University and has worked for the last decade first as a labor and delivery nurse and now as a midwife in both the hospital and birth center settings.
Caitlin has also worked at a summer camp with children developmental disabilities, In her spare time, she and her family follow a gluten-free diet and share a love of all things travel, especially Disney.