Episode 59: Where’s Baby? How Books Can Be Great Teachers

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Guest: Dr. Jenny Koo, Neonatologist, Mom & Children’s Author

Your baby knows your voice from the beginning! Dr. Jenny Koo, neonatologist and children’s author, shares why reading is important and her latest project, aimed at NICU siblings.

In this episode, we chat about:

  • This is Dr. Koo’s fourth children’s book, but her first about the NICU. What prompted her to write the book?
  • Where did she find the time to write a book as a doctor and new mom?
  • What are some of the analogies she uses in the book to explain the complicated world of the NICU to younger children?
  • Of all the medical specialities she could’ve chosen, why neonatology?
  • How has motherhood changed her outlook on parenting and interacting with parents of NICU babies?
  • We know that reading to young children is important, how can a parent utilize books in the NICU with his/her baby?
  • What are some of your favorite children’s authors and books for your own family?

Dr. Jenny Koo is a board-certified neonatologist affiliated with Sharp Mary Birch Hospital for Women & Newborns in San Diego, CA. Dr. Koo’s interest lies in cardiovascular health of newborns, and she is a part of the Sharp Mary Birch Neonatal Research Institute. Dr. Koo is passionate about family centered care and ensuring that the entire family unit – not solely the neonate – is cared for and supported throughout their NICU journey. As a hobby, Dr. Koo enjoys drawing and has authored four children’s books.

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Buy Dr. Koo’s other children’s books (contains affiliate links):

Hamilton & Eleanor’s Adventures


The Little Giraffe Foundation: The foundation that funded Dr. Koo’s book aimed at NICU siblings for patients of Sharp Mary Birch Hospital for Women & Newborns

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