Panelist Preview with Dr. Meredith Dobbs Kapner, OBGYN
Updated: Apr 29, 2019
For as long as I've been friends with Meredith she's long been our friend group's go-to-gal when it comes to fertility, sex, pregnancy, birth, and more. So when I had the opportunity to bring Meredith to a Maternity Planner event and to share her expertise, her story, and her journey to motherhood I didn't hesitate.
Meredith shares below about how hard it can be to 'be on the other side of the curtain' when you know so much about the challenges and risks associated with pregnancy, birth, and postpartum.
Come hear more from Meredith about her experience working with expectant and postpartum moms, what you should expect and want for in a care provider, and how being a mom has changed how she practices at Mothering Yourself in Your Journey to Motherhood.
Who’s Meredith? How would you describe yourself and what you do professionally?
I am a women’s health provider and advocate. Caring for women is my calling. Technically I’m an Ob/Gyn physician with Ob/Gyn Associates of Silver Spring providing medical care to women and their families throughout their lives. I care for patients of all backgrounds and ideals without judgement, and have a reputation for being more like a midwife than a doctor at times. I truly have the best job in the world (though sometimes it can feel like the hardest).
I truly have the best job in the world (though sometimes it can feel like the hardest).
What was your journey to motherhood?
I have been so blessed in my motherhood journey. Being on the other side of the curtain made me particularly anxious about pregnancy loss and infertility, as well as birth challenges and postpartum depression. I was lucky to have a relatively uncomplicated course, from getting pregnant through the 4th trimester. I have absolutely loved being a mom, and realize now even more how magical motherhood really is. Having our daughter Noa has been my greatest adventure!
How would you describe the unique value you add as an OBGYN?
I like to think that I am more open-minded than your average doctor. I regularly incorporate holistic medicine into pregnancy and childbirth. I also work with many LGBTQ women and trans men who are looking for a safe place in the medical community.
What’s your working mom hack?
There’s a hack?!
What do you do (guilt-free) for yourself? Each day, each week, each month?
I have a weekly yoga class with my sister and brother-in-law that is sacred! I have been practicing yoga for about 20 years. My amazing husband watches our daughter so that I can have my weekly dose of self care.
I think it’s most important to be present as a caregiver, for the woman or couple to feel heard, respected, and treated with dignity.
What do you think is the most valuable for a woman struggling to get or stay pregnant to hear from their care providers?
Women’s health care providers see how common and challenging these struggles are for women every day, but when experiencing them many women feel helpless and alone. I think it’s most important to be present as a provider, for the woman or couple to feel heard, respected, and treated with dignity.
Read Dr. Meredith Kapner's bio here at Silver Spring Ob-Gyn Associates of Silver Spring