Dr. Swanson is a dynamic pediatrician, speaker and mother of two young boys.  She began blogging for Seattle Children’s Hospital in 2009 and has built a loyal and diverse following of parents and medical professionals as author of Seattle Mama Doc.

As one of the first pediatricians to blog for a leading children’s hospital, she has gained first-hand experience on how to leverage social media platforms to provide relevant, practical and timely guidance to parents focused on raising healthy children. Dr Swanson tackles issues as controversial as vaccines to topics less fiery like work life balance, timing of the introduction of solids foods for babies, and drug and product recalls.

Dr. Swanson provides a voice of reason for parents and pediatricians faced with an abundance of online noise. She is focused on helping parents gain clarity and eliminate fear when making decisions for their children.

Dr. Swanson has been featured in:


What not to do when your child is sick
Today Show
March 13, 2014

Interview: Wendy Sue Swanson at TEDxNijmegen 2013
April 8, 2013

Dr. Wendy Sue Swanson: Violent video games
January 16, 2013

The whooping cough epidemic: there’s a vaccine for that
October 17, 2012

Dr. Wendy Sue Swanson: Should you pick up a crying infant?
September 19, 2012

Study: Junk food laws could cut childhood obesity
August 14, 2012

Ultimate Disaster Kit
New Day Northwest
April 4, 2011

Put an End to Nonstop Crying and Colic
Good Morning America Health
March 18, 2011


Federal Campaign Reaches Out To Northwest’s Vaccine-Shy Parents
April 27, 2012

Disaster Preparedness: How To Talk With Your Kids In The Wake Of Tragedies
AAP Healthy Children – The Talk Show for Parents
March 16, 2011






Teaching gratitude and perspective to children
Boston Globe
March 10, 2014

Don’t text while parenting- it will make you cranky
March 10, 2014

Why are patients not finding their doctors online?
TEDxNijmegen 2013
April 8, 2013

The 140 Best Twitter Feeds of 2013
March 25, 2013

6 Ways Pets Can Put Your Family’s Health at Risk
Good Housekeeping
January 18, 2013

A Pediatrician’s Role in the Gun Debate
Parents Magazine
January 18, 2013

How to find the best medical information online
LA Times
January 17, 2013

What Two Pediatricians Say NOT to Worry About
Huffington Post
October 12, 2012

Perspectives From Dr. Wendy Sue Swanson
Medicine X
September 27, 2012

Laundry Detergent Packs Pose Poisoning Threat to Toddlers
U.S. News & World Report/HealthDay
September 6, 2012

Johnny’s First Phone: A Guide for Parents
The New York Times
August 8, 2012

A few stumbling blocks to better healthcare
LA Times
March 12, 2012

Social media evangelist rouses HIMSS CIO Forum
February 20, 2012

How to break up with your pediatrician
January 16, 2012

A Trusted Relationship In A New Time
Medicine 2.0
September 18, 2011

An annual physical isn’t just for teenage jocks
USA Today
August 10, 2011

Doomsday Talk: The Kids Aren’t All Right
ABC News
May 25, 2011

To contact Dr. Swanson

For phone or media interviews email press@seattlechildrens.org or call 206-987-4500.

To contact for speaking engagements email seattlemamadoc@seattlechildrens.org or call 206-987-7446.

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