Kristin Prentiss Ott, M.D.

Motherhood

Human Predators: Four Features and Four Phases of Assault

My college orientation sessions in the late ’90’s included tips like carrying a rape whistle, but none of the recommended safety measures prepared me for the surprise, fear, and awkwardness of having a guy I had studied with only once…
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The One Thing Doctors, Doulas, Moms, & Midwives All Want

As a feminist, a lover of birth, and a physician, I struggle every time I read people’s stories of birth trauma. Improving Birth’s “Break the Silence” photo project has generated pictures like this one: This man’s words are true. And…
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Baffling Baby Names (by Category)

Disclaimers: 1.  My husband’s name is Mickey (like the mouse & that great 80’s song). We named our children Kharis (Greek for grace) and Kai (Hawaiian for ocean). Kharis will be stuck spelling her name and having it mispronounced for life. And Kai’s namesake…
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I Survived my First Week as a Kindergartener’s Mom

The day before Kharis started Kindergarten – we got this in the mail: Her new teacher’s dogs sent a card! How cu-ute!  Her teacher was clearly on top of things (and maybe a Pinterest aficionado). I (on the other hand)…
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Marriage: The Grass is Greener…

About a year and a half ago, Mickey and I got away for a few days to a luxury resort in the Dominican Republic. It should have been heaven, but I packed guilt and worry in my luggage and brought…
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Our National Lampoon’s Family Vacation

“Sorry, Mama. Sorry.” My 2-year-old said as we drove over rumble strips. (Apparently he thought those vibrations and loud noises were coming from him.) We were on our way to Lanier World! Lake Lanier Islands Resort is tucked away in…
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Spanking Part 2: Modifying Baa’d Behavior (Guest Post)

This is a guest post written by Jesse Prentiss as part of a two-part series on spanking. The point of this series is, of course, to offer differing perspectives on a semi-controversial issue, but also to demonstrate that it’s possible to…
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