A Conversation with the CoAuthor and CoFounder of The Mommy MD Guide to Surviving Morning Sickness
Q: What is the Mommy MD Guide to Surviving Morning Sickness?
A: The Mommy MD Guide to Surviving Morning Sickness is the definitive guide to surviving morning sickness. In fact, it’s one of the ONLY guides to surviving morning sickness.
It features more than 200 tips that 21 doctors who are also mothers used to combat morning sickness and other pregnancy-related symptoms.
Q: Where did the idea for the book come from?
A: Dr. Pathman, of Three Lollies, maker of Preggie Pops, and Jennifer were talking about opportunities to work together. So many moms-to-be, MOST of them actually, contend with morning sickness and so creating The Mommy MD Guide to Surviving Morning Sickness together was the logical way we could help.
Q: What is your background and your co-author’s background?
A: Jim Pathman, PhD, has a unique and caring background, which adds to his abilities in managing the Three Lollies. Long before the conception of Preggie Pops, Dr. Pathman identified his love of helping others to reach their maximum potential and lead more meaningful lives. As a very young adult, Dr. Pathman helped treat autistic and emotionally challenged children. His dedication and devotion to the care of others carried him through both masters and doctoral degrees in the field of psychology. As the director of a behavioral science program in a family practice setting, Dr. Pathman trains healthcare providers and psychology graduate students to become familiar with the psychological needs of their patients, thereby learning to provide more empathic care in them. Currently, Dr. Pathman’s energy is also focused on the research, development, and production of Preggie Pops, Queasy Pops, and Three Lollies’ growing line of additional products. He has one daughter.
Rallie McAllister, MD, MPH, is cofounder of Momosa Publishing LLC, publisher of MommyMD Guides.com, DaddyMDGuides.com, and the Mommy MD Guides book series. She is a family physician and a nationally recognized health expert. Her nationally syndicated newspaper column, Your Health, appeared in more than 30 newspapers in the United States and Canada and was read by more than a million people each week. Dr. McAllister has been the featured medical expert on more than 100 radio and television shows. A dynamic public speaker, she educates and entertains audiences from coast to coast with her upbeat, down-to-earth delivery of the latest health news. She has three sons and three grandchildren.
Q: Which other books are in the Mommy MD Guide series?
The Mommy MD Guide to Pregnancy and Birth (2010)
The Mommy MD Guide to Your Baby’s First Year (2011)
The Mommy MD Guide to the Toddler Years (2012)
The Mommy MD Guide to Losing Weight and Feeling Great (2014)
The Mommy MD Guide to Getting Your Baby to Sleep (2016)
The Mommy MD Guide to Surviving Morning Sickness (2017)
The Mommy MD Guide to Keeping Your Baby Safe (2017)
The Mommy MD Guide to Breastfeeding (2018)
Q: How did you get the idea for Preggie Pops and Queasy Drops?
A: As healthcare professionals, we were conceived and developed by healthcare professionals! In our line of work, we are daily witnesses to how debilitating nausea can be. We also came to realize that not every nausea remedy works for every person or situation, and that many people would prefer not to take a prescription if they can avoid it. We found that a lot of our patients wanted something “natural.” With all that in mind, we did some research into natural pharmacologic agents, reading through the available literature (both scientific and non-scientific), talking to numerous other healthcare professionals from a number of disciplines, and most importantly, talking directly to nausea sufferers. Many patients were willing to share their favorite home remedies, and through time and research, we were able to determine which ones really work. We discovered which herbs are truly helpful, and developed flavors that would be appealing to anyone with a queasy stomach.
Q: Are the ingredients all natural?
A: Yes, our products are all natural. We use essential oils for flavoring and vegetable dyes for coloring.
Q: What has the feedback been for your books and Three Lollies products?
A: We get incredible feedback on the Mommy MD Guides books from readers, partners, and the media. Many people ask “How could no one have thought of this before?” People love that our books are authoritative, yet fun. Comprehensive, yet approachable. They really love our new more focused, single topic books like The Mommy MD Guide to Surviving Morning Sickness.
Q: What qualities do you need to have to be a successful mom or dad inventor?
A: They overlap! You need persistence, patience, and a sense of humor doesn’t hurt!
Q: What does your family like to do for fun?
A: We love reading, traveling, playing outside—anything fun to make happy memories.
Q: What’s in store in the future for Mommy MD Guides and Three Lollies?
A: At Momosa Publishing, we’re working on several new Mommy MD Guides books—The Mommy MD Guide to Keeping Your Baby Safe and The Mommy MD Guide to Breastfeeding.
We’re also expanding beyond the Mommy MD Guides! We are a hybrid publisher, so we partner with authors and brands to share costs and profits. We are working with several new expert authors to produce:
- The Ultimate Baby Grooming Guide
- Lemongrass Spa Soul-Soothing Stories of Cancer Survivors
We are also producing several new children’s book series!
- The Adventures of the Rabbits in the Magic Kingdom—first book in the Real Animals of Walt Disney World series, which is authored by 9-year-old Austin Reich and illustrated by 11-year-old Tyler Reich
- Come Travel with Me: Philadelphia—first book in the Come Travel with Me series, which helps parents prepare kids for a vacation—or serves as a lovely keepsake or gift after a trip.
Interview with Dr. Jim Pathman and Jennifer Bright Reich
Dr. Jim Pathman’s energy is focused on the research, development, and production of Preggie Pops, Queasy Pops, and our growing line of products. His enthusiasm and devotion are unbeatable. His most prized and coveted role is that of father and husband. As stated by his wife, “Jim’s dedication and devotion to all that he loves is the definition of his being.” His daughter describes him as, “a Lollie of a Pop.”
Jennifer Bright Reich is the co-founder of Mimosa Publishing LLC, publisher of www.MommyMDGuides.com, and the Mommy MD Guides book series. She is a writer and editor with more than 15 years of publishing experience. She has contributed to more than 150 books and published more than 100 magazine and newspaper articles. Jennifer proudly served as a Lieutenant in the U.S. Army for four years, including one year working directly for the three Commanding Generals.
Find out more at www.threelollies.com.