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This week on MD for Moms, I interview Dr. Carina Hopin, a woman who wears many hats, including that of physician, artist, mother and blogger. She believes passionately in the value and benefit of tapping into one’s creativity in order to face challenges and overcome difficult experiences. Her third child was born at 26 weeks and spent six months in the NICU; during this time, Dr. Hopin re-connected with her artistic side and derived great strength through painting. She shares how art helped her get through the NICU period and has since helped her grow as a person and as a physician as well as lead an overall happier life.
We discuss how engaging in artistic endeavors and finding your own creative outlet can minimize stress if your baby is in the NICU, if you are struggling with new parenthood or anytime in life, and how letting yourself play around with art can be freeing and fun anytime. Life can be more joyous when we relax and let ourselves color outside the lines and accept the inevitable inaccurate brush strokes – art helps us to learn how to use these errors and incorporate them into what ultimately becomes a final product to be proud of.
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Carina Hopen is a wife, a mother to 3 school age children, an artist, a prior U.S. Naval Flight Surgeon and currently a full-time Family Medicine physician practicing in the Pacific Northwest.
She is passionate about being a life long learner. She received a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of California, Irvine and a Medical Degree from the University of Hawaii. Additionally, she earned a Master of Arts in Gerontology from the University of Southern California and she is a Certified Health Coach through the American Council on Exercise.
In all of her years of learning, the most valuable lessons were taught to her by her daughter who was born at 26 weeks gestation. Through the experience, Carina learned how to use creativity to still her mind in the midst of the chaos and find growth from uncertainty.
Carina founded her blog, thrivingmamamd.com. Her mission is to inspire others to discover their inner strengths so that they can achieve their goals and live well. She envisions a community where everyone is able to care for and nurture themselves as much as they do for others.
She can be found on Instagram and Facebook @thrivingmamamd.