Dr. Pierrette Mimi Poinsett, MD

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Dr. Pierrette Mimi Poinsett is a veteran board-certified pediatrician with three decades of experience, including 19 years of direct patient clinical care. She currently serves as a medical consultant, where she works with multiple projects and clients in the area of pediatrics, with an emphasis on children and adolescents with special needs.

An active and highly connected patient advocate and writer, Dr Poinsett is a social media powerhouse, most publicly known on Twitter as @yayayarndiva and #GodmotherDoc, the co-founder and co-moderator of the monthly and highly successful #SickleCellChat. Through this chat, and the other projects she’s involved with, she remains a passionate, dedicated leader, committed to helping families effectively navigate between medical, mental health, school, and social programs.

Her areas of expertise include patient navigation, educational advocacy for families, children and adolescents with special health care needs, learning differences, and behavioral problems. She holds an MD from the University of Chicago and a BS in Chemical Engineering from The University of Pennsylvania, and is a licensed Pediatrician in the State of California. She is a diplomat of the American Board of Pediatrics.

Pierrette's Education & Training:

  • Doctor of Medicine, University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine
  • BSE Chemical Engineering, University of Pennsylvania
  • Bachelors of Science in Health Science, Bowling Green State University

Pierrette's Work History & Experience:

  • Pediatrician & Health Advocate as an Independent Medical Consultant
  • Medical Expert of Pediatrics at HealthTap

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Articles Edited by Pierrette Mimi Poinsett

Two little girl painting messily outdoors

10 All-Time Favorite Art Activities for Kids

Mother Reading to Toddler

How to Encourage Reading at Home

Stages of Play

The 6 Stages of How Kids Learn to Play

Kangaroo Care Skin to Skin Contact

The Benefits of Kangaroo Care & How to Do It

Happy baby in a stroller on a sunny day

Keeping Baby Cool in a Stroller (Top 7 Tips)

Two little girl painting messily outdoors

The Importance and Benefits of Art for Children

Newborn crying in mother's arms

Baby Can’t Be Soothed? It Could Be PURPLE Crying

Breast pumps on a table

Pumping Breast Milk 101: What You Need to Know

Father cleaning baby's nose

Is It Normal for Baby’s Spit Up to Come Out of the Nose?

Crying baby given nose drops

How to Give Nasal Saline Drops to Baby

Mother trimming her baby's nails

Trimming Baby’s Nails? Read Our Ultimate How-To Guide

Two kids with different hair color

How to Predict Your Baby's Hair Color (Interesting Facts)

Newborn Body Hair: Causes & Treatments for Lanugo

Lanugo (Newborn Baby Body Hair): Causes & Treatment

Toddler getting a haircut

Baby’s First Haircut: A Step-by-Step Guide for Nervous Parents

Baby with acne on his skin

Baby Acne: Causes, Prevention & Treatments

Baby girl wearing a headband with hair loss

Infant Hair Loss: Is My Baby Going Bald?

Baby with skin discoloration

Baby Skin Discoloration & Birthmarks

Toddler bathed in a small tub

How to Bathe Your Baby

Two fathers wearing their babies in a carrier

When Can Your Baby Face Forward In a Baby Carrier?

Three moms wearing different baby wraps

Slings vs. Wraps vs. Structured Carriers

Toddler playing with electrical chord

How to Babyproof Electrical Outlets (Step-by-Step Guide)

Doctor checking baby's hip dysplasia

Baby Hip Dysplasia: Causes & Treatments

Mother Reading to Toddler

The Benefits of Reading to Children (Importance of Reading)

Mother kissing her baby by the fireplace

How to Babyproof a Fireplace

Toddler playing by the window unsupervised

How to Babyproof Windows (Quick and Pane-Less)

Toddler climbing into the bathtub unsupervised

How to Babyproof Your Bathroom (Step-by-Step)

Toddler in bed scared after a night terror

What to Do About Toddler Night Terrors

Baby lying in bed with blanket and pillow

When Can Your Baby Sleep With a Pillow or Blanket?

Baby standing inside a crib

When to Lower Crib Mattress Height

Cats and a crib

How to Keep the Cat Out of Baby's Crib (Purr-fect Solutions)

Baby sleeping in a bassinet

How To Get Your Baby To Sleep In Their Bassinet

Kids playing together at the park

The Benefits of Play in Child Development

Baby sleeping on his back

Co Sleepers vs Bassinets

Crying baby that won't sleep alone

Newborn Won’t Sleep Alone? This Is What You Can Do

Baby swaddled in a blue blanket

How To Swaddle Your Baby

Toddler chewing on a TV remote control

Babyproofing Living Room: Tips from a Pediatrician

Baby lying in a bassinet

Bassinet Sleep Safety: 3 Bassinet Safety Rules You Should Know

Cute baby sitting inside his bassinet

Bassinets vs Cribs: Which Should You Choose?

Baby being swaddled in summer

Can You Swaddle In Summer? (Risks & Precautions)

Screen Time for Kids

Screen Time Guide for Kids (Guidelines, Effects & Tips)

Baby with heat rash on the face

Baby Heat Rash – Prickly Heat (Miliaria) in Babies

Mother carrying her newborn baby

What is Vernix Caseosa? (And Should It Be Washed?)

Introducing Music to Kids

The Benefits of Music for Kids

Baby learning how to swim

Swim Safety for Kids (Signs of Drowning & Prevention Tips)

Baby boy sleeping on his back.

What You Should Know About Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS)

Baby boy drinking from sippy cup

Sippy Cup Safety Tips Guide (Sip With No Fears)

Baby with severe diaper rash

How to Use Diaper Cream Properly (Step-by-Step Guide)

Baby crying while having diaper changed

Baby Cries During Diaper Changes (9 Tips to Help You Cope)

Baby sleeping while using pacifier

Baby Bottle Tooth Decay: How to Prevent It

Young child touching a frying pan in the kitchen

Babyproofing Your House (Free Babyproofing Checklist PDF)

Mother wearing baby in a carrier

The Benefits of Babywearing (Start Wearing Your Baby Today)

Stack of disposable diapers with a sign that reads

How to Properly Dispose of Dirty Diapers

Baby girl sitting in a dirty high chair

How to Clean Your High Chair