Jamaiya N. James, MD
“I believe my role as a pediatrician is to empower parents to make healthy decisions for their child(ren) through evidence-based medicine and a foundation of emotional wellness.
San Antonio, TX
Agnes Scott College
Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center School of Medicine
The University of Colorado, Children’s Hospital Colorado
Organizations I belong to
- American Academy of Pediatrics
- American Board of Pediatrics
- American Academy of Pediatrics Section on Breastfeeding Medicine
- Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine
- Postpartum Support International
Theatre and the arts are a great source of enjoyment for me. I’m interested in stories about the human experience and love reading books that expand my way of thinking about the world and our role in it. Meditation is medicine, and I’m attempting to cultivate a more regular personal practice. I am learning more about Colorado gardening, and we recently started an apiary so the whole family is involved in learning about and caring for our beehives!
Why I chose pediatrics
Being invited into the lives of a new or growing family is such a privilege. Pediatric medicine affords me the unique opportunity to both educate and learn alongside families. I am endlessly charmed by the sweet curiosity and unfiltered honesty of children, and I also really enjoy sharing new ideas and experiences with parents. I believe we each have innate knowledge when it comes to our child(ren), and it’s heartening to watch parents grow in confidence as they find their own rhythm. I think children are truly what is best about this world, and I consider it an honor to help them grow.
How motherhood has affected my practice as a pediatrician
Becoming a mother made me a much more empathetic pediatrician. There is no substitute for having a shared experience when it comes to the challenges of raising children. Sometimes it helps to know that even your pediatrician struggled with breastfeeding, sleep training, toddler tantrums, or school readiness. Becoming a mother really solidified that while there are definitely black and white areas in medicine, much of parenting is gray and it’s okay to chart a course uniquely tailored to your family’s needs.
Additional experience & certifications
I am Board Certified in pediatric medicine, a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics, a member of the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine, and a board member of Postpartum Support International, Colorado. Through these organizations, I have received additional training and education in breastfeeding medicine and maternal postpartum mood disorders. I attend the AAP’s National Conference on a yearly basis in order to maintain best-practices for our patients.
When I’m not working, I’m trying desperately to put away the screens and simply be present with my two children. I love our impromptu dance parties, art and craft projects, evening walks around our property, and storytime snuggles. My husband and I met in medical school, and when he is not on call for his surgical practice, we are grateful for quiet family time in the mountains spent reconnecting. I’m also lucky to have my immediate family living in Denver and am thankful for any time we can gather together and just be.
We support moms through the 4th trimester.
We believe a healthy start is the best start, so we want to make sure both mom and baby are well cared for during their “4th trimester.” We give moms extra attention and support, including on-site lactation appointments with our physicians, so mothers can find balance, build strong bonds with their babies, and have a joyful experience.
We help parents grow and learn together.
One of the ways we build community and support parents is by hosting regular educational webinars. We cover a variety of topics and give parents the opportunity to ask questions and to learn from each other.
Finding your way as a parent
Our blog combines our medical expertise with our personal experience as moms to help others on their parenting journey.