Bryan S. Wood, MD

Dr. Wood is a father of 11 children and our resident Daddy MD Guide. He’s an emergency physician and the president of SelfRefind, in Danville, KY.

What’s your specialty?  For 18 years, I specialized in emergency medicine, and for the past four years, I’ve specialized in addiction medicine.

How many children do you have?  I have 11 children, seven girls and four boys, ranging in age from 9 to 25.

What has surprised you most about being a dad?  How different parenting boys is than parenting girls. To get the same amount of conversation out of a boy, you have to spend five times as much physical time with him.

Also, the fact that having 11 children is insane, but I wouldn’t trade it for the world.

What’s the one thing about being a new dad that shouldn’t be missed? It’s true that the middle-of-the-night feedings, diaper changes, and crying suck. But after you’ve fed, changed, and soothed the baby, there’s a magical time where it’s just the two of you against the world. After I calmed my babies down, I’d feel them relax and give that little “hahahaha…sigh” sound that babies make right before they fall asleep in your arms. That’s the moment not to be missed.

Dr. Woods’s Q&As

How did you cope when your wife was put on bed rest?

Did you have any “parenting instincts” before having kids?

How do you make time for each of your children?