Read Mia’s Washington Post article about special needs parenthood and leadership!

Amialya (Mia) Durairaj, MSc, helps new moms of special needs children incorporate their newfound identities as parent advocates with their desire for fulfilling careers. As the co-creator of Mindful Return’s Balancing Career with Special Needs Baby, Mia strongly believes that the intricacies of parenting a preterm, disabled, or medically fragile child is excellent leadership training.

Based in beautiful San Diego, CA, Mia is the proud mom of identical twin toddler girls who were born three months early. One of her daughter’s congenital heart defect resulted in a 14-month stay in the children’s hospital.  

Initially unable to take care of her twins’ complex medical needs while working in a full-time role, Mia found balance in being a health writing consultant and owner of Little Octopus LLC. She has published in news outlets such as The Washington Post, The San Diego Union-Tribune, SF Gate, and the California Health Report.

In 2019, Mia returned to work full-time as a Marketing Writing Manager for the medical device company, Dexcom.

Before cutting her teeth as a freelancer, Mia worked in health communications roles for large non- and for-profit organizations such as Save the Children, AIDS Healthcare Foundation, Aetna, and UnitedHealth Group.

Mia has a Master of Science in Nutrition and Food Studies from George Mason University.

When she isn’t juggling deadlines and her twins’ appointments, Mia serves on the Cardiac Family Advisory Council for Rady Children’s Hospital.

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