Early life and medical career
Miriam was born in Newcastle upon Tyne, Northumberland. Her parents were Orthodox Jews. Her father Sidney was a nurse and her mother Jenny worked for the Newcastle school dinners service. She attended the Central High School in Eskdale Terrace and trained as a nurse at the Newcastle General Hospital (Royal Free Medical School). She went on to study medicine at King's College, Durham (which became Newcastle University in 1963). After qualifying as a doctor she worked at the city's Royal Victoria Infirmary and specialised in dermatology as a senior registrar at Bristol Royal Infirmary. She then became a research director and then managing director in the pharmaceutical industry for Syntex.
Stoppard became well known during the 1970s and 1980s as a television presenter on scientific and medical programmes such as Don't Ask Me and Where There's Life.
Stoppard has written several books about health, including the Children's Medical Handbook, but particularly on the subject of women's health.
She writes on health issues and acts as an agony aunt for the Daily Mirror, having previously answered readers' letters for The TV Times magazine. Her company, Miriam Stoppard Lifetime, sells her books and health products.
In August 2012, writing in the Daily Mirror, Stoppard supported UCL’s Institute of Child Health research which suggested reviewing the recommendation of exclusive breastfeeding until six months, adding that the appearance of teeth should signal the end of breastfeeding.
Stoppard was mentioned in the song "Architecture and Morality; Ted and Alice" by the band Half Man Half Biscuit: "The horrible sincerity of Miriam Stoppard makes me want to go out and commit mass murder". She was named Journalist of the Year at the Stonewall Awards on 6 November of that year.
Stoppard was also mentioned in the popular television show Psychoville on 18 June 2009, when the character Joy Aston (Dawn French) sarcastically mistakes one of the ante-natal parents she coaches as Dr. Miriam Stoppard after the ante-natal parent had corrected Joy's use of the term "soft spot" instead of "fontanelle".
She is mentioned Peep Show season 5 episode 1 when Jez, after getting unwanted medical advice from Mark, sarcastically retorts "All right, Dr. Miriam Stoppard!"
- Parenting – Life & Style Home. Sydney Morning Herald. (22 November 2006).
- The London Gazette: . 31 December 2009.
- Is 'breast only' for first six months best?. Ucl.ac.uk (14 January 2011).
- Dr Miriam Stoppard column When should you stop breast-feeding?. Daiy Mirror (14 August 2012).
- "100 things we didn't know this time last year". BBC News (30 December 2005).
- Stonewall Awards 2008. Stonewall.org.uk (27 March 2009).
- Her website
- Miriam Stoppard at the Internet Movie Database
- Miriam Stoppard Books
- Miriam Stoppard Blog – Daily Mirror