Women surgeons and the challenges of “having it all"
When interviewed about the impact of family commitments on her surgical career, one woman shared a colorful story about practicing surgery while pregnant. Late in her pregnancy, in the middle of performing emergency surgery, she experienced her first contractions. However, rather than stopping the surgery, she continued since the contractions were irregularly timed. In fact, she even came to work the next day, by which point her contractions were persistent and at regular five-minute intervals.
Despite being in labor, she kept working her surgical rounds, and it was only when a nurse realized what was happening that she was finally convinced to go to the hospital. But instead of heading there immediately, she first drove all the way home to change out of her scrubs since she had promised her OB/GYN that she wouldn’t be working and didn’t want her doctor to be angry. As a result, she barely escaped having the baby in the car, delivering it within 20 minutes of walking through the hospital doors.
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