Medical Mum?: A Guide for Female Medics Who Have Ever Thought That Maybe, Somehow, One Day They Might Want to Have a Baby

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In 2006 over 60% of medical graduates in the UK were female, and the number of women going to medical school as 'mature students' is steadily increasing. Some of these women will, at some point, choose to have a baby, but the question always asked is how to fit it in with a medical career? Along with the problem of finding time to actually have a baby, and coping as a pregnant doctor, there is the problem of finding information when it is most needed. This book addresses this problem, bringing a wealth of information together in one easy-to-use resource. Written by a mother, who has faced the joys and frustrations of combining medicine and being a mother, this book is a "one-stop-shop" for all mothers and mums-to-be.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780199237586
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 4/23/2008
  • Pages: 248
  • Product dimensions: 9.10 (w) x 6.10 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

At the age of 18, Emma Hill left school with a fascination of people and animals, and headed off to spend a year in Australia in order to meet both in the wild. On her return, she studied in Zoology, then qualified as a Veterinary Nurse, and gained a Bachelor of Sciences degree with the Open University. Three years spent in the veterinary world taught her that the owners of the animals were what fascinated her the most, and she attended Barts and the London Medical School from 1999 and qualified in 2004. She completed a house job at the Royal London Hospital, then moved to Whipps Cross Hospital for a six month surgical house job, during which time she became pregnant with her first child.

She took up a post on the Vocational Training Scheme for General Practice in Tower Hamlets, as a Senior House Officer in care of the elderly. After nine months of maternity leave, she returned to the Royal London Hospital part time to complete the post in geriatric medicine, then worked in paediatric A&E

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Table of Contents

Glossary and abbreviations

1 Before you take the plunge 1

2 Trying to get pregnant 11

3 Life as a pregnant hospital doctor 15

4 Life as a pregnant general practitioner 31

5 Academic medicine 39

6 Pregnancy as an undergraduate 43

7 Know your rights: employment law 49

8 Maternity leave 59

9 Before the baby arrives 75

10 Doctors giving birth 83

11 Early days ... Yes, it was a baby (not flatus or fluid) 91

12 Planning your return to work 99

13 Breastfeeding and working 111

14 Childcare 119

15 Being back at work 135

16 Working fathers 147

17 'Planning' further pregnancies 153

18 Now we are six ... Watching your children grow 157

19 Money matters 165

20 Do you still wish you'd been a lawyer? 173

Frequently asked questions 179

App. 1 Useful contacts 199

Index 221

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