Babies and Ovaries

This block we are learning learn about genitalia.  Exciting, no?  This week in particular we started to talk about the female reproductive system…you know…ovaries…vagina…all that fun stuff.  Ironically, this week I also attended a panel of doctors who were discussing “Balancing a Family and a Career in Medicine.”  And, of course, four more of my friends announced that they’re pregnant on Facebook.

From what I can conclude, there is no good time for a doctor to have a baby.  Not in med school….not in residency…NEVER as an intern…and not even as an attending.

Oh, universe!  Why art thou so cruel!?

I hate this aspect of being a doctor; it’s not exactly easy to balance with having a family.  It was the one thing I struggled with most about deciding to go to medical school (even more than blood draw lab!).  I would really like to have a baby….more than anything.  And alllll of my friends have already started to have them.  Some of my friends are even on round two or three of having kids.

I don’t want to wait until my ovaries are shriveled up and only the weird eggs are left.  But I also just don’t have time to raise a baby right now.  I can’t even imagine how hard it would be to go to school and come home to a baby.  But, at some point, something’s gotta give.

I’ve heard way too many stories of doctors who waited until the time was just right, and then they found out it was too late.  I want to be a mom, and I want to have a big family.  And that definitely takes priority over being a doctor.  Maybe I’m naive, but I do think that I can have it all.

And let me just say, I am going to be a great doctor and a great mom.  My friends in med school already call me “mom.”  Ironically, so did my friends in college.  Sometimes it feels like it’s going to be forever before I actually get to be a mom, but I try to remember to live in the present.  Right now, school is my priority.  Having a baby is still a few years off, but not that many…

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About emilyehoward

My name is Emily, and I am a first year Internal Medicine Resident in Phoenix, Arizona. I live with my husband Nicholas and my daughter Anika. And I hope you enjoy my blog!
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One Response to Babies and Ovaries

  1. Monica says:

    Just wrote a blog about balancing family/medicine life, but it’s my fiance who’s the medical student (MSIII). I learned from my friend (whose dad is an ENT) that her dad was very good at being both a dad and a doctor–good luck! If you have your mind set on both, I’m sure even if there’s no perfect time to start a family, you’ll be great.

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