Women now comprise close to 50% of medical school applicants and students. The number one question all these women get asked is: What made you choose a career in medicine? Yeah, right. The real question they will all face: When are you having children?
So GomerBlog’s completely self-appointed lead correspondent on women’s affairs, Dr. Amy G. Dala, interviewed thousands of women in medicine to get to the bottom of this question: When is the best time to have a baby*?
The following summarizes the options.
- Fertility at its peak.
- Friends all recently certified in babysitting.
- Parents able to help out, as they now realize playing with an adorable baby is way easier than raising a teenager.
- When you are finally finished with training, kid will be heading off to college and you can concentrate on your career.
- Hard to find a baby carrier that matches prom dress.
- Lack of baby-friendly section at high school football games.
- Already used to pulling all-nighters.
- Perfected skill of taking care of people covered in their own vomit.
- Unlimited student loan income.
- Lack of baby-friendly dorms.
- Spring break, baby! isn’t really supposed to involve actual babies.
- 4th year! Seriously, things finally lighten up.
- Already used to fetching stuff for a bunch of babies.
- If you can handle a baby and med school, you can handle anything.
- After you find time to have a baby, you then actually have a baby to take care of… a bit tough with intern year looming.
- How else can you get a 4-6 week vacation?
- Used to everyone pissing all over you.
- 80 hr work-week restrictions leave 88 hrs/week of free time!
- Hard to care for baby when you can barely care for yourself.
- Two words: milk leakage.
- Used to cleaning up everyone else’s messes.
- You know everyone in the hospital, and who can/can’t care for your kid.
- Two words: home call.
- Research projects as demanding and rewarding as a new baby.
- Finally making real money.
- Able to make your own schedule.
- Secure in identity as physician, woman, and mother.
- Hmmm… how do we say this? You know that cool kid that peaked in high school, and subsequently experienced a gradual, painful decline in social status all these years? And whose popularity is now circling the drain? Well, her popularity is a metaphor for your ovaries.
In summary, female physicians interviewed reiterate that there is no clear “best time” to have a baby. And your body is your business.
*Assuming you WANT TO HAVE A BABY. Another completely legitimate response is “NEVER.” To these women: woo hoo! You too will still face a lifetime of questions about having children, but at least can answer without being covered in spit-up or poo.