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Dealing With The Transition From Maternity To Reality

A good reason to take time off of work
This article on KevinMD was published a week or so before the end of my maternity leave. As I read it, steam emanated from my ears. How dare the author insinuate that physicians lose their technical skills from taking time off equivalent to more than a mere weekend? What about those who must take prolonged time off for sick leave? And what about maternity leave? Are all female physician mothers, by the sheer reasoning that they had babies, now deemed incompetent?

First off, we all need ideal vacations from time to time. Unused vacation time can lead to higher stress levels and lower productivity (see how Americans compare to other countries here). The more likely scenario after a nice chunk of time off is to come back refreshed, not stale and rusty. When we become sick (as we inevitably all do from time to time since we are human beings), we need adequate time to heal physically in order to perform mentally.

I have now taken significant periods o…

Lessons From My Daughter: Focus On People, Not Stuff

Happy and not impressed with stuff
As I begin to navigate this crazy journey that is parenting and mix it into my ever-changing practice of balance, I'm sure my daughter will be teaching me lots of things along the way. At 13 weeks old, she is now quite alert and adept at exercising her observational skills. She often watches us do things like our myriad preps and cooking projects in the kitchen from a little rocking chair or a floor mat a few feet away. Her gaze is strong, and I can see that she is making connections with what's happening around her. She smiles, laughs and makes plenty of eye contact. What she doesn't care about? Stuff. She could care less about toys, rattles that I shake in front of her, etc. She wants to know about us and reacts to our faces the most. Leaving her with a stuffed toy and walking out of eyesight does not bode well.

During this early stage of development, she's already figured out an important lesson in life. People have more to teach her…