Members of our team have some important publications in this area and we would love to share our findings with you below.
Why does our research and outreach matter?
Having children during a medical career is challenging.
Medicine involve rigorous training through medical school, residency, fellowship and beyond. Reaching professional goals can sometimes seem impossible, let alone trying to balance those goals with raising a family.
Physicians who bear children may face reduced job and training opportunities, lack of career advancement, less referrals and resentment from other colleagues who feel they have a greater workload.
Unfortunately, the reality is that the optimal reproductive window falls within the timeline of medical training. Physicians have expressed regret that they did not consider family planning sooner and faced challenges such as infertility and age-related pregnancy complications.
Our research demonstrated the following :
Physicians have a decreased rate of childbirth from age 15-28
Physicians have a slightly increased rate of childbirth from age 29-36 and a markedly increased rate of childbirth after the age of 37
Family physician trainees had a rate of childbirth similar to non-physicians but specialist trainees had a decreased rate of childbirth
Physicians are more likely to have pregnancy complications, but this is likely due to delayed childbearing and maternal age at first birth
Cusimano MC, Baxter NN, Sutradhar R, McArthur E, Ray JG, Garg AX, Vigod S, Simpson AN. Evaluation of Adverse Pregnancy Outcomes in Physicians Compared With Nonphysicians. JAMA Netw Open. 2022 May 2;5(5):e2213521. doi: 10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2022.13521.
Cusimano MC, Baxter NN, Sutradhar R, McArthur E, Ray JG, Garg AX, Vigod S, Simpson AN. Delay of Pregnancy Among Physicians vs Nonphysicians. JAMA Intern Med. 2021 Jul 1;181(7):905-912. doi: 10.1001/jamainternmed.2021.1635.