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Becoming pregnant as a junior doctor brings a lot of challenges, particularly if you want to change your working patterns.
The most important thing I learned? Be the driver – you’ll have to drive things forward yourself, in terms of gathering the right information and finding out what you need to do next.
You have to liaise with admin and HR for Mat B1 forms and risk assessments, of course, which in itself is a learning curve.
But what can be really challenging is working out how to amend your working pattern – for example, if you want to arrange to work part time after your maternity leave.
I’ve provided my tips and advice to help you set off on the right track with taking ownership of the process of becoming a working parent.
While it may still be some time before you have to decide on your exact working pattern, these things do take time to organise and I recommend starting the ball rolling sooner rather than later.
My experience is that it can be tricky to sort these things out, and it can take time.
The reality is that most of the people you will be dealing with are busy, and many tend to deal only with the most urgent problems on their ‘To Do’ list. While you’ll probably get an answer eventually, it may not be in time to book nursery places or commit to nanny availability. It can come as a surprise that some childcare is booked months or even years ahead!
Written by a doctor in the south of England who now works as an ST3 GP trainee
Read the BMA guide for working parents and guide to flexible training
Nice short & to the point blog which resonates with my experiences! Isn't it a shame that so many letters/blogs on this website/in the BMA news are anonymised. Is this because we're scared of our views? Or is being a doctor & expressing a (pretty non-controversial, in this case!) not really appreciated in the current climate? Or...something?