My baby is a few weeks old, and I’m dreading going back to my full-time job. How did you manage to go back to work?
Our Mommy MD Guide’s reply: During my first pregnancy, I was working 70-hour weeks for a big company as their medical director.
When my baby was born, I went back to work. Early on, I was at a meeting with the directors, and not a single person asked me about my new baby. I had brought pictures, and all I wanted to do was talk about my baby! I realized at that moment that I didn’t really want to do that anymore.
That’s when I opened up my own solo practice. At first, that might sound like a crazy idea—to start this huge new business with a new baby. But actually it was perfect because I had no patients, and I was able to build my practice very slowly. I could work for a few hours, then go home for a few hours, and then go back to work again. It took me several years to build up my practice.
Three years later when my second baby was born, my practice was much busier. But I still didn’t want to work full-time. So I teamed up with another pediatrician who also had young kids. We’re similar in both personality and in the way we practice medicine. We essentially shared the practice. For example I’d work in the morning one day, and then she’d work in the afternoon.
—Susan Schreiber, MD, a mom of a son and daughter in their twenties and pediatrician in Los Angeles, California