Male resident: "Is there, like, a law that every woman has to have a photo of her baby on the back of her ID badge?"
Me: "Well, we can't put it on the front of the badge, can we??"
So yes, I am one of the many, many physician/mamas who sports a photo of my baby on the back of my ID badge. It covers up the instructions on what to do in case of fire.
I don't want to confess how much time and effort I spent picking out the perfect photo of her to display on the back of my badge. More time than I spend reading New England Journal, that's for sure.
My badge has a tendency to flip around, so that instead of displaying my own photo, name, and job description, I'm walking around the hospital with a photo of a baby on my chest. I'm pretty much the epitome of professionalism.
And of course, I'm always praying that the patient will notice the photo and comment on it, so I have an excuse to talk about her for a minute. A comment that would be great would be something along the lines of: "Your baby girl is beautiful." Unfortunately, comments I've heard include:
"Aw, how old is your son?" (Girls are allowed to wear green, you know.)
"Isn't that ID photo of you a little outdated?" (Ha ha.)
"Wow, you have a kid too? You must be exhausted." (Yep.)
What it all comes down to though is that I love having the photo of her on my ID so that if I'm ever feeling down during the day, I can look at it and feel a little bit better. That or the huge photo album of her that I keep in my white coat pocket at all times.