Editor's note: Any reader who has experience with this is welcome to post her answers to the questions below (i.e., not just limited to MiM's bloggers!).
I was happy to find your site today. I'm a physician in academics and the issue of maternity leave for residents is important to me for two reasons. I was the first woman in my program to have a baby as a resident and, now that I am faculty, I feel some responsibility to help the female residents navigate motherhood during their training.
One question for your bloggers: How commonly have women had to extend their training due to maternity leave? Was this due to taking longer than the 6 weeks allowed by the specialty's academy or the hospital (or maybe it's longer for some specialties)? Or were some women required to "make up" the weeks they missed, even if they only used 6 weeks of maternity leave? At our hospital, it appears that there are different standards in different departments. Some faculty are concerned that women are missing too much time in their training, especially if they deliver during chief year.
Erin O'Brien MD