I've stumbled across this page from time to time and have found it very supportive and informative.
I am a soon-to-be graduating neonatology fellow in the south. I have one son who is almost a year and a half. I am married to a very supportive, non-medicine type husband.
A few months ago, I accepted my first position as an attending in a private practice, community hospital setting to start a month after I graduate from fellowship. I just recently found out that I am 7 weeks pregnant with our second child. While my first emotions were excitement and joy, very shortly after came apprehension and guilt about joining a new practice while pregnant. I am know I am not the first, and will certainly not be the last, to be in this position but I would like to hear from other moms in medicine about their experiences with this. When should I tell my new practice that I am pregnant? As soon as possible or just show up to work 20 weeks pregnant and tell them then? How and when should I broach the subject of the length of maternity leave? I would really appreciate any advise or insight from other moms in medicine.