Navigating Life Challenges as a Mother in Medicine

  • Elizabeth Ann SengEmail author
  • Dawn BakerEmail author
  • Kathleen Y. Ogle


We have brought three voices to this chapter to discuss three challenges that women doctors and mothers aren’t always comfortable sharing: infertility, divorce, and financial hardship. While some of us have experienced more than one, none of us has experienced all three. We feel that in order to do justice to each topic a person who has faced that challenge should author the piece. And while I feel like I could write a book about divorce, as I’m sure PracticeBalance and Emeducatormom feel about their respective topics, here we offer up a condensed version in order to open up some difficult conversations. I joined Mothers in Medicine before my divorce and blogged heavily throughout on all topics of medicine and motherhood, including a few on divorce. I have to credit this blogging forum and the feedback I received from readers in helping me get through my hard times, and I hope that anyone facing any of these challenges or others not discussed here can find a creative outlet for a release from their emotional roller coaster.


Mothers in Medicine Parents in medicine Physicians as mothers Infertility in physicians Divorce in physicians Financial hardship in physician mothers 

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© Springer International Publishing AG 2018

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Baptist Health Medical CenterLittle RockUSA
  2. 2.University of Utah School of MedicineSalt Lake CityUSA
  3. 3.George Washington University School of Medicine and Health SciencesWashington, DCUSA

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