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Are Doctor Mothers the Superbeings? An Autoethnographic Reflection

Shivali Shamsher

Keywords : Burnout, Work-life balance,Autoethnography

Citation Information : Shamsher S. Are Doctor Mothers the Superbeings? An Autoethnographic Reflection. 2019; 2 (4):153-155.

DOI: 10.5005/jp-journals-10082-02216

License: CC BY-NC 4.0

Published Online: 15-07-2020

Copyright Statement:  Copyright © 2019; Jaypee Brothers Medical Publishers (P) Ltd.


Abstract

Doctor mothers have dual responsibility. In addition to the professional responsibility doctor mothers are home makers as well. They are responsible for patient care, administration, teaching, research, community outreach at the same time nursing their children, providing for their basic needs, household chores (cleaning, washing, cooking etc.) and most importantly being physically present for the tender loving care of their children in times of need. The journey of doctor women into motherhood is filled with various challenges of multiple roles with dual responsibility making them vulnerable to stress and burnout. Juggling successfully between the work life balance requires them to be Superbeings to keep stress and burnout at bay. The struggles and difficulties can be turned into hope and beautiful better life with the help of supportive spouse and family, understanding and cooperative colleagues, friendly working environment and mother friendly institutional policies. Good day-care facilities with trustworthy domestic help will be the cherry on the cake.


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