Raising young children? Considering when to start your family? Feeling too busy, too broke, or too burned out to even consider having children?
Choices in Practice and Parenting is an initiative facilitated by Drs. Mary Johnston and Kirstie Overhill that focuses on the rewards and challenges facing physicians in BC as they consider starting and raising families.
For the first time in Canadian history, many influential positions in health and medicine are occupied by women. The women in these positions are exemplary models, having found ways to effectively balance having a family and medicine. Despite these advances and role models, young female professionals and their partners still face many challenges to starting both a family and a practice, including difficulty in finding childcare services, and mitigating the risks of delaying childbearing until later in one’s medical career.
Drawing on the experience of successful women and mothers in medicine, RCCbc is developing a comprehensive strategy to support women and men in balancing work and family responsibilities at all stages of their professional career. This family-friendly strategy is designed to address important aspects of parenting and rural medicine by:
- Providing supports and encouragement to enable women and men to start families and engage in medical practice at any stage in their education or work lifecycle;
- Identifying the key needs of and gaps in support for rural physicians planning, starting, and raising families, and advocating for identified gaps to be addressed by appropriate rural organizations;
- Providing informal mentorship and access to information and resources;
- Raising awareness of the consequences associated with delayed childbearing, empowering young men and women to make informed decisions about starting a family
To receive updates about upcoming events, or to join the Choices in Parenting and Practice Discussion Group (an email listserv), please contact firstname.lastname@example.org, including CPP in the subject line.
This initiative was formerly the Mothers in Rural Medicine initiative. We have changed the title to reflect the broad interest of all medical practitioners in this topic.