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Is there a pregnancy bias or penalty for women in the workplace?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry
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In brief: Potential bias

I remember being very frustrated years ago when another female medical student slept 8 hours and I worked all night without a break during a surgery rotation because she was pregnant.
I have had three children since becoming a physician. The female psychiatric residents I worked with found variable acceptance by both their male & female peers. Having a pregnant co-worker can bring up a number

In brief: Potential bias

I remember being very frustrated years ago when another female medical student slept 8 hours and I worked all night without a break during a surgery rotation because she was pregnant.
I have had three children since becoming a physician. The female psychiatric residents I worked with found variable acceptance by both their male & female peers. Having a pregnant co-worker can bring up a number
Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Dr. Heidi Fowler
of unresolved "mother' issues. Even women who consistently pull their weight at the job during pregnancy can still be a source of concern for peers - who keep waiting for possible pregnancy issues or diminished work performance.
Dr. Helayne Merkin
Obstetrics & Gynecology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: It depends on job

As long as women are able to perform their jobs without significant changes and are carrying the same level of responsibility they had before, they will be treated respectfully during pregnancy.
If the job is very physical or long hours, it may impact on c-workers and they may carry some bias or resentment.

In brief: It depends on job

As long as women are able to perform their jobs without significant changes and are carrying the same level of responsibility they had before, they will be treated respectfully during pregnancy.
If the job is very physical or long hours, it may impact on c-workers and they may carry some bias or resentment.
Dr. Helayne Merkin
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