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July 1990

Pregnancy During Pediatric ResidencyAttitudes and Complications

Author Affiliations

From the Departments of Pediatrics, Thomas Jefferson University Hospital (Drs Klevan and Weiss), and St Christopher's Hospital for Children (Dr Dabrow), Philadelphia, Pa.

Am J Dis Child. 1990;144(7):767-769. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1990.02150310035021

• Questionnaires were mailed to 116 female physicians who completed their pediatric training within the last 5 years. The questionnaire contained items focusing on (1) maternal complications, (2) health of the infant, and (3) attitudes toward the pregnancy experience. Thirty-five (38%) of the 93 respondents were pregnant during their residency. Seventeen complications occurred in 14 (36%) of the 39 pregnancies. Of the 17 complications, 6 (35%) were serious enough to require hospitalization. Complications resulted in time lost from work in 40% (15/39) of the pregnancies. When asked to describe the experience of being pregnant during residency, only 24% felt that it was "pleasant," while 52% said the experience was "tolerable" and 24% found it "miserable"! Thirty-seven percent (13/35) stated that they would not get pregnant during residency if they had it to do over again.

(AJDC. 1990;144:767-769)