Having children while studying
Do you know your rights?
- By: Rebecca Ghani
It’s an age old question: when is the right time to start a family? When will this event fit perfectly and seamlessly into your life? And in the context of studying medicine, is it possible to continue with medical school with the added pressure of a pregnancy, a new baby, or a young family? And if so, what support do medical schools offer?
Since the 1990s women have made up more than half of all medical school intakes in the United Kingdom. In 2007, women made up 57% of all applicants and acceptances for medical schools in the UK, and “women are likely to become the majority of NHS GPs by 2013 and the majority of all NHS doctors sometime after 2017.”1 And as the female to male ratio of medical students increases, so does the need for medical schools to have clear maternity and pregnancy policies in place.