Caroline Burchell has a baby daughter. She tells us what life is like for her and how she copes studying medicine and bringing up a baby
I had not planned to have a baby halfway through medical school, but in my late 20s and living with a supportive partner, I am not in a bad position. In fact, I could not have timed it better if I had tried. My daughter popped out three days after the end of my second year exams, leaving us three whole months to get acquainted before I launched myself headlong into clinics and sent my baby off to nursery five days a week.
I had considered taking a year out but decided that if I didn't get on with it, having started medical school so late, I was in danger of reaching retirement age before I even qualified. I also think going back would have been a much harder adjustment for both me and the baby if I had spent a whole year at home with her.
September came around