Policies and practice regarding pregnancy and maternity leave: An international survey

Title

Policies and practice regarding pregnancy and maternity leave: An international survey

Creator

Walsh Danielle S; Gantt Nancy L; Irish William; Sanfey Hilary A; Stein Sharon L

Publisher

American Journal of Surgery

Date

2019
2019-07

Description

BACKGROUND: As women become a larger part of the surgical workforce, policies surrounding maternity and parental leave play a role in professional practice. Little is known about leave policies worldwide. METHODS: A de novo survey distributed internationally to women surgeons assessed leave polices for surgeons, inclusive of the regulatory body or source of applicable policies, changes in surgical practice due to pregnancy, and duration of leave for both parents. RESULTS: The 1111 survey respondents in 53 different countries describe diverse policies ranging from loss of operating room privileges early in pregnancy to maintenance of full surgical schedules until term delivery. Policy creators include national governments (42.38%), employers/hospitals (60.46%), supervisors (18.06%). Self-determined (9.12%), and unknown (8.7%). Paid parental leave was available to 64.44% of women surgeons and 38.68% of partners. CONCLUSION: Maternity and parental leave policies vary markedly across the global surgical workforce with implications for professional practice.

Subject

Career advancement; International surgeon; Maternity leave; Pregnancy; Women surgeon

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Citation

Walsh Danielle S; Gantt Nancy L; Irish William; Sanfey Hilary A; Stein Sharon L, “Policies and practice regarding pregnancy and maternity leave: An international survey,” NEOMED Bibliography Database, accessed September 18, 2021, https://neomed.omeka.net/items/show/6499.

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