This Pregnant Doctor Just Seriously Upped the Working-Mom Game
No babysitter? No problem.
Have you seen the photo of sports medicine doctor Megan Meier, M.D. that's currently making the rounds? The one where the good doctor—who also happens to be 35 weeks pregnant—is just nonchalantly treating an injured football player on the sidelines with her 3-year-old daughter chilling out in a baby carrier on her back?
So. Much. Awesome.
"Must be Take Your Daughter to Work Day," I thought went I first saw it come across my Facebook newsfeed. Well, shame on me because it so wasn't. See, Meier's babysitter had canceled on her at the last minute. But instead of using the snafu as an excuse to kick back at home and give her pregnant bod a rest, the working mom simply strapped her kid onto her back and headed out the door to take care of business like a boss.
Way to go, Doctor Mom!
Meier became a viral sensation just one day later, after sharing the image—which she captioned "Sports Medicine Doctor Mom--this is what happens when you are 35 weeks pregnant, husband leaves town for the weekend, childcare for 3yo falls through, and you have a game to cover!"—on a physician moms' group page on Facebook.
"I posted this to a group of physician moms because I thought they would enjoy it—seeing a visual representation of what we all do each and every day," she explained in a follow up post on her own Facebook page.
"I really believe that you can have it all and find a great balance to a multifaceted career and life," she continued. "However, it takes a lot of hard work and improvisation at times. Most importantly, it takes a strong community of people supporting each other to make it work. Thank you to all my family, friends, and colleagues for all the love and shares. Thank you to the teams that I cover. I appreciate your support of women (and their families) in medicine and in sports. We have come a long way in 2016."
True story! And a seriously inspiring one—even if it now means I will have to think twice before calling in sick when my kid gets sent home from school with a case of the sniffles.