Researchers gathered information from 1,021 female surgeons in a variety of specialties, including orthopedic surgery and neurosurgery. There were 223 orthopedic surgeon responses, and 31.2 percent reported complications with their pregnancies. Only 14.5 percent of women in the general population report complications with pregnancy.
There was increased risk for preterm delivery and preterm labor among female orthopedic surgeons, especially among women who reported working more than 60 hours per week. Female orthopedic surgeons also took fewer weeks of maternity leave, four weeks, compared to seven weeks among the general population.
The study also showed breastfeeding was significantly shorter during training than clinical practice.
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Pregnancy Complication Rate High for Female Orthopedic Surgeons FeaturedWritten by Laura Miller | June 14, 2012
Complication rate for female orthopedic surgeons during childbirth is significantly higher than the general population, according to a report in the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery.
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