Childcare

Whether you work part-time or full-time, you will likely need regular child care when your maternity leave is over. There are wonderful, in depth resources on this topic for parents generally (Mason, 2002) and for physicians specifically (Bowman, 2002) so only the highlights are discussed here. The four major options for infant care include family members, daycares, in-home providers, and private help in your own home such as a nanny or an au pair. Which option is best for your family is likely to change over time. Try to be flexible and willing to change plans if the situation is not working.

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