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hi everyone,<br><br>
this is my first post in this forum. i'm a urology resident and am about to graduate the program. i have a 4 mo daughter. i was the first resident to ever be pregnant (although many of the guys had children), not to mention only the second woman in the residency ever. (they have since taken 2 more women,) given that there was no precedent, and the dept did not even have a maternity policy (the handbook states "all residents must wear ties"), i really feared a backlash when i decided to get pregnant.<br><br>
to my pleasant surprise, the all-male department has been nothing but supportive. in fact, the other day i was scrubbed in surgery and one of my attendings asked me if i needed to scrub out for a pump break, because it would be a good time - this is without me ever mentioning to this particular guy that i had to pump at certain times.<br><br>
so, anyways, i would like to present a plaque to the dept when i graduate and give a speech thanking them for working with me to have a healthy pregnancy and raise a healthy baby by being able to pump. i wanted to mention the florida law regarding breastfeeding/pumping, but the law doesn't quite say what i thought it did, so i'm not sure i can tie it in. i will quote the aap and who recs for breastfeeding in my speech to give it legitimacy to my audience of physicians. and i want to put the breastfeeding logo on the plaque.<br><br>
that being said, i would love any feedback/suggestions from you moms on how i can best accomplish this, what the plaque could say, what i might say in my speech, etc. (i actually hate public-speaking, but this is very important to me).<br><br>
adrienne<br><br>
p.s. this is the florida law: 383.016 Breastfeeding policy for "baby-friendly" facilities providing maternity services and newborn infant care.--A facility lawfully providing maternity services or newborn infant care may use the designation "baby-friendly" on its promotional materials if the facility has complied with at least 80 percent of the requirements developed by the Department of Health in accordance with UNICEF and World Health Organization baby-friendly hospital initiatives.
 

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i have no advice, but wanted to congratulate you on your upcoming graduation. way to go mama!!!<br><br>
i think the plaque is a terrific idea and how fortunate you are to have worked with such thoughtful and accepting people.
 

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I have no idea what to say, but your post actually made me cry. I think there was a huge period in the 80's and 90's of people who thought they had to put off having children to establish the careers who never had children and regretted it.<br><br>
The men you work with are outstanding!! I think what you are doing is a wonderful acknowledgment. I'm not sure if I would talk about the law, but I would definitely quote the AAP because I'm always amazed with doctors who don't think breast-feeding is important.<br><br>
I'm just so happy for you. I'm sure you have put in a lot of hard work to get to where you are!!!
 

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I really dont know what you should say, either, but you should say <i>something.</i> Telling them what thier support meant is really important.
 

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In Appreciation of Its Support <span style="color:#FFA500;">as I Became a Mother</span>,<br>
the Department of Urology<br><br>
Is Hereby Recognized as a<br><br>
Family-Friendly Department <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/winner.jpg" style="border:0px solid;" title="BFSymbol"><br><br>
Presented May 2007 in Honor of DD ...<br><br>
Me...<br><br><br><br>
I'm trying to think of a good synonym to "becoming a mother" - don't want to say "during my pregnancy" because I want to recognize them for supporting me breastfeeding, too. Maybe some sort of cute play on words, such as "as I grew into a mother"... Not quite finding the words I want here.<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/irked.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="irked">:
 

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in appreciation of its support as I welcomed a new member in my family<br>
....as I embarked on the journey to motherhood<br>
....drawing a blank <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/duck.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Duck">:<br><br>
just some suggestions. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/shrug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="shrug">
 

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What a cool idea!<br><br>
Are you at UF by any chance???
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">In Appreciation of Its Support <span style="color:#FFA500;">as I Became a Mother</span>,<br>
the Department of Urology<br><br>
Is Hereby Recognized as a<br><br>
Family-Friendly Department <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/winner.jpg" style="border:0px solid;" title="BFSymbol"><br><br>
Presented May 2007 in Honor of DD ...<br><br>
Me...<br><br><br><br>
I'm trying to think of a good synonym to "becoming a mother" - don't want to say "during my pregnancy" because I want to recognize them for supporting me breastfeeding, too. Maybe some sort of cute play on words, such as "as I grew into a mother"... Not quite finding the words I want here.<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/irked.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="irked">:</div>
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I would probably go the route of making it less personal and more about how what they were doing was good for our collective future -<br><br>
So, something like<br><br>
In appreciation of its support and recognition that a healthy beginning for a child leads to a healthy future for all of us . . .<br><br>
But that's just me. Anyway you go with the wording, I'm sure it will make the point beautifully. What a great story and idea to recognize everyone!
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I would probably go the route of making it less personal and more about how what they were doing was good for our collective future -<br><br>
So, something like<br><br>
In appreciation of its support and recognition that a healthy beginning for a child leads to a healthy future for all of us . . .<br><br>
But that's just me. Anyway you go with the wording, I'm sure it will make the point beautifully. What a great story and idea to recognize everyone!</div>
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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/yeahthat.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="yeah that">: Thread crashing from New Posts...I like the above wording vey much.<br><br>
Your story is so great, it made me all teary...congratulations on completing your residency! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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Thanks, everyone. I like the suggestions.<br><br>
I, too, was thinking about something along the lines of procreating in general. I like the healthy beginnings and health statement. But I do want to include our names since DD's middle name is after one of the faculty (which I will mention when I present the award).<br><br>
I really appreciate everyone's feedback!<br><br>
p.s. no, i'm not at uf
 

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If I can make a suggestion to expand on your original intention, it would be to try to get the word out beyond your own department. Does the organization as a whole have a P.R. group that might want to be there to take a picture for an internal newsletter? Or maybe there's a local newspaper that would be interested. What a great opportunity to give your team even more recognition, while capitalizing on the message of how important these basic concessions are. Kudos to your department, but also to you for going above and beyond by recognizing their efforts!
 
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