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hi everyone,<br><br>
this is a cross-post from the working moms forum - this may be a more appropriate place. 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 just want to use the opportunity to bring to light issues with women working and mothering and show them that with support, it can successfully be done. 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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Hmmmm... not sure if I have any suggestions, but isn't that law for hospitals which are baby friendly for their patients, not necessarily their employees???
 

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maybe you can contact your local media to see if they'll cover the event? i think it's important not only to recognize the good that people do in these situations, but also to share that story with as many people as possible so that 1) other moms know that if they ask for support at work, they might just get it and 2) for other employers to be aware of how a small effort on their part can make their employees (and their families) happier and healthier.
 

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Yes, it is. Like I said, the law isn't what I thought. I had come across the law when I was reading Hirkani's daughters and I mistakenly remembered it as relating to employers, but it doesn't. So maybe I can't incorporate the law. But I still want to give the award to them for supporting my pregnancy and my breastfeeding.
 
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