Saturday Morning Rounds August 31, 2019 - Family planning and the importance of being "intentional" with lifestyle design

Posted by BossB, MD on August 31, 2019
BossB, MD

Saturday Morning Rounds
A weekly round-up of everything that captured our attention over the last 7 days
 
What we're reading
 
There have been some incredible articles about the unique fertility struggles of women in medicine in the past year (this one and this one are two must-reads, in our opinion), and awareness of this issue is spreading with encouraging speed. We're even seeing a lot more conversations about having children during med school and/or training, and it's always encouraging to see the options increasing, even if they're doing so slowly.
 
However, there's always a tension describing the issue and prescribing some kind of solution. This paper gives couples the ability to do more of the latter for themselves by providing a clear-eyed look at the data. The following graphic is a summary of their findings:

Knowledge, as they say, is power, and for couples who want to be intentional and plan their timeline out based upon data, this is some of the best content we've seen.

Who we're following

We've told y'all before about how awesome Dr. Qaali Hussein, MD, FACS (@QaaliHussein1) is, but what we haven't told you is that she has a podcast that just launched recently! Everything we've seen from her is insightful, thought-provoking and kind - we're sure that this newest venture will be no exception :)

BBMD tip of the week

We use the word intentional a lot around here, and today's newsletter is no exception. It's often the case that when we're doing lifestyle design work with a client, we present some data that might contradict their plan. They want to do academics, but physicians in private practice are on average much happier. They want to live in the suburbs, but a long commute is the most predictable way to tank your quality of life. You get the idea.

Most peoples' first reaction to a contradictory or disconcerting data point is to either (a) strongly resist the new information or to (b) feel a strong pressure to adjust their plan. We want to point out that there's a third way, and it's to simply sit with the conflicting information, weigh it against everything else you know, prioritize it compared to whatever other factors you're considering, and focus your decision-making process on being as intentional and clear-eyed as possible. Pay attention to the emotions that some new finding might evoke, but avoid getting sucked down the "rabbit hole" of focusing on a single data point or letting those emotions control your process entirely. 

Quote we're contemplating

“If an opportunity is not aligned with that matters most to you (your core values), let it pass. The opportunities that don't make your soul sing, or that you can't be excited about, just end up taking space where a better opportunity could be. Don't settle for something fine―wait for something great!” - Leanne Jacobs

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Have a wonderful weekend, all!