My Obstetrician Got Me Fired: How Work Notes Can Harm Pregnant Patients and What to Do About It.

Journal Article

Prenatal care providers are frequently asked to provide employment notes for their patients requesting medical leave or changes to work duties. Writing employment notes correctly can help patients negotiate for and obtain medically indicated workplace accommodations, allowing them to continue to work and earn an income. However, a poorly written or poorly timed note can jeopardize a patient's employment and salary. This commentary provides an overview of pregnancy-related employment laws and guidance in writing work accommodations letters that allow pregnant women to keep their jobs while maintaining a healthy pregnancy.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Jackson, RA; Gardner, S; Torres, LN; Huchko, MJ; Zlatnik, MG; Williams, JC

Published Date

  • August 2015

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 126 / 2

Start / End Page

  • 250 - 254

PubMed ID

  • 26241411

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1873-233X

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0029-7844

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1097/aog.0000000000000971

Language

  • eng