Policies and practice regarding pregnancy and maternity leave: An international survey.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

BACKGROUND: As women become a larger part of the surgical workforce, policies surrounding maternity and parental leave play a role in professional practice. Little is known about leave policies worldwide. METHODS: A de novo survey distributed internationally to women surgeons assessed leave polices for surgeons, inclusive of the regulatory body or source of applicable policies, changes in surgical practice due to pregnancy, and duration of leave for both parents. RESULTS: The 1111 survey respondents in 53 different countries describe diverse policies ranging from loss of operating room privileges early in pregnancy to maintenance of full surgical schedules until term delivery. Policy creators include national governments (42.38%), employers/hospitals (60.46%), supervisors (18.06%). Self-determined (9.12%), and unknown (8.7%). Paid parental leave was available to 64.44% of women surgeons and 38.68% of partners. CONCLUSION: Maternity and parental leave policies vary markedly across the global surgical workforce with implications for professional practice.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Walsh, DS; Gantt, NL; Irish, W; Sanfey, HA; Stein, SL

Published Date

  • October 2019

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 218 / 4

Start / End Page

  • 798 - 802

PubMed ID

  • 31395271

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1879-1883

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/j.amjsurg.2019.07.009


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States