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Pregnant surgeons should watch out for unfair discrimination

As a surgeon who is employed through your local hospital, you’re always focused on doing what’s best for your patients. When you decided to get pregnant, you knew that your condition could change and that you may have a harder time with certain operations. Despite that, you know that you will be able to operate so long as you are healthy yourself.

It would be unfair for anyone to discriminate against a pregnant surgeon. This includes discouraging women to become surgeons due to the difficulties of balancing a family and pregnancy with medical training as well as preventing a surgeon who happens to be pregnant from operating when it is safe for them to do so. 

There are legitimate issues for pregnant surgeons

There are legitimate problems that can arise for pregnant surgeons, such as becoming tired or feeling nauseated. Certainly, if those issues are present, then they may not be up to the task of operating. However, this needs to be handled on a case-by-case basis. It shouldn’t be assumed that a pregnant surgeon has to be taken off the job or is unfit to work in the field because they are pregnant. 

If you are working as a surgeon and face pregnancy discrimination, it is valuable to speak out. It is unfair for anyone to face unfair treatment because of a medical condition, which is something that the medical field should know. If your employer is treating you unfairly, then it is your right to take a stand against that treatment and to look into making a claim for discrimination.

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