Parenthood and neurosurgery in Europe a white paper from the European Association of Neurosurgical Societies’ Diversity in Neurosurgery Committee Part I – Family Planning and Practice during Pregnancy

Pia Vayssiere, Marike Broekman, Claudio Cavallo, Doortje Engel, Uri Pinchas Hadelsberg*, Gökce Hatipoglu Majernik, Anke Hoellig, Tijana Ilic, Claudia Janz, Hanne Rinck Jeltema, Dorothee Mielke, Ana Rodríguez-Hernández, Yu Mi Ryang, Saeed Fozia, Nikolaos Syrmos, Kristel Vanchaze, Silvia Hernandez-Duran

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    Introduction: Family and work have immensely changed and become intertwined over the past half century for both men and women. Additionally, alongside to traditional family structures prevalent, other forms of families such as single parents, LGBTQ + parents, and bonus families are becoming more common. Previous studies have shown that surgical trainees regularly leave residency when considering becoming a parent due to the negative stigma associated with pregnancy during training, dissatisfaction with parental leave options, inadequate lactation and childcare support, and desire for greater mentorship on work-life integration. Indeed, parenthood is one of the factors contributing to attrition in surgical specialities, neurosurgery not being an exception. Research question: The Diversity in Neurosurgery Committee (DC) of the European Association of Neurosurgical Societies (EANS) recognizes the challenges individuals face in parenthood with neurosurgery and wishes to address them in this white paper. Materials and methods: In the following sections, the authors will focus on the issues pertaining to family planning and neurosurgical practice during pregnancy in itemized fashion based on an exhaustive literature search and will make recommendations to address the matters raised. Results: Potential solutions would be to further improve the work-family time ration as well as improving working conditions in the hospital. Discussion and conclusion: While many obstacles have been quoted in the literature pertaining to parenthood in medicine, and in neurosurgery specifically, initiatives can and should be undertaken to ensure not only retention of colleagues, but also to increase productivity and job satisfaction of those seeking to combine neurosurgery and a family life, regardless of their sexual identity and orientation.

    Originele taal-2English
    Aantal pagina's6
    TijdschriftBrain and Spine
    StatusPublished - 2023

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