How family influences practice of obstetrics. Do married women family physicians make different choices?

Can Fam Physician. 1996 Jul:42:1319-26.


Purpose: To examine the influence of family, past and current, on married women family physicians' and to understand why and how some women continue to practise obstetrics.

Participants: Purposive sample of nine married women family physicians who currently practise obstetrics.

Method: Qualitative in-depth interviews.

Findings: Analysis identified four main influences of family on participants' practice of obstetrics: family of origin, transitions in the life cycle, children, and the marital relationship.

Conclusions: These women described how they combined the roles of wife, mother, daughter, sister, and doctor. Family was a powerful influence throughout their practice lives. Finding a balance between the demands of practice, particularly obstetrics, and family relationships was an ongoing process. The process was also influenced by transitions in the life cycle.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adaptation, Psychological
  • Adult
  • Career Choice*
  • Family*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Middle Aged
  • Obstetrics*
  • Physicians, Family / psychology*
  • Physicians, Women / psychology*
  • Role
  • Spouses / psychology*
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • Workload