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If you could do it all over again......

Dr. Anita DeStefano destefano at med-genepi.bu.edu
Tue Jun 23 14:19:15 EST 1998

Hi, another story...I had my first child 10 months ago.  I became pregant 2
months after starting my first faculty position.  I felt comfortable with
that because I joined the faculty at the university that I had done a
postdoc at and so I had actually been working there for 2 years, knew my
collaborators, had been teaching the course I would be teaching for a year
already, and had several project well underway.  If had been starting at a
new place I would have delayed the pregnancy.  I feel I got a fair amount
of science stuff done during my 3 month maternity leave and (in my
perception) it did not have a major impact on my years productivity. Our
main struggle is our commutes.  My husband is on faculty at a school 110
miles from mine and we live in the middle.  We each spend 2.5 to 3 hours a
day on the road. To manage we work staggered schedules and I have started
to work at home one day a week (my work is mainly computational) and that
makes a big difference to me, but I do not know how long we can keep this
up.  I feel as a faculty member that I have more autonomy over how and
where I spend my day compared to as a postdoc and that, combined with the
increased salary, makes me happy with our choice to wait until we both had
faculty positions to start a family.  However I think with the right
mentor, a postdoc can give you similar flexibility.  So while 10 months of
parenthood is not a great basis for hindsight, so far I would do it same
over again.  I should also mention, though, that I went straight thru
school and postdoc and started my faculty position at 30, so waiting for
the faculty position did not have any major biological impact in terms of


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