Society of NeuroInterventional Surgery: Position statement on pregnancy and parental leave for physicians practicing neurointerventional surgery

Amanda Baker, Sandra Narayanan, Jenny P. Tsai, Stavropoula I. Tjoumakaris, Neil Haranhalli, Justin F. Fraser, Steven W. Hetts

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Abstract

Background The aim of this article is to outline a position statement on pregnancy and parental leave for physicians practicing neurointerventional surgery. Methods We performed a structured literature review regarding parental leave policies in neurointerventional surgery and related fields. The recommendations resulted from discussion among the authors, and additional input from the Women in NeuroIntervention Committee, the full Society of NeuroInterventional Surgery (SNIS) Standards and Guidelines Committee, and the SNIS Board of Directors. Results Some aspects of workplace safety during pregnancy are regulated by the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission. Other aspects of the workplace and reasonable job accommodations are legally governed by the Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993, the Affordable Care Act of 2010 and the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938, Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 as well as rights and protections put forth by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration as part of the United States Department of Labor. Family friendly policies have been associated not only with improved job satisfaction but also with improved parental and infant outcomes. Secondary effects of such accommodations are to increase the number of women within the specialty. Conclusions SNIS supports a physician's ambition to have a family as well as start, develop, and maintain a career in neurointerventional surgery. Legal and regulatory mandates and family friendly workplace policies should be considered when institutions and individual practitioners approach the issue of childbearing in the context of a career in neurointerventional surgery.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)5-7
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of NeuroInterventional Surgery
Volume15
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 17 2022

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Keywords

  • Economics
  • Political
  • Standards

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Clinical Neurology

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