Life as an OBGYN mama: ‘What could be better’?—Motherly@Work

“Growing up, I knew if I couldn’t be a princess, then I wanted to be a doctor.”

Life as an OBGYN mama: ‘What could be better’?—Motherly@Work

Motherly @ Work features the stories and insights of modern women growing their careers—and their families.

Leah Glass is one of those mamas. Born and raised in St. Joseph, Missouri – a small Midwestern city, she explains:

“Growing up, I knew if I couldn't be a princess, then I wanted to be a doctor. Becoming an OB/GYN was a natural fit. I get to take care of wonderful women during all phases of their lives. Plus, delivering babies? What could be better than that?"

Her medical training took her to St. Louis and she now practices at Mercy Hospital – St. Louis.

Leah says she has been blessed to be on the “other side" of her work twice and she and her husband are the proud parents of two little boys.

Motherly talked to Leah about how she makes it all work:

My work situation works for me right now because. . .

I have three female partners who are also mothers of young children.

We share call—one night a week and one weekend a month—and we try to be flexible for each other's last-minute obligations—husbands' work travel, sick kids, the World Series (Go Royals!) etc.

I'm inspired to do this work because. . .

It's everything I would want from a career–variety, challenges and rewards.

If I just do this one thing every day my work and home lives run more smoothly. . .

“Tidy up the house. Life is messy enough. I don't need a messy house, too."

My fave look to rock at work. . .

Currently, I'm having fun with the clothing subscription service, Le Tote. And, if I'm tired, sick or just plain feel like it, I get to wear PJs to work— scrubs.

My partner supports me by. . .

Being a rock star Dad.

With young kids, we both recognize that we don't always have enough left over for each other and, at this point in our lives, that's ok.

He's involved 110% and I feel so fortunate to have a true partner in raising our children.

My big crazy dream for work is to one day. . .

Not work on Fridays.

On the hard days, I remind myself. . .

How lucky I am.

Since I care for women, I get daily reminders that my hard days are minor.

Just the other day, I cared for a woman who requested to return to her job as a waitress just two-weeks after her caesarean delivery because her family needed the income.

The best work advice I ever got was . . .

Don't work so hard that you don't have time to spend the money you're earning.

Tell us about a typical day in your life:

I wake up. . .








Schedule? What schedule? As a mom of young children and an OB/GYN, I don't have a schedule. At the moment, the only schedule I have is a breast milk pumping schedule!

I make time to recharge by. . .

Boring as it is, getting a good night's sleep.

The childcare situation that works for us right now is. . .

An excellent hospital day care. Also, my incredible mother – Grandma JoJo – who travels to St. Louis from Kansas City almost every weekend I'm on-call to help out.

To me, Motherly means. . .

Loving my children unconditionally.

We're so glad to live in a time when modern baby gear exists. Sure, no one is going to argue that having a baby is easy—but it can be easier with support from some gadgets designed to help your baby and put your mind at ease.

As you build your baby registry, look for products that go the extra mile to make your life a whole lot easier. For example, what's better than a bassinet? A bassinet that can rock by itself. And what's better than a traditional baby monitor? One that allows you to actually take a peek at your baby. Believe us when we say these upgrades can make all the difference.

Here are 10 baby gadgets that will make your life so much easier… relatively speaking, of course!

A bassinet to promote safe + sound sleep

HALO Innovations Bassinest Swivel Sleeper Essenta Series Nautical Net

The safest place for your newborn to sleep is in your room, but not in your bed. Thanks to the swivel function of the Halo Bassinest, you can easily tend to your baby during the night—which means more sleep for you, too. Trust us when we say that is the best gift you can give a new parent.


A smart swing for your baby

4moms mamaRoo 4 Bluetooth Enabled High-Tech Baby Swing - Classic

Believe it or not, many babies are born with strong opinions about how they want to be rocked, swung or shushed to calm down. With the mamaRoo's various motions and reclining positions, you'll be able to find a setting your baby loves when you need to free up your hands for a bit.


A complete travel system for car + sidewalk

Chicco Bravo Travel System - Indigo

No matter where the day takes you—or what mode of transportation you need to get there—getting a complete travel system for your baby will equip you for anything.


A swaddle you don’t have to wrestle

Love To Dream Swaddle UP Original

What do babies and Harry Houdini have in common? A knack for breaking out of tight constraints—which can be a headache when swaddling is the best way to help promote good sleep. Thanks to a breakout-proof swaddle that allows your baby to sleep with their hands up, you don't have to work up a sweat just to get your baby comfortably swaddled.


A nursery wherever you need it

Baby Trend Lil Snooze Deluxe II Nursery Center

During the early days of parenting (when you are feeding and changing your baby around the clock), having convenient access to everything you need with a go-anywhere nursery station can save you serious time and energy.


A little help for stuffy noses

Fridababy NoseFrida Nasal Aspirator

Up until the point years down the road when your child is able to blow their own nose, the sniffles can be a real struggle—but not with a nasal aspirator that makes it easy for you to get that snot out of their nose.


A way to keep an eye on your baby

VTech 5" Digital Video Baby Monitor - VM5251

Trust us when we say you'll sleep better when you know your baby is also sleeping soundly. That's why we're so thankful for modern-day video monitors, which allow you to check in on your sleeping baby without running the risk of waking them up when you sneak in for a peek.


A bassinet for hands-free rocking

Simmons Kids Silent Auto Gliding Elite Bassinet - Odyssey

Babies are soothed by rocking motions. But what does that mean for you if you can't rock them throughout the night? With an auto-gliding bassinet, they can comfortably drift off to sleep... and continue snoozing.


An easy way to contain diaper smells

Diaper Genie Expressions Pail

Sometimes it's the little conveniences that make a big difference in the quality of your day-to-day life. That's why a great diaper pail should not be undervalued: By containing the smell, you will save yourself dozens upon dozens of trips to the garbage can.


A white noise machine that pulls double duty

Hatch Rest Sound Machine, Night Light & Time-to-Rise

A phone-controlled sound machine may be something you never considered until now, but it will be a major lifesaver for years to come, especially as it can also function as a time-to-rise clock that promotes good sleep habits for your child.


And as for securing all these awesome products? Well, a Target baby registry is the way to do it. By creating your baby registry with Target, you will also enjoy their Year of Benefits registry program, which includes perks like a welcome kit with more than $100 in savings and samples, two 15% off coupons to complete your registry, and a full year of returns. The benefits are better than ever right now: Target just launched the Year of Exclusive Deals perk as one of its registry benefits, and this includes a year's worth of discounts on baby essentials (think diapers and formula) and comes complementary when you sign up for Target Circle.

Because while parenting may not be "easy," deciding to register with Target definitely is an easy decision. Start your Target baby registry now and enjoy shopping with a Year of Benefits featuring a Year of Exclusive Deals available via Target Circle, two 15% off coupons, a year of hassle-free returns, a free welcome kit and more!

This article was sponsored by Target. Thank you for supporting the brands that support Motherly and mamas.

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