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