Parenting as a Resident
The BCRP actively supports residents who are parenting during their training years. As a program we recognize the difficulties inherent in managing the dual roles of parent and house officer. We are proud to offer a variety of supports to help residents strike their work-family balance with grace and confidence.
Peers Who Are Parents
You will find parents of infants, toddlers, school-age and even college-age children among fellow residents. As a group, residents who are parents often socialize and share information about how to strike the right work-family balance.
Maternity and Paternity Leave
The program offers paid maternity leave and paternity leave. With advance scheduling anywhere from 8 to 12 weeks usually can be accommodated for the former. Although the maximum time is limited by training requirements of the American Board of Pediatrics, program leadership works with all residents to accommodate additional clinical time if the resident extends the period of training to include the extra leave.
The BCRP has assisted several residents with arranging half or three-quarter time schedules designed to allow completion of residency at a slower pace over a longer interval. Although we cannot always guarantee flexible scheduling, we try to accommodate such requests to the best of our ability. The BCRP has more residents on flexible schedules than any other program, as noted in an article in Newsweek magazine
Supportive Colleagues and Mentors
House officers returning to work after birth of a child report that their colleagues and mentors are supportive during the transition back, including attitudes towards breastfeeding and the short but frequent absences it requires from the wards.
Both Children's Hospital and Boston Medical Center have extensive lactation resources, including dedicated RN lactation consultants and multiple comfortable, quiet areas in which mothers can pump in private. Pumps and associated accessories can also be purchased from the hospital at a discount.
Children's Hospital has an excellent affiliated day-care center, that is available to Categorical track residents (though there is usually a waiting list). It is is directed by Donna Warner and is located 21 Autumn Street, just a short walk from Children's Hospital. It is open year round on weekdays from 6:30 AM to 6:00 PM. Phone: (617) 355-6006.
There are multiple other daycare options in the Longwood Medical Area that are compatible with medical hours. Some of these include:
- The LMA Family Childcare Network - a network of licensed family childcare providers who provide childcare in their homes for families who work in the Longwood Medical area.
Network Family Childcare Providers with varying vacancies are in the following towns: Brookline, Roxbury, Milton, Hyde Park, Needham, and Dorchester.
- Bright Horizons Family Center at Landmark - The center is located at 401 Park Drive, 4th Floor West, Boston, MA 02215, only a few blocks from the medical area, is open weekdays from 6:30 AM to 6:30 PM and serves children from infancy to preschool. Phone: (617) 450-0790.
- Brookline Knowledge Beginnings - This center is located at 5 Brookline Place, between the medical center and Route 9, is open 6:30 AM to 6:00 PM weekdays, and accepts children from 6 weeks to 7 years. Phone: (617) 730-4311.
Community Offerings for Families
Boston and the surrounding communities provide a wide array of enjoyable and enriching opportunities for kids. There are numerous playgrounds, parks, and kid-friendly green spaces; a world-class aquarium, a children's museum and a science museum; and innumerable other activities available, such as story hours and day trips.
Many of the local school systems, including Brookline and Newton, enjoy nationwide recognition for excellence.