Dr. Kelly Paradis and Dr. Morgan began a Wellness Office grant-funded project to create a community of awareness, insight, and compassion for all parents and would-be parents working in the healthcare profession at Michigan Medicine.
In October 2021, they launched an effort to collect narratives about the intersection of parenting and careers in healthcare. Soon after, stories were submitted by faculty and staff across the health system. These stories shared common threads of joy, worry, and struggle among parents with demanding healthcare careers.
The book Parenting on the Frontlines: Stories of love, loss, and wonder captures these narratives to normalize and destigmatize the shared experiences of balancing the journey of parenthood with a career in medicine.
Chapters cover the following topics:
Integrating Parenting and Work (and Other Lies We Tell Ourselves)
Working Motherhood: You Too Can Have It All!
Parenting in the Time of COVID-19
Rainbows and Sunshine: Getting Real About Perinatal Mood Disorders
Infertility, High-risk Pregnancy, Loss, and Illness
The Journey of Single Parenthood
Parenting as Kids Group Up