Balancing work and motherhood

Shamsah Amersi, MD, shares advice for moms on how to best balance working life with being a mother including examples from her life of how she balances being a physician and a mother
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Balancing work and motherhood

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Balancing the two most important things I do, being a physician and being a mother, are the hardest things I've ever done, but they're also the most fulfilling. And I feel like I have the best of both worlds. The biggest struggle is that there's just not enough time. Sometimes you feel like you're juggling every ball and every ball is falling. I finally have learned to let go of putting pressure on myself, and just realizing I'll do the best I can and keep going. The most important thing is that my child has a role model, he has a view of women that's positive. The advice I would give to working mothers, whatever they do, is to get help. Having a caretaker who can help you so when you leave your home, you feel safe and you feel that your child is loved is so important. Balancing out your time; gone are the days of idle phone calls with gossiping girlfriends or sitting on Facebook or watching Oprah. You have to maximize every moment that you have. Make the quality of your time count. It's not about how much time you spend with your child, but what you do with that time. Listen to them, talk to them, play with them, and just love them. My son never doubts how much I love him. He loves it when I come home from work and he gets to hear the stories about the baby that peed on me, or the delivery that I did, and he's proud. On career day, he writes down that his goal is to one day become like his mother and work in a hospital and help other patients. That's an affirmation to me that ultimately it's working.

Shamsah Amersi, MD, shares advice for moms on how to best balance working life with being a mother including examples from her life of how she balances being a physician and a mother

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Shamsah Amersi, MD

Obstetrician & Gynecologist

Shamsah Amersi, MD is a preeminent Board Certified physician in Obstetrics and Gynecology. She received her undergraduate degree in psychobiology from UCLA, where she graduated summa cum laude, with Phi Beta Kappa membership. At the prestigious, UC San Francisco medical school, Dr. Amersi graduated with top honors, and was recognized as a distinguished member of alpha omega alpha, an honor society for the top 5% of all medical doctors.

Dr. Amersi has received numerous professional and academic awards, including the University of California Distinguished Scholar Award for four consecutive years, an endowed merit scholarship, and the UCLA Alumni Association Achievement Award for four consecutive years. Through her private practice in Santa Monica, CA, Dr. Amersi is the personal physician to several Hollywood A-list celebrities. Dr. Amersi has been in private practice as an obstetrician/gynecologist for over ten years. She specializes in natural child birth, offers VBACs to her patients, and focuses on natural conservative treatment options, minimally invasive surgery, and bioidentical hormone replacement. Her favorite part of her job is delivering babies and sharing this intimate journey with her patients. She provides comprehensive compassionate care for all phases of a woman's life from adolescence through menopause.  Her special interest in female sexuality, libido and the effects of childbirth on pelvic prolapse has led to Dr. Amersi's renowned expertise in these fields. She performs both surgical and nonsurgical treatments for pelvic prolapse and vaginal relaxation.

 

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