'Sports Medicine Doctor Mom' Responds to Feedback

September 12th 2016

Almie Rose

Ordinarily, a photo of a doctor at work wouldn't go viral. But this image of Dr. Megan Meier isn't exactly ordinary.

Dr. Meier, a sports medicine and dance medicine physician in Oklahoma City, and the team physician for Putnam City North High School football squad, posted a photo on her Facebook page showing a day at work with her kids — one strapped to her back, and one still growing in her body.

"This is what happens..."

Dr. Megan Meier sports medicine doctor

Dr. Meier captioned the photo

"Sports Medicine Doctor Mom--this is what happens when you are 35 weeks pregnant, husband leaves town for the weekend, childcare for 3yo falls through, and you have a game to cover!"

Her photo went viral, and Meier soon found herself overwhelmed by messages from other working moms who understood what she was going through. But Meier also heard from stay-at-home moms, dads, and women from all walks of life.

She updated her Facebook page with an explanation of why she posted the photo:

"I posted this to a group of physician mom's because I thought they would enjoy it--seeing a visual representation of what we all do each and every day. I am overwhelmed by all the positive feedback and support the members of this group have given. I really believe that you can have it all and find a great balance to a multi-faceted career and life. However, it takes a lot of hard work and improvisation at times."

After thanking her family and friends, she finished with, "We have come a long way in 2016."

While Meier is lucky she could take her kids with her to work, most working moms can't.

One Facebook commenter gave their respect to Meier, but also pointed out that her options as a working mom aren't available to everyone.

The United States Department of Labor (DoL) estimates that 70 percent of women with children under 18 participate in the workforce. The DoL also reports that “Mothers are the sole or primary breadwinner for a record 40 percent of households” in 2012, a huge increase from 1960, when they were the primary earners for only 11-percent of families.

Some of those women have no problem affording nannies or daycare, but some of them can't. Some of them have another parent who stays at home, but some are single moms.

The DoL also reports that unmarried mothers have lower median earnings compared to not only married moms, but women as a whole. And with the gender wage gap, even heterosexual married women who have support from their own job still aren't statistically likely to make as much as their husbands.

So while we have, to quote Dr. Meier, "come a long way" we've still got a long way to go.

[h/t Women in the World]