ORLANDO, Florida. – During Women’s History Month, we highlight an OB-GYN dedicated to caring for women.
Dr. Megan Gray spends day and night giving birth at the Orlando Health Winnie Palmer Hospital for Women and Babies. During a recent busy 12-hour shift, she took the time to talk about her career and her journey to becoming a doctor.
“It’s fun caring for women, educating them and empowering them about their health,” Dr. Gray said.
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While her original plan was to specialize in orthopedics, Dr. Gray said she made a quick pivot after delivering a baby as part of the OB-GYN rotation.
“It was their first child, and everyone in the room was crying and I was like wow, this is amazing,” Dr Gray said.
She talked about years of medical school and residency, saying the steps to becoming a doctor are difficult for everyone.
“I feel like women have always had a harder time accessing care and getting the right care, so it’s nice to see a ton of women coming into the field and taking care of each other.” , said Dr. Gray.
In fact, the majority of OB-GYNs are now women, but it wasn’t always that way. In 1970, only 7% of them were women, now it’s more like 60%. Dr Gray said it wasn’t until she was looking for a job that she noticed mothers faced a different kind of pressure.
“I’m of childbearing age, so I think the idea that I could date because I could get pregnant and not be able to perform my duties for a while was more of a detractor when I was looking for a job, than possibly a male counterpart,” Dr. Gray said.
After eight years at Winnie Palmer Hospital, Dr. Gray’s work in nurturing women goes beyond the hospital, as a mother and author of “Forgotten Trimester: Navigating Self Care after Birth.” She also interacts with her social media followers about motherhood and postpartum life.
You can find Dr. Gray on Instagram @ForgottenTrimester.
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