When is the best time to have children?
Video clip: Catherine was a clinical lecturer and training to be a consultant when she had her first baby. She was 34 and decided that she shouldn’t leave it any longer.
How did you decide it was a good time to get pregnant?
You were at that stage, how old?
Thirty-four and I knew I wanted more than one child and I thought, ‘Right, well we better get cracking.’ That’s right. So I was in the Clinical Lectureship [phase], pootling through my training. Pootling through trials and it was a question of it, sounds awful, but the clock was starting to tick a little.
Did you still have a lot of clinical training to finish?
I did, yes. So I was about two years through.
So sort of specialist registrar?
Specialist registrar post. Because I’d made sure that the research that I was doing was sufficiently clinically laden that it could count towards my training. I was doing an awful lot of clinical work. I was doing a bit of teaching as well on the side but less than I now do.