This year marks my eleventh year in a medical relationship, seventh of marriage. Over the course of this journey, I have learned a few things about the role of a support person in a medical marriage. To be in a medical marriage is both a great privilege and a difficult undertaking, but I am sure I am preaching to the choir. When I met my husband, he was an MS2 (second year medical student) and I was a brand-new pediatric nurse. For quite a time I made the money and I had more medical experience. This relationship dynamic has shifted greatly in the latter half of our marriage as I am now a stay-at-home mom to our two children while he is an ER attending at the only level one trauma center in our state. Gone are the days of my explaining vent settings, instead his wealth of knowledge constantly fills me with pride. Of course, every medical family’s division of labor looks different, but there are a few commonalities to all of them.
Meredith is a pediatric ICU RN turned Stay at Home Mom and writer. She is married to a sweet southern ER doctor who loves all things outdoors. This mama of two loves to write on parenting, health, and finding grace in the chaos on her blog Motherhood by Meredith. She is set to publish her first book on motherhood in late summer 2021. Follow her journey on social media for more updates.