| Originally Posted by Morgan |
I'm getting a phd in genetics. it's very different than being in school. It's much more like a full time job. We had classes the first year & after that it's lab work. So having a baby now would not be much different than having one while I had a job. I've seen many students do it & as long as their advisor is supportive it works out fine.
but, other phd programs are different. I guess I shouldn't have said science because that includes so much. Lab research science.
I was working on a PhD in Medieval Studies a few years ago. I did 3 1/2 years and then left. It nearly drove me crazy. There is no way in hell I could have had a baby while in that program. Arts are very different. It's so much harder to have a structured PhD life in Arts.
That said, I knew a couple who were both in the same PhD program as me and they had a baby while in their 3rd year. The girl finished her thesis at year 4 while also teaching a course and looking after her baby and the husband has just completed his now (probably at this point it's his 6th year). I think he took a year off first with the baby.
So, my opinion would be it depends a lot on what kind of structure your program has. And if it's like Morgan's, get all the courses and stuff out of the way first, because that's usually the more time-bonkers type of work.