The value of a supportive mentor to establish an open and productive relationship throughout a mother’s career, and the value of seeking diverse mentors for a well-rounded experience was emphasized.


  • Feelings of guilt or shame if research falls behind during maternity leave
  • Little support provided during pregnancy and leave
  • How to navigate an unsupportive mentor


  • Recognizing the value of raising children and the bigger life picture beyond a scientific publication
  • Seeking alternative mentors
  • Contacting human resources to learn about rights and expectations