Narrator: This is Science Today. Women lawyers working 45 hours or more a week, suffer miscarriages three times more than those working less than 35 hours. Dr. Marc Schenker, an occupational health epidemiologist at the University of California, Davis says although there are a number of causes for miscarriage, high stress and age are among them.
Schencker: Sixty percent of the women in the high stress specialties said it would be difficult or impossible for them to have children at that time. The issue becomes in women in a career path, if you differ childbearing because of your profession, what you're doing is becoming older and perhaps having the stresses of work on top of that.
Narrator: Schenker says it's clear women lawyers are given the message that flexibility for childbearing is not possible.
Schenker: So I think the message is that this is an issue of the health of women in the workforce and that the professions, need to look at this in a way that addresses that.
Narrator: For Science Today, I'm Larissa Branin.