Narrator: This is Science Today. Occupational health experts at the University of California, Davis found that women lawyers working 45 to 70 hours per week had a three-fold increase in miscarriage. Dr. Mark Schenker says many of the women studied felt they had to put off having a child in order to succeed. And between high stress and increasing age, Schenker says these women were at high risk of miscarriage.
Schenker: What we seem to be doing is putting the burden on the individual to say you have to make a choice and it's either/or and we're not giving you any support or flexibility in that regard.
Narrator: Instead, Schenker says the law profession should be considering the health of its workers.
Schenker: I don't think this is an either/or situation. I think the message is this is an issue of the health of women in the workforce and that the institutions, the professions, need to look at this as a way that addresses that. 0:15
Narrator: For Science Today, I'm Larissa Branin.