DO IT NOW!!!!!!!!!! Today we had this talk from a group of women residents and doctors who had their babies during med. school/residency and this was seriously the single most depressing talk I have ever attended. It sounds like these women went through some serious, serious hell and it is on going. They literally had to leave their three week old infants and go back to work. They said their kids spent close to 40 hours a week in day care. It just sounded like it was so hard to have little ones during that intensive training. One woman, who was in her last year of a surgery residency, said if it doesn't get better in two years she is going to quit! All that training and she would be willing to stop...this woman seriously looked like she was going to cry the entire time she was talking. They all said that the least busy time you will have during your careers is during medical school because when you are in residency you are responsible to your fellow residents if you miss call for having a baby at an "non-ideal" time. So...to all of you planning on kids during medical school, especially if you are older...from the sounds of this talk, you might want to "up" your plans or delay them beyond residency. I know lots of people say 4th year would be a good time, but I think 1st year would be the absolute best time. Believe it or not, you have tremendous flexibility your first two years and could seriously study at home most days and be with your kids. I don't know...something to think about. I know a couple of my classmates and I felt like making a public service announcement after that talk...so I am making it here. Good luck to everyone!