I have had people make disparaging remarks about OBs and the hours. They say the work long hours and must forget having a life. I wish people could be more contructive in what they have to say. This leaves me with the following question: Does this mean 24 hr shifts, 12 hr shifts 6 days a week, a 70hr work week. What exactly do they mean?? I find this hard to believe that there is no way to balance it. One Dr I spoke with was in a practice(hospital based) of 4 OBs and a PA, and still felt the hours were long. Pardon my naivety. What can I expect in terms of typical work hours, or is there no way to quantify it to any ballpark figure? Thanks for any insight.