Dr. Megan Meier is a sports medicine and dance medicine physician from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Like many working moms, she struggles with juggling work and being a parent.
She also happens to be 35 weeks pregnant and has a 3-year-old daughter.
In addition to working in her clinic, she works for the Putnam City North High School's football team.
Last week, she went to go work at a game, but found herself short of help.
Her husband was out of town for the weekend and she didn’t have a babysitter for her 3-year-old.
Her solution? Strap her 3-year-old on her back and work the game.
Her friend, Joseph Hoskins, snapped the photo of her while she was working, according to Mashable.
The photo shows Meier with a toddler on her back, noticeably pregnant, tending to one of the football players.
Meier thought that it would be funny to post it to the Facebook group Physician Mom Group thinking that all the moms there would be able to relate to her photo.
She captioned it with, “Sports Medicine Doctor Mom—this is what happened when you are 35 weeks pregnant, husband leaves town for the weekend, childcare for 3yo falls through, and you have a game to cover!”
On Meier’s Facebook post on her own page, she says, “I really believe that you can have it all and find a great balance to a multi-faceted career and life. However, it takes a lot of hard work and improvisation at times.”
Meier says that this is not the first time her 3-year-old has made an appearance at a game she was working. Her daughter has been coming to sporting events with her since she was a baby and seems to enjoy them.
There has been a vast amount of comments from social media users supporting Meier and her post.
Meier concludes that “finding balance is the most challenging part.”
She said, “You can plan all day long but unforeseen circumstances always arise in both parenting and medicine. Both of these roles have taught me how to be flexible, resourceful, and to ask for help when needed. Thank you to the teams that I cover, from PC North High School to the University of Oklahoma to the OKC Ballet—I appreciate your support of women in medicine and in sports.”
Meier’s post is truly a great representation of a hardworking and dedicated doctor, as well as a loving mother.
As Meier stated at the end of her post, “We have come a long way in 2016.”
Banner credit: Facebook, Megan Meier, MD