A Day In The Life of a Doctor Mama {Celebrating Working Moms, A Series}

For International Women's Month, we are celebrating all the working mamas through story. Many of our contributors and Mombassadors, are giving us a little peek into their lives, how they work, what they do, and how they do it! Please enjoy today's contribution, from our writer Cat Roby, a mom of two, and doctor.


5:00 a.m.
Alarm goes off, playing “Titanium/Pavane” by the Piano Guys. I hit snooze. 

5:10 a.m. Alarm goes off again and I eventually get out of bed and get dressed. 

5:30 a.m. My husband and I wake our daughters up and get them ready for school. We head downstairs and prepare breakfast, which usually consists of an Eggo waffle, Annie’s Toaster Pastries, Chex, or Frosted Mini Wheats. 

6:00 a.m. The girls are buckled in their car seats and ready for the 30 minute commute. We drive from Novato to Santa Rosa, listening to Disney Radio or Kidz Bop Radio. 


6:30 a.m. The girls are dropped off at school with lots of hugs and kisses. 

7:00 a.m. I arrive at the hospital and change into scrubs. 

7:15 a.m. I meet my first patient of the day, discuss my anesthetic plan for his or her procedure, and answer any questions. 


7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Depending on the types of surgeries or procedures I’m providing anesthesia for, I might take care of one to ten patients on an average day. For example, today I took care of patients undergoing gynecological surgery, orthopedic surgery, and ENT surgery. 

5:30 p.m. Rush out of the hospital to pick up my daughters from school. We commute home with snacks in hand (usually Goldfish or pretzels). 


6:15 p.m. Prepare dinner in the Instant Pot.

6:30 p.m. Dinner-time!

7:00 p.m. Bath-time. I love the convenience of giving my daughters baths at the same time. 

7:30 p.m. Aria’s bedtime. 


8:00 p.m. Me time! I take a shower while Ella watches her favorite show, Octonauts. 

8:30 p.m. Ella’s bedtime. 

9:00 p.m. I tidy up downstairs. Finish any notes from today and review patients’ charts for the next day. 

10:00 p.m. Bedtime!

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