As an anesthesiologist, I put a lot of effort into keeping my patients safe during surgery. But many people, including other physicians, do not understand what it takes to be an anesthesiologist. Some think we just make patients unconscious for surgery. Our profession is often perceived as one that can be performed while sipping a cup of coffee! But almost 10 years into practice, I have seen and faced many challenges. I have never attempted to explain the nature of these challenges to anyone—not because I felt it unnecessary, but because it is hard to explain.

One year into motherhood, I woke up one morning and saw the peaceful face of my sleeping child. Suddenly, I could relate everything I practice as an anesthesiologist to being a mother! I could see several similarities between the two.

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