It has been said there’s no such thing as work-life balance and, as a doctor in HIV and Sexual Health medicine, Rachel Hu has spent some time thinking about it. In the UK around 30% of specialist doctors are female and many will be mothers. It’s easy for women to feel guilty over headlines like, ‘Working mothers risk damaging their child’s prospects’, headlines that seem to forget those with little choice and risk damaging useful discussion on this topic.
In her professional role, Rachel has developed and leads a service for survivors of sexual violence in Birmingham and Solihull, working closely with third sector agencies and police. She has also worked for a number of years as a forensic medical examiner for the Sexual Assault Referral Centres in the West Midlands. She spent several years in East Africa with her husband and three children at the same time as completing a Masters degree (and still often wishes they were still living somewhere with more sunshine). Rachel admits to struggling to maintain her sanity at times and finds some reassurance in the truth there is no such thing as work-life balance. She also longs to see women find a sense of wholeness in life.
Come along, hear how her faith in God impacts her choices in life, and feel encouraged!
If you are a survivor, Rachel wants to let you know she will not be discussing any detailed aspects of her day-to-day job, and details of agencies that can offer support will be made available.