Dr. Sklar explains how new mothers can handle multiple roles in their lives.
There are a number of competing roles for women once they have a child. One is the competition between the woman’s view of herself as a professional or workingwoman out in the world and the other is her view of herself as the mother. Other competing roles are the woman as a romantic sexual being with her partner versus a nurturing being with her child, with her infant, and these don’t need to be competing but they frequently are.
And I think what women need to do are number one, to carve out, although it’s very difficult with an infant, some time for themselves so that they have opportunity to have some introspection and relaxation time to transition from one role to the other. The other is time with their partner so that they have chance to reconnect and have a chance for intimacy which then can lead to a romantic connection.
About Dr. Sklar, M.D.:
Dr. Susan E. Sklar, M.D., is a board certified obstetrician-gynecologist with extensive training and experience in sexual medicine, menopause, osteoporosis, and other female health issues. Since stopping the practice of obstetrics in 1989, Dr. Sklar has become especially interested in the health issues of mid-life and menopausal women. This includes the controversies about hormone use and questions about the changes that occur during this transition, including the sexual issues. In 2005 she launched her newest project, the Sklar Center for Women's Wellness, a center for the evaluation and treatment of female sexual dysfunction and complex menopause problems.
Dr. Sklar completed her undergraduate work in Chicago and received a medical degree from Boston University. This was followed by specialty training in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Beth Israel Hospital in Boston, a Harvard University teaching affiliate.