Name: Jennifer Lincoln, MD
Title: Obstetrician/ Gynecologist
Location: Portland, OR
School/Program: Tulane University School of Medicine
Currently Wearing: The Rebecca Slim Fit Lab Coat
Why did you choose your profession?:
I chose to become an OB/GYN because I love the diversity of our field - we get to be in the office, in the OR, and on Labor and Delivery - sometimes all in one day! I have the privilege of caring for women at their most vulnerable and most amazing moments of their lives.
Current Passion Project:
In addition to being a physician, I am also an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant, aka IBCLC. I pursued this certification after realizing how little training I received about breastfeeding when I had my firstborn as an OB/GYN resident. I now use my knowledge to promote evidence-based breastfeeding education, and am currently on the board of directors at our local milk bank and the medical director of one of my hospital's lactation clinics. I am passionate about helping women to achieve their breastfeeding goals! I am also super passionate about accurate sex education and birth control counseling to our most vulnerable population - teens - and I've taken to TikTok to spread this message. Lastly, anything related to perinatal mood disorders is something I want to amplify. We are failing pregnant women and new moms in this country when it comes to addressing their mental health needs.
Who was/is your inspiration?
I would say my parents. I am the first person in my family to go to college and it's because even though my parents had the odds stacked against them as teens, they knew education was the only way to break the cycle. They made sure I was successful in school and taught me that if I worked hard I could be whatever I wanted. They've always been 100% in my corner on my path to medicine.
Fun Fact 1:
I can find a way to connect a Seinfeld quote to almost anything that happens to me!
Fun Fact 2:
Even though I can operate on people, paper cuts make me want to pass out.
Do you have any advice for others interested in entering your field?
OB/GYN has the reputation of being a really tough field for work-life balance. But if it's what you love, you will find a way to make it work for you. I have and even when I'm at work it doesn't always feel that way because I love what I do everyday.
Guest Blog Article:#ThisFemPhysicianCan Interview with Jennifer Lincoln, MD