When giving life to babies brings death to your work

Having children negatively affects women's research output for years, say researchers

Female medical academics hoping to smash the citation glass ceiling may benefit from financial aid to cover childcare costs so they can network and attend conferences, Australian researchers suggest.

Mother with child

As if the maternity leave spell wasn’t hard enough on a career, new Australian evidence shows that having children, especially two or more, negatively affects women’s research output for years afterwards.

The authors, from the Queensland University of Technology, surveyed almost 100 female researchers