Sheesh this is a bit harsh. The OP's surgeon hired a woman of childbearing age, so I doubt he'll be completely blown over by the news when it comes. I understand you are sympathetic to the surgeon, but babies happen and for many of us, we're grateful and blessed for it. Career, bosses, hospitals, they're all important. But my experience with many folks who choose PA over MD is that they want an actual life and time to enjoy it. Women going into medicine, having babies, and continuing their careers is now a norm. Sounds like your workplace hasn't prepared for this very common occurrence very well, but that's their fault, not the clinician's. Thanks goodness for FMLA. Someday you might need 12 weeks off for something important. Hopefully your colleagues will be a bit more understanding.
SurgPA, I was nervous when I approached our medical director (MD) with my first pregnancy. I had been working there for 2 years. I remember telling him that I loved my job and was planning on coming back, but that those first 12 weeks with baby were of the upmost importance to me. I work for a large community health center and I had a very positive response. But also, the docs I work with are very family oriented. Does your surgeon have children? If he does he'll hopefully be understanding. But if he's not, it may be a sign of things to come. Like when your 14 month old has been puking all night long and you have had no sleep and you don't trust the babysitter to deal with it and your little one only wants you, so you have to call in sick. This scenario has only happened a few times in five years, but I'm fortunate that I work with some very understanding people. One of the reasons I stay at this job (almost 7 years) is because of how supportive they are of mothers in the workplace. About half of our clinicians (MDs and PAs) are mothers.