Sarah Gleeson

Children: 3

Industry: Health

How has becoming a parent changed your perception of work and career and what surprised you the most?

I'm not defined by my job, and being a parent has made me better at my job. Surprised me most? How differently I approach situations, patients, and the advice I give since becoming a parent.

What advice would you give your younger self about starting a family?

Start earlier (if possible), be kind to yourself, lower expectations. ask for help.

What has been your biggest challenge in motherhood to date? How have you overcome this?

Sleep deprivation when they were little. I was pregnant or breastfeeding for 4.5 years straight, and working part-time throughout that also. Solution: embraced coffee after my 2nd boy was born, tag-teamed with husband where possible, stayed in a local motel once on my own for 2 nights! Started back 1 short day a week and slowly upgraded my hours.

What are your strategies to manage the juggle of career and family?

Outsourcing domestic duties, finding reliable and caring nannies, take regular holidays

What do you do for self-care?

Gardening, exercise, Girls Trek trip each year, binge-watching Ray Donovan.