"Sexist culture - dads can be primary carers too"
About: Perth Children's Hospital Perth Children's Hospital Nedlands 6009
Posted by Wrkingmum (as ),
My young child had a suspected fracture so we made our first visit to the children’s hospital. My husband and I brought our young child and our toddler to the waiting room and my husband took care of all the paperwork while I waited with our children. When he provided the information he indicated himself as parent number 1 and used his contact details on the form. He explained that he should be the person to be contacted as he is at home full time with the kids while I am at work full time. Low and behold when the reminder text came through for our child's outpatient appointment it came to my phone. Sigh. Time and again my husband is overlooked and the mother is assumed to be the primary contact. Particularly when he had explicitly asked that he be contacted I think this indicates a level of unconscious bias at best and overt sexism at worst. Can you please reassure me that the hospital's culture is supportive of contemporary parenting practices? Thanks.