A conversation with Dr. Jean Chamberlain
“When working globally, it is people with two areas of expertise that are the ones that can make the biggest impact.” Dr. Jean Chamberlain
The Global Health Collective is a student-led podcast that aims to showcase the complexities of global health problems, the ways we can create a positive change, and to hear the inspiring stories of individuals in the field of global health ranging from students, faculty, staff, and global health changemakers from around the world.
In Season 4, we hear from several global health leaders and innovators as they share their stories, perspectives, and insights about their careers and unique approaches to tackling global health issues. In an empowering and insightful episode with Dr. Jean Chamberlain, an internationally respected leader in maternal health, she discusses the importance of balancing her personal and professional life.
Dr. Chamberlain, M.D., is an associate professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology and director of the International Women’s Health Program at McMaster University. As an international expert and passionate advocate, she has been appointed as a Member of the Order of Canada in recognition of her commitment to saving the lives of women and babies in the Global South. Also, a mother of three and founder of Save the Mothers, she is an inspirational leader who continuously demonstrates compassion and resilience.
While navigating through this face paced world, it is important for us to ground ourselves and have faith to find balance. Dr. Chamberlain’s wise advice to aspiring global health professionals is to “keep an open mind and be ready to make a 90 degree turn”. She reminds us that, “sometimes what you think is your goal, as you get closer to it, you realize that it’s drawing you in a direction where you can make a side direction”.
Throughout the episode Dr. Chamberlain encourages us to pace ourselves, have faith as we navigate finding our purpose, and to make meaningful connections. She encourages us to “be confident in our skills and to have mentors that will provide opportunities to push yourself and give you confidence.”