Hayward, a family dentist in Augusta, Georgia, has decided to retire after a career that saw her practice in Augusta and in South Carolina for nearly 20 years.
In an interview with Medical News Now, Hayward spoke about her transition, how she felt about her job, and what she would do if she were still able to practice.
Hayward told us she is now focused on becoming a stay-at-home mom.
“I am getting ready for the day that I retire.
I am getting my license and going to have my family, and then I will start working full time again,” she said.
Hayward has been a family doctor for 25 years.
She is one of the few people in Georgia who practice at the family dental school.
“I have always loved doing family dental work, and it was a way of helping my kids grow,” she explained.
“My kids are the ones who are looking out for me.
And that’s what I’m going to do.”
Hayward said she has enjoyed the job, but is more interested in taking care of her family.
“We are going to be doing the same work every day, just with different hours.
And I’m getting ready to be able to do that in a little bit less time.”
Hayward said her main goal is to become a stay at home mom.
“If I have to take a day off, I’ll take a week off,” she told us.
“And I don’t want to be forced to go to work on Mondays.”
Haywards husband, Barry, will be taking care for the children until they are 18.
“He is doing the day-to-day, so he can do the day job, which is the job of the family,” Hayward explained.
Haywards family will continue to have her at the Augusta dental school until they can find another dentist, but she has decided not to return to her family practice.
“The last year and a half, I have been so happy, and I’ve been able to help them and give them hope, and just to make sure they are safe,” Haywards mother said.
“There are things that are not good that can happen when you don’t go home.”
Haywards last day at the school was October 30.