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Going Back to Work: Melanie’s Story

Going Back to Work: Melanie’s Story

Position: Clinical Research Professional for cancer trials Length of Time Off: One year of maternity leave Position Status: full-time Returning to work is one of the hardest things a parent can do. After Owen was born, I was lucky to be able to stay home for a full year. Of course, those first few months [...]

Top 10 Tips for a Pumping Mama

Top 10 Tips for a Pumping Mama

There are several reasons you may need to pump breast milk for your baby. The reasons that generally come to mind are: You’re going back to work. You want or need to have a time period of greater than three hours away from your baby. Your baby is having difficulty latching and you need an [...]

Staying Connected When Your Partner is Away

Staying Connected When Your Partner is Away

My doctor gives me a funny look when she walks into the exam room— I am sitting on the table, undressed to the waist with that flimsy paper coverup and a one-year-old on my lap. “I’m sorry,” I stammer when she asks me to put my feet up in the stirrups for my checkup, “I [...]

Going Back to Work: Alex’s Story

Going Back to Work: Alex’s Story

My Position: Graphic Artist for a design and manufacturing company Length of Time Off: 12 weeks (California “disability”) Position Status: Full-time Even before I was married, I knew I wanted to be a stay-at-home mom. When I got pregnant, it was something that my husband and I talked about, but living in southern California with it’s high cost of living… [...]

Going Back to Work: Mary Ellen’s Story

Going Back to Work: Mary Ellen’s Story

My Position: Kindergarten teacher Length of Time Off:  Nine months Position Status: Full-time When I first found out I was going to have a December baby, I was very excited because I knew that I would be taking the remainder of the year off and returning to work the following September. As a teacher, I have [...]

Going Back to Work: Christy’s Story

Going Back to Work: Christy’s Story

My Position: 911 Dispatcher Length of Time Off: 7 weeks Position Status: Full Time I didn’t know what to expect with having a newborn. I wasn’t sure if Alexis would be an easygoing baby or a difficult baby— all I knew going into my time off was that I could take up to 12 weeks off with FMLA (Family [...]

Going Back to Work: Corey’s Story

Going Back to Work: Corey’s Story

My Position: Developmental specialist at Children’s Hospital in CO Length of Time Off: Six weeks Position Status: Full-time (although I returned part-time for the first four weeks) For as long as I can remember, I have been as career-focused as they come. My little man was a surprise, and at first I was actually a [...]

Going Back to Work: Debbie’s Story

Going Back to Work: Debbie’s Story

My Position: United States Postal Carrier Length of Time Off: Six weeks Position Status: Full-time I had taken six weeks of FMLA. I fully intended to work up until my due date and take the six weeks caring for my daughter, but my blood pressure began to rise toward the end of my pregnancy and I [...]

Real Life: Managing a Deployment

Real Life: Managing a Deployment

When my husband Curt joined the Air National Guard a few years ago, we knew that being deployed was a possibility. Being a Navy veteran, Curt had been on multiple deployments. His last Navy deployment, a little over six months long, started just a few days after we met. We managed. Even though an Air [...]