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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 [...]

Real Mama: Sam A.

Real Mama: Sam A.

Tell us a little about yourself… I’m 26 years old with a wonderful, supportive husband and two beautiful children. I married my best friend in August 2008. Our daughter, Emma, was born in January, 2011, and our son, Matthew, was born in November, 2012. I work full-time as a loan officer at a local credit [...]

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

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 Mama: Denise B.

Real Mama: Denise B.

Tell us a little about yourself… I am 31 years old. I married my high school sweetheart and we have a sweet, almost-2-year-old baby girl named Ava and two dogs named Lola and Guido. I grew up in an Italian family where family values are top priority. I would go to bat for my family [...]

Real Mama: Amanda P.

Real Mama: Amanda P.

Tell us a little about yourself… I’m a 33 year-old mama of a toddler boy and two Boxers. My son Parker is two, and my dogs, a boy named Stewart and a girl named Tivi, are both four. My husband, Curt and I have been married for three years and we dated for seven years before [...]

Real Mama: Corey P.

Real Mama: Corey P.

Tell us a little about yourself… I am a 26-year-old mama to two amazing little men. Landon was born in April of 2011 and Ryan was born in September of 2012. I grew up in a small town in Colorado and I went to college at Colorado State, where I studied psychology and biomedical sciences. [...]

Real Mama: Rebecca S.

Real Mama: Rebecca S.

Tell us a little about yourself… I’m a full time working mom with a 2.5 year old boy and another little boy on the way who will be here in a few weeks. I’ve been married for 4.5 years. I breastfed my son for two years, we cosleep (wasn’t my intention, but oh well) and [...]

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