It's Working Project

"There is no HR department for grad students."

What is one piece of advice you wish you could offer your former expectant self?

Don’t plan trying to conceive around your career, especially if you’re a graduate student.

FOR MOMS: If you breastfed, was there a place for you to pump that met your needs and was conducive to your success? If you breastfed, how did you decide to continue? FOR DADS: What, if any, adjustments did you (or your workplace) make to your schedule after having a baby? Was it specific to your manager or larger, whole work culture?

Health of my child. I thought breastfeeding was important, and it came easily to me.

How much leave did you take, and how comfortable were you taking it?

No family leave. I was unpaid for 3 months (which was normal for me–I was a grad student with 9 months/year of teaching support)

How easy was it to put a childcare arrangement together and did it work for your family?

I worried that we wouldn’t be able to afford daycare.