It's Working Project

"Even when you found childcare, you worried if they would work out."

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

Don’t give up, it gets easier.

What was your primary motivation for deciding to return (or not) to work? How early did you tell your employer?

I am no longer working due to our son having autism. My husband was a stay at home parent for a while and then we decided I would stay home and he would go back to work. It was an adjustment, but we have managed.

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?

I pumped when I returned to work on my breaks. I did not have any problems pumping.

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

I took what I was given from work. I believe it was 2 months. I was single with my first child and married for my second.

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

This was the most difficult thing to do. Even when you found childcare you worried if they would work out.

What was your biggest challenge going back to work?

Who would care for the children while you were working.

Who was your biggest source of support in returning to work? What was your biggest pregnancy indulgence?

I did not have any mentors or help.