Choosing a new job after maternity leave - My experience.
When I first learned that I was pregnant I was working as a CNA at a nursing home. I still to this day say there was something in the water there because I was one of four girls who were pregnant.
While I most likely would have stayed here while pregnant (we needed the money) they would not have been able to accommodate me when it I got too big to the lifts and such. Crappy I know, but it was what it was. Thankfully I was able to find a job that would hire me while pregnant and stay at until it was time to go on maternity leave. So there I was working at my local newspaper office in the classified ads department. As the belly got bigger so did my question of how we were going to work me going back to work because as great as the new job it was still a new job and I did not qualify for maternity leave. At this point I could not win.
So as it came to my 8th month, my husband and I sat down to look at our options. We could cover our bills for the first or so after our little man got here but what about after that?
I could go back to my previous job, but the hours were difficult. We could not afford daycare, and we did not have anyone that was home during the day to watch him while I was at work, but the biggest issue I was going to have was leaving my brand new baby boy. So I hit the internet to see what other moms had to say about returning to work after baby,and while some said daycare, some were lucky enough to have a job provided child care. One mom talked about working from home and then the research for that really began, and it has been 6 years, and I have never regretted my decision...well aside from days I have to stay up late to get a job done.
My mind still wrestles with going to work outside the home as my youngest goes to pre-k for part of the day, but it is still up in the air.