Teacher bees, when did you give birth? Did that timing "work out" for you?

posted 2 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 2
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

lealorali:  6 weeks? Seriously?! How long unpaid can you take? I’d take as much time as possible. It’s way too hard to time it right. Very few are that lucky! If you were due in August you’ll just have to deal with it. There’s no way I’d go back early. For the baby’s sake. Im a teacher so know the demands of the job but cant comment on leave as I’m not from the US. 6 weeks is crazy though!

Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

I’m not a teacher bee, but I do have a busy season for work which is a very stressful few months in the Winter/spring. I told my DH I wanted to try in certain months to avoid a conflict. I have a five month window, we were lucky and it worked out but we both decided if we were having any difficulties, the babay was our first priority and we would through the optimal timelines out the window. 

 

Good Luck!

Post # 4
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Busy bee

I had him June 24 (a week late)…I defintely felt jipped out of my maternity leave. We decided we are going to try for late April/early May next time. I kind of want to come back to work for the last week or two to say goodbye to my kids/be there for fun stuff/clean up my room on my own, then have the summer!

Post # 6
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I don’t have anything to add, but I feel your frustration!  I’m TTC and just finishing up my certification program, and am hoping to have a classroom next fall.  And I doubt anyone will hire a new teacher who needs to leave in the middle of her first year to go on maternity leave.  So I am not sure what we are going to do if I don’t get KU by October.  

Even though I haven’t really started teaching, I’ve been told the first two months are super important for setting up a classroom, so I plan on avoiding giving birth during August, September and October. I’m really trying for a spring baby though.  A few months at home with my newborn would be so perfect! 

Post # 7
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

I first got pregnant and was due in April, but I had a MC. Got pregnant again in November, due August 5, but baby girl decided to come early and arrived on July 13. 

So I am taking off first quarter. I don’t get any of my 6 weeks short term disability because I don’t have 20 contract days in the 6 weeks after birth. I am taking 8 weeks of my FMLA leave but I can take it all as paid as I have a ton of sick time saved up. 

Is missing the start of school ideal? No, but it will suck to miss any part of the year. So I’ll deal and my students will deal 🙂 I wasn’t going to hold off having a baby just to try and make it work with school. 

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

I was one of tje lucky ones to have my baby April 8th this year. I had a c-section, so I got 8 weeks of sick time (paid leave) and then I took the last 3ish weeks off unpaid. It was perfect for me, but my students had a hard time transitioning so late in the year and didn’t have me to come back and help them recover their grades. We might plan to have the next one in February. Or maybe in May so that I don’t have to take time off and my students have less time without me.

Post # 9
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Newbee

I thought the same as you, that April would be perfect. I ended up with a December Baby and it worked out very well. I was fortunate to be able to take extra time unpaid so I was out from December through April. Came back for a couple months and now have the summer off. Would do it the same way again if I could!

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

I’m not a teacher, but I work in an elementary school. My first pregnancy would have put my due date at the end of April, which would have been PERFECT, but I had a miscarriage. I’m pregnant again now and due in November. I obviously can’t speak to how well it will work out yet, but I think it will be fine. The only bummer is that if baby arrives on or very close to her due date I’ll have to go back right after Christmas break since we only get 6 weeks paid leave too. The upside is that those holiday days won’t count towards short-term disability leave, so there will be a few less days that I’ll be getting paid at 70% of my salary (versus an early fall due date when there aren’t many holidays). I’m hoping baby will come a couple weeks early so I can have the 6 weeks AND winter break, but we’ll see! 

Post # 11
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2013

Just keep trying.  We only get unpaid leave, no paid leave at all!!!  Remember that they count pregnancy from the first day of your last period, so it’s kind of earlier than I always think.  Like if you get pregnant in early August, your baby will be born in April, not May.  

Post # 12
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: January 2015

lealorali:  Teacher bee here, no babies yet. My friend did exactly what I would like to do. She had her baby in early July. We get a year of mat leave here and school is sept-June, so essentially she’s getting another 2 months home with baby. It’s great!

I don’t know if this will actually work out that way, but I’m aiming for early July. 🙂

Post # 13
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

Following this! Teacher bee here, I would ideally like to be due in Feb/March and just not go back til September…but, we aren’t TTC for at least 2 years.

Post # 14
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

WhatMaeBee:  That’s my plan too!  I’m a teacher bee and not yet TTC’ing, but planning on trying next May/June/July to hopefully have a baby the following Feb/March/April and then stay home until September.  I want to maximize that time off if I can!

Post # 15
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2013

My main concern is payng for the time off, since we don’t get any paid leave.  How are you all planning to pay your bills?  Are you just saving (which is what I’m going to do) or do you have insurance?  

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