(Closed) due end of Sept…what to do about school in the fall???

posted 8 years ago in Babies
Post # 3
1944 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

Honestly from someone who went through nursing school, its stressful! Our last quarter we were all about in tears on a weekly basis. I honestly do not feel this best time to also be taking care of a newborn. Where at in your schooling will you be at that point? Even with your husband home you are going to have sleepless nights and you have to devote a lot of time to not only studying but you need energy for clinicals. I’m trying to get pregnant now and also back in school for my bachelors RN and I will take a quarter off for when our baby, if, comes. Been there and I just know I won’t be able to nor will I want to be apart that long from my newborn. Now, I did go to school with girls who did just give birth and it worked for them, but this is solely what I would do and my reasons why. Good luck!

Post # 4
540 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I am going to school full-time and I have a 1 year old. I went back to school the week after my daughter was born and I breastfed. My fiance worked full-time and we alternated between him staying at home with the baby and me staying at home while he was working. It was hard and it still is, but when you’re done it will feel like such an accomplishment. I have two more semester left and I can’t wait. If you want to talk about it more you can message me.

Post # 5
1426 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

Honestly, I think you’re going to need to take too much time off in the middle of the semester to do classes this fall.  And if you’re breastfeeding and you have to do clinicals, you may not be able to take a break whenever you need to pump.  Do you have an academic advisor you could talk to, or is there a department that deals with women’s issues?  They may have better suggestions about what people typically do in this situation…

Post # 7
461 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

That’s so tough.  I would want to stay home so as not to miss out on that precious time, but ultimately, you gotta do what you gotta do to make a life for the three of you!  I think maybe you’ll have to play it by ear.  I would lean toward going part time though.  Good luck!

Post # 8
1892 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

Is there anyway you could take summer classes either now or next summer and then be done by the time next fall came around?

I think it would be best to take the time off (or at least part time like your advisor suggested). It’s your first so you don’t know exactly what to expect as a mother and how your body is going to handle everything. Also I would be concerned doing clinicals and then coming home to a newborn whose immune system isn’t as strong as yours. If this was your second and you knew what to expect I would say give it a shot, but since it’s your first I would stay closer to home for the first few months.

Hope you can find a solution that works for you!

Post # 9
7082 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2009

It seems really intense to me for you to go straight back to school.  I’m sure it can be done some way, some how, but I’d really explore all of your options.

Beyond talking to your advisor, talk to the person at your school that coordinates leave of absences and maternity issues.  I’m sure they have a person that handles all of this… To me, it would make sense that if you absolutely have to take classes in the fall, that you could maybe due a part time load.

Best of luck!

Post # 10
14186 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

A girl in my microbiology lab had her baby 2 weeks ago. She stayed home for a week and came back to school. She just said, “do what you gotta do to finish!”. It sucks but I know a lot of nursing students (her, too) who have kids young and in school so it’s possible!


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