Post # 1
I’m in a tough position. I have a job that can potentially put me in physically risky situations daily. I work in a respite house for kids up to age 18 with autism. I have many highly aggressive kids that I’m expected to support. I just spent the last 8 hours basically hiding from a 16 year who was throwing tables.
I was pregnant in Sep, and told my employer right away due to the nature of my job, and to be honest, they were supportive but kept me in a position of potential harm.
Then I had a mc, and just kept working as normal. I don’t think the two were related.
But now I’m pregnant again only a month later, it’s still so early – do I tell my employer again that I’m pregnant? So that I can protect myself? But then what if god forbid I mc again? Putting my baby’s health and mine on the line every day though. I should mention, I have a good job, with good mat leave, quitting isn’t really an option. Wondering if I should ask my Dr, for a modified duties request.
Has anyone else been pregnant in a dangerous job? How did you handle it?
Post # 3
I’ve worked in a similar field, and although I haven’t been pregnant, several of my coworkers were and they got a doctor’s note to get out of doing potentially dangerous work. I worked at a school for children on the autism spectrum, and a lot of them had severe behavioral disorders. I couldn’t even count on my hands how many times we had to use SCIP-R on them in one day. Anyways, I would get a note and explain your situation to your employer. I’m sure you’re not the only one who has been in your situation at your job 🙂
Post # 4
@Sunshine09: My sister is pregnant and works as a Physical Therapist for kids who sometimes kick her. She has to carry them around, show them different routines, catch them when they fall, etc. It doesn’t sound as dangerous as your job, but it was scary for her and she wasn’t ready or willing to risk the baby’s health (esp. considering that I mc’d and it was so hard on me). Her doctor first put her on leave indefinitely (at 4 months) and now she’s on a modified work schedule (by choice), where she is only able to do administrative work (e.g., sorting papers). Her OB basically modified her schedule to whatever she felt comfortable with.
Post # 5
I’m a special education teacher, and my children are small, but I feel for you. I have had to leave most of the toileting, etc to my aides because I do not feel comfortable lifting these kids onto the changing table any longer (some are little, but some are over 40 lbs). Do you have co-workers who could handle the more dangerous situations?
Post # 6
I understand. It is scary. I work with a number of group homes, many of which have physically aggressive clients. I would talk with your employer about this. It surprises me that they don’t already have a policy in place. My employer does not allow me to visit a house with physically aggressive clients unless there is another restraint certified staff with me. I am to leave immediately if any aggression or threat of aggression develops. I stay be the exits at all times in case I need to make a quick escape. This is a pretty big liability for the company, and they should have policies in place to protect you.
If that doesn’t work, I would ask the OB/GYN for a note. Maybe they can transfer you to a different department or give you a more “office” job until you return from maternity leave?
Post # 7
I hope things work out for you.
Post # 8
I don’t want to scare you, but my BFF was let go from the same type of situation when she was pregnant with my oldest goddaughter. She worked for a group home for autistic children. Unfortunately, we live in a right-to-work state which means that any reason can be used to fire someone as long as it’s not protected. Pregnancy is actually protected, but no one is ever fired for that. They are fired for sitting down on the job when tired, being 30 seconds late, or looking at the boss the wrong way. This particular outfit is known for doing this. They aren’t particularly discriminating in regards to who they hire and only require a college degree (in any field, not neccessarily counceling/psychology) and are located in a college town so new employees are plentiful.
Post # 9
I work in a residential placement fo kids and teens. I’m a clinician, so I’m not responsible for directly supervising them, but I do have to see kids one on one at times, and am often called from my office to stay on the unit when a staff needs to step out for a few minutes. If I were you I would speak with your supervisor and let them know that you ae pegnant again, and that you do not want to be alone with any of the kids. Your doctor should back you up on that if necessary. I waited until I had my 11 week ultasound to tell my bosses at work. Until then I avoided being alone with kids and did not go into the school on our campus, because it’s often chaotic in the hallways, which are petty narrow. I didn’t want to unintentionally get hurt.
Where I work, we move staff who have an injuy or medical condition from directly supervising the kids to a light/modified duty position, which is more support work away from the kids. Is this an option for you?
Post # 9
I recently found out I’m pregnant. I don’t work with kids but I do have a risky job. I actually go door-to-door in a sales job. Immediately I thought about the hot FL heat I’m walking in for 6-8 hours a day, as well the risk of mosquitos and sickness I’m exposed to everyday. I asked my employer for a job transfer but I feel like it was taken lightly. He said in the meantime wear bug repellent and take frequent breaks. I already know there are no jobs in my region within the company to transfer to but I want to stay because the good health insurance. I feel stuck, what should I do?
Post # 10
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I would get a doctors note. If they give you even a HINT of trouble go to the labour board right away!
I am a Medical Office Assistant by trade. I am currently working in a clinic where all I am required to do is sit behind a desk and occasionally do some light housekeeping around the office, but the clinic I worked for just a few months before I got pregnant was more physically demanding. I was on my feet for 3/4 of my day running around a busy multi-discplinary clinic, and was often called upon to lift heavy weights and physically assist patients. I had another coworker who was pregnant and my boss OFFERED to put her on lighter duties before she had to ask…but I feel like that is a rariety in many workplaces! If my boss didn’t offer (or comply when I asked) I wouldn’t have even blinked at getting a note.
Regardless of outcome, the healthy and safety of your unborn baby comes first.
Post # 11
OP I feel for you I had a MC in February and was pregnant again in April. I had told my boss I changed assignments to a safer one then went back to my original as soon as I had healed from the MC my boss still doesn’t know I’m expecting again. I just told the people I work with and we’ve managed that way. I would however not recommend not telling your boss. I’m sure they will be understanding if they are a decent person. As for me I’m waiting until my next ultrasound then setting up a meeting with hr.