(Closed) timing birth with work schedule.

posted 6 years ago in TTC
Post # 3
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2013

How old are you?  If you are 30 or older, I would just go for it.  If you are younger, I’d wait to plan for the end of the school year!

 

I am worried about this, since I am old.  Oh, and I also teach.  =)  I want to have the baby in late April/May to take the most advantage of maternity leave.

 

 

Post # 4
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

I’m an accountant.  I’m not TTC yet, but where I used to work a suspiciously high number of women gave birth mid to late January, when things start to get crazy.  That timed their post maternity leave return for just after the end of busy season….hmmm….

Post # 6
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2013

@marjojo:  Then go for it.  What grade do you teach?  Are you in a proper school district or at a charter school? What is their policy on maternity leave?

Post # 8
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2013

@marjojo:  Schedule your leave to start after your due date.  That’s what a teacher at my school is doing.  If you go out early, it’s not THAT big of a deal — use sick/personal time, or just lose a day.  First babies are usually…late or early?  Lol.  Late?  

 

Also…the 2010-2011 school year…we had 13 women pregnant at our school at once!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Post # 9
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Blushing bee

My sister is a teacher, and she managed to time both her babies for April births! The timing wasn’t QUITE perfect (I think with the first one, slightly later would have been better for the school schedule, and then with the second one, she was in a new school district and slightly earlier would have been better). But, overall she was pretty pleased to have managed to have April babies, have maternity leave last through May, and then get to spend the summer with her LOs. Good luck to you! As PP have said, if you’re not in a rush, you could wait to try the timing for next year, or just go for it and figure that you’ll make do even if the timing isn’t perfect.

 

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

I teach 12th grade literature at a private school, and we plan to start trying next May so that the baby would be due in February of the following year.  This way, I get three months off work before summer (my school only pays for unused sick and vacation leave as well), so then I would have another two months before going back to work in August.  Of course, if I don’t conceive next summer, we plan to just keep on trying as I am 29 and already have reproductive issues.  But, I do not want to take my three month-old baby to a daycare.  🙁

Post # 12
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

It took us four months to conceive. I’m due next week. We timed it to have a summer baby, turns out late summer baby in our case. The timing in terms of career is interesting because there’s a huge professional conference coming to my city during my maternity leave. I’m probably not going to it. I’m also missing some of my professional organization duties. I basically am not participating in the board activities of my professional organization this year. There’s a whole story around that, but our timing wasn’t the greatest, but I’m still thrilled to be having a baby in August when my husband’s grandmother and brother have birthdays.

Post # 13
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

I’m due Sept 20th & school just started for me this week. I’ll have about 19 teaching days with my class (2nd graders) before I start my leave and I’m not worried. (My school took a lot concave in creating my class this year, since they knew I’d have a long term sub – so no super fragile children). Once I found out I was pregnant I shopped around for a good long term sub & found someone who has experience, so I don’t need to make months worth of lesson plans. Do you think you could find someone who would need only a week or so of specific plans and could take it from there?

I talked to my HR department about leave before my principal and was surprised about their leave terms. Its going to work out great for me (5 weeks paid & then unpaid until I return in Jan), but you could talk withsomeone in HR to help make your decision. Im not thrilled about having our baby start daycare at 3ish months, but when I did the math for having a baby 5ish weeks before school ends, he’d be the same age when I had to start school in the fall!

I had all your concerns too, but timing a pregnancy is so tricky I think you should just go for it. Maybe if there’s one absolutly awful time to give birth (like during state testing if your grade participates) you could skip/use protection that month? I love the heck out of my students, but I got them the best sub I could & my personal family is priority over my school one, you know?

Post # 14
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

I’m a teacher and due in February.  Sometimes, ya take what ya get.  We wanted a November baby so Thanksgiving and Christmas breaks would stretch out my maternity leave.  It’s strange that I can see God’s hand in things now; He knew I needed to be able to spend my first trimester in bed/on the couch, which was over the summer.  I’m now 13 weeks and starting the school year, and am feeling so much better.  Our spring break and some other things will help stretch out my leave to 8 weeks instead of 6.  I always thought I’d be trying to time things for a mid-April baby, but we felt called to start trying earlier, and it didn’t happen right away.  C’est la vie.  FWIW, my principal has 3 kids, and two of them were born in September/October…she herself said, “Babies come when they come, whether that’s convienient for us or not!”

Post # 15
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

@marjojo:  as a teacher who has been TTC for 10 months now, I no longer care about how my maternity leave will affect hypothetical future students, and only that I get to take maternity leave some time soon!!!

However, in terms of costs, our conditions here in Aus seem to be a lot better than yours – I get something like 13 weeks paid leave from school, then around 18 weeks paid leave from the government (not at my wage, just at minimum wage) and then I have around 10 weeks of Long Service Leave saved up that we will probably use.

I did worry about timing to begin with, as a Year 12 teacher I didn’t want to be leaving around exam time, but now I figure that I should be worried about me and my family first, because nobody else will!

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