I remember that before I left for my maternity leave that I was given the code to the door of our Lactation Room. I felt like I was in a secret society of fabulous mothers who were perfectly balancing work and life by providing sustenance to their newborns by bringing home the bacon (and the milk). Nursing was stressful for me and luckily during my time at home with the baby I had mastered the machine and thought I was fully prepped for day one back at work. Boy was I wrong?!
When should you let your employer know that you have a baby on the way? I’m sure there are varying opinions but in general I’d say the sooner the better. Here are some reasons why:
- If you were the boss, you’d like to know. Let’s put their shoe on your ever expanding maternity foot. Fast forward one year and you’ve fallen in love with your nanny/child care provider. They’re dependable, they do an excellent job and they’d be super hard to replace. Then one day they show up and tell you that they’re taking the next three months off and you’re required to hold their job for them while they’re gone. Huh?!? You’d freak out! You don’t have a back up because they’re the only one you want and you didn’t have time to make a plan.