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No maternity leave in academia

I had to double my teaching load during the fall semester so that when the baby was born in the spring I could be off duty from teaching. However having to teach that much pushed my research schedule back. My husband and I changed our work schedule so that I would be with the baby until 2:00 pm, and then work until 10:00pm. He would work from 7:00 am until 2:00pm. We were lucky that in academia we had some flexibility to change our daily routine, but when I got back to work it was only because my parents moved nearby to help us care for the baby. Otherwise child care would have been unaffordable.
—Anonymous
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