Just a vent after a tough afternoon of email exchanges. I'm a professor at a public university that does not offer paid maternity leave. There are other universities that do give professors a term/semester off teaching, with pay, after the birth of a child, but not mine. I really hate this country and its lack of protection for maternity leave (in all other civilized countries, this is GUARANTEED by the government). But I knew this, and then went and got my hopes up that I could use my sick leave and borrow unearned sick leave for the remainder of the 11-odd weeks of my FMLA leave...other colleagues have told me that they'd done this... But the HR people are being real PITAs about it, and I think I just lost my last possible appeal about this
So I'll be going back to my crazy schedule teaching two classes when the new baby is only 2 months old. What a depressing thought.
Any other working mamas in the same boat? Or are you getting paid maternity leave? How are you dealing with the upcoming birth?