I had planned to go back half time, but there were so many stipulations on going half time that I finally figured out that they weren't very supportive of that (I had to find the "other half" of my job; one of us would have full time benefits and one of us none, if the other person quit, then I'd be responsible for working full time until a replacement was hired; all this in a job where the hiring/orientation of a new person routinely takes 10-12 months)
I was working only a 40 hour week, which is good in my field, but 24 of those hours were stuck in the hospital, and I decided that I didn't want to be away from my ds that long.
Heart wrenching decision, overall. I thought I was totally ready to quit, but I miss being a midwife, miss my patients. I don't think I could leave my baby, though, and after many weeks, I decided that the not leaving my baby was a bigger pull than midwifery.
I'll probably go back at some point, but probably only to nursing. I like the idea of 12 hour shifts, maybe one a week or so. I'd get to be with laboring women, but not have to leave my family as much.
For us...the money has been an issue, but I think we'll be okay. More so, though, is the lifestyle. Dh travels, and I was on call 1-2 times a week. We often had times where we didn't see each other for 3-5 days at a time. Now, he travels less (he feels that pull towards his newborn baby, too), I'm not on call, and we're seeing each other ALOT more.
It's all good, though.