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I am new to this board, but I have a question for anyone who has the time or desire to respond-please! I am trying to figure out what decision is best for my baby, my family and myself! I am currently in a three year, "accelerated" RN-Masters in Nursing program and am pregnant with a baby due early March '04.
*option 1- If I end my program this December, I leave with just an RN (I already have a bachelor's in something else) and I get to be completely free to spend the next year or so home with our baby before working part-time as a nurse.
*option 2- If I stay in the program, I have my baby in the middle of a semester, take my baby to classes and make up clinical hours (to which I can not take my baby) this summer while my husband ( a teacher) stays with the baby. In the fall, I am back at school full-time and will need to put the baby in daycare part-time. I would finish about a year and a half from now with my Masters.
I have always thought that I should challenge myself academically and have a professional career, but I have also always wanted to be able to stay home with my babies when they are young and breastfeed on demand for 1 year plus, etc... Now I am caught in a dilema! People are telling me that if I don't finish my Master's now, I will regret it and resent my baby, because time will just make it harder to go back to school. What should I do? Stay in school and suck up the day care thing and less time with my baby or leave school? I know only my husband and I can make such a personal decision, but I thought a board full of "working" ( in EVERY way)mamas might have some advice on this! Thanks for any of your comments!