I am in desperate need of advice. I start nursing school in 4 weeks and I just found out I am 4 weeks pregnant. I am 24 and a single mom of a 3 year old son, who I am lucky enough to have daycare secured for, and my mom will help with him while I need to study. I completed all of my general ed and pre-req. classes, so when I start school all I have are my nursing classes. However, this first semester of nursing only has 1 class, but it is a MWF class with my clinical either on Tues. or Thurs. so essentially I will be in class or clinical all week. I will not be working during the school year. My estimated due date is March 25th which leaves me with about 1.5 months of second semester left. I am trying to make the best decision for school and providing a better life for my son and myself. I am not sure if I should keep this pregnancy and continue through nursing school or if I should get an abortion.
That's a very personal decision that only you can make. One thing to consider is that you will likely not be able to miss any clinical or only a tiny portion of clinical- the BON requires students to complete a certain number of hours of clinical in various specialties. Have women been able to give birth and be right back in class? Some have. Others elected to take off the semester when they were due and pick things up a semester later.
Plenty of women have babies while in college. There are many ways to make it more manageable. Rose mentioned a couple. You can also see if online courses are an option for your second semester. Or see if there are classes you can take the following summer so that you can have a very light second semester. Or talk to your instructors directly and work out a plan to make up the work you would miss during your maternity leave. Whether or not another child fits into your future goals or plans is one thing, but there are so many potential ways to have a child and complete school that it should not be a factor in your decision.
It is definitely , lots of women have done it. My friend had a baby like a week before starting a graduate nursing program. You may find you need a semester off and most schools will accommodate that.
I would stick with it!! Also talk to your school. Maybe you can start and take a semester off to have the baby. There was a girl in my class pregnant with triplets yes triplets! Im sure its tough but it can be done and it will be easier pregnant than starting from scratch with two little ones!
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