Just curious how all you working moms deal with finding childcare to cover your long hours as a nurse.
My husband and I are talking about perhaps trying to get pregnant when I am done with orientation. He works 12hr shifts at night (for the moment) and I work 12hr shifts during the day.
Not the most pleasant of circumstances, but its what we have to deal with until an opening comes up on days at his job.
Aside from that issue in itself, I am wondering how we we handle childcare. My mother would certainly be willing to help but is not so ...reliable...wouldn't want to give up every other weekend, would cancel on me at last minute, etc. I am wondering how others handle their childcare needs?
Dec 15, '06
With a newborn, it will be tough. I really never wanted anyone but my dh or me to care for our baby, so I worked around his schedule. I stayed home with her for 5 months and exclusively breastfed her about 14 months. I just pumped at work when I was away and dh fed her then. I had to work nightshifts and weekends, but it worked cause either my dh or myself were with our kids 24/7.
To this day, we have been fortunate in that my working perdiem has allowed me to work around him all these years. I would really consider it carefully, using daycare for a newborn baby. They are sicker more often and this is a time when they need their mom a lot.
That said, another solution would be to try to find someone who would care for the child in your home. That would be a good solution, if you can swing it. This is what my sister does for her two young kids, and it works great.
Last edit by SmilingBluEyes on Dec 15, '06