Here in the USA we have so MUCH progress to be made in the area of supporting women (and men!) during pregnancy and the first few months after the baby is born.

Fifteen years ago I was working as a high school math teacher and was excited to begin teaching two geometry classes which I had spent the summer preparing for. On one of the first days back for teachers, I shared this news of my first pregnancy. One of the veteran teachers stated that now someone else would have to teach the geometry classes, and I’d have to teach algebra again, as a sub would need to begin covering my classes five months later. I was surprised at this, as at this time there were many teachers waiting to fill few positions and many math teachers-to-be would jump at the chance to be a long term sub as a way to gain experience.
I remember, too, after I returned, the difficulty I had in being assured of a private place to pump. Usually I would lock my classroom door and pump my baby’s future meal while eating my own. Once I just barely had time to cover up when I heard keys being tried in the lock; another teacher came in with a couple of students just a few seconds later. He apologized, and I waved it off; they were searching for a quiet place to test.
Here in the USA we have so MUCH progress to be made in the area of supporting women (and men!) during pregnancy and the first few months after the baby is born.

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