Worst Nightmare: Laid Off and Pregnant
To be laid off when you’re pregnant is often a nightmare, especially if you’ve been depending on your job’s health benefits to see you through to labor and delivery. It can also be a blow to your self-esteem and get your back up about the issue of men vs. women in the labor force (no pun intended).
I was fortunate enough to be on my husband’s health insurance when I was given a pink slip at 5 months pregnant with my first child. But that was really little comfort. I had what I thought was my dream job: a radio news anchor and reporter. I gave everything I had to that job. I often worked overtime without pay, early in the morning, late at night and on weekends. I even planned my pregnancy so that it would not coincide with a big election year in which I’d have to cover lots of political stories.
But alas, as they say, (wo)man plans and God laughs.
The day I was brought into that meeting and completely blindsided was a big turning point in my life. Up until then, career had meant everything to me. Even though I was pregnant, I didn’t understand how having a baby would change my mindset about my life’s trajectory. I had thought that I would have the baby, take off a few months and then return to my job as though nothing had really changed. That was just not meant to be, however.
Being an important voice in the news meant everything to me. Then all of a sudden I was unemployed and pregnant. “Who is going to hire me now?” I kept thinking. But within a few weeks I’d lined up a couple of freelance jobs. One of them, at the local newspaper, ended up being a fabulous opportunity. Although I wasn’t making much money, I was able to work in the news and take care of my baby during the day. I could breastfeed on demand and see her reach every milestone. It was the best of both worlds.
Then when my family moved to a different state when my daughter was about 8 months old, I decided to leave the news behind altogether and pursue a new dream.
Even though my training was in journalism, I embarked on a new journey: being a mompreneur. Designing stylish nursing tops and pumping shirts for breastfeeding moms has been more fulfilling for me than anything I’ve done previously and I owe it all to that fateful day when I got laid off.
I never would’ve believed it if someone had told me that my new career would be making every nursing mom feel like she’s a hot mama. But it’s true. The saying goes, when one door closes, another one opens. Udderly Hot Mama is proof.
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