revealing pregnancy

Tue Jan 21 17:18:09 EST 1997

Subject: Re: revealing pregnancy
From:    Linnea Ista <lkista at> at Internet
Date:    1/21/97  4:44 PM

On 21 Jan 1997 esylander at wrote:

> I can only give you an experience I saw happen. I am a tech, and the tech
> me came to the job a few months pregnant, but did not tell my boss. 6 months
> into the job, she left for maternity leave, and my boss was without a tech.
> left behind a major amount of resentment. I guess that you should arrange
> things, if you can, so that you do not cause resentment among your collegues.
> Most of them will probably just be happy for you anyway.
> beth

On the other hand, would your boss have hired her at all if it was *known* 
that she was pregnant?


Now there is my problem. I would like to think that he would be a good guy and
have hired her anyway, but he probably would not have. He would now, I think. He
has a two year old, and has mellowed considerably since her birth. But as a
boss, I probably would not have hired her anyway. My reasoning being that
continuity is necessary when you have one technician leaving and a new one
coming in. Otherwise things get lost.

> ______________________________________________________________________________
> Subject: Re: revealing pregnancy
> From:    jboyd at (Jessica Boyd) at Internet
> Date:    1/20/97  7:25 PM
> In article <v01510100af00f4ae25d3@[]>, neuroguy at USA1.COM
> (Dave Johnson) wrote:
> > I have been following all the threads with interest but particularly the
> > one about women with children and academic appointments.  I have been an
> > assistant professor for 4 months now and am expecting my first child this
> > summer.  At what point in a pregnancy have other women out there revealed
> > it to colleagues, department heads etc?  A few weeks before I found out I
> > was expecting I was questioned by a male colleague as to whether or not I
> > was pregnant ( I was drinking tea (typical for me ) not beer at a social
> > function.  He had been thinking that I would be likely to start a family
> > soon and was wondering when I would "not be around for a while".  I am a
> > little uncertain about how my news will be received by my colleagues and
> > would be interested in hearing other womens' experiences.  On the plus
> > side...I am due in between semesters and if all goes well I will be able to
> > continue my teaching schedule (1 course per semester) uninterrupted.  I
> > also do the majority of my work on computers so do not have to work with
> > radioactivity or lab reagents and can do a lot of work from home.  Anyway I
> > am looking forward to it all and enjoy the supportive atmosphere of this
> > newsgroup.

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