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Moms Share Their Truths About Maternity Leave

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12. I Planned A Conference With A Newborn
"I was adopting, and was the first parent at my university job to receive maternity leave for adoption, which was a big deal— so many others were grateful for that precedent. I was running the writers conference that spring and so only had one course scheduled. For my leave, I got a release from that course, but still directed the conference, which ended up being crazy—it's only a four-day event, but the planning was still exhausting with a newborn." -Heidi C.