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April 16th, 2013, 11:32 AM
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Hey Ladies!
So kind of a long story but my husband and i just bought our first home about a month ago in a small town in Iowa.... my job is about a 45-50 min drive away in the city in a busy psychiatry office that does not pay hardly anything and with the drive and my hours I leave at 645 am and dont get home until about 6pm :/ so after some thinking I thought what the heck and I applied for a job here in town about 5min from my house making about the same an hour.... Well, when I went in to turn in my application I actually got a chance to talk to the doctor I would be working for buuuut I dont think he realized I' am pregnant because there was a counter in between us. So this afternoon I got a call from him wanting to set up an interview, I go in tomorrow morning and I' am SO NERVOUS it' s not like I can really hide it anymore.... This job would be PERFECT the hours are amazing and like I said it' s only about 5 min from my house. What I' am worried about is the fact that i' am so far along now and they are a small clinic they wont hire me because of maternity leave and I wont qualify for FMLA or short term disability however, Iowa does offer a pregnancy leave law that requires employers to give employees 6-8 weeks of job protected leave but it does not mean it will be paid.

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What would you ladies do? is it even worth going in for the interview? Go in and be honest and see what they say?
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April 16th, 2013, 11:35 AM
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I would go and just be honest. Maybe they want to wait to hire you in the fall. The worst thing is they say no, right? Good luck!
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April 16th, 2013, 11:50 AM
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I would go in and be honest. The worst they can say is no...but I would definitely want to switch and get rid of such a long commute.
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April 16th, 2013, 11:51 AM
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I say go in for the interview. You never know how it will turn out. It's worth the shot, and if you don't go, you'll always wonder "what if..."
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April 16th, 2013, 11:55 AM
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I would go and just be completely forthright. I think you have the option when you already have a job. I would tell him that I am "x" weeks pregnant. I would then state that I would love to work for the location and would it be possible to start post leave. Reality is that you will be full term in 8 weeks. It would be hard to give your other job 2 weeks notice. You would then work for 6 weeks (or longer) and then be out again.

JMO - The law protects you. You want a good long term relationship though. Place yourself in your employer's shoes. Would you want to train someone for them to be out for 6-8 weeks. If you show sensitivity to the employer they are likely to appreciate it. Working at 38 weeks pg is not your most productive. You want to give a great first start. Therefore I would try to start after giving birth to your child.
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April 16th, 2013, 03:48 PM
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i would go
its illegal for them to discriminate against you because you are pregnant
just make sure you are up front with them
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April 16th, 2013, 05:17 PM
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Go for it!! The worst they can say is no. What part of Iowa are u in? I also live in a small town in Iowa 1/2 way between iowa city and quad cities
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April 16th, 2013, 06:57 PM
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I would go and be totally up front. Like others said, the worst they can do it say no. I agree it may be better all around to start after your maternity leave tho. It would probably be easier for everyone. Your current employer will already be expecting you to be gone on leave when your baby is born and it will probably be easier for you and a new employer to not have what amounts to 2 getting to know you periods. I hope it works out! Sounds like it would be much better for you, especially when you have a little one at home.
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April 18th, 2013, 10:33 AM
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Thanks everybody for all the tips and advice!

I ended up going to the interview which went REALLY good and..... I GOT THE JOB!!!! I start on May 6th, it will be interesting starting a new job at 32 weeks pregnant lol but it is about a 2 min drive from my house, I' am SO EXCITED!
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April 18th, 2013, 12:01 PM
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Congratulations. What a good employer. At 30 weeks I am sure your pg is noticable to the naked eye. The employer must really want you for this position. Good luck.
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April 18th, 2013, 01:26 PM
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Congrats! I hope it's a smooth transition!
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April 18th, 2013, 02:25 PM
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Congrats!
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April 18th, 2013, 04:10 PM
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Congrats! So I am curious, did you talk about the pregnancy and how that would work for your maternity leave? They must not have been bothered by it! Yay!
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April 19th, 2013, 06:16 AM
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April 19th, 2013, 08:07 AM
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April 19th, 2013, 10:23 AM
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Congrats! So I am curious, did you talk about the pregnancy and how that would work for your maternity leave? They must not have been bothered by it! Yay!
One of my interview questions he had written on his sheet was "So, when are you due?" Lol The doctor is AWESOME and did not have a problem with me taking time off at all, he said he would just have his wife cover for me and to take as long as I need
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