Emily Curren

Both my children were born around 36 weeks and in both instances I had to text my supervisor telling him "I guess I'll not be seeing you later in lab, baby is coming today!"

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Laura Fisher

When I suddenly had to go to a shelter with my baby and toddler, both of whom I was breastfeeding, I had already registered to start courses for my bachelor’s degree. But the choice to go to university was taken from me because welfare doesn’t support university education.

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Anna Hoy

I got pregnant, after having given up on it, when I had just started my 3rd year of PhD. I was lucky most of my lab work was finished, as I felt so very sick and exhausted. I really hated being unable to do things.

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Cheryl McCutchan

I had no childcare. No family nearby. No day care nearby. And really no money to pay for childcare anyway. So, I fit in experiments while my baby slept, trying to analyze my data while she was still mostly immobile.

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Cindy Lee

Many times I considered a career break or a career change to one that would allow more quality time with my children. However, I also love my job as an academic.

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Natasha Mott

After becoming a mom and starting my postdoc, I was having a hard time understanding what I loved about science. I struggled with whom I was if I wasn’t “doing science”.

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Teresa Niccoli

My perfect plan was to have 2 children and take 3 years off, but I was slightly naïve as to how much work looking after children can be, and that you can’t quite plan pregnancies to the minute! 

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Olivia Lee

Parenting was not on my agenda. My husband and I had been parents of 2 rescued dogs for 8 years before my son was born, and it has been an adventure in redefining priorities.

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Cristinne Seixas

The journey to get here hasn’t been easy and it’s not becoming easier... but it is gratifying. When I see that I can overcome the hurdles, I have more strength to carry on.

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Emilia Angelillo

I was totally in love with my job as it was what I wanted to do all my life. Then I got pregnant and I was expecting twins! I really wanted to carry on with my life as normal, to the point my colleagues sometimes had to remind me to slow down!

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Christine Maher

My scimom journey began when I returned to uni to do a PhD. People told me I was crazy, because I already had a thriving career path in technology, which I spent a lot of time building up till that point.

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Victoria Sugrue

Being a mum in academia IS possible and while it will always be challenging, it doesn’t always have to come with disadvantages. I’m so glad I was stubborn and didn’t listen to the people who suggested I had to choose.

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Maryna Polyakova

When I was younger I had a plan: to finish my PhD, then have my first child, and then have two other children with a "comfortable" age difference. But then I became pregnant during the 1st year of my PhD.

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Sherin Basheer

My scimom journey started as a research assistant when I was two months pregnant. My self doubts started creeping in as I was juggling between work and home.

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Cara Florence

I found out I was pregnant a few days after I defended my PhD. I got a job at a biotech start-up soon after. I didn’t hide my pregnancy, partly because I was throwing up frequently, but also because I felt I was in a safe environment.

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Melody Gavel

I first got pregnant in the summer leading up to my final year of my undergrad degree. I completed all the lab work needed for my undergrad thesis that summer, since I knew I wouldn’t be around during the winter semester.

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Juliana Fedoce

I always wanted to be a mother, but I also wanted to pursue an academic career. So my desire to be a mother was postponed until I had this supposed stability of a professor position.

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