It all started when I got pregnant. The question on everyone’s mind was, “Are you going to go back to work once the baby comes?” In my opinion, a fair question to ask a new mom, concerning her work-related plans after having given birth to their child. Be that as it may, it was yet again, another very loaded question for me.
I knew I wasn’t the type of woman to give up on my career because I was having a baby. I wanted both – a family and a career.
The above quote is an excerpt from “Working Offshore as a New Mom” by Amanda Locke, a licensed USCG Unlimited Chief Mate and Dynamic Positioning Operator. Amanda wrote this article on Women Offshore last October, detailing her maternity leave and how she dealt with the external response after deciding she would continue on with her career, post-maternity leave.
Today, we catch up with Amanda to find out what the last year has been like since her maternity leave ended and she headed back offshore. Listen below as Amanda answers more of our questions.
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