I will never forgive these people for the sense of anxiety this caused for the rest of my pregnancy and for the first few months of my baby’s life.

I was working as a teacher in a school when I lost my job. I informed my employer early on in my pregnancy and of my plans to return part time after my maternity leave. Two weeks after informing work I received a letter telling me that as of the next school year my contract was being terminated. Assuming this referred to my full time contract being terminated and a new one being drawn up I met with HR to clarify. I was then told that there would not be enough lessons next year to allocate between all members of staff and that they would have to let people go. As it turned out I was the only member of staff to lose my job that year. This was especially frustrating as I hadn’t planned to return full time anyway if this was true. I felt really lost. This was a job I really loved, to the extent that I made sure I went in every single day even when suffering with severe morning sickness. As I could not prove definitively that my pregnancy was the reason for my dismissal I could do nothing about it. I felt and still feel, that losing my job has somehow taken away part of me. I love my baby more than anything but never wanted to be ‘just mum’. I will never forgive these people for the sense of anxiety this caused for the rest of my pregnancy and for the first few months of my baby’s life.

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