As many people know, the want to be a parent can be all consuming. I have, for as long as I can remember, wanted to be a mummy. Unfortunately I haven’t found the right person to do that with and my biological clock is ticking, loudly!! Every year I put it off makes it less likely my dream will be realised. I have saved for over 4 years to pay for fertility treatment and raised enough for IUI and IVF if the IUI doesn’t work. I’m close to starting treatment now but I’m so worried about the maternity leave.
I have looked into fostering and adoption. While both so important and valuable they aren’t right for me. With fostering I don’t become the mummy I have always wanted to be. With adoption it is almost impossible that I would be given a baby and I so want that mummy experience of having a baby to raise so I saved hard for fertility treatment.
I’m lucky enough to have a good job but as I am on my own I am entirely responsible for everything and I have saved hard for the treatment. As with every woman, after 12 weeks of maternity leave, you go down to £150 a week of statutory maternity pay. With additional expenses of a baby on top of my mortgage and other bills I won’t be able to manage.
As a teacher and someone trained in child development I know how important those early experiences are and I want to be at home with my baby. I want to raise the baby I have longed for. Please help me stay at home with my baby a bit longer.