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While You’re Expecting

Setting Yourself Up for Working-Parent Success—from the Very Start

The pregnancy test was positive, or you just got a call from your doctor or the agency. Knowing you’re going to be a parent is incredible: joyous and exciting in a way that nothing in your life has ever been before. But beneath that excitement lurk uncomfortable questions: What does parenthood mean for my career? How do I find childcare? How will my boss react? Can I afford this? Where am I even supposed to begin? Reeling—in a good way—from the news and in the face of so many unknowns, your instinct may be to start doing right away: calling HR for the parental-leave paperwork, for example, just to get that reassuring sense that you’re in control ...

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