Workplace Challenges I Faced During Maternity

Women have the power to do anything but you need to first understand what you are and what you want in life.

I am Shraddha Agiwal, a proud mother of 2 years and 3 months old baby, Director and Principal at The Little Monks Preschool (powered by Kreedo) and Mentor Teacher at WhitehatJr.

I was working at another place earlier when I became pregnant. My gynaecologist in 2019 had asked me to continue doing the job as I was fit during my pregnancy. I informed my authorities about it and had sent my reports officially via email and agreed to work till December 25, 2019. Honestly, I was not expecting any maternity leave from the authorities at all, though it was my right. Despite that, I was forced to produce the resignation and was told that they will connect with me later. Surprisingly, the director of the academic institute for which I was working as a female. During maternity, they should have supported me but they use to create such a painful environment for me. Even I was not allowed to sit in an AC room in the extremely hot climate of Rajasthan. Even after I got released HR called me thrice (as she could not make the proper document) to collect the Experience Letter and do some formalities.

But your Karma always gets recorded by God and your intentions are very important whenever you do any work. I applied for PhD during this period and was selected for the entrance exam in one of the recognized universities of Rajasthan. I got the job in WhitehatJr (work from home opportunity) before I got released from the previous organization. I told HR of WhitehatJr that I was on my family way but HR was so impressed with my presentation and teaching skills that after 4 more rounds I started working with WhitehatJr in August 2019. I delivered my baby in January 2020 and my PoC and parents of kids were so supportive. I got 40 days of unpaid leaves and I started working exactly after 40 days.

I am still a Mentor teacher at WhitehatJr and I even own a Preschool i.e. “The Little Monks” which is powered by Kreedo. I have worked for so many NGOs in this period and have been appreciated for my dedication and work. I am an INTEL Certified Educator. I have been awarded as one of the CSR Gems in WhitehatJr and have been recognized so many times in the town hall. I have received so many positive reviews from parents regarding my teaching methodology. Last, of all, I am pursuing my PhD in Human Resources.

Women have the power to do anything but you need to first understand what you are and what you want in life and wherever you see yourselves in your life. Don’t end up guilty and enjoy every phase of life.

Image Credits: Christiana on Unsplash 

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