Author: Melanie

What’s Been Going On With Me.

Not that I think I have a massive readership going yet on this blog, but since I haven’t been able to post for a while, here is what I have been up to recently: 1) After a painful final month at work, I am now out on maternity leave for 16 weeks, effective this week.

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Autoimmune Disease, Pregnancy and Neonatal Lupus: What Would You Do?

I have an autoimmune condition called Sjogren’s Syndrome. For those of you who don’t know, autoimmune disorders are defined as those in which the body mistakes some part of itself as an illness, and essentially attacks itself. Lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, Hashimoto’s – these are all autoimmune diseases. Sjogren’s is a weird one that I was

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“She’s Just Like You!” Are Women with Children Marginalized in the Workplace?

I’m 33 years old, married with an 18-month-old daughter and another one on the way in May. In about 10 weeks I will be starting my 12-week unpaid maternity leave from my job as an associate at a small law firm in Hartford. With 7 1/2 years of total practice, but a few job changes

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Homeschool, so that your kids won’t be screwed up?

I am long overdue for a post. Every week this month has been filled with things like blogging about Connecticut school bullying laws for my workplace, having some exciting discussions about the status of homebirth in this state, and planning what I need to do when I go out on leave in May to prepare

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Professional Organizations: Do Working Moms Need to Drop Out?

When I was in college, I put my name on a list to volunteer working with children at a domestic violence shelter. It was the kind of problem that pulled at my heartstrings and the kind of issues I knew I wanted to be involved with. It would have been a great opportunity … for

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