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If you have questions about exposures during pregnancy or while breastfeeding you can call the Texas Pregnancy Risk Information Service for FREE counseling and information regarding:

-prescription medications
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-herbal supplements
-maternal illness/infections

The Texas Teratogen Information Service runs this hotline and calls to this number from 17 states will be routed to this service, so don't think that if you don't live in Texas that you can't benefit from this public service. Your information will be kept confidential.

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Aug. 28th, 2010 08:13 pm (UTC)
Wow, thanks for posting this! I'm currently pregnant and working in a genetics lab for my diss and just ran into a new reagent I need for some analyses that I wanted to check out.
Aug. 28th, 2010 10:19 pm (UTC)
hey, me too!
Aug. 28th, 2010 08:34 pm (UTC)
As a woman grad at a state school in Texas I'm actually rather concerned about the fact we don't qualify for FMLA or maternity leave. Seeing as how our governor decided to switch all grad students from full-time to part-time employees. And even that was a compromise - he originally wanted to deny us ANY health insurance, instead of the 50% health insurance coverage we currently "enjoy." And we even lose that if we have the balls to take off any time after the baby is born - because we don't have maternity leave and only qualify for COBRA during a leave of absence, during which our stipends are withheld.
Aug. 28th, 2010 08:42 pm (UTC)
I was unaware that we don't qualify for FMLA or maternity leave as a grad student--that really sucks. I got lucky and got a fellowship for this year, so I don't actually have to TA the semester my baby will be born and can stay home. My department has been very supportive of pregnant grad students- a friend was given an RAship she could do from home for the semester after her baby was born, but I would imagine that's a rarity.
Aug. 28th, 2010 09:00 pm (UTC)
Women in my department take a 1 semester leave of absence. During that semester they pay COBRA rates for health insurance ($$$$) and don't get paid their stipends. Something to look forward to while paying for delivery of the child - there is also a 90 day wait period (state mandated) before the university will resume paying its portion of heath insurance once the woman returns. The women in my dept also get a supply closet to use as a lactation room and communal space in the dept'l lunch room refrigerator. On-campus child care doesn't start until 6 months of age, assuming there is space available - the wait list is over a year long. If any grad student takes off more than one semester, for any reason, they have to reapply to the university.

In other departments I've heard of women only taking 2 weeks off in order to preserve their visa status. I have seen grad students fired for not spending enough time in the lab immediately following the birth of their children.

When I brought this up to various grad student groups on campus I was told to have my husband/father of the child pay for everything. Charming. :-P
Aug. 28th, 2010 09:13 pm (UTC)
I have seen grad students fired for not spending enough time in the lab immediately following the birth of their children.

Jesus christ. I've seen in some departments where there's little "official" support, many women get by because the individual profs help them out - letting them stay enrolled even though they're not working full-time, etc. It makes it easy to think of it as an administrative problem... but it's just fucked up to know that some of the professors are just as bad. :( Makes me so thankful that my dept is ridiculously family-friendly.
Aug. 30th, 2010 12:35 am (UTC)
Oh it gets better. The prof was my MS advisor and the student she fired was the father of the child. The mother of the child (in a different dept) was the one who took off only 2 weeks in order to preserve her visa status. Unfortunately the child was sick pretty much from Day 1, and even with grandparents in town to help out, the new parents were badly overwhelmed. It turned out OK for everyone - I had heard from Advisor that she was going to fire Father so I told him, asap, and he was able to find a job in Mother's department. By changing majors/departments he also increased his earning potential - a lot.
Aug. 28th, 2010 10:18 pm (UTC)
this was an appalling discovery when it came time for me to take maternity leave this summer.

i was pissed to find that i don't qualify for FMLA, that my insurance is cut, and i'm only half an employee.

it's like being told you're only 3/5ths of a person.
Aug. 29th, 2010 09:15 am (UTC)
This thread is a very good reminder for me to check with my school's policies around maternal leave. I'm due in Feb. Good idea to check that out now.
Aug. 30th, 2010 12:42 am (UTC)
I'm thinking of it a lot now that Governor Big Hair is up for re-election and I'm a state resident.
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