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Last Day of Work

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As a woman in a male dominated industry, I was wary of getting pregnant and having a family. The video game industry isn’t conducive for family life, with crunch, poor maternity/paternity leave, and layoffs. When I worked at V1 Interactive, it was the first time in career I felt comfortable with starting a family. The leadership and studio culture was inclusive and respected quality of life. About half the developers were parents so there was a lot of understanding if there were unexpected family emergencies.

Everyone at V1 was so supportive during my pregnancy. My boss/owner of the studio, Marcus, worked with me on V1’s maternity leave program (since I was the 1st person pregnant in the studio) which was 3 months off and then 2 months of ramping back into the office. It was generous for a game studio.

When I found out I had to unexpectedly have the baby that weekend, my co-workers rallied and told me to go home and relax, despite the fact I had some unfinished work I wanted to get done before maternity leave. I never thought I would ever have this much support at work, and I’m forever grateful for it.

38 Weeks, Pt. 3

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I didn’t know what preeclampsia or eclampsia was until I watched Downton Abbey. One of the audience favorite characters, Lady Sybil, dies from eclampsia shortly after giving birth to her child. Preeclampsia/eclampsia is a very serious pregnancy condition that can jeopardize the mother’s and/or baby’s lives. Gestational hypertension (high blood pressure while pregnant) is one possible indicator that can lead to preeclampsia which was why I was sent to L&D triage in the first place.

It may have been the suddenness of going to triage or the stress but I didn’t consider any of this when I was given the wristband. All I kept thinking was how inconvenient it was to wear this wristband long-term. It may have been my subconscious distracting me from the actual precariousness of my situation.

Here’s what my wristband looked like if you’re curious…and it was indeed waterproof!

38 Weeks, Part 1

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It started out like any other Thursday. I went to my weekly OB appointment with 2 weeks left until my due date. My appointment was early in the morning before work, so it wouldn’t interrupt my workday as I wanted to wrap things up before my maternity leave. Little did I know things were about to get REAL fast.