The baby is doing VERY well with the chicken pox, and Widget and I are over our colds. We’re all doing well over here and enjoying a beautiful Friday! I was hoping you’d help me with a quick question. Those of you who work, or who have worked professionally in the past, when you went to a professional meeting or conference, do you recall a) if there was child care available at the conference site (like at BlogHer) or b) if there was a space set aside for nursing an infant? Was that provision a major factor in you being able to attend? Was there something else that helped you attend when your kids were babies or preschoolers? I’m working on a little something this week/end and would LOVE to have some data from other fields to help make the case for us. (If you’re comfortable telling me which conference it was, or what general field, I’d appreciate that too.)
Thanks a ton for any insight that you can provide!
Edited to add: Your responses are so, so, so helpful. Thank you. We miss women at our annual conference every year who can’t come because they have nursing babies and nowhere to nurse them during the meeting. We have others who don’t have anyone to leave the preschoolers with, because both mom and dad are in the same field and need to go to the conference. More often than not, mom stays home. Every year. Since there are only a very few women in my field and many (most?) of us are married to men in the field, this is a disproportionately big issue for retention of women.
Need more incentive? Leave a comment on this post and I’ll pick one of you on Monday to receive a prize. I just received two brand-spankin-new copies of The Only Child, a collection of essays edited by Deborah Siegel and Daphne Uviller. It looks really interesting, but I sure don’t need two copies. I’ll happily give one away to one of the commenters this weekend. If I get more than 25 responses, I’ll throw in my gently read copy of I Was a Really Good Mom Before I Had Kids, by Trisha Asworth and Amy Nobile. Plus, as you know, you all have my gratitude….