For the Mamas

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    Arjumand Anjum

    Hi Harpreet,

    Congratulations! The impossibility of taking study time out during new additional responsibilities is the biggest hurdle. As a new mom it is even more emotional, even bigger achievement to be done with these. 

    I truly understand the struggle as I finished my last exams, PPD and PDD during my maternity leave, in one try. Although I was mentally and physically exhausted all the time, my biggest motivation was not wanting to miss out the time with my baby again. 

    For new or experienced parents, shoutout to all of you. Congrats if done, all the best if you are trying.

    Anjum.

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    Lindsey Matetich

    Thank you for posting this. Totally felt alone in this journey while also having a child. I didn’t know there were exemptions for breast pumping and 6 month rolling clock extensions. After my birth of my child, I tried to take PPD and PDD. I had to hand express milk into the sink during my break because I was in so much pain.
    Did you request a 6 month rolling clock extension? I was thinking of doing this and didn’t know if a copy of my son’s birth certificate is adequate or do I need to request an official copy from my city.
    Any advice would be welcomed. Congratulations on your completed exams.

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    Harpreet Cosgrove

    Anjum,

    Many congrats to you too! You’re absolutely right, the victory is oh so much sweeter knowing the bonus reward I get in more time with my daughter!

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    Harpreet Cosgrove

    Lindsey,

    My heart feels for you! I am so sorry you had that experience with also breastfeeding during an exam, I didn’t resume mine until after I had stopped. No, you are definitely not alone. It’s also definitely a mind game bridging different chapters of life in the span of one career journey. I had no idea there was a rolling clock extension after giving birth, I wish I did!! I didn’t come across any of that when I was preparing. Had I known, I absolutely would have used it. It is there for a reason, I wonder if they have any recent mothers input in the decision making of these parameters.

    Birth certificates- I usually find the phone number for ncarb helpful in answering questions about the exams. It usually involves a long wait period, and they are on the east coast so take those things into consideration if and when you do. At least in my city getting the certificate was very easy. I would recommend purchasing a few of them to have on hand as you’ll run into needing them for other things. If you need any advice on other topics feel free to post again! I’m sure there are other parents hoping to see some things too.

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    Jessica Gardberg Nielsen

    Lindsey Matetich I just applied for the 6-month rolling clock extension.  I completed the Rolling Clock Extension Request form along with a picture of my sons birth certificate.  It took them 2 days to approve it.

    FYI if you are still nursing you can apply for accommodations for nursing (which is what I'm currently doing).  You have to apply for this prior to registering for your next test.  

    Congrats!  I hope this helps.

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