If you’re planning to start or expand your family while overseas, be aware that not all schools view pregnancy in a positive light. In fact, some schools see pregnancy as an irreconcilable disruption to a teacher’s duties and grounds for dismissal. Be extra diligent about doing your homework before deciding on a school–you certainly don’t need any surprises for your family or career when you announce, “We’re pregnant!”
Doing your home work is about more than just your school’s maternity policy. Also consider: Should you have your baby in the host country or return home? Will not knowing the local language be a problem for you and your spouse? What’s the professional level of medical care in your host country? Can you find quality child daycare when you return to work? These, and other questions are topics you’ll want to thoroughly explore.
To start your decision-making process we recommend that you read the ISR Article, Planning a Family Overseas. Written by a veteran international educator who brought two boys into the world while teaching overseas, this article offers sound advice and discusses many of the pros and cons of having a child overseas.
For answers to questions pertaining to your own personal situation, we invite you to visit our Overseas Pregnancy Blog (scroll down) where you can ask specific questions about the maternity leave policy at various schools, the level of medical care available in locations around the world, and any other questions on your mind. If you have started or expanded your family while overseas and wish to share the experience and possibly answer queries from your international colleagues, the ISR Oversees Pregnancy Blog is the place to visit (scroll down).