I am expecting my first child in February and, like your correspondent (A Pregnant Pause - N C E 18 October), have also wrestled with the benefits and pitfalls of continuing my career.
The article did not seem to me to be about how she could continue her career in spite of her child, but rather how she could achieve the right balance.
Like most of us - male or female - she has had to work extremely hard to achieve her success. For me, the thought of giving up my career, if only temporarily, in an industry that is already less than sympathetic to family requirements is not one I relish.
Many will consider this a selfish view but there is enough 'guilt' over the upbringing of today's children without the likes of BA Stewart (N C E Letters last week) imposing her views. Where mothers feel able to postpone or abandon their career and become full time mothers this should be applauded but equally there are mothers who are unable to do so.
They should not be made to feel inadequate. To return to work does not mean that you love or care for your child any less than those who stay at home.
Alison Roberts, solutions manager, Yorkshire Water.
Alison.Roberts@yorkshi rewater. co. uk