I'm currently 29+6 and work on a freelance basis for multiple concurrent clients on short-ish contracts usually planning my work about six weeks in advance.
So the time has come for planning my last weeks before taking time off for maternity. I've been turning down LOADS of work but still have three things on the table which will take me up to 38+1.
What do you think? Risky? What if I go into early labour? What are the chances of that happening really??
[If it's relevant, I've planned 3mo off completely, then two mo of working just 0.5 days a week for one client, then working 2 days a week with DH and MIL covering the first couple of weeks and nursery starting at 6mo]
My clients know.. but the contingency for two of the jobs would just be not finishing and handing over what i've done up to that point (and obviously only billing for what i've done) and for the other job would be finishing up somehow after the birth... eek!!
There's nobody I can get to do the third job, it has to be me... but even if I went into labour at 37 weeks the outstanding work would only be about one day's worth that i'd have to somehow get done in short bursts the first few weeks of my ds's life...
Yes, agree with others that it hould be fine sent my last work emails at 7am (warning people I would be unavailable) and DD born at 3pm. Give yourself more time afterwards if you possibly can. I was not prepared for just how tired/busy/weepy/mumsy I felt and regretted promising to work part time hours soon after the birth.
No worries... I'm still holding in there at 34+4 so the end is in sight but hopefully I will make it to 38+1....
And I hear what you say about after but I'm not too worried about picking up the work that I will be doing at 3mo because it's from home, whenever I want (day or night) and doesn't involve much brain power or talking to others (all by email) and is low-stress.. it's by far the easiest of my jobs/clients.