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2004 September Changing Careers to fit around my Babies

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My initial plan when I fell pregnant was to go back to full-time work four or five weeks after the baby was born, but a combination of things led me in a completely different direction. My job at Channel 7 finished and fell in love with      Caroline, my baby. On top of that I'd come up with what I thought was a great business idea, and I became obsessed with it.

I was working as a news reader, and obviously had to wear smart clothes, but I didn't want to have to go and buy a whole lot of new maternity clothes, so sewed something to cobble my suits together. Everyone kept telling me what a great idea it was and that became the maternity wear solution - Belly Belt.

I used to work from home, around the children. Then I got busier and busier and when got my second part-time employee decided to move out of the home and began working two days a week from an office. Now I’m three days a week within school hours, plus I work at Sky News on Sundays and we employ an au pair.

I would recommend that any woman takes at least six months off with their first baby in particular, because it's so extraordinary and nothing replaces that time. I was still working on the Belly Belt from day one and also working casually at Sky News from the time Caroline was four months old.

Being a mum is tiring and energising and refreshing all at once. I'm not a perfect mother - would hate people to think I've got it all together. Time and again I disappoint myself - I want my children to go off with salad sandwiches and they often end up with Vegemite. I made a conscious decision to try not to buy into mother's guilt a while ago.

Deep down I think the ideal is to stay at home with the children when they're young and then go to work when they're at school, but of course I'm not doing that.

See seen in Pregnancy & Birth Sept/Oct 2004