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Taking Baby to Conference: Also, please see t his excellent blog post on taking babies to conferencesby Jaime Teevan — who has four kids—as well as her follow-up on NOT taking kids to conferences.
Both edifying reading on this perennially fraught subject.
Sometimes it helps to have someone say this Thank you. Keep in mind there is cost and there is cost — the point of going to a meeting is to gain professionally.
In most cases you will gain little with a baby along preventing you from focusing, being able to go out late, etc. That is why some societies have decided to subsidize precisely these costs. Maybe their home departments subsidize conference travel but not childcare.
Maybe overnight care at home is unavailable. Maybe their budget only covers regular childcare at home which you often need to pay academic writing conferences 2014 on vacation in order to keep your spot and attending the conference with baby costs the same as attending solo, with no need to pay for any overnight care….
There is conference child care?? SMBE and Ent Society have extra grants to help — that includes bringing grandma to the meeting as a babysitter which is really cool. Seems like for bigger conferences it is more common. My primary association told me that you have to hit like… 5k attendees to justify it.
SMBE is more like It also may be about what sort of services the hotel provides as part of their conference package and what sort of venues the association uses.
I was supposed to be presenting at a conference today but had to decline because babysitter cancelled on me. Wish I had asked about this!
At least at the conferences I attend they are never depleted and funds carry over to the next year. As a grad student, I brought both of my children to conferences when they were about months old.
For child care, I actually relied a lot on grad school friends who might be willing to take the baby for 90 minutes while I conferenced. That said, every time I sat down with the baby, especially if I was nursing, another academic woman would come and thank me for bringing my baby and creating space where it is okay to be an academic and a mother.
For me, it did — the conferences were my academic lifeline while having children, the way I kept myself active. I brought my 2 month old and partner to a conference as a graduate student last year and both to a workshop 7 months later.
I carried the baby during the community events receptions, dinners and my partner took her during panels. Both graduate students and faculty members understood the circumstances and were extremely supportive of these choices. In turn, older members of the community shared stories of bringing their kids to these events- during the wrap up session of the workshop a faculty member shared pictures of her son at the same age as my daughter at the same workshop 10 years earlier.
This year, I went to the same conference without my 13 month old. They seemed to go out of their way to make sure that I knew I was welcome and to share some of their own experiences trying to balance parenthood and an academic career. Not everyone feels that way, and who knows what was said behind my back, but in general people were welcoming.
Having a baby cost me time too, but I worked my ass off to make up for it.
I left my baby at home while I went to a conference last year. If circumstances had been slightly different further away, longer duration, etc I might have done things differently too. Ellie Louson, a grad student at York University wrote a blog post on her experiences taking a child to a conference: I did have someone watch her while I presented, but she went to the sessions and meet and greets with me.
Since I sat in the back I could leave if she started to fuss. Almost every woman there thanked me for bringing her.
I think either way is ok — just make it work for you. Good luck with your decision. And congrats on the wee one! However, I would be wary about taking the child into sessions unless it is a very quiet baby.
Make sure you grab a seat in the back by the door so you can bail if the baby is restless or if the presenter starts to read a paper out loud!
I am a modular student and had my second child my first term. She has been to 3 Residencies with me and 1 conference. Infants are easier to take with you than older babies.
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