Work/Life balance in Dubai
Working mums in Dubai explain how they juggle their career with family life…
is married to Colin and mum to Ryan (four years). She is Head Midwife at Health Bay Polyclinic on Al Wasl Road (www.healthbayclinic.com)
Colin and I are both Australian, but we moved to Dubai in 2006 for Colin’s job as a Licenced Aircraft Engineer. Ryan attends Jumeirah English Speaking School (JESS) and we live in Silicon Oasis with our Rhodesian Ridgeback dog Lea.
My role as Head Midwife consists of coordinating the Midwifery team, facilitating Baby Clinics, conducting Antenatal Classes and ensuring the Obstetric and Gynaecology department runs smoothly. I am also a Lactation Consultant, assisting families with breastfeeding support. I currently work part time and work lots of additional hours from home.
Heading Back to Work
Going back to work was a big decision for me. Although motherhood was my new major role, I felt it was really important for me to keep my Midwifery knowledge and skills updated. I started off slowly with a few shifts here and there – and when he was 18 months old, I enrolled him at nursery and worked half-days. The first time I left him at nursery, I sat in the car and cried! But he quickly began to enjoy it and I was happy leaving him in their capable hands.
I have a very supportive employer and feel very lucky to be able to work part time at the clinic and many hours from home. I’ve been known to answer emails and write policies at 10pm, then head out to hang out the washing at 11pm! The trade off is that I am able to work when Ryan is at school, care for him at home, and then finish my work once he is in bed at 7pm. I also have a cleaner who comes twice a week, which is my luxury. Either Colin or I take Ryan to swimming lessons and parties at the weekend, so he’s never missing out.
I have very limited time for myself. I love my job though and I wouldn’t have it any other way. The financial benefits of working enable us to be able to go on family holidays and of course pay our mortgage.
My Advice to Working Mums
Be organised and have absolutely everything ready the night before, including the keys for the car, snacks, and lunch.
Family Activity: The beach
Kids Play Area: Cheeky Monkeys
Place to Eat: London Fish & Chips
Alone Time Activity: Manicures at The Nails Spa
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