Writing a dissertation with a newborni feel very very strongly that i want to finish the dissertation so i can move forward with teaching, as i hope to find a part-time teaching position. i have a 4 month old daughter and at some point in the next few months i plan to hire a part time nanny so i can work on my dissertation. for me, writing part-time and being with my child the rest of the time was a great balance and perhaps healthier for both of us than my being a full-time caregiver (even if it was hard to imagine when the baby was an infant). you are enjoying your baby, don't feel ready for childcare at this point, and are frustrated trying to work around the baby, it may work better to just decide not to do writing for awhile, take a maternity leave, and not feel like you *should* do it. (non-academics who i called civilians) would ask me what the heck my dissertation was about.) when the going gets tough, keep in mind that having a baby tends to move people along because it helps them be realistic and practical about narrowing the scope of their findings sooner along in the process, and kids provide an external deadline/motivation/reason to finish. we used college students, 12-15 hours a week, and by then baby was more mobile and active, personable with the sitters.) form a writing/dissertation support group with other parents or friends. if your baby will be a newborn or less than 4-5 months, they need a caring loving person all the time, but not necessarily mom.
An Open Letter to Someone Contemplating a PhD and Parentingknow other people manage to get work done by working around the baby's schedule (while the baby is sleeping). on both the baby and having the motivation to finish the dissertation! i defended my dissertation in canada a year after he was born, and even managed to publish 3 papers. i finished with a toddler and a newborn, and now that i have big kids, i'd convinced i'd rather do a dissertation with a baby than an older kid with school and a life and a schedule. baby was five months old when i received the resounding "no" from the social sciences and humanities research council (sshrc) for a post-doc fellowship. it will be so rewarding having finished the dissertation, and having the chance to get a job when you find your child is old enough to be in some day care/preschool situation. what worked for me was to get a babysitter for even a few hours a week. i chose school and baby and i am writing in response to what you wrote of your potential jealousy of a caregiver's time with your child. i can 100% empathize with your wanting to spend all your time with your baby.
writing a dissertation with a baby is tough -- you're engaging in two very isolating pursuits, both of them almost guaranteed to bring out any latent feelings of inadequacy. the mom who is writing her dissertation and caring for an infant. thought i could write a research paper during my maternaty leave with my first baby (i had already received the phd). now that my baby is 4 months old, things are calmer, but still very time consuming and exhausting. both writing and baby care are very hard, without making both harder by maintaining a fiction that one can do both at the same time. i have my whole life to write the dissertation, but only this little bit of time to be with her as a baby. our baby had health problems, then family members had health problems, and over the next 4 years, armed with health related extensions that put off my school from pestering me, i finished. this is more of an announcement, i'm sending it to advice in response to the woman who is trying to write her dissertation with a new baby in the house. do not know if the program is still structured this way, because my ''baby'' is now 11.
'm looking for advice from the trenches from anyone who has written a dissertation while being a new mother or father. other important thing is to have considerable (4-6+ hour) blocks of time to do your work in, baby free. :) i wrote my dissertation during my first child's first year, with 12 hours a week of paid childcare plus the constant support and help of a very involved partner. well, for the moment, one of us had to stay sober for the sake of the baby. the baby was going to pulverise my brain into oatmeal mush for at least two years. me preface this by saying that you and only you can decide what is right for you and your baby. had finished all my research, but needed to write my dissertation when my son was born., too: you don't actually have your whole life to write the dissertation. cut down to the bare minium you need for a dissertation.