Don't Want to Go Back to Work After Maternity Leave? 10 Things to Think About

Image Gallery: Work After Maternity Leave Want to stay home with your baby once maternity leave's over? Be sure to consider all your options first. See pictures of work after maternity leave.

The decision to return to work after having a child can be agonizing for many women. We may feel guilty if we do OR if we don't, but remember that the choice is yours, and there is an option that's right for you.

Throughout my first pregnancy, I counted the days until maternity leave started, but I always assumed I would return to work. We needed my income, and for the most part, I enjoyed my career. But after a few short weeks with our new baby, I dreaded the thought of going back.

Is staying home an option for you? Here are 10 things to consider if you don't want to go back to work after maternity leave.