I am currently living in Darwin and due in March. I am just about to make a major decision to stay in Darwin and get maternity leave and do it alone without family support or to move down to southern Gold Coast close to my mum and other family. Moving would mean I would give up my maternity leave (I am on a contract which ends in January) and just get paid parental leave. My partner is English and a carpenter and is hating working in the heat- which is somewhat unbearable. I'm worried that the move is really going to hurt us financially but having my mum to help me would mean I could go back to relief teaching after 6 months and would make my partner a happier person. I have always been financially independent but this may mean I am depending on my mum to help me out. Can anyone give me some advice about being close to family and doing it alone and any similar experiences?