Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Paid Maternity Leave

Wouldn't that be great? I saved up my earned time (sick, holiday, vacation time all mixed in one) by working weekends and holidays for my entire pregnancy so I could spend as much time as possible with my baby. I worked right up until my due date, then sat at home for over a week until my baby decided to come. I'm pretty sure that I remember that my son's father only took one additional day, including the two he already got a week, so three days total. I was able to be on maternity leave for 7 weeks. I also tried saving up money so that I could stay longer, but that was used (probably) for drugs. Still a little angry about that. My point is that I was lucky. I have a good job with a good (large) company and I was able to work hard throughout my pregnancy to be able to spend some time with my baby before I was completely broke. Not every parent can do that. We need to change this policy so that our country is more in line with other countries that do provide paid maternity leave.




4 comments:

  1. We are so far behind other countries in so many ways. All of them pertaining to how we treat our citizens.

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  2. If I remember correctly, I got paid for 6 weeks (short term disability after my vacation ran out) and then took 6 unpaid. I agree that it's wrong. We are pretty much the only country that forces new mothers back to work so fast and doesn't pay them....at a time when they need the money the most.

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  3. I got paid a few weeks (short term disability too), but 6 weeks is so not enough! Especially when you consider a mother who is establishing breastfeeding, basically on no to little sleep-how could she be productive? It just isn't enough time to bond. Thank you for putting this out there.

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  4. In Canada, you can take up to a year off for mat leave. Or, you can split it with your partner, but it's still a year in total.

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