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.