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Science has shown that th...

Science has shown that the first three years of a child's life are important for any child to adjust and feel right about their world. Can we really afford to have children raised without mother? Are not our social problems bad enough without nurturing ...
—Ramon AlvisoCalifornia

University prof and no maternity leave

I didn't have any paid maternity leave, so with both my first and my second baby I went back to teaching classes at the university one week after they were born. The first one was born in the middle of the term, so my TA read two lectures I had prepared ...
—KarenAlabama

Mothers need paid maternity leave

I had a c-section and 6 weeks paid maternity leave. I consider myself lucky. The first two weeks of my maternity leave was spent huddled on the couch with my daughter in severe pain, counting the hours down until I could take my next pain pill. On ...
—AnonymousTennessee

Paycheck to Paycheck

I had my first child in August. Prior to the birth of my child I worked in a freelance capacity, so I don't get benefits of any kind therefore I didn't get maternity leave, I was just unemployed. Now, six months later, my job has been given someone else ...
—Anonymous

Californias Paid Family ...

California's Paid Family Leave allowance meant that I did not have to put my daughter in daycare starting at 8 weeks of age. As a result I was able to continue breastfeeding her until she was 14 weeks old and I got the time my body needed to further recover ...
—AnonymousCalifornia

I did NOT get a paid leav...

I did NOT get a paid leave and am suffering the consequences of only being able to take two weeks off. My health and well being have been significantly challenged and I continue to struggle at home and work as my son turns 7 months old.
—AnonymousIllinois

Semi-Lucky

I was semi-lucky as I got 2 months of paid leave, which basically paid for my health insurance while I was out. Losing that extra month of pay, though, meant we were completely broke by the time we needed to start paying for childcare. The fact that ...
—AnonymousNew York

In Financial Stress After an Unpaid Maternity Leave

My husband and I had our first baby this October. My work allowed me to have up to 12 weeks of unpaid maternity leave and I ended up taking all of it -- I was so grateful to have time with my baby, especially because she was in the NICU with serious ...
—AdrienneDistrict of Columbia

Baby germs

Paid family leave is a public health issue.

Anyone familiar with day-care centers knows how quickly germs spread through a population of toddlers, and most new parents are unprepared for how many sick days they will have to take off due to the "baby ...

I was a single mother and...

I was a single mother and because I didn't have paid leave after the birth of my first child, I had to go back to work within 2 weeks...after using all the vacation I had left. It was a horrible experience. He was too young for a daycare to take, so ...
—TriciaTexas

Teresa Towle

I had 8 weeks of paid leave after I had my daughter. I am a laboratory technician and I received the pay only because I had short term disability. I am still appalled that it is considered disability, and that there is such a thing as an "elimination ...
—TeresaVirginia

It works in France!!!

Disability insurance is just NOT enough to get by on! France has a fabulous plan (see the movie SICKO) and in short....it WORKS!!!!! It's all about the bonding experience!!! America is soooooooooo type A when it comes to working and raising a family! ...
—MerrillCalifornia

Law School Drop Out

I had no time off because I was in Law School when my daughter was born. I ended up going crazy, literally and having to withdraw from school. It was horrible and I would not wish it on anyone. Women deserve better treatment than this.
—AnonymousMaine

Keeping women 2nd class citizens.

I got NO paid leave. Not even vacation days of any kind. As a mother, who made minimum wage, I never even accrued vacation time. I was fired when I had to be out 6 weeks. Later, after I went back to school and got my nursing degree, I was told by other ...
—AnonymousVirginia

I had no time off because...

I had no time off because I was in Law School when my daughter was born. I ended up going crazy, literally and having to withdraw from school. It was horrible and I would not wish it on anyone. Women deserve better treatment than this.
—AnonymousMaine

jen

As a graduate student when I gave birth, I was fortunate to be a research assistant, but really was supposed to pretend I was working --no paid leave but insurance made a big difference through this assistant-ship. We could only work out this tacit arrangement ...
—JenniferCalifornia

I am a single mom by choi...

I am a single mom by choice. My company provided 6 weeks of paid leave when my son was born in April of 2010. Though I was legally allowed to take 12 weeks, I couldn't afford to take the full time. As it was, I felt lucky to take 2 weeks vacation during ...
—Anonymous

How we treat children - unpaid family leave is an extension of this

Im on

Maternity leave now. Unpaid, but luckily I got 60% of my pay from CA's SDI. just enough to make it extremely difficult for us, but not impossible. Along with the rest of the concerns about our new baby, our lack of sleep, general life stress, we ...

—AnonymousCalifornia

Jeanne

I had to use 3 months of leave without pay. It is a very stressful time becoming a new parent!

—AnonymousVirginia

How's that free market working out for you?

When our daughter was born, I had saved up enough sick and vacation days to squeak out twelve paid weeks off. I used all of that time minus what I would need to cover well baby visits for the first few months (while I accumulated additional leave time ...
—Anonymous
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