Fired due to no leave available
Because of a lack of leave for work, I lost my job while pregnant. Because FMLA (paid and unpaid) isn't available until workers have been at a job for a year, when I was put on bed rest for pelvic issues, the absences were unexcused. I'm currently 31 weeks pregnant and unemployed. I lose my health insurance at the end of the month. Because leave wasn't available to me to take care of my baby. I had to choose between my health and my job. Had there been sufficient leave available to me, I wouldn't have had to risk my health to come to work. And I would have been able to establish a routine to breastfeed prior to going back. Even if I had made it until the baby was born, I would have only gotten 6 weeks of leave, and then had to come back. I wouldn't have been able to breast feed because the job I had didn't allow for extra breaks for pumping. Nor was there a place for mothers to pump. This country really needs to take a look at the needs of working mothers and families. The future of our country starts with them.