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Shared burden

Although she is completely worth it, I am still working off debt accrued when I was underemployed when my daughter was born. Now 3.5 years later, I am one month away from my second (and last) child being born and am looking at reduced hours at work, and paying for two kids in childcare.

My 40 hour a week was reduced to 20. I have asked for 25 hours/week so that all $1500 of my salary can go directly to childcare. My employer has agreed. I know they feel badly they offer no paid leave - including maternity.

These sacrifices are all worth it. Sometimes they bring me to tears, but I know it will work out. I must say though, it is no surprise that childbirth is the leading cause of temporary poverty.

Please know that just as you are working hard to improve our state, I am working hard to be a loving, stable, and hardworking provider and mother.

Thanks!

—JulieWA
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