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.