One of the things i have been thinking about as of late is my maternity leave.
Team Pancakes is definitely not in the position, financially,
for me to take a full year off to become a full time mommy,
therefore we will have to become creative.
I truly believe that the maternity leave laws through
the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) is a complete joke!
It is absolutely inhumane!
There are no other countries in the world with such oppressive laws toward mothers.
For a Society that values families, this law is not family friendly...at all!!!
The mother/child bond is so crucial that the expectation
that a woman who just gave birth should return to work six weeks
or less after going through such intense surgical procedure is very unfortunate.
Who came up with these laws?
And why has it been acceptable all this time?
As a society, do we really value the workplace
and productivity over the mother/child relationship?
Do we value work over family?
Coming from Canada, i am of course very jaded about the laws in this part of the world.
In Canada, if you were unaware,
women are entitled to a year of maternity leave
and fathers are entitled to six weeks (i believe).
This time is allotted so that one can take stay home with the new baby.
And how beautiful is that?
That parents have the opportunity to spend
the year with their child, to bond, take care
and for the mother to heal (properly) before returning to work.
I have never wanted to be a stay at (full time) home mother
but i would love the opportunity to spend a year with my child, just taking care of him.
There are so many moments that occur in a child's life
in the first year/the first fews months and the fact that
many mothers miss these moments because they have to return to work saddens me.
Since we are not in Canada (wish i had planned it better!!),
Team Pancakes decided as a couple that we wanted me to take
three months off so that i can be home with Baby Pancakes.
Three months is not qutie enough but given the laws (and the economy),
it will have to be enough.
Lucky for me, i work in a flexible,
easygoing environment with supportive team members,
so even after i return to work, i will be able to work from home sometimes.
And Mr. Pancakes will switch his schedule around
so Baby Pancakes does not have to go into daycare right away.
So we are definitely one of the lucky ones.
There are too many parents that don't get this opportunity and that is not fair,
justified or in my humble opinion democratic.
The maternity leave laws in this country are definitely stuck in archaic times.
There are many things that can be changed about it.
And while i write a letter to my local Congress woman and man...
I just want to say that tonight,
i am Thankful that at least i have a choice to take three months off.
Question of the Day:
How were you able to be creative with your maternity leave?