I am so proud of this mama, Regan Long, and this movement! Paid Family Leave is essential for moms and babies, for families all around. I was “fortunate” enough to get some paid leave after I gave birth, via unplanned c-section no less, to our daughter. My husband deployed within three weeks after the birth; I went back to work after three months, receiving only a percentage of my full time salary during that time. He was gone for another 5 months. It would have been IDEAL for us, if I could have stayed home with our daughter, avoided the incredibly hefty bill for daycare, and not have struggled daily to find a balance between being a new mom, a full-time working mom, and a solo-parent during those 5 months. Financially, that was not an option. Every single day I dropped our daughter off at daycare, I had the urge to run back in and take her right back home with me.
I DID appreciate the break from mommy-duty. I did LOVE going to back to work and sparking up my intellectual brain all over again (nursery rhymes really didn’t cut it for me). But, even if I didn’t love and enjoy those perks, I had no choice. And I know that I gave up a lot in going back to work. But again, we didn’t have the luxury of choice in the matter.
We were fortunate that our daughter attended a loving daycare where, I truly believe, she was loved as much during the day as she was with me at home (no kidding, she sort of still runs the show there!). That did not make it easier, it just made it less painful to accept as a reality. I cringe to think of those parents who don’t even have access to that. I cringe even more to learn of the moms who do not get nearly as much time off as I did, those that have to return to work as early as 10-weeks postpartum.
I am thrilled to see this movement gain momentum. I hope it continues to grow and gains the attention of those who are in positions to make changes to this policy.
Check the article out here, if you missed the link above: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/regan-long/the-movement-is-in-motion-paid-family-leave-in-the-united-states_b_8478418.html