PREGNANT WOMAN GETS JOB. NEWS??
There is never a right time to have a baby but what bad timing to be offered your dream job in the last trimester.
No wonder new Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer (left), six moths pregnant with her first baby, has arranged to take two whole weeks of maternity leave.
Blink and one of the world’s leading tech companies won’t miss her. That’s what she’s hoping anyway.
I hope we laugh one day about how this made headlines around the world: Pregnant Woman Gets Job.
Yahoo was praised for its progressiveness in taking such a bold leap. Mayer herself called it “evolved thinking” that her new bosses took her on in her state.
A step up from the days when pregnant women had to lie about it, sure, but evolved?
Pregnancy is a temporary condition and, despite outdated and disproven opinion, one that doesn’t impact one iota on a woman’s brain capacity or her ability to get to work on time.
It’s the baby that is here to stay and only when employers and governments start recognising that, facilitating mums to hang with their newborns until they are good and ready to come back to work, should they be applauded. For me that was nine months.
Jacinta with her two boys Jasper, two and a half, left, and Otis, one.
With my first baby, I naively requested six months maternity leave, a hodge podge of paid leave, holiday leave, and cracking my fixed-term deposit, knowing I could adjust the time accordingly once I knew what I was in for.
What I was in for was a love affair that knocked me for six, so grateful that I didn’t have anywhere to be except at home with him.
I needed to be there to breast feed, settle, recover from my emergency caesar and get around in my PJs in a sleep-deprived, unwashed hair haze. But I also wanted to be there. Nothing could have prepared me for the overwhelming biological pull to be anywhere else but there.
To lie in the backyard tracing his toes. To sit up most of the night, just the two of us, when he wouldn’t sleep for love nor money. So I stretched it out a little longer. With my second baby I put eight months on the form, then rounded up to nine.
I was lucky to be able to do that, to linger on my maternity leave and not have to think about the outside world for a bit.
How much time to take off work with a new baby is dressed up as personal choice but it so rarely is. For a huge majority of women it’s financial. Paid maternity leave is a new phenomenon in this country and even then it’s paltry: minimum wage for 18 weeks.
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