Can i just say how stupid the American system is when it comes to maternity leave.
I work for a small company with less than 50 employees, which means that they are not required to provide maternity leave for their employees. My company allows you to go on disability for 6-8 weeks with 60% of your income. That means, that I just brought a new child into the world that I need to provide for and I have to live for 6 weeks on half of my income when things are already tight…stupid
6 weeks is the minimum amount of time for your body to heal after a delivery…and your body isn’t even back to normal…and you are expected to get back to work. This period of time has NOTHING to do with the little human you just made.
My son is 6 weeks old, he eats every 3-4 hours…which means that he wakes up EVERY 3-4 hours. Guess what, I’m sleep deprived and I’m supposed to come back to work and perform over and above my job, because there is a stack of projects that were left completely untouched while I was gone. Not to mention that emotionally, I’m nowhere near ready to leave my baby for 8-10 hours a day.
Do you know how hard it is to get out the door on time with a baby who isn’t on any type of schedule. Yesterday it took me 3 hours to get ready for work..3! It takes me 15-20 minutes on a bad day to get from bed out the door!
Did you know that 6 weeks is a wonder week for most babies…that means that they eat every 30 minutes to 1.5 hours and are fussy and either sleep or are awake for long stretches at a time, and I’m supposed to be able to get to work!
I don’t think you should have to return to work until your baby is sleeping through the night and you can get into a routine. Maybe 3 months…and by then, I might be excited to return to work…
I’m going to return to being a debby downer now.