"No mother should have to be worried about losing wages after giving birth to their babies or having to take leave to care for a loved one."
“My daughter’s medical condition made it even more heart wrenching for me to return to work sooner than I wanted to. However, our household would suffer financially if I didn’t do so. I went out on FMLA leave on December 22, in order to prepare for my daughter’s surgery. By the middle of January I had stopped receiving pay checks. My husband was out of work due to being injured in a car accident so my income was pretty much paying the bills. I really can’t explain to you how frustrating it was for us. During my daughter’s hospitalization . . . along with being at the hospital with her, we had to find means of paying our bills to keep us from being evicted, having food and taking care of our family. No mother should have to be worried about losing wages after giving birth to their babies or having to take leave to care for a loved one. . . . Newborn babies as well as sick children or family members are vulnerable and need to be cared for with minimum financial worries. I am grateful for the time I was able to spend loving my daughter. But I must say, If my leave was paid, it would not have changed my daughter’s circumstance but it would have relieved my family of serious anxieties as to how we would meet our basic needs.”
- Dimitajo, Brooklyn (via A Better Balance)