I just couldn't stop myself from posting this article. Like working and having babies isn't hard enough! This doesn't necessarily apply to me since I'm staying home with Bear, but I know plenty of people that it will affect. AND, it will definitely affect my son in that he will have to go to school with and hang out with all those kids whose parents couldn't afford to spend much time with them! One thing the article explains that I wasn't aware of has to do with why lots of workplaces lump maternity leave in with all short term disability. (Lowe's is one of those companies, by the way.) Short term disability only pays people a portion of their regular salaries, so people are encouraged to come back to work as soon as they are able. That just plain sucks, in my opinion! Why can't maternity (and paternity!) leave be considered a totally separate entity, so that moms and dads can spend the time they need with their new baby? Why do they have to go broke to do that? It has been proven (and the article touches on this) over and over again that new babies need to be nurtured, but with even shorter leave times, it is going to be even harder for new parents to do this. And heaven forbid that there be some sort of emergency or required bed rest! The people who experience that are just screwed, apparently.
From my personal experience, short term disability is hard to come by, anyhow. I applied for it, thinking that I was going to be going back to work at Lowe's part time. I was DENIED. Guess why?! Because I took Clomid to get pregnant...apparently that made my pregnancy a pre-existing condition and made me not eligible for disability.
Anyhow, I guess I'm done ranting for now. I don't do that very often, so when I see or hear of something that really gets me going, I feel entitled. Thanks for listening (well, reading).