Following blogs is kind of a hobby for me. It’s actually what got me thinking that I could write one too. Of course I don’t claim to be as good as some of the ones I read, but I like to think I can hold my own. Somebody out there must like me…right…??
Anyhoo. One of the sites I visit often is Mommyish.com. It’s got some great articles, that are equally pro- and anti- mommy, as well as items of interest, such as the recent spate of gang rape cases.
I’ve just read one, written by Koa Beck (firstname.lastname@example.org.), about a pregnant woman who’s company gave her a hard time when she needed to use the washroom. It’s hard enough keeping your bladder under control during a normal pregnancy. But this poor woman was high risk, and her doctor had told her to drink more water, which of course required more frequent visits to the washroom. I’ll let you read the article yourself, but suffice it to say, that her position at the company was jeopardized by this basic need to urinate.
This is so so so sad. And a crying shame! I’m glad I live in Canada, where women have access to health care, and up to one year of maternity leave. Not to say that there aren’t companies here that would treat pregnant women so callously, just that with government health care it’s easier to take care of yourself and your unborn child.
What bothers me is, how the powers be NOT understand that ailing pregnant women bring forth potentially ailing children, which then become a strain on the health system. Why wouldn’t you want to have the healthiest citizens possible? I’m doing my best to understand how the American health care system works (as I’m sure many Americans are struggling to do also). What seems clear though, is that too many women have to fight too hard to take care of their unborn children. Pregnancy is stressful. Having done it three times, I speak from experience. Your body changes in ways you can’t imagine until it all sneaks up on you. Back pain, feet pain, extreme fatigue, high blood pressure, onset of diabetes. The list is varied and almost endless. How much easier things would be, if women didn’t have to worry about their job security on top of ALL of that?
Read also this article by Koa Beck, about low income mothers to be, and the breast vs bottle battle. http://www.mommyish.com/2013/04/29/latch-on-nyc-program-manager-breastfeeding/