[deleted account] ( 5 moms have responded )
My caseworker for my child care assistance needed written proof from my doctor when and why I was taking maternity leave early in order for me to keep my older son eligible for assistance. I took leave on Oct.8, my due date is Oct.22. It's unpaid, 12 weeks. I work in a plastic injection molding factory. I felt a little left out when reading other forums how other women can make it all the way when they work in clean office jobs and no one works in a plant like I do. I understand if some women chose not to plan a pregnancy while working in a high risk environment, most already had their children a lifetime ago and are done or don't want any til they change jobs. Well not all of us can easily do that with the way the economy is, at least on my side of the U.S. I wish we weren't put down because we think about the health of our unborn babies first if our bodies can't make the long haul, and not think about $$$. Yes I know we need the money especially we'll be left without an income for a couple months and our men can do so much on one income, but I chose not to risk my baby and myself. Also towards the last couple weeks I worked, I started getting sciatica pain on and off, and I'm glad I stopped work when I did because it got worse afterward. And in addition, who would want to go into active labor and have their water break in a factory and the hospital is 35 min. away?