Micro maternity leave
I must admit I won’t forget the former French justice minister Rachida Dati, in 2009, who went back at work five days after a caesarean. It stayed with me primarily, because five days post c-section with my offspring I was stringing my hospital stay as long as possible. I couldn’t imagine getting dressed up, popping on my stilettos and going to work. The photo of her looking incredibly glamorous and waving to the crowd as she went back to work is burned on my brain. Mainly because I couldn’t help thinking that must have hurt her stitches like hell!
She is one of many mothers who is part of what’s being called the rise in micro maternity leave according to this article.
Victoria Beckham who recently became proud mama to baby Harper didn’t have any planes for maternity leave as far as I can see and was quoted as saying ““Maternity leave – what’s that? I’ve been working incredibly hard so I’m prepared for next season. ”
The argument goes that with the economy in decline many mothers are returning to work much sooner than previously even though we have laws in place regarding maternity leave. This is particularly so with those who own their own business or are the main breadwinners. I returned to work when my eldest was four months old and second time round when my next child was nine months old. With my third I was working from home by then so I just did what I could when I could. It wasn’t an official return to work by any stretch of the imagination.
According to Ariane Hegewisch , Study Director at the Institute of Women’s Policy Research: “The rising participation of women in paid employment outside the home has been one of the most dramatic social changes during the last three decades….Yet long leaves (of more than six months to nine months) are associated with lower employment rates for women overall and correlate with a fall in relative wages for women”
The thing was I adored my babies, but I also loved working. And financially I had to return to work initially full time and cutting back to part time in later years. But I thoroughly enjoyed the few months I had off with my babies each time. And this has got me wondering and worried. How many mums are being pressured into returning to work incredibly early order to keep up with trends or because they’re worried about job security? Or is it just celebs who are doing this?