As a mother of three, I have taken leave, quit a job over the need to stay home with my kids and been fired because I was pregnant. Now, I am blessed in my life! I have a hard working wonderful husband who will break his back every day so that I can be here to care for our children. Neither of us would even entertain the idea of daily childcare - be that a nanny, sitters or daycare... We are their parents and we should be caring for them.
BUT, not everyone has those blessings. I know many mothers who have gone back to work - full time or more - just weeks after giving birth. Their poor new infant is placed in daycare with 20 other infants and denied the ability to properly bond, nurse or even sleep when it needs to. I even know one woman who had her baby on a Wednesday and returned to her Server Job on Friday! Her child was less than 48hours old when she was left with family for a full 10 hour stretch so that her mom could earn enough money to pay the rent, pay their bills and give her the things she needs in life.
It's like that everywhere though, right? Well, NO! In fact, the US is one of only THREE nations around the world that does not offer paid maternity leave for it's female working force. If we look at specific countries in comparison, it's easy to see the difference -
We owe it to our children to take the best care of them we can! Yes, that includes providing for them monetarily. BUT does it need to come at the price it currently is? I don't believe so. Our government needs to take a stand for women and infants and give them the ability to become healthy members of society! WHY are countries like Japan, Germany and France able to do this - if we aren't? I don't buy that we aren't. We ARE able, we simply prefer not to treat people with the dignity they deserve.
Discover how the US really stands up - http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2012/05/22/maternity-leaves-around-the-world_n_1536120.html
If you believe infants DESERVE to be at home with their mother to start their life, make your voice heard: https://secure2.convio.net/npwf/site/Advocacy?cmd=display&page=UserAction&id=643