On Abortion, Family and Community
This is so spot on…a moving, thoughtful, and painful read.
When I was 24, I had given birth to my one and only child, a boy. About 3-6 weeks earlier (it’s been about 20 years now) my husband was hospitalized for bipolar disorder with psychotic tendencies. At the time, I was working as an administrative assistant at an investment brokerage firm.
I did receive 3 months of maternity leave, but as I was put on bed rest at approximately 6 month of my pregnancy, I had to go back to work in about a month after I gave birth. The only other option was to go on short term disability and receive a portion of my paycheck until I was able to go back to work. This was not an option, as by this point, my husband was in and out of psychiatric wards, barely able to stay awake or be lucid…
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