Brand new babies depend on their mothers. Not only is a baby’s early weeks, months, and years a critical time to get their basic necessities met by their mother, this is also important bonding time for a child with his/her parents. Based on these factors, it’s not a surprise that many new mothers find that 12 weeks of maternity leave is a slim amount of time to be away from work as they care for their newborn at home.
Like many new mommas, Emily Reed from Washington was set to return after six weeks of maternity leave was over but dreaded the thought of being away from her little one. To make matters worse, the hefty expense of daycare as well as the idea of trusting a random person to watch her baby left Emily feeling a little sick to her stomach.
“I was stressed about the cost of childcare – and a stranger taking care of my baby from the time I was probably 12 weeks pregnant,” Emily said word for word. “It was this looming dark cloud in our home because of the cost, but what neither my husband nor I thought about was if [there] was any availability for infant-care in our area.”
Due to her concerns, Emily thought about becoming a stay-at-home mother for a while, even though her initial plan was to head back to work. Regardless, she decided she would go back to the daily grind after she gave birth, but her worries about her future child’s care remained.
“After months of feeling unsettled at work, I finally expressed my anxiety to my manager. Her first response? ‘Just bring her with you when you come back! We can have an office baby!’ It was unbelievable. She can’t be serious! But she and almost everyone in the office were so excited and supportive and ready for baby P to join the team!”
On her first day back at work, Emily’s husband stayed home watching Baby Priscilla, so the momma could readjust back to her usual work routine. Since then, Emily brought her baby girl to work with her every single day.