“My partner and I spent three years preparing financially to have a baby. We knew it would be a financial struggle and that we needed to finish our education and save as much as we could before the baby was born.
My job as a billing administrator at a small health clinic did not provide any paid family and medical leave, which contributed to my decision to leave that job when my baby was born, even though doing so has been financially difficult. The stress of not having income bears a great burden on my stress level, and I am very aware of the fact that each and every expense brings the total amount of time that I can be home with my baby down. When the money we managed to save up runs out I will be left to find a new job.”