If you haven’t voted in the poll to the right please do. I’m curious to know what everyone else thinks of this dilemma. I came across this story, in the New York Times and quite frankly was disgusted. Times are tough… Yea, but this is a little disturbing. I think it would be scary going on maternity leave and worried about having a job to come back to… Especially now. But can you imagine not even being able to go on maternity leave, or even worse… Losing your job before then, and not being able to have your company pay for your labor and delivery bills. Yikes!
Could you ever imagine getting this desperate?:
Starla D. Darling, 27, was pregnant when she learned that her insurance coverage was about to end. She rushed to the hospital, took a medication to induce labor and then had an emergency Cesarean section, in the hope that her Blue Cross and Blue Shield plan would pay for the delivery.
I am 35 weeks pregnant (and diabetic) and will be losing my job in a couple of weeks, when I finish training my replacement. I work for a very small company who can get around FMLA laws (though I’m not sure about the Civil Rights Commission ones) and so they’ve just replaced me. When I took the job, I could only find part-time work, so we’ve relied on my husband’s insurance, which is pretty terrible and will most likely end shortly after the baby is born.
I’m young, only 25, but this is the most terrifying thing I’ve had to go through. Where are we supposed to go for help? What happens if insurance decides not to cover anything? What happens if the baby gets sick? This economy has completely changed my view on life and the dynamics of my marriage … and there’s nothing we can do about it but hold on by the skin of our teeth and hope for something better soon.
I know money shouldn’t matter when it comes to having a child but how about insurance? I have friends who worry about their husbands (the sole income in the house) losing their jobs which in turn usually means losing their insurance. I’d be lying if I said I’m completely ok to have a child with things being the way they are in the economy.
What if our renter decides she doesn’t want to rent out house anymore? What if I lose my job? I know you can’t live your life in fear but in times like these it’s not fear it’s being cautious… It’s being SMART. I know “if we’re doing what’s right we’ll be blessed… yada yada,” and I hate to be so cynical but the truth is: Bad things happen to good people. That’s just reality.
Experts are actually saying that they predict less women will get pregnant while the economy is tanking. While it may make sense intuitively, it’s slightly depressing. Less cute babies in the world means less happiness!
Am I alone or are there other women out there who worry about these same things? What do you do to keep going and not worry? And for all of the women out there who voted “it’s not effecting my plans at all,” why not? Do you feel like your/your husband’s job is secure? I’d love to know what you’re doing to work through this.