As though getting back to work after maternity leave wasn’t hard enough as of now for ladies from all around the globe, the US parental leave policies are putting significantly more strain on new moms.
And one of the hero mom, Rachael Larsen, took 4 years to finally have the audacity to share her sad story of returning to work. Rachael, who’s a head of product operations at a Salt Lake City schooling organization, expressed: “The shame around raising a family and working full-time is real,” and added that no matter the circumstances, “she wasn’t ready.”
Rachael’s post shared on LinkedIn shed light on what’s truly going through such countless ladies’ heads as they have no other decision except for to suck it up and do their best; that being said, somewhere inside, they may feel completely crushed.
Like such countless working parents, Rachael didn’t see an option however to return to work following 12 weeks of maternity. This is all due to having the option to monetarily uphold the family as often, mothers are income sources for the family.
This what Rachael posted on her linkedin:
The post reads:
It took me four years to have the courage to share this photo. Even now, it’s hard to look at. The shame around raising a family and working full-time is real. I took this on my first day back to work after my second daughter was born. I wasn’t ready. My daughter wasn’t ready. She wasn’t sleeping and was extremely fussy. I woke up five times the night before to feed her. I was exhausted. As a majority income source for our family, I was forced to suck it up, put on a smile, and get back to work.
I know that I am extremely privileged. I was able to have some partial pay during my maternity leave and I was able to take 12 weeks off. I had a job that I loved at an amazing company with great bosses. I had a daycare facility that I could afford with great teachers I trusted. But… I was not ready.
We need to do more to support parents and families. It may have taken me four years after I knew I’d never have another baby to share this photo. But, I’m glad that I have the courage to speak my truth now.
Edit: THANK YOU for all the kinds words and support. I am overwhelmed by your compassion. I’m trying to reply to all of the comments but the feed keeps throwing errors. Please share this same support to any new parents you encounter. 💗
Her post went viral on Linkedin and received more than 2000 likes and 200 comments.
Several people from the world shared their experiences and supported Rachael: