No parent should have to decide between spending time with their new baby and going back to work. Even under ideal conditions, it can be challenging to balance employment and raising a child. When you’ve just had a premature baby and must go back to work because of the way parental leave functions, there isn’t a shred of balance to be found anywhere. It is very awful. If you live in the United States, you may occasionally be required to return to work days after spending every moment possible with your child. Rebecca Shumard is a new mother who uses the TikTok handle @edensmomma10 12.
Her video of herself sobbing as a result of her situation caused her story to become viral. She explained that she had to return to work only 12 days after giving birth to her daughter, Eden, who was 27 weeks old at the time. When Eden is discharged from the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, or NICU, the 26-year-old mother will be able to spend her pregnancy leave with her. You may view Rebecca’s film here and read about how extraordinary things happened as a consequence of the generosity of strangers. Scroll down below to see the full story
1. A new mother who gained notoriety after disclosing that she had to go back to work only 12 days after giving birth to her premature child.
This new mother, who had her kid prematurely, is in pain as a result of having to go back to work. She can’t always be there with her child because of this.
2. After seeing her video, many people around the world were moved to help her. The complete clip is available to view below.
3. Rebecca’s traumatic, heartbreaking experience is detailed.
2. Being understaffed….
3. And the milk supply is reducing
4. Will there be milk?
5. What do others do in this situation?
6. How can one handle the guilt?
7. America for you all
Parents should undoubtedly be able to spend all of their time with their newborns without worrying about their jobs. In any case, the way the law now stands in the US suggests that Rebecca must decide between taking use of her 12 weeks of unpaid maternity leave as soon as possible or going back to work to save it for a later date.
As the mother was also quite worried that she might not have milk accessible for her kid when she finally came home, she made the decision to conserve it for when her little girl left the NICU. Here are some of the comments made in reaction to the mother’s situation by Tiktok users.
8. Can we all call this the greatest country ever
9. We all deserve breaks
10. That’s the answer
11. You’re doing your best woman
12. Pumping breaks are a protected right
13. Prioritizing work
14. The absolute worst maternity leave
15. Only in America
16. Now we should be calling them inhuman maternity leaves
17. We all should be strong
18. How’s it is in Denmark
19. Norway must be great
In her follow-up video, Rebecca expressed her gratitude for everyone’s generosity in preventing her from having to choose between spending time with her daughter in the NICU and paying her expenses.
20. You’ve shown me support
21. You can watch Rebecca’s follow-up video here.
The story ended well, though, as Rebecca revealed in a subsequent video that the financial assistance she received from social media users meant that she could take some much-needed time off of work to spend with her little daughter. She didn’t need to worry that she wouldn’t have enough money to pay the bills because of people’s generosity.