February 23, 2020

Is Paid Family Leave on the Horizon?

“Like millions of new mothers across America, MacKenzie Nicholson was faced with an impossible situation.

Her doctor had recommended she take at least six weeks off work after giving birth by C-section, to recover her health and bond with her newborn. Should she follow medical advice and risk losing her home, or return to work?

Just five weeks after giving birth to her second child, she was back in the office, her body still in agony from nerve damage after surgery, and her tiny baby in tow.

How did she keep it together? “I mean the reality is we didn’t,” said Nicholson, 29, who works for a not-for-profit and lives with her husband Philip, 38, and their two children Lucas, six, and Quinn, two, in Nottingham, New Hampshire.

“I was sick to my stomach all the time, feeling stressed about the work-life balance, definitely had postpartum depression, and I don’t know whether one thing leads into the other but I assume that it does and it was hard.””

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