01 Mar '11, 11am

Job's not just about cash, but keeping mum sane

I totally agree with the letters on Feb 28 and March 1 on part-time work for mothers. I gave birth to my firstborn last August. Throughout my first trimester, I fainted not once, but three times in public due to very low blood pressure (because of the pregnancy) and was hospitalised on those occasions. My family was insistent that I resign from my job to stay home to rest and stabilise the pregnancy. Many thoughts ran through my mind: Do I give up my job and risk losing the baby, or do I continue so that we have a dual income? I am in the sandwiched generation whereby I need to support my parents who are old and without CPF or savings, and to save for my children and my retirement. I chose to give up my job. It was a very difficult and painful decision because I not only lost the stable income, I also forfeited all maternity benefits. This amounted to a healthy five-figure...

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