Originally Posted by bright eyed
ok, they need to start using estonia and not sweden or canada in those comparative studies about health care/family support for women/families! you're not making that up?
3 months before
the baby comes
are there statistics/reasons why? reduce maternal stress? i've had friends ordered on bed rest for 3-4 months, usually toward the end of the pregnancy - and they still end up working via the laptop...
so people regularly take the full 15 months off? i took off 3 with each bambina and felt very stressed about being out of the office, and then stressed returning to bulk back up...
what about child care? who does it? do moms typically stay at home, or are grandparents prevalent? what is the cost? and i'm guessing preschool is universal too then?
I looked it up and it's actually 70 days or 2.3 months before your expected due date you can knock off work. The ob-gyn gives you a note to take to your employer and they have to let you go. I don't know the exact reason other than it must suck to be 7 months pregnant and working. I image it's healthier for the baby if the mommy isn't stressed out. They're really big on good maternity/pre-natal care.
Oh, and you don't have to worry about a back load of work piling up. The companies hire temps to cover for women while they are out, since they're out for so long. And yes, the women take advantage of being able to stay home with their children as long as possible.
After the moms go back to work, you can enroll the children in one of the municipal daycare centers which, of course, there is no fee for. I think the parents have to pay for the meals though.
The Estonian government has really worked hard to take all the stress and worry off having children, which leads to more people having babies, which leads to a happy government (more population), happy parents (less stress, more family time) and happy children (more time with mom and dad who aren't stressed about bills).