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Early Leave for Prospective Mothers

2016.11.29
The special benefit that sounds almost too good to be true. - Jiyoung Lee, manager at Harley-Davidson Korea


Early last summer, I left work with a headache and strange lethargy. The symptoms persisted for days without an apparent reason, so I decided to go to a hospital to get a checkup when I discovered I was pregnant. Feeling both scared and excited, I started to look for information about pregnancy and childbirth, and realized there were so much more to be careful about and prepare for than I ever imagined.


However, the ‘early leave for prospective mothers’ allowed me to feel much more comfortable with working and taking care of my baby, who is growing healthily inside me.


The first thing I worried about as soon as I learned about the pregnancy was the continuous fatigue. I would lose focus after some time and, as soon as I come home, I skipped dinner and go to sleep instead. However, the ‘early leave for prospective mothers’ allowed me to finish work at 4pm, instead of 6pm, and take full rest for the rest of the day. As a result, my body gradually and comfortably adjusted to the changes and maintained a good level of energy, which, in turn, helped me fully focus on work while in the office.


Also, I was able to go receive a regular checkup during weekdays after work, instead of having to wait in a long line during weekends. A couple of weeks ago, I lost balance and fell while at work, but, thanks to the early leave system, I could quickly visit a doctor and make sure the baby was safe, to my relief.


It is still hard for me to believe I am soon becoming a mother, but, when I feel the baby’s kicking, I feel moved by the fact that I have been pregnant for 20 weeks already. At first, I was worried about giving birth to the baby and whether I would be able to be a good mother. However, the advice from my staff about childbirth and child-rearing helped me look forward to the baby without worrying too much.


These days, I am so grateful and happy for working and being able to raise a baby with so much help and consideration from other people.

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