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Moms Share Their Truths About Maternity Leave

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18. I'm My Own Boss, And I Couldn't Give Myself Leave
"I am a self-employed musician. The baby came early and I played a gig three days postpartum because I couldn’t find a substitute and had a contract. My husband had an amazing three-month paternity leave, so he brought the baby to the event I was playing and hid in the corner. I was grateful for my husband's leave, but my own was non-existent even though I'm my own boss." -Brigid K.