April 15, 2024 at 6:44 am

Expectant Mom Shares The Infuriating Reason She’s In No Rush To Start Her Maternity Leave

by Ashley Ashbee

Source: TikTok/@valerieoresko

When moms are getting ready to have a baby, one of the things they plan their life around is how long they get for maternity leave.

Expectant mother @valerieoresko is working at nine months’ pregnant and created a video on the topic.

She announced on the platform that she’ll be staying at work until she gives birth.


Source: TikTok/@valerieoresko

“I get 12 weeks’ unpaid maternity leave, babe,” she says with a tone of anger and snark in her voice.

“I’m going to be here until this baby’s coming out.”

We see that she’s so pregnant she has to reach for her keyboard, so it doesn’t seem like she’s bluffing.

Valerie lives in the U.S., a country that lags way behind other western countries’ maternity leave regulations, so it’s no wonder her video has gone viral.

Source: TikTok/@valerieoresko

She made the post at work and does not say how long she intends to stay at this workplace or give hints about who her employer is.

“I’m going to be here until my contractions are 3-1-1 (which means labor contractions are three minutes’ apart and the birth will happen very soon.)”

Source: TikTok/@valerieoresko

I appreciate OP raising awareness about this topic as many don’t know about it.

My heart goes out to women of childbearing age in the U.S. This is such a hard situation.

Here is the full clip.


My birth plan is to deliver my baby in my office so i get paid 🙃 #pregnant #pregnantlife #maternityleave

♬ original sound – Valerie Joy Oresko

The U.S.’s lax maternity leave regulations are a widely debated topic. Many people in the comments had their own stories to share.

This person knew a coworker in a similar situation and had a sense of humor about it.

Source: TikTok/@valerieoresko

This person joked that she would leave mid-birth.

Source: TikTok/@valerieoresko

These people shared more humane policies in their own countries.

Source: TikTok/@valerieoresko

This person raises an excellent point. Usually the discussion I see about it is from mothers, not politicians.

Source: TikTok/@valerieoresko

This person spins the classic “We’re a family!” red flag about a toxic workplace on its head.

Source: TikTok/@valerieoresko

Remind me to send a care package to U.S. friends who are having babies…

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