A New Zealander who has taken maternity leave has returned home after her pregnancy was confirmed.
Auckland mum Jessica Bower is returning home after three months of maternity leave, after her doctor advised she needed more time off work.
Ms Bower has taken two weeks off work after giving birth to their son, Hunter, at home last week.
She says she’s been lucky with her health, and has been able to take her baby for four days before returning to work.
“It’s been really hard,” Ms Bower said.
“I was very lucky in that I had been given the opportunity to do all the things I want to do with my life, but I have been lucky enough to be able to do so much with Hunter.”
Hunter has had a number of health issues since he was born, including a broken leg, a severe case of pneumonia and an infection of his lungs.
“He was in the hospital a week after he was delivered, which was the worst,” Ms Farr said.
“The doctors couldn’t really give him any prognosis.
They said he was in a lot of pain, and he didn’t have any oxygen.”
Her husband, who is also a GP, said he had been trying to work from home, but it was too expensive for them to do it.
“We have to put our money where our mouth is,” he said.
Mr Farr, who has worked for the same GP for nearly 20 years, says they have struggled to find another job after their family went through the financial pain of losing their home.
“As a parent of two kids, we’re not able to get into that sort of a position,” he explained.
“That’s why we’re looking for other ways of paying the bills and we are hoping to find a job in a few months.”
My husband has a new job, and we’ve got another one coming up, and I’ll be able just as well.
“Ms Farr says the time off has given her time to reflect on the decision to leave.”
At the time I was thinking, ‘This is it, this is the last time’,” she said.
She said she had no idea she was pregnant until she returned home last month, but she and Hunter’s mum were both relieved when they heard it was all going well.”
There was a bit of anxiety and stress, but we were reassured by the fact that we had a new baby in the house and we could start to make a life for ourselves,” she said