Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

No Cause for a Pregnant Pause

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

No Cause for a Pregnant Pause

Article excerpt

THIS news probably won't excite you, but I'm going give it to you anyway.

I'm having my third grandchild in November and there will be another grandbubby, too in the early new year.

Don't worry, I don't expect you to be excited about that either. (And while you are not being excited I may as well throw in the news that my 35-year- old son who I thought would forever be a bachelor is getting married. That's enough non-excitement for you for now.)

All this got me thinking about pregnancy and having babies in these marvellous modern times. That and my mention last week of the redundant office tea lady.

What on earth do tea ladies have in common with pregnancy and babies? You are quite justified to ask me. And I'm going to tell you.

My very pregnant daughter is employed in the horticulture industry. With her lovely watermelon bump, she bends over and prunes, she shovels and turfs, she saws errant branches on low-hanging trees and she lays tan bark with efficient speed.

I like this very much. She is healthy, fit and her doctor advises her to keep doing what she does as long as she feels like it.

This sort of behaviour in the workforce would have been unheard of in my early days of working. Not that I worked outdoors, and I've never turfed anything in my life, but you know what I mean.

You will find this hard to believe, but when I first started work in the '60s, pregnancy and the office rules were almost archaic. In fact, it was mandatory in the insurance company I worked at, for females to resign if they married. Can you believe that?

Are you up from the floor yet?

As soon as a woman Co or rather girl, we married young then Co walked down the aisle, she lost her job with that company. This was on the presumption that now she was married, babies would quickly follow and she'd be a useless employee because everyone back then knew, a mother's place was only in the home.

At that same company I remember one young woman highly regarded in her job, being given special dispensation to stay on when she married, on the proviso she did not become C[pounds sterling]with childC[yen]. …

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