Should teenage moms in high school be given maternity leave? Pregnant students in one Denver high school think so. Please click here to read the entire article on this interesting subject. The girls and their supporters contend that bonding with their babies and allowing their bodies to heal are valid medical reasons for allowing maternity leave from school. Those who don’t agree say that allowing the girls time off from school would essentially be encouraging teen pregnancy.
Personally, I think bonding with the child is critically important and regardless of the circumstances of the baby’s birth, bonding needs to occur. Surely something can be worked out for doing work from home for a week or two and then going to school for half days for another week and eventually full on school days. I think that’s quite reasonable and I don’t think it encourages teen pregnancy either. There are schools specifically designed for teen moms, but those schools can’t necessarily accomodate every new mom.
Some say that the time off from school would increase the chance that the new moms would not to go back to school, but I think forcing them to come back to school immediately upon release from the hospital is more likely to make a young girl drop out just from the stress of the situation.
What do you think?