I would like to share how privileged I am being a mother in Norway.
When I got pregnant, I worked as an on-call kindergarten assistant. We look after kids ages 0-5 years old. At this time, I wasn’t aware that I am pregnant. I stopped because I’m having trouble taking transportation since I don’t have a driver’s license. I got a job as a restaurant employee in a pizza chain. I was so lucky during my pregnancy for getting hired at that time.
Here in Norway, you are entitled to apply for maternity leave on your 26 weeks of pregnancy. We had 49 weeks total of parental leave with my husband. (See parent leave for well detailed information).
Aside from those benefits you get during your pregnancy, Norway also has child benefits:
“You are entitled to receive child benefit from the month after the child is born or from the month after you qualify, if entitlement to child benefit arises at a later date. Child is paid out until the month before the child turns 18”. (See Child benefit)
And they also have the Cash-for-care benefit.
“You can receive cash-for-care benefits if your child is between the ages of 1 and 2 years and does not attend a government subsidized kindergarten.” (see Cash-for-care benefit)
Prenatal and other check-ups during pregnancy are free of costs until you give birth.
These are only material things that may also exist in some other countries. Aside from this, there is what they call gender equality in Norway. It means that women and men are equal. Every husband has a right for two weeks free after a wife gave birth to spend time and to “help” the wife to take care of the child. So even if you have a dish-washing machine and a washing machine at home, you still need a hand. It is not easy to be a mother anywhere in the world, but you’ll be the happiest mom and wife having this privileges during tough times.
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