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A video of a woman texting her boss while in labour has gone viral. Watch here:
In the video, the expectant mother can be seen in a hospital bed crafting a message to her boss, which she reads out loud for her partner's approval.
"I am in labour. I just got admitted to the hospital - smiley face. Would it be OK if my mom or brother picked up my paycheck tomorrow - question mark," she says.
To which her partner replies: "Perfect."
We've all been there, using our partners as a sounding board for difficult texts and emails - though not many of us have done it while in labour.
The video has been viewed five million times, with viewers feeling the clip epitomises all that is wrong with modern work culture.
One person commented: "I see why the baby has to be there, but why do you?"
Another said: "I understand but next time please do not let us know last minute."
A third added: "I'm in labour but have my phone if you need me for anything urgent. Hope that's OK!"
The woman in the video is Marissa, who works at a drive-thru coffee shop, and it was taken last July when she gave birth to her first child, Charles.
Speaking to BuzzFeed, she said: "I went into labour at 2am on a day that I was scheduled to work at 10am.
"I was overthinking this text message to my boss mainly because I have anxiety. I was a week and a half from my due date, so I was a little early for a first-time mom and no one really expected me to go into labour.
"I was a young parent, giving birth in a hospital in the middle of the pandemic - a week and a half early. Having to call out of work was the cherry on top for my anxiety."
She continued: "I empathize with all of the commenters talking about their lack of parental leave. I am extremely disappointed in the United States’ lack of maternity and paternity leave.
"Most people that I know worked up until they went into labour, like I did. I know people who have gone back to work just weeks after having children.
"I was unfortunately offered no maternity leave and my partner was offered no paternity leave. He went to work less than 24 hours after we came home from the hospital."
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