We attended Steve’s cousin’s daughter’s wedding and reception. Most relatives attended, and the youngest one too, with his parents.
Chinese-Malaysian friends, I’ll let you guess, how old is the youngest one? I think you wouldn’t guess right!
That was just eight days after he came into this world. When I saw that 8 day old baby and his mother, who just gave birth eight days earlier, coming together to attend their cousin’s wedding, my conceptualization was a little shocked. American women really have it so different?
America law is 0 weeks of paid maternity leave, so based on their situation, they have to apply vacation time or unpaid leave, unless the company they work for gives paid maternity leave.
Malaysian law is 60 days of paid maternity leave. Most Chinese women would stay home a full month to recover. The babies are also not allowed to go outside for the first month. The celebrations are done a full month after babies are born.
Last trip back to Penang, I visited a friend and her baby, who was born just one week before. They both were taken care of by a maternity center.