“Would much rather be looking at my newborn baby than a laptop.”
“How sad that she only takes three hours off work after giving birth. Not something to brag about.”
Last week Celebrity Apprentice star Roxy Jacenko, 33, gave birth to her second child, a boy named Hunter Curtis.
Less than one hour later, Jacenko was back at work sending emails and updating her Instagram account.
You read that right — Jacenko’s micro maternity leave lasted mere minutes.
Jacenko famously took three hours’ maternity leave with her now two-year-old daughter Pixie and at the time, the reaction from the community was swift and scathing.
This time round, the vocal criticism is missing (if you don’t count Instagram comments like the ones above) but the collective eye rolling and silent judgment is palpable.
Even Jacenko can feel it.
“I don’t doubt there’s several people out there with their opinions on [it] being right or wrong,” she said.
Her swift return has brought up the age-old debate on how soon is too soon to go back to work. The general community sentiment on maternity leave goes something like this:
Twelve months: acceptable.
Six months: well, if you have to.