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I'm really confused by half of these comments. She gave her boss advance notice that her friend would be having a baby. Hate to break it to you, but babies don't care much about our schedules, and will come out when they're ready. Due dates are a rough estimate, and very few people actually have their baby on the due date the doctor gave them. Maybe she should have kept her legs closed? There is no explanation as to the circumstances behind this birth. For all you know, she could be married, but her husband is deployed, so her best friend wants to be there for her. And nothing here says she can't handle parenthood. I know that if m husband weren't able to be there, I'd want my best friend with me. That doesn't mean I won't be a good parent. You guys are beyond ignorant and I pray to God you never have children. OP, yeah this does suck, but like #4 says, your boss isn't obligated to let you off. Sorry
Situation sucks, but unfortunately FMLA doesn't apply if you aren't the mother/father of the child, or the legal guardian of the new mother in cases where she is under 18.
So you leave anyway, take a day of absence. Vomit and claim you have swine flu. Start chewing off your arm, etc.
well, it's not very cool of him but honestly, he's not obligated to let you go. it's not your family or anything. sucks but that's the way it is. but at any rate, having a baby usually takes awhile, you probably have time to get there anyway.
FYourBossesL -- you are trying to skip out of work and stick him with the slack. Face it -- you would not be employed if there was not *something* that you are expected to get done, and to skip out and stick your coworkers with covering for you with no notice is dickish.
Really, I kind of agree. She is expecting special treatment, because her friend is having a baby. Unless you're the parent, no one really is obligated to let you go. You shouldn't be moping because your boss didn't let you shirk your responsibilities to watch someone pop out a baby. If her friend can't deal with having a baby herself, then she probably can't deal with raising it. She got pregnant. She's having a baby. No big deal, in your world. Unless you're like... her lesbian partner, it doesn't really matter if you're there, and you shouldn't get special treatment and released her. Yeah, it sucks... but you have to work, and she has to shoot that kid out without you there... somehow, I think she'll live. And you'll live to see the kid after work, I imagine.
for one thing, a friend can be closer than family..you wouldnt say this if the op was her mother. second, you have no idea why shes having a baby. it could be rape. it could have been with a guy who seemed sweet but walked out. who knows. you should keep your mouth shut.
yo numer 13 and 46 u have no idea of the situation for all u know she could have been raped and confided in her friend with her belief system kept the baby most likely needs her their for emotional support. u should break out of ur bubbles sometime. u know keep ur mind open.
From a medical standpoint you NEED someone there with you incase you cant make decisions for yourself. I had a routine pregnancy but went into labor early, not near my hospital or doctor and almost bled to death during my delivery. If you're unconscious and cant make medical decisions for yourself you want a medical proxy there to make decisions for you, inform your doctors of previous medical conditions, your birth plan, your blood type. You're being kind of a selfish dick for suggesting birth isn't still special, its damn sure not routine for a lot of women. You can go in thinking you're going to have a regular birthing experience and need a cesarean or worse. Also it hurts like all holy hell. You can be perfectly adapt to having and raising and child and still be unprepared for the pain of childbirth. If a friend with no family has a medical emergency (going into labor two weeks early justifies as that) I would do whatever I could to get off work and make sure they had a familiar face for the emotional support and in case something horrible happened and they needed an advocate in the hospital.