My maid had a baby on my stoop!!!
A little while ago I had a domestic worker who came in cleaned about three times a week, she wasn’t the best lady when it came to communication, but cleaned like hell. With two small children in the house, it was amazing to see how fast the children could mess up the house and then just to see her clean up so fast behind them
Anyway, I noticed that Florence the maid was getting bigger, as she was normally bony, this new bump was obvious. I asked her if she was pregnant, and she told to my no way, now way can I be pregnant. So I left it there, thinking I would not like to offend her,
So a couple of weeks later she comes to me ,now even bigger , and told me she thinks she might be pregnant after all , I told her to take the day and go see the doctor, so that she could ,confirm this and so that she could find out how far along she was.
You, see Florence travels quite far on a bus to get to my house and I was worried that she could hurt the baby if she traveled so far every day, especially right at her last couple of weeks, so if she got close I would then send her home on maternity leave.
So the next day she was back and informed me that she was well pregnant but only 4 months, I asked her if she was having twins cause she was carrying quite big she told me know only one, anyway feeling a bit relieved I automatically thought it would be ok at least now we know were we are going and that we would have a couple of months to sort things out, and prepare
Two day’s later I went to pick up my son at school, after work and I get this call, Boss man the baby she is coming!!!!!!! luckily I was not far from my house and I thought that ok I could quickly inform her family and then take her of to the hospital about 15 km away to give birth there and she would need to be in hospital cause the baby would be premature
So a couple of minutes later I get home rush in and I am met with the smell of blood, I call out Florence are you ok, yes boss man I am here she grunted from my back stoop now my son was standing behind me , I open the back door to find………….. a Sean of horrors
I see Florence on the on the floor , blood, umbilical cord coming out of her attached to it next to the dustbin on the floor is a Baby!!! And she is just sitting there. I told her to pick the baby up from the floor, and to hold her to her chest. She did this and then the baby started moving, I told my son who now saw all this, to please go to his room. Luckily I still had blankets and baby close in the house so I gave it to her while calling a ambulance to come and help us . I made her a cup of tea while we waited, and when the ambulance came they helped her with the last stage of birth, when the placenta, has to come out, they then loaded mommy and a huge 4.2 kg baby into the ambulance taking the medical waste with them.
Needless to say the baby was not premature, and she was according to the medic at full term, I spent the night cleaning with a mop and medical disinfectant, true out the house were a found blood spots,
I was happy for her that her baby was ok ,but i was pissed as hell at her for not calling me sooner and I was pissed at her for lying about her , due date ,and I was just discussed that I had to clean all that up!!!!!
Anyway, I figured she probably tried to hide the fact that she is pregnant so that she could keep on working, however she did have U.I.F surly they would pay her ,maternity leave , anyway, I called her the next day and gave her the details for the U.I.F and she told me baby and herself was doing fine.
Two days later 7 am the bell went off at my gate, low and behold it was Florence, minus a baby. I asked her what she was doing here she should be at home with her baby; she explained that she needed to work. . I sent her home immediately , and told her to go to the baby and look after her, she told me the baby’s five year old sister was looking after the baby, and she had to work because the U.I.F was not gong to cover her normal monthly pay. I asked her how many children do you have she told me Five. YHO!!! I was shocked.
I knew I paid her well but could not understand how she could have five kids and support them on her salary, just there I called a social worker , and then she ran away,
I never saw Florence after that , I guess she probably freaked, not knowing I wanted to help her, she panicked and thought I was giving her up to the police or something
I don’t think she realized that she could get a social grant. And it was strange cause the was a South African, I mean she grew up in freaking Butterworth
Any way after this episode I decided I would keep my own house clean , yes I miss having the help but ,I will never let a stranger in my house again , I mean anything could have happened , and I don’t want to put my family at risk ,not like that My son never spoke about that day again…..
What would you have done?