The Wider Image: New mothers suffer nerves, guilt as maternity leave ends
Ana Huanca, 34, her six-week-old baby Luciana, her elder daughter Anabel, 5, and husband Luis Quaquira, 44, a mechanic, pose for a photograph at their food shop in La Paz, Bolivia, February 26, 2019. In Bolivia, mothers are entitled to 15 days of maternity leave before they give birth and 45 days after they've given birth. Fathers are entitled to three days. However Ana and Luis are among the majority of Bolivian workers who have no regular jobs which would entitle them to benefits like maternity leave. Huanca returned to work two weeks after giving birth and she take cares of the baby herself as she works. "I felt good, it was a normal delivery and she was born healthy," she said of returning to work so soon after giving birth. Luis, who works as a mechanic, independently, didn't take any leave "The only leave I allowed myself was the day my daughter was born", he said. REUTERS/David Mercado SEARCH "MOTHERS GLOBAL" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.