The Wider Image: New mothers suffer nerves, guilt as maternity leave ends
Gabriela Rodriguez, 32, her husband Cesar Dacchille, 46, and their six-month-old son Gianluca, pose for a portrait at the their apartment in the week Gabriela went back to work, in Caracas, Venezuela, February 8, 2019. Statutory maternity leave in Venezuela is six weeks before giving birth and 20 weeks afterwards. Paternity leave is two weeks. "There are two difficulties. One is physiological and the other is psychological. The psychological one feels like I'm abandoning (him), because he has depended on me for the last six months and leaving him alone - well, with my mother, as I am lucky to have her - is difficult. But you get used to it", Gabriela said. REUTERS/Carlos Barria SEARCH "MOTHERS GLOBAL" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.