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I’m in the ninth month of pregnancy and still working in an office. It was very difficult to find an ob/gyn hospital open till 8 or 9 p.m.; most are open only till 3 to 5 p.m. Even female nurses don’t understand working women’s feelings in a male-dominated working world. Some nurses at the hospital where I go say things like, “If you can’t take some time off or a day off to come to a doctor’s examination in the morning, why don’t you go to some other hospital?”

More and more women nowadays don’t want to quit working just because they are pregnant. Even many of my friends who went abroad to get a master’s degree and quit working to raise their children want to go back to work after a while, but they cannot get any help due to the lack of availability of kindergartens or nannies or even support from their family.

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