When you are living paycheck to paycheck, and you'll lose your job if you want to take a two week vacation- imagine how disruptive being pregnant and having a baby would be. It will ruin the woman. These women need several years of financial assistance. In the old days rent, food, and childcare was much cheaper and a family member (or father) could support the new mother without it bringing financial ruin. You can thank inflation for making children and family life a hardship. Inflation is the boiling water that is killing us frogs. The babies die first.