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Maternity Leave for Eden at Secession

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Raised by 128 people in 1 month
I am very excited to announce that Baby Luca will be here in March. I have been busy nesting and getting his nursery ready. I have owned Secession Art & Design for 12 years and have dedicated my life to supporting over 70 independent artists and designers. I love San Francisco but was completely shocked when I found out that shop owners are not eligible for maternity leave through disability. We pay into this for our employees, but when it comes to us we are told that it is our responsibility.

A mom who owns a bakery told me she had her baby and was back into the kitchen with a newborn within a week. It was a choice between the closure of her business or business as usual. We should not have to choose between motherhood and ownership. I have tried really hard to save money to help with my transition and buy some time, but it is almost impossible to save with the rising cost of rent, paying employees, insurance, and unexpected costs. The city is not supporting my motherhood journey, so I am asking you to be my village and donate to my gofundme. 

The money I raise will be used for additional employment and rent assistance. I'd like to be able to take the first two weeks off after Luca is born, and hire an employee to cover the hours I would usually work.

Thank you to Bianca Levan for the image above - her papercut art is featured in Secession's gallery through March 31.
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Celebrate with us on Friday, March 15th, 6-8pm for a Maternity Leave Fundraiser Happy Hour, and an artists' talk with Silvi Alcivar, Bianca Levan, and Leslie Morgan. If you have donated, this is a thank-you party!

I am now 38 weeks pregnant and excited to meet Luca in the near future. Thank you to everyone who has donated to my maternity leave fundraiser. I am more than halfway to my goal. My heart is full with so much love and support. Sometimes when you own a store, you feel isolated and overworked trying to keep up with the demand of wearing all the hats. This fundraiser has taught me that in all these years I've run Secession, I have been building a community as much as a store. I am thankful to each of you for how you have touched my life. XO Eden
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I am feeling the love from all of you who have donated to my maternity leave fundraiser. So far 94 people have donated and put me over halfway to my goal. During the pregnancy, I have had gestational diabetes. I am on a strict diet of low carbs and no sugar. Every night I have to inject insulin into my belly. The one beautiful thing that has come from this complication is that I get to do a test at the hospital where I listen to his heart for 30 minutes and see him on the ultrasound. These moments outweigh the inconvenience of so many doctor appointments and being a hard-working pregnant mama. Thank you so much for donating and spreading the word. Baby Luca is doing great and is almost ready for this world. If he does not come early, then he will arrive sometime the week of March 18th. XO Eden
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Every moment that I feel Luca kick, or those baby hiccups that remind me that human life is in my belly, I think of you. I am forever thankful to everyone who has donated to my campaign so far. I own a small business and I am proud to also say that I will soon be a mom. Thank you from my family to yours for donating, shopping, and your loyal support. I feel the love of the community.
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