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| || |It's a sad reflection of modern society that people don't have friends or neighbours willing to do them a favour for a few hours / half a day / get a kid dropped off to them to watch when someone else has an emergency | |
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Depends, if you're a foreigner and newly arrived
you might not have any safety network. I took care of my friend's toddlers till her husband came back from the hospital, and I knew well in advance the approximative date. Luckily, it happened at about 20,00 so I could came to their place and her husband was back home shortly after 12 in the night. I was rather sorry she didn't have the moral support during the entire process (I told them I can stay over all night, if necessary), it was over a couple of hours after he left the hospital. (but everything was fine, in the end)
And sometimes people are not even asking for help - prefer to hire someone than to "disturb", yeah silly things like this (I know because I'm that kind).