My mom stayed at home when we were little and I've always planned on staying home when I had kids. We got a (wonderful) surprise pregnancy months before DH was about to start grad school so I have been working part time in a very flexible family-friendly job for the past 2 1/2 years since DD was born.
DH got a job offer in another city and if his salary is high enough, I would love to quit work and be a SAHM.
DH isn't too thrilled with the idea...he is stressed about being the only wage earner but he would be ok with it if he is able to make enough money. We were talking about it the other day and realized that none of our educated, middle class friends from Nairobi, Kenya (where DH is from) are SAHPs. I think it's a combination of the increasing cost of living in Nairobi that makes 2 salaries really appealing, along with the very low cost of having a live in "househelp" - a nanny, cook, and maid all in one. Almost all middle class families have a househelp so most women feel like there is nothing for them to do at home, and many people sacrifice a lot to get an education so they want to work and put their education to good use.
We hope to move back to Kenya in another year and two and I've had several Kenyan friends ask me what I would do...when I say I would stay home with my dd at least for the first several months, I always get strange looks and comments, especially since I have a masters degree.
Anyway, I'm just curious if other cultures have similar views of SAHMs. I know there are many parts of the US where being a SAHM is not really valued either, but it is still a pretty common lifestyle choice here.