Wow, I guess I'm just really of a different line of thought. If I'm so sick I am actually delirious, or afraid that the baby won't be taken care of all day, my dh stays home. That's what sick time is for, and you are allowed to use your sick time to take care of an ill family member. I guess if dh didn't have sick time, I would call in my mom, or find someone else I trusted to take the kids as much as possible. I realize some people don't have family close by or anything like that, but if you are really afraid the baby will be in danger, you figure something out. I have been sick, I have spent the day on the couch and let the kids watch tv all day, I rarely ask dh to stay home, but every time I have, he has done it. (Other than the hell that was my life dealing with PPD after ds was born, then I wanted him to stay home every day and I cried when he left in the morning. That was not normal.) I hope you are feeling better soon.