Alioto-Pier first San Francisco official to give
birth while in office
April 12, 2006
Supervisor Michela Alioto-Pier and her husband Tom Pier proudly
announce the arrival of their third child. A baby girl was born
last night, Tuesday, April 11, 2006, at 11:24pm at California
Pacific Medical Center's California Campus.
She weighed in at a healthy seven pounds, 11 ounces. She is 20
The newest Alioto-Pier is yet to be named because the family
suspected she would be a boy. Baby Alioto-Pier will be joining
big brother Nicholas, 4 & ½ years old, and big sister
Giovanna, 3 years old.
Mama and baby are doing great and are looking forward to a lot
of sleepless nights.
Supervisor Alioto-Pier is San Francisco's first elected official
to give birth while in office. She will not take maternity leave
and plans to continue to represent the interests and needs of
San Francisco and of District 2.
Under current state and local laws there are no provisions for
maternity leave for woman who give birth while in office, nor
are there provisions for a woman with pregnancy-related complications
to vote while away from City Hall.
Alioto-Pier has introduced a Charter Amendment that would level
the playing field and allow women to be pregnant and still fulfill
the obligations of elected office. "Women should never be
in a position where they must choose between the health and safety
of their unborn child or performance of the duties of their elected
position,' Alioto-Pier said.
"Women will never break through the glass ceiling and achieve
real equality if they cannot hold office and have a child at the
"Our beautiful city benefits from having young parents serve
in public life," Alioto-Pier said.
"A parent's daily experiences raising a child in the city
bring a new and different perspective to the importance of good
quality public schools, clean and safe parks and libraries, and
reasonable homeownership opportunities. We must do what we can
to bring families into San Francisco, and that includes having
a city that accommodates families at every level of government