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In Our Troubled Economy, President Obama Offers Help to Worried Pregnant Woman

Many of us worry about the economy. Our mortgage. Our job security. Our health insurance. Our family’s financial state.

These worries factor heavily for many of us as we consider adding to our family.

Karin Gallo might not have worried about those things any more than the rest of us when she conceived her first child. And now, seven months into a high-risk pregnancy, she has gained the attention of President Obama as she faces the loss of her job.

Gallo, 43, spokesperson for the National Zoo, was in the audience of the CBS News Town Hall with President Obama that aired on “The Early Show” Thursday.

Federal budget cuts will result in the loss of her job in four weeks.

During the Town Hall, Gallo, with no job prospects on the horizon, questioned President Obama, “What would you do if you were me?

Though the president didn’t answer her question directly, after speaking about government layoffs in general, he later said, “We can have a conversation, maybe, afterwards.”

Gallo told “The Early Show” on Friday that a White House staffer contacted her on Thursday and she received a phone call late Thursday evening from the Presidential Personnel Office, inviting her to interview on Monday.

Gallo told co-anchor Erica Hill, “I guess I speak for a lot of Americans who are out of work and frustrated. And I just have to say – keep the faith and know that there is something at the end of the tunnel.”

Did the troubled economy impact your decision to start or add to your family?

How much does it weigh on you now as you prepare to have another baby?

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