"If the employer can't, then s/he has to place the expectant mother on maternity leave or something like that until she is out of the hospital."
Unfortunately, Gia may not have been working long enough with this particular employer in order to qualify for the mandatory 12-weeks of unpaid leave which the Family and Medical Leave Act provides. The qualifications to be met are that the employee must...
1. work for a covered employer (goverment agencies, schools, or private-sector businesses which employ a minimum of 50 employees).
2. have worked for the employer for a total of at least 12 months.
3. have worked at least 1,250 hours over the previous 12 months.
5. work at a location where at least 50 employees are employed by the employer within 75 miles.