Out of 178 nations, the U.S. is one of three that does not offer paid maternity leave benefits, let alone paid leave for fathers, which more than 50 of these nations offer. Here’s how the U.S. stacks up to 14 other countries:


via How The Zero Weeks Of Paid Maternity Leave In The U.S. Compare Globally | ThinkProgress.

HOORAY for “Family Values.”

6 thoughts on “How The Zero Weeks Of Paid Maternity Leave In The U.S. Compare Globally | ThinkProgress

  1. This country needs to pull itself together and do the right thing when it comes to the health and welfare of families that have just had a baby. But then again, what do you expect from a country that has a panel of men without women to discuss the needs for women when it comes to their health. Just sad :@(

    1. I’m not very optimistic about that. With my first 2 kids, I had to go back to work pretty quickly so I wouldn’t lose my job. My employer was exempted from FMLA laws because it was a small company. I worked nights, my hubby worked days. I was horribly depressed to have to leave my tiny babies, but at least he was home with them instead of having to leave them with strangers. I feel so much compassion for women who don’t have that option. It is REALLY difficult to leave them at such a young age. Now that they are older, I cherish “alone time”:p

  2. If countries like the U.K. & France can make it happen, I know we can. I wouldn’t mind paying higher taxes for things like families taking 6 months to a year off with pay to be with their newborns. That year is critical not only to the women, but to the fathers and the newborns as well. It would also help the companies that would embrace it because it would how the family that they are investing into the workforce. It would be a win, win on everyone’s part!

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