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According to the report, as of 2013, only the United States and Papua New Guinea didn’t require paid maternity leave.
The United States does require unpaid maternity leave, through the Family and Medical Leave Act. But even that law leaves a lot of workers ineligible for unpaid leave, either because their employer is too small to be covered by the law or because they haven’t worked for their firm for long enough.
originally posted by: Cabin
Personally I do see paid mother leave as a necessity in any nation. The time spent with the parents during the first couple of years affects the development of child incredibly. When both parents need to work in order for the family to survive, in the end the child will have severe disadvantage compared to children born into families, where one of the parents is staying home with the child and personally I do believe every child should have the same opportunities for life, whoever their parents are. I am not from US myself, so I am interested in American opinions on it. Round here, there is a paid mother/father leave of 3 years, with which personally I am satisfied with.