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Maternity Leave

  • GoFundMe for Maternity Leave: The Latest Trend.

    As we have discussed lately, The United States is one of only 3 countries in the entire world that does not offer guaranteed paid maternity leave for new mothers.  No one can deny just how outrageous this is - an embarrassment really.

    Over 88% of women are effected by this lack of paid leave.  While FMLA (Federal Medical Leave Act) guarantees your job be held for up to 12 weeks after a baby is born, there is not a guarantee that you will be paid.

    While quite a few of the top US tech companies are beginning to make headway in the parental leave department, offering 20-52 weeks of paid leave for either parent after birth, most companies offer little to no compensation.

    Families have recently taken this issue into their own hands.  Websites such as GoFundMe have become the platform for families (new mothers specifically) to reach out for funding so that they can afford to take time off from work after having a baby.

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  • Paid Leave Reduces Infant Mortality Rates

     

    On March 29, 2016, A study was released confirming that low and middle income countries who provide paid leave time for new mothers have lower infant deaths than countries that do not provide this paid time off.  Further more,  this study shows that for each additional paid month from work, the percent of infant deaths decreases by 13%.

    The numbers are staggering, but true.

    This translates to 8 out of every 1000 babies.

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  • Time to Change: FMLA Maternity Leave Needs Help.

    We can all agree that our country has a horrible way of handling maternity (and paternity!) leave.

    Another story is making waves, this time it involves a second time mom who learned that she may lose her baby at 20 weeks gestation.  She was hospitalized for a month and then sent home to bedrest with hopes of keeping baby in utero for as long as possible.  Labor held off for another month before the mother gave birth 8 weeks early.  Her baby then spent another month in the NICU.  Little did she know that her maternity leave had been ticking away before her eyes.  She was under the assumption that she would be able to utilize her twelve week maternity leave from this point on.  The reality was, she only had two weeks left. Continue reading

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