Maternity Leave?

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Maternity Leave?
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Thu, 12-29-2011 - 11:21am

What do you think is the optimum time for both moms and babies to be on maternity leave?

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Registered: 12-17-2003
Thu, 12-29-2011 - 1:31pm

If the research is accurate, one needs to decide which is more important, the people who depend on them at work or the infant they have at home.

Decisions would have to be made, like possibly holding off on aggressive career advancements until after one's child/children are older or maybe choose career or job that wouldn't not be devastated if another took one's place for a year. Possibly more work at home jobs could be created. Maybe larger companies can incorportae days cares whithin the facilities where the mother could have regular contact with their infants. As well as more research into the effects of a father staying and extended paternity leave where possibly the time home could be split.

I am throwing ideas out there. If the research is accurate, I would like to see the current structure in America change allowing women to stay home for up to a year.

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Registered: 01-08-2009
Thu, 12-29-2011 - 2:45pm

I had eight months off with my older one (unpaid) and five months off with my younger one (also unpaid).

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Registered: 01-15-2006
Thu, 12-29-2011 - 2:45pm

if the study is attributing bonding to better health, i would agree!

 

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Registered: 01-08-2009
Thu, 12-29-2011 - 5:20pm

What do you consider a "reasonable" amount of time to hold a job for someone?

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Registered: 05-13-2009
Thu, 12-29-2011 - 5:45pm
I work for a global company - Maternity and paternity leave in Europe is at least a year, paid in many cases. I have many German employees as dotted line reports on my projects, and we seem to manage to get our work done.

I took about a year with dd, and 8 months with ods, 8 weeks paid for both, though one child was adopted so there was not "medical" leave involved in that one. My husband, same company, took 1 unpaid year with yds.

We were not guaranteed the exact same job when we returned, but we were offered a comparable job.
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Registered: 02-04-2009
Thu, 12-29-2011 - 9:46pm

Moms should be on maternity leave 6 months to a year.

Babies?

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Registered: 02-24-2009
Fri, 12-30-2011 - 3:23am

Yep, Danish companies also seem to manage somehow. There paid leave is a year, although many couples split it, each taking 6 months. Daycares there are divided into those for kids under a year old and those for kids over a year, so most people simply stay home the first year and skip the baby daycare. Because the norm is for kids to start daycare at one and most kids do, it seems to go pretty easily for most kids. It is just what you do when you turn one, sort of thing.

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Registered: 01-15-2006
Fri, 12-30-2011 - 7:12am
i was thinking of my DH's workplace when i wrote that, and more time than sick and long term disab is their discretion to make.

 

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Registered: 01-15-2006
Fri, 12-30-2011 - 7:15am
isn't denmark a socialist country.. and is all daycare subsidized there?

 

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Registered: 02-04-2009
Fri, 12-30-2011 - 7:28am
No. Denmark is a constitutional monarchy, with a representative parliament.

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