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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Sat, 12-31-2011 - 12:43pm
Exactly.
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Sat, 12-31-2011 - 1:19pm

yea, it didn't really say what "bonding" meant or what that looked like.

 

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Sat, 12-31-2011 - 1:46pm

i think one is also that age when parents think about more kids or if they're done having kids too, many moms who SAH for that first year IME got pg again which put off returning to a job longer. but i do think there are advantages in a european system that saves a job for a year so mom can stay home with her child.

 

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Sun, 01-01-2012 - 1:03am
I'm from Canada and for about the last 12 years we have had 1 year of paid maternity leave (as long as you worked for about 6 months prior to taking the leave). Prior to that it was 6 months paid leave. The benefits are paid by the government and are equal to about 50% of your regular salary up to a max of around $25K per year and your job is guaranteed to be there for you when you return. My son is now 7 months and I can't imagine if I had to go back to work when he was only a few months old. How exhausting to be back to work and still waking up to do night feedings (at least I was when my ds was just a few months old).
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Mon, 01-02-2012 - 12:41pm
Here in the USA parenting is seen as not very important. Bosses dont care about parenting and mother child bonding. There are win win situations sich as daycare on the premises for the mom or a longer maternity leave. A six week leave is idiotic.
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Registered: 01-21-2011
Mon, 01-02-2012 - 11:29pm

It does definitely create a tough situation for most working moms in the states. I was off about 4 months with my first and then 15 months with my second. I enjoyed the 15 months, but they were hugely stressful for budget reasons as well.

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Registered: 01-15-2006
Tue, 01-03-2012 - 7:20am

i wouldn't go as far as to say bosses don't care but i do think arrangements like allowing a parent a year leave would be awful expensive, and benefits are already pretty expensive (my husband's work, anyway).

 

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Tue, 01-03-2012 - 7:46am
srprsboy wrote:
Here in the USA parenting is seen as not very important. Bosses dont care about parenting and mother child bonding.
Yikes.

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Tue, 01-03-2012 - 9:14am

In Denmark, the leave is paid for with insurance, similar to unemployment or disability insurance. You get 90% of full pay when out on leave.

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Registered: 01-15-2006
Tue, 01-03-2012 - 9:54am

i forgot this but my friend worked for an employer who paid her about 50.00 a week (maybe it was twice a month) to help offset dcp arrangements when her kids were small, this was 10+ years ago, i remember thinking that was a pretty cool benefit.

 

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