May 6, 2018

Guess who has better Maternity Leave: US or North Korea?

“Motherhood does not produce a profit for Capitalists & therefore caring for a new baby is not considered valuable effort.”

C’mon, America.

Yeah this is very much an America thing. Most other developed countries have been better than this for decades.”

“Even in Brazil we have 4 to 6 months.”

“German moms receive 6 weeks before their due date off, and only 8 weeks after birth at 100% paid by health insurance. Then it goes to 60% pay for up to two years. We consider that inadequate.”

“I live in Texas, which has the highest infant mortality rate in the [developed world] because the cut off for uninsured medical care is at 60 days. It’s sinful.”

“I’m fairly certain North Korea has a better maternity leave than us.” Yup: 11 weeks.

“In Australia you get a minimum of 6 months paid maternity leave.”

“In UK it’s 39 weeks paid SMP, and an additional 13 unpaid (if you choose). They also brought in shared parental leave, meaning you can split up those 39 weeks with dad if you want to. So you could take 20, he take 19 weeks, either together or at different times.”

“Sounds a lot like how we do it here in Denmark.

4 weeks before and 14 weeks after the birth the woman goes on leave. During this period the dad has right for 2 weeks leave (which can be extended). After that, they have another 32 weeks of leave each. The dad has the possibility of pushing his 32 weeks of leave into the first 14 week (what I said could be extended). So mother and father has the possibility of being together with their newborn if they so pleases for the first 7-8 odd month.

It is really flexible, and most parents picks to first have mom home and then dad home over the course of a year.” Comments via.

Our country is upside-down. Let’s tax Wall Street, push those bonuses over to teachers and mothers and fathers. Let’s honor service, not selfishness. Let’s honor dads who want to be good fathers. Let’s support mothers, and reduce infant mortality in the process. Let’s be the kind of country, and world, that we can and should be.

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Claire Small May 7, 2018 9:54pm

In Australia the govt will pay up to 18 weeks maternity leave at the national minimum wage ($672.70 per week). Most companies offer no more than 12 weeks maternity leave, which may or may not be unpaid (the law does not require compaies to offer paid maternity leave). These can be taken concurrently but if you go back to work before the 18 weeks is up the govt leave is cut off.

Waylon Lewis May 7, 2018 4:52pm


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Waylon Lewis, founder of Elephant Journal & host of Walk the Talk Show with Waylon Lewis, is a 1st generation American Buddhist “Dharma Brat.” Voted #1 in U.S. on twitter for #green two years running, Changemaker & Eco Ambassador by Treehugger, Green Hero by Discovery’s Planet Green, Best (!) Shameless Self-Promoter at Westword’s Web Awards, Prominent Buddhist by Shambhala Sun, & 100 Most Influential People in Health & Fitness 2011 by “Greatist”, Waylon is a mediocre climber, lazy yogi, 365-day bicycle commuter & best friend to Redford (his rescue hound). His aim: to bring the good news re: “the mindful life” beyond the choir & to all those who didn’t know they gave a care. elephantjournal.com | His first book, Things I would like to do with You, touches on modern relationships from a Buddhist point of view. His dream of 9 years, the Elephant “Ecosystem” will find a way to pay 1,000s of writers a month, helping reverse the tide of low-quality, unpaid writing & reading for free online.