The United States is many things, but kind to new mothers and fathers it is most definitely NOT. The US is only one of two countries in the entire WORLD that does not require paid maternity leave. Adequate maternity leave is a big deal! It most likely leads to better economic development and lower infant mortality rates. Yet the United States has one of the worst maternity leave policies on the planet.
In this week’s show we break down what the current American system of maternity leave looks like, the law governing it (the Family Medical Leave Act, or FMLA), and how private companies and other countries approach maternity leave. This show may leave you with a bit of concern about having a child in these United States, as you will have to navigate our country’s “mosaic of shitty options” when evaluating your maternity leave situation.
Below are some of the articles and charts that we used for our research for this week’s episode.