Even North Korea provides this...
maybe not full pay, but at the very least one quarter or one half pay
The US is the only major country without paid maternity leave. According to the Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993, women are only allowed 12 weeks unpaid leave to take care of newborns or adopted children. In the UK, maternity leave is paid for 39 weeks, in which 90% of average weekly earnings is paid for by the employer for the first 6 weeks, then a smaller amount after that. There are even other governmental perks as well. In the Netherlands, a woman can get 100% of her earnings for 16 weeks when she takes maternity leave. Fathers even are entitled to a paid paternity leave. The US really needs to get with the rest of the world here and treat mothers (and fathers) better than they currently do. It's disgraceful that women can't get paid time off to take care of themselves and be with their child when the child was just born.
It's a family issue.
What do they expect us to do, give birth in an office chair and change diapers on our desk? Seriously, people, having a kid is hard stuff.
The United States is the only country without paid maternity leave and that is costing many women valuable jobs and money. The workplace is already a tough place for women and this is mainly because those hiring seem to think women are not as beneficial employees because of the fact they might be raising a family and that takes time away from their work. Raising a family is important and should not be seen as a negative so paid maternity leave should be made mandatory in order to help women when it comes to raising their families.
If you have a child it's your responsibility to take care of it and juggle that with your job. Having a child is not a requirement for your safety and to live it's a luxury. That's like someone paying me for owning a pool at my house. Does that make sense?
People are not taking enough responsibility now. TAKE RESPONSIBILTY!