Maternity & Paternity Leave

New moms often opt for maternity leave after the baby is born, but you may be surprised to learn that most companies don't offer paid leave - and don't have to. Here we teach you about your maternity leave rights so you know what to expect before you give birth.

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MSNBC's Katy Tur on Maternity Leave: 'It's Starting Another Extremely Difficult Full-Time Job—and Trying To Survive It'
As MSNBC anchor Katy Tur ends maternity leave after the birth of her daughter, she reflects on the past six months, becoming the "lead parent" in her relationship, and why the 4 weeks of paid leave proposed in the Build Back Better plan is truly the "barest of bare minimums."
Parents Don't Just Deserve Paid Leave, They've Had Enough of Asking Nicely and are Now Demanding Congress to #SavePaidLeave
Paid family and medical leave is set to be cut completely from President Joe Biden's Build Back Better spending package, making the U.S. the only industrialized country not to offer a federal policy. But working parents aren't going down without a fight—and you shouldn't either.
Taking 4 Months of Paid Paternity Leave Made Me a Better Father
In the face of recent debates about the value of paid parental leave, this New York-based dad reflects upon how paternity leave creates strong and healthy families and a better society.
How to Maintain Financial Stability on Maternity Leave
With the United States as the only developed country without government-mandated paid parental leave, many new parents are left scrambling to make ends meet financially. Here's how to be prepared for maternity leave when it comes to money.
Reddit Cofounder Alexis Ohanian is Not Here for Companies That Stigmatize Paternity Leave
After hearing disparaging remarks by the former CEO of SoulCycle, Alexis Ohanian wrote a powerful piece on why it's about time we end the stigma on paternity leave.
Why New Dads Should Take Paternity Leave
If you live in the U.S., your partner is entitled to the same post-baby leave as you—but most guys aren't getting to take their due time. Here's how to make it happen, plus the surprising ways paternity leave benefits the whole family.

More Maternity & Paternity Leave

Election 2016: What Moms Want in a President
It's been a crazy race, and it's not over yet. But are the candidates focusing on what matters to families? In an exclusive poll (when there were still more potential presidents running), nearly 1,000 of you told us what issues are important to you.
Want Healthier Babies? Increase Paid Maternity Leave!
The amount of paid time off a woman receives after having a baby has a significant impact on infant mortality rates, according to a new study.