“Love the fetus, hate the child.”
America makes it near impossible for a woman to stay autonomous—hard to get family planning resources/make the choice of getting an abortion, and harder to get child care support after the baby is born. Leaving women destitute and dependants everywhere.
Look at Canada! Not only do we give almost a full year off, it can be either maternity or paternity. That’s right, daddy can stay home with the baby while the mother goes back to work. And the leave can be also be split between them. For example, the mother could take six months, and then the father could take the other six. Did I also mention that the parent on leave continues to receive pay and is guaranteed their job back?
Yet again the US SUCKS
Thank goodness America doesn’t force firms to pay people who choose not to work. If you want to have a child, great, and if your company chooses to give you paid time off, even better. But requiring others to further subsidize your choices? Nope.
This, like 94% of all the “Look how much our country sucks next to socialism” posts, is very dishonest.
Take it from someone who just had a kid.
Maternity leave in America is a state issue and each state provides different standards and requirements, but they do have leave (I won’t get into how I feel about state-funded leave programs).
California also provides leave for fathers. I don’t remember the details but you have to cover your first week (I think) and the state covers like 50% of your income for the next 6 or 8 weeks (again, don’t quote me for exact figures).
Or, you can do what I did and just ask your employer. Most companies are pretty respectful and lenient as they 1. want to be helpful in your joyous moment and 2. don’t want employees who sleep 2 hours a night to zombie their way through the day.
My boss let me setup my laptop so I can proxy in from home, just had to drive in for meetings.
Also, pretty sure maternity leave is a legally granted right in most states.
Is our system perfect? No, but I’d hate to think of how much money is wasted in a system where the government TAKES (read: taxes) the funds before hand and then distributes them for leave taken and then blows the surplus on some bullshit like a $50,000 plant potter.
Read up, people: http://www.dfeh.ca.gov/res/docs/publications/DFEH-186.pdf