Pregnant mom joins flourishing pull for guaranteed paid maternity leave

Before her daughter Brooke was innate in Nov of 2015, Alessandra — who asked CBS News not to use her final name — hadn’t given most suspicion to a politics of motherhood.

“A lot of us who aren’t in a conditions are blind to it,” she told us.

But now, as she’s awaiting her second child, she’s vocalization out as partial of a flourishing pull for guaranteed maternity leave in America.

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Pregnant mom Alessandra with daughter Brooke

“Even toward a finish of my pregnancy we found myself great and meditative … because am we bringing a baby into this universe when we can’t even spend my time with her,” Alessandra said.

The United States is a usually grown nation that does not guarantee paid leave to new parents.

In a past dual decades, support for paid maternity leave has grown to 82 percent, according to Pew Research.

But in that same time, there’s been 0 boost in a series of women indeed regulating parental leave of any kind.


Divergent Trends in U.S. Maternity and Paternity Leave, 1994-2015 reports “… there was no boost or diminution in a series or rate of women on maternity leave.”

Jay Zagorsky is an economist during The Ohio State University.


Jay Zagorsky

“This is rather startling given a U.S. economy has grown by two-thirds over that time frame,” Zagorsky said.

Nationally, 88 percent of workers have no entrance to paid leave by their employers. Although these policies are expanding, Zagorsky pronounced during a stream gait it would be 200 years before all Americans are covered.

“There are indeed usually 4 countries in a universe that don’t yield any paid leave and those 4 countries are a United States, Swaziland, Liberia and Papa New Guinea. I’m not certain we unequivocally wish to be in that category,” he said.


Countries that don’t offer paid maternity leave: United States, Swaziland, Liberia and Papa New Guinea

Through her pursuit during a tiny financial company, Alessandra got 6 weeks of delinquent leave. She bumped it adult to 9 weeks regulating vacation days — afterwards reluctantly put her daughter into daycare.

“I couldn’t nap during night, we only cried myself to nap for days. we didn’t know if we can hoop it. It felt like we was carrying a panic conflict about withdrawal her with someone else,” Alessandra said.

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She had each wish of resuming her career, though between her and her husband’s work schedules and a costs of childcare, her family was in a red — emotionally and financially.


Pregnant mom Alessandra with daughter Brooke

“You shouldn’t have to win a lottery … in sequence for we to go behind to work and do something we adore while still being a mom,” she forked out.

President Trump has affianced to extend 6 weeks of paid leave to all operative mothers. That is reduction than half of what a United Nations says should be a unclothed minimum.

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