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  1. #1

    Question Paid Maternity Leave

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    I've just read that the USA is one of the few countries in the world that doesn't offer paid maternity leave. So my question to you all is, how do women (single or otherwise) afford to have a child in the US? Does it become career suicide or is child care affordable enough not to need much time off? Educate me.
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    For my family I have stayed home with my kids. Good childcare is very expensive. Kids under 1 year old count as watching 2 kids (for the regulations in my state), so some places wont even take kids till they are 1.

    I now watch one of my friends kids when they both have to work. So I make a little money and they dont have to pay the high rates.

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    I never received any benefits. I stayed home while the kids were little and took the odd contract.

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    Rue you aren't in the US. I stayed home with my girls for several years. When they started school, I got a part time job at the school. Luckily for me and my girls, at that time, my husband's job paid enough so I didn't have to work. While paid maternity leave is not mandated, some of the better companies do have it and paid paternity leave.
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    That's the strange thing, our Tribal employee plan (I'm Native American and work for the Tribe) does have paid maternity and paternity leave, I guess were ahead of the curve for once, LOL.
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    I imagine that jobs with benefits like maternity pay are very valuable. How standard is that kind of package? Do most jobs come with that kind of set up?

    Here you get up to a year off if need be, much of that with statutory pay, and a legal right to return to your same job after a year of leave.

    Without a supportive partner, how do single mothers survive in the US?
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    It depends on the state laws and company benefits. The state laws protect the woman from being fired for unpaid maternity leave (6 weeks). Some state laws will specifically tell companies that they must pay for 6 weeks of maternity leave. Companies will also have a provision for how much paid leave they will allow for maternity leave. Sometimes this is part of their yearly personal leave time, sometimes they can buy leave ahead of time.

    Single mothers survive by living close to relatives who would help out with babysitting or they pay for daycare.

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    Oh yes, I'd forgotten about state vs. federal laws. Interesting. Ok.

    It'd make breast-feeding impossible though wouldn't it? Unless the day-carer came to the workplace to milk you like a cow!
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    There are no federal laws governing maternity leave. At least none that I am aware of.

    There are many women who go back to work, and find that their milk supply goes down because of work place stress. Many companies are allow for breast pumping rooms, and storing of breast milk within the workplace refrigerators/freezers. So the daycare would get the breast milk or formula once the baby is dropped off.

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    Wow, that's quite weird. But accommodating under the circumstances!
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