Paid Maternity Leave is the Norm in Latin America, NOT The U.S.

There’s no greater joy that becoming a mother. Seeing your baby for the first time, seeing something you created out of nothing come to life is beautiful. But, at the same time you’re thinking about how many days you have with your baby. Depending on your employer you might have a couple of days unpaid or 6 weeks paid maternity leave. Many women are forced to use sick days, personal days, and vacation just to stay afloat. While paid maternity leave is normal in many countries around the world, in the U.S., it’s not.

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Woman holding her newborn baby at hospital

Woman holding her newborn baby at hospital

According to the United Nations International Labor Organization out of the 185 countries with available data, there are only 2 that do no provide cash benefits to women during maternity leave, Papua New Guinea and the U.S. Last year the Oman established paid maternity leave after pressure from them.