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Society & Culture  (tags: United States, Papua New Guinea, paid maternity leave, exceptionalism lol, mothers, babies )

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Animae C (509)
Monday May 11, 2015, 6:22 am
T.Y. Dandelion

Birgit W (160)
Tuesday May 12, 2015, 10:00 am
Excellent video. Our society is just sick. What more is important in life than bringing up a child? It is just unnatural not allowing mother's to be with their babies. Each animal is better off than mother's in the US and their poor children, and we wonder why our kids are feeling lost.
Thanks for sharing Dandelion.

Maryann S (112)
Tuesday May 12, 2015, 1:33 pm
Great video! I didn't get sick leave when my boys were born in the early 70's. I had to quit as I was in the hospital 15 days with the 1st and 11 days with the 2nd!

Lois Jordan (63)
Tuesday May 12, 2015, 3:39 pm
Noted. Thanks so much for posting, Dandelion. I saw this Sunday nite and was cheering his reporting on this. Looks like the U.S. is #1 on issues we should be lowest on the list; alternatively, we are ranking low on those issues we should be #1. Upside-down world right now.

Athena F (131)
Tuesday May 12, 2015, 5:46 pm
Thank you!

Past Member (0)
Tuesday May 12, 2015, 7:06 pm
Thanks, noted and agree Dandelion. Humans need to learn how to be more humane and human.

Walter F (128)
Tuesday May 12, 2015, 7:47 pm
Cheryl the video wouldn't open in Australia.However i endorse Janice's statement.

Edith B (146)
Tuesday May 12, 2015, 9:23 pm
The only time mothers are important in this country is when they are pregnant, then our government is interested in seeing that the STAY pregnant.

Shirley S (187)
Tuesday May 12, 2015, 11:01 pm
Sorry no video here

Arild Warud (174)
Wednesday May 13, 2015, 5:59 am
Shame on you USA,time to do what other civilized Countries are doing,give mothers fully paid maternity leave.

From Norwegian law:

Rights in connection with pregnancy, childbirth and care of small children

Shailja Mukhtyar (90)
Wednesday May 13, 2015, 8:25 pm
do we really forget moms sacrifice 364 days & give an $10 cake, / chocolates/ flowers/ or $2 card ... once a year?? should we appreciate moms decades of sacrifices, at all hours of the night... a litte more often???
wake up... let everyday be moms day...!!!

Sheryl G (359)
Thursday May 14, 2015, 7:36 am
Well not only a cake and flowers but wouldn't it be nice, as this video is stating, to catch up with the world, to give new Mothers paid time off to bond with her baby and take care of the child and herself for a few months. That is why we are on par with Papua New Guinea......the USA and that Country are the only two Countries that do not give Mothers time off, let alone with pay.

Terrie Williams (798)
Thursday May 14, 2015, 2:23 pm
Sigh............. the only thing AmuriKKKa is exceptional at is WAR and KILLING. Mother's and LIFE....not so much.

Evelyn B (63)
Thursday May 14, 2015, 2:26 pm
To be honest, I think it should be "parental leave" - and fathers should also have time to bond, & adjust to, the new enlarged family! It's not just the biological role, there's a whole psychological process that is necessary.

Many countries have laws on parental leave, that allow splitting the total approved leave between the parents. Obviously, in the first few weeks at least, biological determinents mean that the mother logically has leave - but once healing has completed, and breast-feeding is less essential .... fathers can share the work. I have family members where the father took over the baby-minding (including feeding milk expressed by the mother) after the first 3 months! And it worked well. When the law first came out, there was considerable reticence, & employers weren't at all supportive of fathers claiming their rights ... But with time, this is changing.

And a great side effect - employers are less reluctant to employ women who might get pregnant & need maternity leave ..... because hte same "risk" applies to men, so gender discrimination is diminishing where paternity leave is legal!

Rose B (141)
Thursday May 14, 2015, 4:58 pm
Same as Ros

DaleLovesOttawa O (198)
Thursday May 14, 2015, 6:38 pm
While things are not perfect in Canada, at least there is more generosity towards mothers here. It would be helpful for so many families if the U.S. went along with much of the world when it comes to maternity leave.

Lynn Squance (235)
Friday May 15, 2015, 1:16 am
Here in Canada, leave is up to 52 weeks broken down as follows: Maternity Parental Leave
"EI maternity benefits can be paid for a maximum period of 15 weeks. You cannot receive EI maternity benefits beyond 17 weeks after the expected or actual week of childbirth, whichever of the two is later.

EI parental benefits can be paid for a maximum period of 35 weeks. The payments must be made within 52 weeks of the week your child was born or the week your child was placed with you for adoption."

In my experience, the mother is the one who usually takes the 52 weeks. If the father takes parental leave, it is considered part of the 35 weeks noted above. Also, some employers may have extended benefits covering parental leave. Mothers always have the noted 17 weeks. A new father could take 17 weeks of parental leave while the mother takes her maternity leave, and then he might return to work while she finishes of the additional 18 weeks parental leave, as an example.

I heard today about a new case where a woman in BC is pregnant with her 3rd child. Her husband is on disability of $1,500/month. She is being denied maternity benefits by the government because his disability payment is considered social assistance as is her maternity benefits. A family of 5 living on $1500/mth here in Metro Vancouver is impossible. This is very current so actions are still ongoing.

Past Member (0)
Saturday May 16, 2015, 6:30 am
Brilliant,thanks for posting dandelion. And some people wonder why families end up needing financial help from the government, when a new Mother may have to quit her job in order to have that important bondong time with her newborn!

Sheryl G (359)
Saturday May 16, 2015, 10:20 am
I know Linda, all about "family" they are.....but not really, they speak out of both sides of their mouth. Actually both Parties are failing is just more open about it and more brash about it.

fahad Al fahad (140)
Saturday May 16, 2015, 2:44 pm
This means that the US government does not encourage women employees to give birth to boys :)
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