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11/15/2011 at 12:00 PM ET

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A. on

Having an extremely short maternity leave is nothing new for working mothers. My Mother had to return to work after only TWO WEEKS after she had each of her children. But then this was in the eighties and my father was unemployed, so she didn’t have a choice but to return to work so soon. I believe women should automatically get three months to tend and care for their little ones. It doesn’t always work out that way though. Women in Sweden (or is it Switzerland?) are a lot more fortunate. They get a full six months of maternity leave.

Jillian on

There is so much the article about returning to work does not tell us. Were they required to go back to work or lose their jobs? Or did the chose to go back? What’s the percentage of each? Most companies (depending on if the meet the requirements) are required by law to provide 12 weeks unpaid FMLA leave to employees, and this protects your job. Many companies also provide paid STD in addition. I just think it would be interesting to know why moms are returning to work after a month.


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