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Where in the World Is the US Headed With Maternity Leave?

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The United States, according to the WORLD Policy Analysis Center, is the only industrialized nation in the world that does not guarantee paid maternity leave. Just last week, Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump said he indeed planned for paid maternity leave — but only for six weeks. Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton’s plan calls for 12 weeks of paid maternity leave.

While the 12 weeks may appear favorable to new parents, how does it really compare to the rest of the industrialized world? ATTN posted a video starring Nev Schulman of MTV’s "Catfish: The TV Show" and Laura Perlongo, his pregnant fiancée, calling on the United States to take more strides for both new mothers and fathers. Take a moment to learn more, and watch the video below!

Reviewed September 23, 2016
by Michele Blacksberg RN
Edited by Jody Smith
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1)    Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton both support paid family leave. That’s a breakthrough. Washington Post. Retrieved September 22, 2016. https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/monkey-cage/wp/2016/09/22/donald-trump-and-hillary-clinton-both-support-paid-family-leave-thats-a-breakthrough/

2)    Is paid leave available to mothers and fathers of infants? World Policy Center. Retrieved September 22, 2016. http://www.worldpolicycenter.org/policies/is-paid-leave-available-to-mothers-and-fathers-of-infants/is-paid-leave-available-for-mothers-of-infants

3) Dads and moms deserve more time off with their kids. ATTN. Retrieved September 22, 2016. https://twitter.com/attn/status/778987534546120704

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