No Maternity Leave For You
11.14.11 Tough times leave a lot of new moms going back to work almost immediately after giving birth.
More mothers are back at work one month after giving birth, The Los Angeles Times reports. Yes, you read that correctly—one month.
According to new figures released by the Census Bureau, "8 out of 10, or 82 percent, of working women whose first child was born from 2006 to 2008 were back on the job within a month," the L.A. Times says in its article.
That's quite a jump from the last census figures from 1991 through 1995 when "73 percent of first-time mothers went back to work in the first month," the bureau says, according to the L.A. Times report.
In the 2006 to 2008 time period studied, the newspaper reports that "just over half of first-time working mothers received paid time off, either maternity leave, sick leave or vacation."
Crib Notes previously reported on how worries over job security and money have many women reducing time off after their babies are born.
It's not new news that the U.S. is lagging when it comes to paid maternity leave benefits. Despite studies repeatedly finding that the earlier and longer moms-to-be stop working, the better, the United States continues to be one of five countries that don't guarantee paid leave to give birth and care for a child.
Maria Vega is Fit Pregnancy magazine's copy editor.