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The U.S. may be the only country in the developed world that does not offer any paid maternity leave, according to a new report. Countries with half the GDP are more generous than the U.S. when it comes to offering financial support to new mothers, the report suggests.
Conducted by CommonCentsMom.com, a parenting website, the report analyzed the costs of early child care for women in 40 countries and how much time off they receive. The research used data sources from national statistics offices, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), the World Bank and Eurostat from 2020 and 2021.
“We already knew that the U.S. had a zero maternity leave policy and wanted to understand just how normal that was compared to other developed countries,” said Katie Ren, the founder of CommonCentsMom.com. “The results show that America is by far the worst country for childcare in the developed world.”
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