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Australian Women Pay High Price for Maternity Leave

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Australian women can take maternity leave, but they pay heavily for it -- sometimes for three years after their babies are born.
The Sydney Morning Herald reports they are paid less than women who don't take...
After being back at work for a year, women who took maternity leaves were paid an average of 4.4 percent less than other women.

Opinion: Don't Be Jealous of French Mothers

French moms don't have it so easy. Illustration by Christopher Healy
Did you know that in France, the state pays for one-on-one sessions of perineal therapy after you have a baby? French women get help from a doctor getting their lady bits...
On the surface it looks like working mothers in France have it all, but what they really have is the encouragement of a patriarchal republic to breed in order to restore the population after centuries of war.

The Milkmen Are Coming: In Spain, Breast-Feeding Leave Not Just for Women

Some European countries allow men to take breast-feeding breaks. Credit: Getty Images
Do real men change diapers and breast-feed? In Spain, apparently, the biological argument doesn't matter so much, as new dads get to check out of the office...
European dads want to breast-feed, too.

Massachusetts Court Says It's OK to Fire New Moms

Planning your baby registry in Massachusetts? Don't forget to add unemployment! Credit: meemal, Flickr
New moms in Massachusetts have more to look forward to than just breast-feeding and late nights -- they can also look forward to being fired...

A New Baby After Taking a New Job? That Could be a Problem in Ohio

In Ohio, your maternity leave might be permanent. Credit: Getty Images
Even in the enlightened, family-friendly world of 2010, you can still get fired for getting pregnant. In Ohio, anyway. The Ohio Supreme Court ruled this week that...

Amazing Moms: Joan Blades and Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner

Joan Blades and Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner bring mom issues to the forefront. Credit: Susan Rosner Photography
Amazing Moms: Joan Blades and Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner, authors of The Motherhood Manifesto: What America's Moms Want and What To Do...

Mat Leave Drama, Dangerous Daycares and More

Each Friday, we dish out the best news stories of the week to help keep you in the loop. As if finding quality childcare and dealing with sleep deprivation isn't enough for for moms to worry about, more Canadian women are facing pink slips when...

Opinion: Corporate America Still Hates Moms

Corporate America needs to get a clue when it comes to working moms. Credit: Getty Images
Former Goldman Sachs Vice President Charlotte Hanna recently filed a lawsuit against her employer, alleging that the firm pushed her out the door just...

Opinion: Let New Moms Bring Babies to Work

Some companies are letting new moms bring their babies back to work with them, making a difficult transition much easier. Credit: Getty Images
Becoming a mother is an earth-shattering emotional transition, and with it comes a slew of...

Europe May Give New Parents More Time With Their Tots

"Thank you, EU." European children may have reason to praise the continent's leaders for extending minimum parental leave. Credit: nickysue_evans, Flickr The European Union's employment ministers propose tacking on an additional month to the...

31 Weeks Pregnant: What to Expect During Pregnancy

Place nursing pads in your bra if your breasts have begun to leak. Credit: GE Healthcare By now, you should have a rough idea of who's going to take over your workload while you're out of the office. Brief your boss, employees and...

Recession Cutting Maternity Leaves Short

More and more moms are missing the early days with their babies because of the recession. Image: sxc.hu
Julie Fletcher and Julie Murphy are two totally different women in two totally different situations: Fletcher has five children, is a...

Would You Bring Your Child to Work?

Many of us have participated in Take Your Child To Work Day (formerly known as Take Your Daughter To Work Day). But what if you could--or had to--bring your child to work with you everyday? For more and more parents these days, that seemingly bizarre...

Aussies recommend 18 weeks paid maternity leave

The Australian government may allow new mothers 18 weeks paid maternity leave so they can spend more time with their newborns. Under the same plan, dads would be allowed two weeks of paid leave, as well. The scheme (and I love how they call it a...

Carme Chacon: When career and motherhood meet

Carme Chacon is 37 years old and an expectant mom who is seven months pregnant. She's also the defense minister of Spain, which has put her in a difficult position. While Spain has a mandated 16-week maternity leave (paid maternity leave...lets hear...

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