Shocking Maternity Leave PSA Shows Woman Pregnant For 260 Weeks

by Emerald Pellot
Emerald Pellot graduated summa cum laude from New York University with a degree in Writing & Popular Culture. She worked as Senior Editor of College Candy for 2 years, covering feminism, popular culture, and college life before joining LittleThings in 2015. Based in New York City, Emerald covers a wide range of topics from human interest pieces to celebrity news.

Lauren is 260 weeks pregnant. She goes to work every day with her giant, protruding bump, and requires a little extra help because of it.

No, Lauren doesn’t have a strange condition: she is choosing to stay pregnant until her child is around 5 years old. Why? The United States is the only developed country in the entire world that does not offer maternity or paternity leave.

This shocking ad by the National Partnership for Women & Families (which aired on the popular TV show The Doctors) depicts how desperate mothers have become to balance work and raise newborns.

Over 60 percent of workers in the country do not receive paid family leave, while nearly 25 percent of mothers go back to work within two weeks of giving birth, according to the group.

That means parents are obligated to go right back to work or the bills will suffer.

Family leave isn’t a break from work: any new parent can tell you that taking care of a newborn is no paid vacation. Family leave allows parents to provide infants with the care necessary to thrive as children, and gives new parents the time to form those essential bonds in the first months of their baby’s life.

Every developed nation in the world provides maternity leave, while many others now provide paternity leave as well.

It doesn’t matter what your politics are, we can all get behind supporting parents so that they can give their infants the very best, right? Visit the National Partnership for Women & Families to see how you can help fight for paid family leave.

Please SHARE this important message if you support family leave.

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