What We Know

Facts About Paternity and Maternity Leave:

  • The United States is the only developed country in the world that does not mandate employers to offer paid leave for new mothers.
  • 1 in 4 women go back to work less than 2 weeks after giving birth because the vast majority of Americans (86%) have no paid leave.
  • While a small minority of states has taken bold steps to ensure their residents have access to paid family leave, the majority remain without such benefits.
  • Research suggests that access to maternity leave can affect breastfeeding rates and duration, reduce the risk of infant mortality, and increase the likelihood of infants receiving well-baby care and vaccinations.
  • Only 12 percent of women in the private sector have access to any sort of paid maternity leave.

Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development

Paid Family Leave Map

Social protection for maternity: Key political trends and statistics

Paid Parental Leave in the United States