Did you know that only four countries in the world don’t have a national law mandating at least some paid maternity leave? Yup. The culprits are Liberia, Papua New Guinea, Swaziland, and… the United States of America.
In America, the Family Medical Leave Act guarantees most women 12 weeks of unpaid leave. But if you work for a very small company or are self-employed, you’re not legally entitled to FLMA benefits.
Most countries offer moms at least 10 weeks of paid maternity leave. Some offer special benefits to moms of multiples or moms who have suffered a miscarriage or stillbirth. And more and more countries are giving benefits to fathers, too.
The best country to give birth in? Without a doubt, it’s Sweden. You get nearly 480 paid days off per child, and you can use your maternity leave any time up until the child is 8 years old. And the country in which you’ll expected to be back to work the fastest? Tunisia – where you’ll only get 30 days at reduced pay, or the United Arab Emirates, where you get 45 days off at 100% pay.
Check out the slideshow to see who offers the best and the worst maternity benefits, as well as which countries make special accommodations for miscarriages and C-sections.nggallery id=’114098′
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