I can't understand how a mother in the US can be against longer, paid maternity leave. I have read comments from some of them about how it's a family's duty to make the sacrifices where needed and not the employers or tax-payers.
I can understand people without kids saying this, but how can families be against getting more time with their children and more financial help? It seems to me that it's a question of pride. They feel they have accomplished a lot by going back to work soon after a birth or feel they have accomplished a lot by living off one salary to have a stay-at-home parent and they don't want anything to take that away...
To be a great parent (to a baby since we're talking about maternity leave) and to work full time is not only hard, it's something not every mother has the ability to do. That's not to mention the arrangements that are made for the care of your baby while you're working, which is a whole other difficulty. To be a great parent when you're living on only one salary is impossible for some, hard for others and only perfectly OK when the working parent makes at minimum twice the amount of minimum salary.
Shouldn't everyone be given the resources to give good care to their baby even if they don't have everything going for them? Shouldn't less fortunate people be able to have children without going through immense hardship that ends up affecting the baby/child too?
I can't understand how mothers in particular can be against longer paid maternity leave. Seriously. Let's give all mothers an equal chance even if they happen to be less fortunate! And to those who are among the less fortunate and are against longer paid maternity leave, put your pride aside!!! You are worse than those more fortunate moms against longer paid maternity leave. If you could get more time with your baby, and be paid a good chunk of your regular salary... Meaning: Your baby has the person who is most important to him in these early and critical times, and you don't have to be financially broke to do it... and you say no, you are not putting your child first.
And I don't want bullshit about them wanting to go back to work 4 weeks after giving birth. No woman would take less than 4 months off work if they were paid and were guaranteed the same position and salary and benefits as they had before the leave started.