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The Choice No Parent Should Have to Make: The Case for Paid Family Leave

By Sara Buckingham (PhD candidate in Clinical Psychology and Community & Applied Social Psychology at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County) Like other American families, while Melissa and Rob eagerly anticipated the birth of their second child, they also had to decide how much time they could afford to take off work to care for their newborn. Physicians and psychologists recommend leave time of at least 6–8 weeks because: Leave benefits […]

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The Working Sick

Mother feeling forehead of her daughter

By Roberta Downing, PhD (Senior Legislative and Federal Affairs Officer, APA Public Interest Directorate – Government Relations Office) Have you ever had to work even though you had a cold or the flu because you couldn’t afford to lose a day’s pay? Or have you ever missed work to care for a sick child and then taken a hit in your paycheck for those days at home? Too many parents in […]

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Let Us Care for Ourselves and Our Loved Ones

Mother with crying newborn

We are honored to publish this guest post by Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro on the need for paid family and medical leave. By U.S. Representative Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) If you have a baby, shouldn’t you be able to take time off from work to care for your newborn? Most of the world thinks so. In fact, every single country in the world ensures access to some form of paid maternity leave, except for […]

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