There's nothing more important than the bond between a newborn baby and their parents. And while an emotional bond and attachment between parents and a child happen overs years of development, the first year is the most important because a baby's brain grows most rapidly in the first 12 months of life.
In fact, According to Scientific American, paid parental leave benefits baby's brain development. Research shows infant's brains form up to a thousand new connections per second, but those connections form best when the babies are exposed to the kind of stimulation parents on paid leave can provide.
Every parent in America should have the chance to bond with their newborn child, and America deserves a national paid leave policy that supports families.
While the nation works on a single policy, there are some very special workplaces stepping up to the plate and leading the way when it comes to helping parents do what they do best: parent.
Here are 11 employers who get it.
At fast-and-casual salad chain Sweetgreen, it's not just mothers who get five months of paid parental leave, it's "mothers, fathers, adoptive parents, foster parents, and others with new additions to their families" that receive this amazing benefit. The company believes it's their "responsibility to lead the way" and they urge other companies to join in the movement.
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