Where presidential candidates stand on paid family leave, childcare and health care

To prep for Super Tuesday, let's dive into where the candidates stand on issues that are key to mothers and parents. 👇

Where presidential candidates stand on paid family leave, childcare and health care

[Editor's note: Motherly is committed to covering all relevant presidential candidate plans as we approach the 2020 election. We are making efforts to get information from all candidates. Motherly does not endorse any political party or candidate. We stand with and for mothers and advocate for solutions that will reduce maternal stress and benefit women, families and the country.]

In the last several weeks, we've watched the field of Democrats hoping to run against President Trump in 2020 move through Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada and South Carolina. And now, we've nearly arrived at Super Tuesday.

Joe Biden, Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren and Mile Bloomberg remain in the running, along with Tulsi Gabbard, who is trailing.

This week, 1,357 delegates in Arkansas, Maine, California, Massachusetts, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Alabama, Colorado, Minnesota, Oklahoma, North Carolina, Virginia and Tennessee will pick their nominee. Now 1,357 delegates might not seem like a lot but the Super Tuesday crew represents slightly more than a third of the 3,979 total delegates up for grabs.

Basically, Super Tuesday is a big deal and what happens this week could change the course of the nomination contest.

Here's what parents should know heading into Super Tuesday, mama:

What to know about the candidates who remain

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After Motherly's second annual State of Motherhood survey (the largest, most statistically-accurate and comprehensive study of U.S. Millennial mothers) revealed that 85% of moms feel society doesn't understand or support mothers, we reached out to all presidential candidates with a series of questions on behalf of America's mothers

We are demanding change in 2020, standing with organizations and advocacy groups fighting to get American mothers the support they need and deserve and declaring this the #yearofthemother.

That's why we asked each of the candidates hoping to lead the U.S. in 2020 the following questions:

  • How will you bring paid family leave to America?
  • How will you ensure the maternal health crisis is addressed?
  • How will you ensure better maternal mental health support?
  • How will you support mothers in feeding their babies?
  • How will you create affordable childcare solutions?
  • How will you work to change the cultural expectations that contribute to maternal stress in America?
Here were their responses to these important questions.

Sen. Bernie Sanders 

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How Bernie Sanders plans to bring paid family leave to America

"The evidence is clear: doctors, the World Health Organization, parents around the world, and other experts recommend at least 6 months of paid leave. As President, Bernie will guarantee 6 months paid family leave. The U.S. must end the national disgrace of being the only major country in the world not to offer paid family leave. We will guarantee all workers paid family and medical leave, paid sick leave, and paid vacation, and ensure survivors of domestic violence receive paid leave as well."

To see the rest of Sen. Sanders' responses to Motherly's questions, click here.

Joe Biden's campaign has not yet responded to Motherly's questions 

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Motherly is making efforts to get information from all candidates, but here's what we know about Biden's plans so far:

Paid leave: Biden has not made a statement about a specific plan or number of weeks he wants to see for paid family leave.

Childcare costs: Biden plans to "provide high-quality, universal pre-kindergarten for all three- and four-year-olds."

Health care: Biden plans to build on the Affordable Care Act to offer an affordable public option to American families.

Sen. Elizabeth Warren

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How Elizabeth Warren plans to bring paid family leave to America

"I have committed to adopting and building on Senator Kirsten Gillibrand's work by fighting to make paid family and medical leave available to all workers. As President, I will fight for up to 12 weeks of paid family or medical leave in a one year period to care for a newborn or newly adopted child; to act as caregiver to a spouse, child, parent, domestic partner, or chosen family member with a serious health condition; to deal with the worker's own serious medical condition; or address specific military caregiving needs.

Workers would receive 66% of their salary, capped at $4,000 per month, with a minimum payment of $580 per month. Unlike our current unpaid federal leave system, which is limited to businesses with over 50 employees, paid family and medical leave would be available to anyone who meets the work history requirements for Social Security Disability Insurance. This would be a game-changer for American families - and a big step toward building an economy that works for all of us."

To see the rest of Sen. Warren's responses to Motherly's questions, click here.

Mike Bloomberg

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How Mike Bloomberg plans to bring paid family leave to America

"Mike believes all workers deserve access to paid family leave. Workers who receive generous family leave from their employers are more likely to remain in their jobs and have healthier children. As president, Mike will guarantee 12 weeks of paid family leave for all working Americans. Mike supports the passage of national paid family leave legislation, like the FAMILY Act, which includes men and women, the birth or adoption of a child, serious medical conditions of the employee, caregiving for a child, parent, spouse, or domestic partners in the case of a serious medical condition, and for caregiving for a spouse or child with a military-related injury."

To see the rest of Bloomberg's responses to Motherly's questions, click here.

Tulsi Gabbard's campaign has not yet responded to Motherly's questions

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Paid leave: Like many of her fellow candidates, Gabbard supports The Family Act. which would see parents get 12 weeks of leave.

Child care costs: Plans unclear.

Health care: Gabbard "supports the Medicare for All Act and serves on the Medicare for All Caucus".

Where President Trump stands 

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White House

President Trump is the likely Republican nominee, as only one Republican, former Massachusetts governor William Weld, is seeking the nomination against the sitting President.

President Trump has made some progress on paid leave, stating previously that he was "proud to sign the new law offering parents in the [federal] workforce paid family leave, serving as a model for the rest of the country", which overs federal employees who have worked for the government at least a year, allowing them to take 12 weeks paid leave after the birth or adoption of a child. About 2 million people who work for the federal government will soon have access to this paid leave, but there are more than million more working Americans who won't.

Motherly is making efforts to get information from all candidates, but for more information on where President Trump stands on paid leave, health care and other issues, click here.

By its very nature, motherhood requires some lifestyle adjustments: Instead of staying up late with friends, you get up early for snuggles with your baby. Instead of spontaneous date nights with your honey, you take afternoon family strolls with your little love. Instead of running out of the house with just your keys and phone, you only leave with a fully loaded diaper bag.

For breastfeeding or pumping mamas, there is an additional layer of consideration around when, how and how much your baby will eat. Thankfully, when it comes to effective solutions for nursing or bottle-feeding your baby, Dr. Brown's puts the considerations of mamas and their babies first with products that help with every step of the process—from comfortably adjusting to nursing your newborn to introducing a bottle to efficiently pumping.

With countless hours spent breastfeeding, pumping and bottle-feeding, the editors at Motherly know the secret to success is having dependable supplies that can help you feed your baby in a way that matches lifestyle.

Here are 9 breastfeeding and pumping products to help you no matter what the day holds.

Customflow™ Double Electric Breast Pump

Dr. Brown's electric pump

For efficient, productive pumping sessions, a double electric breast pump will help you get the job done as quickly as possible. Quiet for nighttime pumping sessions and compact for bringing along to work, this double pump puts you in control with fully adjustable settings.


Hands-Free Pumping Bra

Dr. Brown''s hands free pumping bra

Especially in the early days, feeding your baby can feel like a pretty consuming task. A hands-free pumping bra will help you reclaim some of your precious time while pumping—and all mamas will know just how valuable more time can be!


Manual Breast Pump with SoftShape™ Silicone Shield

Dr. Brown's manual breast pump

If you live a life that sometimes takes you away from electrical outlets (that's most of us!), then you'll absolutely want a manual breast pump in your arsenal. With two pumping modes to promote efficient milk expression and a comfort-fitted shield, a manual pump is simply the most convenient pump to take along and use. Although it may not get as much glory as an electric pump, we really appreciate how quick and easy this manual pump is to use—and how liberating it is not to stress about finding a power supply.


Nipple Shields and Sterilization Case

Dr. Brown's nipple shields

There is a bit of a learning curve to breastfeeding—for both mamas and babies. Thankfully, even if there are some physical challenges (like inverted nipples or a baby's tongue tie) or nursing doesn't click right away, silicone nipple shields can be a huge help. With a convenient carry case that can be sterilized in the microwave, you don't have to worry about germs or bacteria either. 🙌


Silicone One-Piece Breast Pump

Dr. Brown's silicone pump

When you are feeding your baby on one breast, the other can still experience milk letdown—which means it's a golden opportunity to save some additional milk. With a silent, hands-free silicone pump, you can easily collect milk while nursing.


Breast to Bottle Pump & Store Feeding Set

After a lifetime of nursing from the breast, introducing a bottle can be a bit of a strange experience for babies. Dr. Brown's Options+™ and slow flow bottle nipples were designed with this in mind to make the introduction to bottles smooth and pleasant for parents and babies. As a set that seamlessly works together from pumping to storing milk to bottle feeding, you don't have to stress about having everything you need to keep your baby fed and happy either.


Washable Breast Pads

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Mamas' bodies are amazingly made to help breast milk flow when it's in demand—but occasionally also at other times. Especially as your supply is establishing or your breasts are fuller as the length between feeding sessions increase, it's helpful to use washable nursing pads to prevent breast milk from leaking through your bra.


Breast Milk Storage Bags

Dr. Brown's milk storage bags

The essential for mamas who do any pumping, breast milk storage bags allow you to easily and safely seal expressed milk in the refrigerator or freezer. Dr. Brown's™ Breast Milk Storage Bags take it even further with extra thick walls that block out scents from other food items and feature an ultra secure lock to prevent leaking.


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