The conversation in the workplace around maternity and paternity leave policies is a big one—and that dialogue isn’t stopping anytime soon. It’s no secret that the United States is behind when it comes to post-baby leave practices. In fact, it’s one of the only developed countries that doesn’t require workplaces to mandate a maternity and paternity leave policy.

But that doesn’t mean you can’t get some inspiration from other countries and encourage change in your workplace. (Or for your own employees, you mom bosses.)

CapRelo curated an interactive map that shows you exactly what parental leave laws are around the world, including the amount of time off and what is paid.


Here is a glimpse at five of the top parental leave policies from around the world:


Maternity leave: 480 days, 80% paid

Paternity leave: 480 days, 80% paid

Bonus: Applies to adoptions and can be used until child turns 8


Maternity leave: 58 weeks, 90% paid

Paternity leave: 15 days, 90% paid


Maternity leave: 52 weeks, 18 weeks paid at minimum wage

Paternity leave: 14 days, all paid at minimum wage

Bonus: Partners can swap their leave to one another if unused

United Kingdom

Maternity leave: up to 52 weeks, 90% paid up to 39 weeks

Paternity leave: 1 or 2 weeks, flat rate benefit or 90% paid, whichever is less

Bonus: Mamas are required to take at least 2 weeks; 4 weeks if working in factory


Maternity leave: 26 weeks, 100% paid (at companies 10+ employees)

Paternity leave: 0 days

While the maternity leave policies are definitely great for women, we still have a ways to go globally for fathers. And the United States definitely needs to get on board to help families during such an important time in their life, whether that’s through a natural birth, fostering or adoption—without having to take a tremendous financial cut or unpaid time off. Mamas can also benefit from more guidance and support when they do decide to transition back into the workplace.

So, in 2018, we’re hoping that more advancements are made with parental leave.

Let’s leave behind the stigma that a woman’s career is over after kids.

Let’s leave behind the idea that men don’t need time to bond with baby.

Let’s leave behind the thought that women don’t need a little extra time when battling postpartum depression or anxiety.

Let’s leave behind the assumption that motherhood only counts when it involves a physical birth.

Together, mamas (and dads), we can start the conversation in our communities and workplaces and make a change.

Motherhood is a practice in learning, growing and loving more than you ever thought possible. Even as a "veteran" mama of four young sons and one newly adopted teenager, Jalyssa Richardson enthusiastically adapts to whatever any given day has in store—a skill she says she's refined through the years.

Here's what just one day in her life looks like:

Jalyssa says she learned to embrace agility throughout her motherhood journey. Here's more from this incredible mama of five boys.

What is the most challenging part of your day as a mom of five?

Time management! I want to meet each of the boys' individual needs—plus show up for myself—but I often feel like someone gets overlooked.

What's the best part of being a mom of five?

The little moments of love. The hugs, the kisses, the cuddles, the smiles... they all serve as little reminders that I am blessed and I'm doing okay.

Are there misconceptions about raising boys?

There are so many misconceptions about raising boys. I think the biggest one is that boys don't have many emotions and they're just so active all the time. My boys display many emotions and they also love to be sweet and cuddly a lot of the time.

What do you think would surprise people the most about being a mom of five?

How much I enjoy it. I never knew I wanted to be a mom until I was pregnant with my first. My desire only grew and the numbers did! I am surprised with every single baby as my capacity to love and nurture grows. It's incredible.

How do you create balance and make time for yourself?

Balance for me looks like intentional planning and scheduling because I never want my boys to feel like they aren't my first priority, but it is extremely difficult. What I try to do is not fit it all into one day. I have work days because motherhood is my first priority. I fit in segments of self-care after the kids' bedtime so I don't grow weary.

What's the biggest lesson you have learned from motherhood?

I have learned that sacrifice is actually beautiful. I was terrified of the selflessness motherhood would require, but I've grown so much through the sacrifice. There is nothing better than living for something bigger than myself.

When did you first feel like a mom? How has your motherhood evolved?

I first felt like a mom when I was pregnant with my first son and I intentionally chose to change my eating habits so my body could be strong and healthy for him. I didn't have to think twice—I just did what I thought would be best for him. That decision being so effortless made me realize I was made for motherhood.

My perspective has changed with each baby as I've realized motherhood doesn't have to be one-size-fits-all. With my first son, I was a by-the-book mama and it was so stressful. With each baby, I have felt more freedom and it has made motherhood so much more beautiful. I have evolved into the mother that they need, I am perfect for these boys.

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As mamas we want our babies to be safe, and that's what makes what happened to Glee actress Naya Rivera and her 4-year-old son Josey so heartbreaking. Late Wednesday night news broke that Rivera was missing and presumed drowned after her 4-year-old son, Josey, was found floating alone on a rented boat on Lake Piru in Ventura County, California.

According to the Los Angeles Times, Ventura County Sheriff's Department Capt. Eric Buschow said the mother and her preschooler were swimming near the boat Wednesday afternoon. Josey got back into the rented boat after the swim but his mother did not. The preschooler was later found by other boaters, sleeping alone in the boat. Rescuers were able to figure out who he was because Rivera's wallet and identification were on the boat.


Our hearts are breaking for Josey and his dad right now. So much is unknown about what happened on Lake Piru but one thing is crystal clear: Naya Rivera has always loved her son with all her heart.

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