1 in 4 Women: Lack of Access to Paid Family Leave is a Public Health Crisis

Because the U.S. lacks a national paid family leave policy, 1 in 4 new moms in the U.S. return to work within 2 weeks of giving birth – a staggering statistic that impacts infant and maternal health outcomes, child development and the overall economic health of families and communities. This issue brief – developed jointly by 1,000 Days and PL+US – highlights the public health impact of paid family leave (and lack thereof), and calls on our nation’s leaders to support paid family leave policy that is adequate, accessible and equal for all.

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