Netflix Leads the Way In Providing Paid Maternity Benefits

Many of us who are concerned with the health of new mothers have long been disturbed at our country’s poor record on paid maternity leave. According to a recent article, the embarrassing news is that we are the only country in the world, aside from Papua New Guinea that doesn’t guarantee paid maternity leave.

But things may be changing. Netflix, the Internet streaming company that led the way we watch old and new television shows, is doing the same by offering its employees unlimited paid maternity and paternity leave for the first year after a child’s birth.

I’m particularly hailing this step because in 2013 researchers from the University of Maryland School of Public Health found that women who had shorter maternity leaves were much more likely to develop depression after their child’s birth. It makes sense that these new mothers are overwhelmed with worries about the health of their baby, spending enough time with their child, and all of the expenses that accompany newborns.

The U.S. Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993 (FMLA) mandates 12 weeks of paid leave for new mothers, but that’s not enough to provide them with sufficient recovery, and crucial emotional bonding time.

Other studies concur with UMSPH and say that new mothers who take extended time off after their child is born are better equipped to fight stress, depression, fatigue, and illness during this major passage in their life.

Researchers found that women who took more than 12 weeks of leave experienced more energy, improved mental and physical health, and a stronger bond with their child — and importantly, their children benefited significantly.

While opponents of paid leave argue that it’s an economic burden, states where experiments with paid leave have been in place for some time found there is no evidence this policy is bad for business.

My personal hope is that other companies will follow Netflix lead, and be proactive in supporting not only new mother’s mental health, but also the health of the entire family.


~ by ppdsus on August 7, 2015.

One Response to “Netflix Leads the Way In Providing Paid Maternity Benefits”

  1. The founder of Netflix never treated me like an inferior when I handed him workout towels at the gym (I was a certified personal trainer) – he was mellow. He nver struck me as full of himself and power-hungry. He worked out very consistently too, which I believe contrbuted to his success. I’m so glad he’s doing such a great service that I fully believe in. Thanks for sharing this post!

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