Having a baby is a leading cause of "poverty spells" in the U.S. -- when income dips below what's needed for basic living expenses.
In the U.S., 49% of mothers cobble together paid leave following childbirth by using sick days, vacation days, disability leave, and maternity leave.
51% of new mothers lack any paid leave -- so some take unpaid leave, some quit, some even lose their jobs.
The U.S is one of only 4 countries that doesn't offer paid leave to new mothers -- the others are Papua New Guinea, Swaziland, and Lesotho.
Paid family leave has been shown to reduce infant mortality by as much as 20% (and the U.S. ranks a low 37th of all countries in infant mortality).
We, the founders of People for PPL (Paid Parental Leave), call on the legislature of the state of Missouri to establish a paid leave policy for all new parents.
The Yes to Paid Parental Leave petition to Missouri State Legislation was written by Amber and is in the category Employment at GoPetition.