I am a SAHM because I just didn’t know any other way to spend time with my son. I worked freelance, so getting paid leave is out of the question. But even if I dad a traditional full time job, the most I’d get is 3-4 months. That just doesn’t feel enough!
NPR’s Ari Shapiro spoke with Dr. Benard Dreyer, a developmental and behavioral pediatrician at the New York University School of Medicine and president of the American Academy of Pediatrics, to understand the scientific evidence and benefits of paid parental leave.
Dr. Benard Dreyer said that In terms of family leave- longer the better.
“Research tells us that infancy is a critical period for infant health and child development. Nurturing or the lack of nurturing can cause epigenetic changes which can lead to lifelong problems in social-emotional health and school performance.”
Bonding is not only good for babies, but also for parents. It reduces maternal depression and increases breastfeeding- which has multiple developmental and health benefits for infants.
Do we really want to be a society that cannot nurture our next generation?