Is paid leave available for mothers of infants?


This map tells us whether countries provide paid leave from work for mothers of infants.

More information:

  • Paid leave for mothers includes both paid maternity leave, which is leave reserved for mothers of infants, and paid parental leave, which is leave for either parent of an infant, that can be taken by women.
  • We report the leave available in weeks under normal conditions, excluding extended leave periods under extraordinary circumstances such as childbirth complications.
  • International Labor Organization standards state that women should be guaranteed at least 14 weeks of paid maternity leave.
  • The World Health Organization recommends at least 6 months of breastfeeding, which is facilitated by paid leave.