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Lack of paid family leave, support at work partly to blame for 30-year low in fertility rates: Experts

ABC News cited research from the WORLD Policy Analysis Center at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health showing that the U.S. is the only high-income country that doesn’t have a federal policy that provides some form of paid family leave.

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Saturday, January 12, 2019
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When sociology professor Caitlyn Collins set out to interview 135 middle-class women in Sweden, GermanyItaly and the U.S. about how they make motherhood work with their careers, she was surprised by what set American women apart.

"Moms in the U.S. stand apart from these other women in how guilty and stressed and conflicted they are. Of course, moms everywhere feel work-family conflict, but what is unique about the American mom, and this is the most heartbreaking part of what I found in my study, is that American moms blame themselves for this work-family conflict," Collins told ABC News. "They think if they try a little bit harder or read the right parenting book, or adopt the right scheduling approach to their family's everyday lives, that things would be better and they would be able to keep their head above the tidewaters."

 

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