As the breadwinner in my family (my husband lost his job last year) and the mother of a 1-1/2 year old with another on its way I am not in a position to forfeit 1, 2 or 3 months worth of pay. And going back to work sooner than 12 weeks is cruel and unhealthy to both the mother and the child. It is simply wrong that the U.S. does not provide the same benefits other developed countries do. And shocking.There's been an outpouring of support for our Mother's Day card calling for paid time off to parents of newborns (or newly adopted children) and adults who need time to care for ailing relatives. More on the policy here and here. Over 700 people have already signed the card, with more signing every day. The four stories above are just four of the many that people are sharing (you can read all the stories starting at the bottom of this page).- Lauren in New York City
As the mother of a 2 year old who was premature, I cannot stress how helpful paid time off would have been in our situation. It's time that NY demonstrates how it values families by paying leave!- Jeanette in Blasdell
I had to purchase expensive disability insurance to cover post-birth income. And that only lasts 6 weeks and amounted to a small portion of my salary. We need to do a better job as a nation in supporting new families; infancy is a critical time in a child's development.- Christine in New York City
What's more important than our children. Show you're really pro-family and sign on.- Melissa in Penfield
Sign the card and make your story heard today!