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Healthcare 2016, 4(2), 30; doi:10.3390/healthcare4020030

Population Health and Paid Parental Leave: What the United States Can Learn from Two Decades of Research

Department of Health Services, School of Public Health, University of Washington, Seattle, WA 98195, USA
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Academic Editor: Lawrence Wallack
Received: 5 February 2016 / Revised: 18 May 2016 / Accepted: 24 May 2016 / Published: 1 June 2016
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Over the last two decades, numerous studies have suggested that dedicated time for parents to be with their children in the earliest months of life offers significant benefits to child health. The United States (US) is the only wealthy nation without a formalized policy guaranteeing workers paid time off when they become new parents. As individual US states consider enacting parental leave policies, there is a significant opportunity to decrease health inequities and build a healthier American population. This document is intended as a critical review of the present evidence for the association between paid parental leave and population health. View Full-Text
Keywords: maternity leave; paternity leave; parental leave; breastfeeding; infant mortality; low birthweight maternity leave; paternity leave; parental leave; breastfeeding; infant mortality; low birthweight
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Burtle, A.; Bezruchka, S. Population Health and Paid Parental Leave: What the United States Can Learn from Two Decades of Research. Healthcare 2016, 4, 30.

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