Where daddies sit with paternity leave in Western countries

Times are changing. Households today comprise working couple where both the males and the female work full time and take care of home and outside chores together to balance their family. So when all responsibilities are shared, what is happening with taking care of a newborn baby? Since times immemorial, a child is born and the whole responsibility of taking care of the baby, changing diapers, getting bottle warmers for the baby, etc. all sit with the mother.

Thanks to many western countries where this theory was challenged and they came up with exciting paternity leave covers for new dads to get used to the new environment back home, take care of the baby and build that father-child bond from the very beginning. Fatherhood today is more than just bringing bread and butter to the family, and these countries understood this very well.

Unlike many US counterparts, dads in the European states get paternity leave. In fact not just European states, many other western countries like Australia offer paternity leave cover to new dads. America is the only developed country in the world that does not offer any kind of paternity leave cover to new dads and that is very disappointing. Experts say that paid paternity leave leaves its users with a number of benefits – financial support, family bonding, sharing of responsibilities, health benefits, etc.

Areas where paternity leave is unpaid, it leaves new dads and families with effects such as serious career, financial and health repercussions. Universities around the world did a lot of research to prove that as much as the mother, it is extremely important for the father to play a significant role in their baby’s life – changing diapers, playing with them, teaching them the basics, getting bottle warmers for babies, etc.

Here is a look at what types of paternity cover many western countries offer to their new dads and the positive outcome it has resulted in on the overall growth of that country.

Belgium gives its new dads 10 days of paid paternal leave to let them enjoy the exciting phase in their life and support their wife through this challenging phase. After they exhaust the initial period of 10 days of paid paternal leave, each parent can then opt for 17 weeks of additional paternal leave paid full or partially.

In Denmark, it is 14 days of paid leave plus 224 days for each parent, again paid full or partial.

Finland offers to its new dads 54 days of dedicated paternity leave (either paid, half paid or unpaid). Additionally, 158 days for each parent paid either full or partially.

In Iceland, the paternity leave covers 120 days initially and then a top up of 90 days for each parent paid full or partially.

It is 70 days and an addition of 26 weeks at full pay or 36 weeks at 80 per cent of the pay

Here it is an initial period of 60 days plus 420 additional days to be shared by each parent.

So in summary, this is where some western countries sit on their paid father’s leave that other countries that have not adopted any such policies can learn from.





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