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“Meet Lauren. Because the United States doesn’t guarantee paid family and medical leave to new moms, dads or anyone with serious personal or family health issues, she’s had a very, very, very long five years.”

A new PSA from the National Partnership for Women & Families (NPWF) uses humor to make an important point about paid leave. The video, which is narrated by actress Sophia Bush, explains that Lauren nor her husband have paid leave and they cannot afford to take time off to have a baby. So she opts for keeping the baby in utero until she can afford to give birth. We meet Lauren at 260 weeks, 5 days and nine hours… but who’s counting?

Here are some of the startling facts

The U.S. is the only developed country that doesn’t have paid maternity leave;

86% percent of people working for private companies in the United States do not have access to paid family leave through their jobs;

More than 60% of workers do not have access to paid personal medical leave through an employer’s short-term disability insurance program; and

Nearly one in four new moms is back at work within two weeks of giving birth.

“This is absurd – and it must change,” NPWF exclaims. “Only some people are lucky enough to live in the four states that have paid family and medical leave laws. But we can change this.”

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