In the U.S., mothers are deemed fortunate if they manage to get six to eight weeks recovering from giving birth as they simultaneously take care of their new baby around the clock, says Sabrina Joy Stevens, who was fortunate enough to also have additional support of her husband, whose help allowed her to rest and her body to heal.

But the help came at a cost. Stevens says she and her husband went through most of the money in her savings and checking and retirement accounts during her son’s “fourth trimester.”

“No one should have to choose between keeping a roof over their family’s head or retiring in old age,” argues Stevens, “or any of the other ridiculous sacrifices Americans make when we start, expand, or simply care for our families.” We need a better family leave model of care.

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