In many countries women are allowed to take maternity leave from their jobs during the first month after the birth of their baby. Does advantage outweigh disadvantages？
Parental leave is an employee benefit applied for most current careers around the world， albeit they are distributed differently in terms of time scale and payment. In my opinion， maximizing such welfare stipulated by laws can create long term benefits for both individual family and the society itself.
First， once the law is considering maternity leave and taking care of a child is a responsibility， gender equality can reach a consensus. Although a newborn does not contribute to the company where his or her mother is working for directly， this has positive impacts on the entire society， because a sense of happiness and security is encouraged for this particular family. Therefore， women are no longer worrying about the possibility of losing their jobs， and they are respected by both their partners and the society.
Another gift for this law is the reduction of occupational sex segregation risk. In fact， if women take long parental leaves， it would be easy to predict that their lifetime earnings and opportunities for promotion will be less than their male or childfree counterparts. In addition， the chance for well-known companies to accept female employees who have recent pregnant plans is surely small.
Lastly and more importantly， the time span women take to recover their bodies and to connect with their newborns is unarguably vital for the families. This can not only guarantee the health of an infant， but also enhance future performance with healthy bodies once women get back to their work.
To summarize， the law should by all means support maternity leave and， I believe， this should be a paid leave in order to incentivize women labors for the contribution of all human kind.