The case for paid family leave
(U)se of paid leave after giving birth is associated with reductions in maternal postpartum depression and stress, a lower rate of re-hospitalization, longer periods of breast-feeding (which promote the health of mothers and children), greater employment continuity, and enhanced financial security. Lessening chronic financial stress (due to employment and economic insecurities) is itself a pathway to better health. Establishing a paid family leave insurance program in Louisiana would help prevent the health and social problems in Louisiana that impair individuals, families, and communities - and increase health care costs.
A recent policy brief by LBP's Stacey Roussel explains in detail how a paid leave program could work in Louisiana.
This article was originally published by the Louisiana Budget Project in The Daily Dime on April 29, 2019
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