The United States is the only industrialized nation that does not have federally mandated paid paternity leave. Most families in the U.S. rely on the Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993, which merely protects new mothers' employment for up to 12 weeks.
Lauren Hoffmann, a mother of two, returned to work just 8 weeks after giving birth to her son son, Micah. Lauren used her accumulated paid time off but also went two and a half weeks without pay in order to stay home with her baby.
"Having more time to feel like you're getting good at this...I think that could only be a good thing," Lauren said.