so it is a cultural thing. You don’t need to plan to financially support yourself if you decide to have a baby because your society is already set up to pay for it.
The only difference between our two cultures is that we put the responsibility on the individual and don’t expect anything from the government.
we get 6 paid national holidays, vacation based on length of work history, 1 week after the first year, 2 weeks after the third year, 3 weeks after the 5th year and 4 weeks after 10 years. It’s capped at 4 weeks. No paid sick leave. But I have insurance that covers short or long term illness.
Most of the women use their remaining vacation time and then use their ‘disability’ insurance if they took out a policy. We generally will hold their jobs, at least I’ve never heard of any woman losing her job because she took leave to stay home with her baby. Almost all come back to work within 4 weeks.
The only maternity that seems to lead to poverty here is unmarried pregnancy at a very young age. So even with maternity leave it wouldn’t necessarily eliminate poverty as witnessed by the number of unmarried women on welfare.