The non-existant maternity leave in the US is ridiculous ... how you wonder women even do this is beyond me. Here I am, 8 weeks protection period before the birth date and 8 weeks after where you are not allowed to work. No overtime allowed for the whole pregnancy. Maternity/paternity leave for 14 months on 80% pay if both parents share or up until 3 years for less money. Also, no invoice from the hospital after giving birth. How do you afford not working or childcare without all these options?