Should Companies Offer Paternity Leave for Fathers

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Camellia Caraway
December 20, 2011
CP150: Introduction to Computers
Unit 13 Essay

For years maternity leave has been a benefit that has been provided for mothers-to-be by employers and companies. However, there are not too many companies that provide the same benefit to fathers-to-be. Companies should offer paternity leave for expectant fathers. By offering paternity leave for fathers-to-be companies allow fathers to be a benefit of paid or unpaid time off work to care for their child, make arrangements for the child’s welfare, and preparation for the adoption of a child.

Generally, offering paternity leave for fathers-to-be allows them the benefit of time off work to care for their child. The birth of a child is a special and exciting time for a father. Companies that provide the option of paternity leave grant these fathers the privilege of being present for labor, delivery, and any other emergency procedures that may be necessary. Paternity leave provides the father with an advantage to be able to care for their child as they enter the first stages of their precious lives. Father’s are also not only able to care for their child but in the process of taking care of their child they are able to get to know their child and that child’s individual needs.

Furthermore, offering paternity leave for fathers-to-be allow father’s to make arrangements for their child welfare (Baby Center LLC, 1997-2011). Following the child’s birth fathers and mothers need time to find a trusted pediatrician. Finding a trusted pediatrician is an essential component to the child’s welfare. If both parents are employed then child-care decisions should be made before returning to work. Paternity leave for fathers-to-be set aside time to find day-care providers for the newborn. Another reason paternity leave is beneficial is mother. In certain conditions an expectant mother may require cesarean surgery in order to birth the child. Caesarean surgeries are extremely...
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