Quoting Rafael's Mommy ♥:" <blockquote><b>Quoting Fatty McRunnerPants:</b>" "Deserve"? Women who work who've ... [snip!] ... well. In fact I thought it was a law that they get maternity leave even if they've been working somewhere for less than a year."
There's FMLA: federal law affords women at least 6 weeks off of work protected IF you've been with your job for a year or more. Not paid leave, but protected. Meaning, you come back to work in the same or equal position with the same pay. Some states have other laws, like in California you are afforded 6 weeks off without pay. California also has parental leave if you have so many quarters of work in. But other states, like Ohio, has no such protection. After my son was born they were going to give me 2 weeks off (had worked there less than a year), and after that I wouldn't have a job anymore.
But point blank, here in America women don't get "deserved" time off for bonding with baby. Still have to worry about going back to work, paying bills with no salary, etc. Why should it be different for teens?