Radio Canada International: Paid maternity leave cuts infant mortality

Dr. Arijit Nandi interviewed on Radio Canada International

Paid maternity leave cuts infant mortality: study
By Lynn Desjardins | english@rcinet.ca
Thursday 31 March, 2016   

For every extra month new mothers get paid maternity leave in low and middle-income countries, the infant mortality rate is reduced by 13 per cent, according to a study from McGill University and UCLA.

In other words, adding one month of paid leave prevents about eight infant deaths per 1,000 live births. The biggest effect occurred in babies aged between one month and one year.

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